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Festival du Film et Forum International sur les Droits Humains

Geneva (Switzerland)

International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights brings together filmmakers, human rights defenders, policymakers, media and citizens around leading violations of human dignity - to promote and amplify strong voices and build public support for human rights. Each year in March, we show films and run a forum where all topics can be openly discussed, simultaneously with the UN Human Rights Council. Since 2003, we welcomed 233'000 festivalgoers, 60% under 35 years old.

GOALS OF FIFDH: Show the very best of international cinema, documentary and fiction films, on human rights Amplify the voices and work of human rights defenders Connect changemakers from all kind of horizons and strengthen international protection networks Promote public support for human rights and ensure maintenance of public memory Create a change at the local, regional and global level.

A UNIQUE PUBLIC FORUM: Geneva is the capital-city of human rights, where all kind of people gravitates: campaigners, artists, diplomats, journalists, researchers, etc. But few places allow them to connect and discuss. FIFDH offers a platform for changemakers from across civil society to interact with policymakers. Fueled by great films, it unlocks new audiences and builds public support for human rights.

15 HIGH-LEVEL DISCUSSIONS BROADCASTED WORLDWIDE: Every evening, we invite changemakers to confront their points of view with the audience and offer solutions on some of the leading issues as: impunity, corruption, criminalization of minorities, climate change, cybersurveillance. We discuss issue the UN does not always address. We bring together personalities such as late Anna Politkovskaia, artist Ai Weiwei, Nobel Prizes Shirin Ebadi and Joseph Stiglitz, activists Julian Assange and Edward Snowden (by Skype), UN High Commissioners Sergio Vieira de Mello, Navi Pillay and Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein, Ambassadors Leila Shahid and Stephen J. Rapp, prosecutors Carla Del Ponte, Luis Moreno Ocampo and Fatou Bensouda, filmmakers as Juliette Binoche, William Hurt, Amos Gitai, and Rithy Panh, writers Russel Banks, Jorge Semprun and Nancy Huston, among others.

Impact Days is the Industry program of the FIFDHIts purpose is to put in relation the filmmakers from around the world producing or directing documentaries about social or environmental issues and many organizations working in the field or in advocacy activities to help produce positive change in society using the power of the cinematographic storytelling. This production practice is known as impact production. The deadline for submission of the projects is 31 October 2021."

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