Cancelled – Movies That Matter 2020

March 18, 2020

MTM Ideation Session 2020 – Cancelled due to Corona.

Conform to the Dutch government’s regulations regarding the Covid-19 outbreak, the Movies that Matter Festival 2020 has been cancelled. Therefore, our event has also been cancelled. We kindly direct you to the official Statement by Movies that Matter below.

We were so looking forward to welcoming our Human Rights Defenders and Activists from Vietnam, China and Israel. At this time of uncertainty, we do not know if future remote collaboration will be possible in the future. However, we are open to the idea or remote collaboration and and will assess our opportunities in April depending on the global climate. Thank you so much for your interest in our event. We greatly appreciate your support and enthusiasm, and we hope to welcome you to events in the near future.

Movies that Matter Festival 2020 cancelled – Official Movies that Matter Statement

Following the guidelines of the Dutch government regarding the global Covid-19 outbreak we decided to cancel the 2020 edition of the Movies that Matter Festival, from 20 to 28 March in The Hague. The health and safety of our guests, audience and the festival team are our key priority. Meeting and dialogue are key elements of our festival. As such we are currently not considering to organise online alternatives.

Unfortunately, postponing our festival is not an option, given the substantial programming of films in combination with international guests and the insecure situation regarding the virus.

In case you already bought a ticket, you can reclaim the costs, by sending an email, including proof of payment, to info[at]

With a very heavy heart we unfortunately have no other choice than to cancel this edition of our annual festival. We prepared a fantastic film programme, with many premieres, impressive guests and human rights activists. This is a huge disappointment for everyone, but we understand and respect the decision of the authorities.

We hope to welcome you at the next Movies that Matter Festival, from 19 to 28 March 2021.



Going beyond the films…

The Movies that Matter Ideation Session takes place on Monday the 23rd of March, in Filmhuis Den Haag and Theater Aan Het Spui. The Ideation Session brings together the worlds of peace, justice, and technology and is brought to you by Movies That Matter | The Hague Hacks | and ImpactCity The Hague.

This event is part of the Movies that Matter Film Festival, which takes place from 20-28 March, 2020. For this special Ideation Session on March 23rd, Movies that Matter have choosen three powerful documentaries focusing on human rights defenders from across the globe. These films are screened as part of the Activist competition program during the festival, with Q&A’s after the screenings with the activists and directors.

This year, activists from Vietnam, China, and Israel will present their movie and share the challenges they face to a select group of diverse expertise in The Hague. Following the films and Q&A, you will enjoy a complimentary dinner in the Foyer of Theater Aan Het Spui where you can informally get to know the activists and directors. This ‘Ideation Session’ will be lead by The Hague Hacks with the goal of providing trans-disciplinary input, ideas, and potential collaborations to support the specific human rights cases that are highlighted in the movies. We want to help the activists find workable solutions that they can implement when they are back home.

This year’s films for the Movies That Matter Ideation Session are:

  • Mai Khoi & The Dissidents

  • Ximei

  • Objector

During these group discussions, participants can discuss and ask questions to explore the complexities of these challenges beyond the films. By unpacking these issues we hope to spark conversations about innovative solutions to these problems. In this brief but intense brainstorming session, we seek to identify potential tech-solutions for these activists to effect change in their countries of origin. We hope that the networks and ideas created during the session will live on so that concrete steps and innovations can grow. The event will be closed with a recap and short presentation.

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