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MtM Newsletter - July 2021
Supported projects 2021

With our grant programme, we offer financial support to human rights film screenings in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.


Last week, the selection committee came together to discuss this year’s submissions and we are proud to announce our recent support to 11 exciting and relevant film events! We are supporting three starting festivals with a start-up grant and eight festivals with an impact grant to further develop their festival and create more impact. Find the names of all recipients below and read more about each project on our website.


Start Up Grants

  • Peace for Tomorrow Film Festival (China)
  • My Movie is To Be in Peace 2021 (Colombia)
  • We also supported another festival that will remain anonymous for safety reasons.

Impact Grants

  • Active Vista International Human Rights Film Festival (Philippines)
  • Miradas Diversas – Human Rights Film Festival (Venezuela)
  • EQUIS Festival de Cine Feminista de Ecuador (Ecuador)
  • Side by Side LGBT International Film Festival (Russia)
  • 100% Manusia Film Festival (Indonesia)
  • Aks festival (Pakistan)
  • Ecologies of Cinema (Mexico)
  • Area C Mobile Cinema (Palestine)
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Submit your film to MtMF22

Are you a filmmaker working on a film about social themes, human rights or sustainability? Or have you finished your film already? Submit your fiction or documentary film for the Movies that Matter Festival 2022. The festival will take place from 25 March to 3 April 2022 in The Hague and online.


Film submission is possible until November 21, 2021.

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Call for Proposals

Are you organising a human rights film event, festival or mobile cinema project and still looking for funding? Apply for the next round of our grant programme to give your project the necessary boost.


See if your project meets the basic criteria for funding and make sure to apply before September 6, 2021.

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Action for FreedomFilmFest in Malaysia

On July 2nd, Anna Har, the festival director of the FreedomFilmFest, Malaysia’s annual International Human Rights Film Festival and cartoonist Amin Landak were called in by the police for questioning over the production and screening of a short animated film on police torture, entitled Chili Powder and Thinner. On the same day, the police also raided the office of FreedomFilmFest and Amin’s home and confiscated their computers and other related equipment.


We encourage you to sign the petition started by the Human Rights Film Network to end the investigation and harassment of FreedomFilmFest.

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Meet the MtM team

The summer is buzzing with film festivals all over the world. Catch our team members at Durban Film Festival (22 July to 1 August, online) and Cinema Without Borders (25 – 27, 30 & 31 August, online).

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