Cinema without Borders

Cinema without Borders is a multi-day interactive workshop programme for film festival organisers to strengthen new human rights film festivals and enhance the sustainability of existing festivals. In addition to connecting with like-minded festivals, sharing ideas and building new networks, participants get inspired and assisted.

The workshops focus on the film programming, communication and marketing of festivals. Topics like partnerships, fundraising and impact, but also censorship and security are discussed. International festival directors and other experts on human rights and film lead the sessions. To get an impression of the programme, watch the Cinema Without Borders 2019 after movie below.

Previous editions

Between 2006 and 2021, sixteen editions of Cinema without Borders were held. Most workshop programmes took place during the Movies that Matter Festival in The Hague. Other editions were held in Burkina Faso (2012), Jordan (2014), Argentina (2018), Philippines (online, 2021) and during the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA, 2013). Over 100 participants from more than 60 different countries – from Myanmar, Bahrain and Bangladesh to Pakistan, the Philippines and Peru – attended the programmes.