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Festival calendar

The members of the Human Rights Film Network organise many events during the year. Here you can find a list of upcoming events. However, due to the coronacrisis, many festivals are cancelled or postponed. We can therefore not guarantee whether the information below is still correct and up-to-date. We advise you to check out the individual festivals' websites and social media channels to get more up-to-date information. We apologise for the inconvenience.

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HUMAN International Documentary Film Festival

( Oslo , Norway )

HUMAN International Documentary Film Festival is Oslo’s largest documentary film festival and a significant forum in the Norwegian capital’s cultural, academic and organizational life, which engages and encourages debates about human rights and other social issues of current interest. The festival is a unique meeting place where activists, experts, filmmakers, artists, students, NGOs, think tanks, and a general audience actively participate.

 The festival’s film program consists of more than 40 new Norwegian and International documentaries, categorized in three sections:

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One World – International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

( Prague , Czech Republic )

One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival is the largest human rights film festival in the world. It is a major cultural event in the Czech Republic that attracts more than 120,000 viewers annually and takes place in over 30 towns in the Czech Republic.One World presents more than 110 documentary films from around the globe, focusing on social, political, environmental, media and human rights issues.

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Movies that Matter Festival

( The Hague , Netherlands )

Movies that Matter screens and promotes films that draws our attention to human rights and situations in which these are at stake. The foundation's peak activity is the annual Movies that Matter Festival, taking place in The Hague, International City of Peace and Justice. The Movies that Matter Festival is the Netherlands' main platform for engaged cinema, with over seventy documentaries and feature films of inspired filmmakers being screened every year.

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ACT Human Rights Film Festival

( Fort Collins , United States )

The ACT Human Rights Film Festival in Fort Collins, Colorado, showcases the best in human rights cinema from around the world. The festival convenes for one week every April on and off the campus of Colorado State University, uniting diverse audiences while inspiring them to awaken to human rights issues facing people around the world, to connect across the powerful medium of film and dialogue, and to transform their lives and communities. ACT is produced by the Department of Communication Studies housed within the College of Liberal Arts. ACT was founded in 2016.

 

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Festival de Cine y Derechos Humanos Donostia

( San Sebastian , Spain )

The Festival of Human Rights Film is an initiative that is part of the San Sebastian, Space for the Culture of Peace project. The aim is to promote greater awareness, as well as encourage debate and provide greater information to citizens about human rights, by promoting, through the cinema and other cultural and artistic expressions, the values of solidarity, respect for life, peace, freedom and social justice, among other things.

Feature Films Official Selection

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Muestra de Cine Internacional Memoria Verdad Justicia

( Guatemala-City , Guatemala )

The Muestra de Cine Internacional Memoria Verdad Justicia (International Film Festival of Memory Truth and Justice) was born in 2010 under bomb threats and boycott attempts in a country where human rights have always been of little value, a country which suffered a genocide of indigenous people and which today is considered as a failed state because of the debility of his institutions, its high level of violence and impunity.

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FiSahara

( Tindouf , Algeria )

The annual Western Sahara International Film Festival (FiSahara) brings entertainment, culture and hope to the Western Sahara´s refugees, who have lived in exile for over three decades. The festival takes place every year in the Sahrawi refugee camps in Southwestern Algeria. FiSahara's activities include film screenings, audiovisual workshops, a traditional Sahrawi cultural fair, a camel race, concerts, a soccer match, roundtables and numerous other cultural activities.The festival is held in the Sahrawi refugee camps and lasts about five days.

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Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

( Kiev , Ukraine )

Docudays UA is the only international human rights documentary film festival in Ukraine. It is a part of the international Human Rights Film Network. It takes place every year in Kyiv in the last week of March. After the end of the festival, Docudays UA traditionally presents the best films in Ukrainian regions during the Traveling Festival. Screenings and discussions of films with human rights experts last from October until December. Throughout the year, Docudays UA popularizes auteur documentary cinema in film theaters as a part of the DOCU/HIT project.

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HUMANS Fest - Festival Internacional de Cine y Derechos Humanos

( Valencia , Spain )

Humans Fest is, in terms of audience, the most important human rights film festival in Spain and the largest audience film festival in its region. Its main event takes place every year in Valencia the second week of February but the whole year is full of activities not just in Valencia but in the whole region and there are some international screenings. Around 130 entities are attached to the festival and one of its most successful activities is the Resistances, weekly online screenings. 

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Seoul Human Rights Film Festival

( Seoul , South Korea )

Seoul Human Right Film Festival, first established in 1996, is a non-profit human rights organization that communicates and cooperates with others by showing human rights films. Everyone has the right to see human rights films. Every human rights film has the right to be screened everywhere. It’s because human rights are the rights to life itself. It’s because human rights films are films on every life itself.

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Freedom Film Festival

( Petaling Jaya , Malaysia )

FreedomFilmFest (FFF) is Malaysia's only international human rights documentary film festival. Established in 2003, the festival provides a platform for stories that are unseen, unheard, and untold from Malaysia, Southeast Asia, and across the globe. The annual festival brings together activists, filmmakers, and members of the public to exchange experiences around thematic human rights topics through the use of film screenings, workshops, and freedom talks.

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Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival

( Syracuse , United States )

Founded in 2003, the Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival (SUHRFF) is part of Syracuse Symposium and is presented by the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and the Syracuse University Humanities Center in the College of Arts and Sciences. SUHRFF presents an international range of documentaries and dramatic features addressing a wide array of human rights and social justice issues to the campus and the Syracuse community.

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Bergen International Film Festival

( Bergen , Norway )

BIFF is the largest film festival in Norway, both in admissions and number of films presented, with more than 61.000 admissions in 2019. Each year we present more than 150 feature length films, around two thirds of which are documentaries, making us one of the biggest documentary festivals in the Nordic Region. The human rights festival Checkpoints is an integral part of BIFF, with 10 films in competition and 11 out of competition. For more information on the festival, please visit our website www.biff.no.

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Under our Skin International Film Festival on Human Rights & Culture

( Nairobi , Kenya )

The Under our Skin International Film Festival on Human Rights & Culture is an annual event based in Kenya, serving as a platform that embraces the transformative potential of cross-community dialogues. Our commitment lies in cultivating spaces for individuals to engage in meaningful conversations. The festival revolves around three core themes:

#1: EXPRESSION AS A RIGHT