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.