Movies That Matter Festival


Years running: 28 (since 1995)

Movies That Matter Festival

Annual film and debate festival on human rights and social justice.


Since this festival’s first edition in 1995, the number of movies made about situations in which human rights are being violated and human dignity is at stake has risen considerably. The founding of Movies that Matter created a new platform on which the human rights movies and the increasing public interest in them can be brought together. This covers national programmes, among which an education programme, a monthly national film programme and a film and debate festival in The Hague, as well as international projects.


  • A Matter of ACT programme,
  • Camera Justitia programme,
  • MovieSquad All Rights programme,
  • Students' Choice programme.


  • The A Matter of ACT Competition: The first Golden Butterfly, Amnesty International's € 5000 A Matter of ACT award, the human rights award of the festival, goes to one of the defenders in the A Matter of ACT programme. The second Golden Butterfly, Amnesty International's €5000 A Matter of ACT documentary award is for the maker of the best documentary in the A Matter of ACT programme.
  • The Camera Justitia Competition: Golden Butterfly Camera Justitia Award, € 5000
  • VARA Audience Award, € 5000.
  • Students' Choice Award: a students' jury assigns the award and €1500 to the best film in the Students' Choice programme.
  • MovieZone MtM Award: a youth jury of the ‘Nederlands Instituut voor Filmeducatie' (Dutch Institute for Film Education) assigns (in partnership with EYE) the best film in the MovieZone programme.


  • Movies that Matter only accepts films that deal with human rights related issues.
  • Documentaries and feature films finalized in 2022, 2023 are eligible to submit.
  • Shorts are allowed to submit, but be aware that we cooperate with GoShort Nijmegen and you can also submit with them 

Documents and Other Requisite Items

  • Fill out entry form,
  • Send DVD with submitted film by mail or online link.

Screening Media Type: DCP

Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers





Official Website


Mail address:

Movies that Matter
P.O. Box 1968
1000 BZ Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Visiting address:

Keizersgracht 177
1016 DR Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Phone: +31 20 773 3621

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    June 01, 2022
  • Deadline
    November 21, 2022
  • Event Dates
    24 March — 1 April 2023
Categories & Fees

FEATURE FILM, FICTION AND DOCUMENTARY with a running time over 52 minutes.

  • Deadline — €20
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