Movies that Matter: Inviting applications for ‘Start-up & Impact Grants’ to promote the screenings of human rights cinema worldwide.

Funding brief: To promote the screenings of human rights cinema worldwide, Movies that Matter offers grants to human rights film events in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Eastern Europe, especially in countries with limited resources and freedom of press. These events can take various forms, such as human rights film festivals, LGBT film festivals and mobile cinema projects. Please note that Movies that Matter does not support film production.

● Film screenings will contribute to discussion about human rights in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East or Eastern Europe.
● Movies that Matter values films with high cinematic quality.
● Movies that Matter prefers films that are independently produced. Screenings of educational films or NGO outreach films are not supported.
● Movies that Matter values projects targeting youths or new audiences that do not regularly attend film screenings and discussion programmes, for instance in peripheral areas.
● Applications for an impact grant should explain how the grant will contribute to new developments or to increasing the impact of a project.
● Movies that Matter gives priority to small and medium-scale projects (with a total budget below €50,000).
● Projects should be submitted and executed by a local organization that is well-connected with the target audience.
● Projects are organized and executed by, or in close cooperation with, human rights organizations.
● The application consists of a well-wrought and complete plan and budget
● A reasonable degree of professionalism of the organization is required, both financially and organizationally.

Donor Name: Movies that Matter
Funding name: Start-up & Impact Grants

Deadline: 15th, April, 2019

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit:
● Start-up grant:
 Movies that Matter supports film events in their initial phase. Only the 1st and 2nd edition can be supported through a start-up grant.
 The maximum support of a start-up grant is €7,500 per project.
 Movies that Matter is prepared to offer a start-up grant according to the following rules:
O 1st time: up to 100% of total project costs
O 2nd time: up to 75% of total project costs.

● Impact grant:
 The impact grant is intended for more established film festivals, and can be used for further developing the festival and increasing its impact.
 The maximum support of an impact grant is €10,000 per project.
 The Impact Grant can never cover more than 50% of total costs.

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: N//A
Project duration: N//A

Eligible organization: As below

● Movies that Matter does not support film production. They support film festivals, mobile cinema and other types of film screenings to promote public debate on human rights.
● Movies that Matter does not support filmmakers and producers distributing or screening their own film(s).
● Total costs of the project can never exceed €100,000,-.
● Organizations can be supported for a maximum of five times.
● As the selection process takes around two months, projects should not start within 80 days after the deadline. Therefore, with respect to the selection round of 15 April 2019, projects starting before 5 July 2019 cannot be considered.

Eligible Country: The project takes place in one of the countries as defined on the DAC List of ODA recipients and/or countries where press freedom is seriously at stake, in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Middle East or Eastern Europe. With respect to this DAC List of ODA recipients, priority is given to projects in “Least Developed Countries”, “Other Low Income Countries” and “Lower Middle Income Countries”.

Submission mail: Not found

Other important link:
 Apply: Click to view
● Form (Proposal):
 Entry form: Click to view
 Online personal data form: Click to view

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How to apply: To apply, you should:
● Read the selection criteria and general regulations below to see if your project meets the basic criteria.
● Fill out the  entry form and
● Fill out the online personal data form

● Entry forms must be filled out in English. Additional material should be in English as well.
● Entry forms must be filled out completely.
● This entry form should be attached to the filled out online personal data form. If you have problems uploading the entry form online, please send it by e-mail to international (at)
● Applications must be received ultimately on the deadline.
● Documents and additional material should be clearly marked with the project title.
● If the organisation has received support from Movies that Matter before, the final report of this project should be received before the organisation can apply for a new project.
● For every project the applicant needs to submit a new application.

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