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The city of peace and justice celebrates the art of filmmaking with The Hague World Cinema Festival. Independent filmmakers and all film lovers are welcome to join us in 3 days of exciting events hosted in the prestigious Film theater in The Hague. In addition to live screening of your work, you will also get opportunities for networking, participation in the discussions/seminars and a filmmaking workshop on the sidelines of the main event. We offer celebrations for all who have a passion for filmmaking and for film viewing. We value story/content over budget. If you enjoy and have courage to experiment, here is the place for you to showcase your work.

Event attractions

  1. Cinema of all genres, any length and budget are welcome from all over the world.
  2. No restriction on the year of making. May be your unrecognized old work gets discovered here.
  3. Open for cinema having all types of adult contents presenting a message in an artistic manner.
  4. Music albums/videos are also acceptable.
  5. Web series/TV Pilot can also be submitted.
  6. Students are encouraged to participate and show their talent.
  7. A separate category for mobile film/homemade/amateur productions.
  8. A one day free workshop on the art of filmmaking for the successful entries. Eminent filmmakers will share their experience in the workshop.
  9. Works in progress are accepted provided the completion takes place before the event.
  10. World premieres of the films are a high priority.
  11. Dutch translation of the English subtitles at a nominal cost.

All nominated films will receive laurels and an invitation to the event. Award winners will be announced in a grand ceremony after the screenings.

This is a special opportunity for filmmakers who don’t necessarily have a large budget, but a vision and an important story to tell. We are here to provide them with an international platform. We encourage experimentation and welcome out of the box ideas/content.

We will be handing out a number of awards at the event in a number of categories, selected and evaluated by our jury. We also offer film critiques for your film.

We encourage you to submit to several categories in order to increase your chances of getting selected.

Awards and Prizes

Each awards category has three ranks, which means three winners (Diamond Award, Platinum Award, and Gold Award)

  • Best Short Film
  • Best Director
  • Best Actor
  • Best Actress
  • Best Screenplay
  • Best Original Score
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Special Effects
  • Best Editing
  • Best Music album/video
  • Best Web series/TV Pilot

Rules and Terms

  1.   All non-English language films must be subtitled in English.
  2. We also accept submissions that have premiered elsewhere.
  3.  Multiple entries are allowed, however a separate entry must be submitted for each.
  4.  Entry fees are non-refundable.
  5. We will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling.
  6.  No film may be withdrawn from the festival program after its selection.
  7. If chosen as an official selection, The Hague World Cinema Festival is granted the permission to exhibit the film at The Hague World Cinema Festival and all associated screenings.
  8. Location and timing of any screenings of the film shall be the sole decision of the organizers of The Hague World Cinema Festival.
  9. Filmmakers will be solely responsible for all costs resulting from the submission of the film to the Festival.
  10. Although every precaution will be taken to prevent loss or damage to materials while in the possession of the festival, The Hague World Cinema Festival is not responsible should any materials be damaged while in transit to or from, or while in the possession of the festival.
  11. The filmmaker holds The Hague World Cinema Festival, its management, juries, subsidiaries, partners, agents, sponsors, affiliates, and etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from entry.
  12. The filmmaker certifies to have full rights. The filmaker will indemnify the organizers of The Hague World Cinema Festival against all claims, demands, costs, damages, expenses (including legal fees), proceedings and losses resulting from the screening of the film at the Festival or from claims by any third parties.