Iranian filmmaker and activist Jafar Panahi has been awarded this weekend with the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. Panahi was praised  for his opposition against the Iranian regime through his humanist films on life in Iran.Panahi shares the prize with Nasrin Sotoudeh, an Iranian lawyer... more


Movies that Matter is proud to announce that the next ESoDoc training session will be held in The Hague during the Movies that Matter Festival in March 2013.EsoDoc - European Social Documentary- offers trainings for filmmakers, new media professionals and NGO film practitioners who want to... more


The Human Rights Film Network is pleased to announce that Syrian filmmaker, producer and filmfestival director Orwa Nyrabia has been released.Nyrabia had been arrested on August 23 at Damascus International Airport by Syrian authorities and was held underground for weeks. The reasons for his... more


The Human Rights Film Network (HRFN) is pleased to announce that it has provided two festival cooperation grants, to strengthen joint programs of member festivals.One grant has been provided to launch cooperation between the Papua New Guinea Human Rights Film Festival and the Australia Human... more


The Human Rights Film Network joins the Nyrabia family and the international community calling for the immediate release of our friend and colleague Orwa Nyrabia. Syrian filmmaker, producer and filmfestival director Orwa Nyrabia was arrested in Damascus International Airport while traveling to... more


On the second day of the Side by Side LGBT Film Festival in Novosibirsk organizers and audience came under serious threat from a homophobic mob of aggressive youths. As a result the organizers decided to cancel the rest of the festival. Organizers of the festival complained multiple times to the... more


From 28 – 30 May, 2012, representatives of 11 European human rights film festivals met at the seminar “Human Rights in Film” in Vilnius (Lithuania). During three days the members of the Human Rights Film Network shared different experiences of using films in education and awareness raising,... more


Tibetan filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen is serving a six-year prison sentence in China for "subversion of state power" because he dared to speak out about the human rights situation in Tibet through his filmmaking.China has detained hundreds of Tibetans for peacefully exercising their human... more


Verzio 9 Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Budapest, Hungary, invites filmmakers to submit human rights related documentary films. Verzio is the only human rights documentary film festival in Hungary. It uses the powerful medium of film to promote the ideas of open society, democracy, rule... more


At the Cinema for Peace Gala in Berlin the International Human Rights Film Award has been presented to Aung San Suu Kyi, portrayed in Luc Besson's film The Lady. In a video message, Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi kindly accepted the award. The International Human... more