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FAQs for Filmmakers

Can I submit my film to all HRFN festivals at the same time?

No, you have to submit your film to each festival individually.

How do I submit my film to a HRFN festival?

Go to the respective festival website (as can be found on our Member Festival page), where you can find more information on film submission.

Where do I find information on the respective submission deadlines?

See the Submission Dates box on the right side of this website, or check the dates on the websites of the individual member festivals.

Where do I find the individual festival dates?

Just go to the Festival Calendar page. We try our best to keep this website up-to-date, but if you can’t find the date you’re looking for on this site, please check the respective festival’s website (to be found on our Member Festival page)


FAQs for Film Festivals

Why join the HRFN?

- To strengthen your presence on the (human rights) film festival world map.

- To exchange ideas, experiences and methods with other members.

- To benefit from the network's promotional tools: cross referencing between members' websites, HRFN website, leaflet.

- To participate in joint efforts to improve human rights films exposure worldwide.

- To stimulate the human rights film climate and support its filmmakers

How much does the membership cost?

HRFN asks for a small membership fee to keep up operations and to produce and update both a HRFN leaflet and the HRFN website. There are two different membership fees. Festivals from countries that provide easier access to and more opportunities for funding will pay a EUR 200 annual membership fee. Festivals from countries with a lesser financial infrastructure will pay a EUR 100 annual membership fee.

Who can join the HRFN?

Membership to the Network is open to any human rights film festival organization that subscribes to the principles and practices as recognized by the Network and described in its charter. The festival must already have passed its second edition. HRFN values the territoriality of its members: If your festival is taking place in a country/city that already features a HRFN member festival, please get in touch with the HRFN partner from your country/city first.

How to join the HRFN?

New festivals can be accepted on recommendation by members and approval of the annual meeting of the network, which usually takes place during November each year. Approval will be granted on the basis of festival track record, regularity of events and other basic information. Your application can be send to the HRFN secretariat: before November 1st. If you would like to join the network please:

  1. get support from at least two HRFN members who will support your application;
  2. send a written application indicating why you would like to become a member and what you will bring to the network;
  3. provide a short (written) presentation of the history of the festival and your future plans;
  4. send at least one issue of your festival publications (folders, catalogue, etc.) to the secretariat of the network.