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Call for Applications: Human Rights Film Festival Workshop Returns to Ouagadougou

Cinema without Borders is set to return this year to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, in collaboration with Ciné Droit Libre and the Association SemFilms Burkina.

From December 10th to 14th, 2023, a five-day workshop will be held, focusing on the organization of human rights film festivals and mobile cinema projects. Participants will include both novice and experienced film festival professionals from West Africa, coming together for this special occasion.

Participants will acquire practical insights and discover new avenues for expanding their networks. Through the exchange of experiences and best practices, attendees will find inspiration and support to enhance their own festivals. The interactive workshops will cover a wide range of topics related to organizing human rights film festivals, including film selection, debate coordination, fundraising, impact strategies, promotion, and audience outreach.


The workshop is open to 15 qualified participants with experience in organizing socially engaged film events or festivals in the field of cinema and human rights. Participation requires an affiliation with a reputable non-profit organization. Selection criteria include motivation, experience, and considerations for gender and regional diversity.

There is no participation fee, and all travel and accommodation expenses for the five-day program will be covered. Participants are expected to commit to the entire duration of the workshop. Please note that a significant portion of the workshop will be conducted in French.

For this edition, qualified participants residing in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Gabon, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, and Togo are welcome to apply.

How to apply

Application forms will be received in both French and English. Please complete the online application form and ensure it is submitted to Movies that Matter by no later than September 17th, midnight CET via the following link:

If you encounter any difficulties during the submission process, please feel free to send your application to


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