Movies that Matter Film Festival in The Hague

In the heart of The Hague, where art and culture intertwine, a cinematic spectacle awaits you that promises to captivate both your mind and soul: the Movies that Matter Festival.

Set against the backdrop of one of Europe’s most vibrant cities, this festival presents an extraordinary cinematicjourney. Featuring over 90 carefully curated films and documentaries from around the globe, waiting to be discovered.

Engage and connect with compelling fictions and inspiring documentaries. Each film serves as a testament tot thetransformative power of cinema, sparking dialogues on human rights and social justice. The festival takes place from Friday 22 to Saturday 30 March.

A Film Festival for Dialogue and Discovery
The Movies that Matter Festival goes beyond watching films; it’s dedicated to cultivating meaningful dialogue andconnections. As such, a significant number of films are accompanied by contextual programming, which includes introductions, post-screening discussions, and various specials such as dance performances.

Immerse yourself in captivating stories shared by various guests, including human rights defenders and filmmakers.Participate in post-screening discussions and Q&A sessions for a truly enriching experience — all conducted in English.The essence of our festival lies in the emphasis on interaction, whether within the auditorium or at the bar.

Thrilling Competitions and Award Nights
During our festival at the end of March, it marks the one-year anniversary of the intense earthquake in Türkiye andSyria. For this reason, and due to the recent election campaign in Turkey, we are placing a special focus on Türkiye andTurkish films this year. It’s an opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Turkish films.

But that’s not all – get ready for the excitement of our various competitions. The Activist programme focuses ondocumentaries that illuminate the lives of human rights defenders, while Camera Justitia delves into the significance ofthe rule of law and the battle against impunity. And don’t miss our Audience Award Night, where the best film, chosen by you, takes home the Audience Award, showcased during the thrilling Best of #MtMF24 day on Saturday, 30 March.

Secure Your Seat
Be a part of this extraordinary cinematic journey. Secure your seat at Filmhuis Den Haag, Theater aan het Spui, and various locations throughout the country. Discover the full programme at