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Event Description

Festival Theme: EXPLORE CULTURES

The city of peace and justice will host the fourth season of The Hague Global Cinema Festival in November 2022 with the theme “Explore Cultures”. The festival provides a platform for filmmakers from a variety to cultures from all over of the world to showcase the challenges and issues in all spheres of life. International audience and filmmakers get a chance to watch their films and appreciate others’ cultures.

Screening of the films will be held in the prestigious Filmhuis, Den Haag (The Hague). This is an IMDb qualifying festival. Award winners and Honorable Mentions will get a free page on the IMDb.

1. Cinema of all genres, any length and budget are welcome from all over the world.
2. NO restrictions on the year of making or release.
3. World premieres of the films are a high priority.
4. Works in progress are accepted provided the completion takes place before the event.
5. A co-creators’ workshop will be organized where you learn from the fellow professionals, share your experience and get potential partners/ financiers
6. 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.
7. We will be handing out a number of awards at the event in a number of categories, selected and evaluated by our jury. We encourage you to submit to several categories in order to increase your chances of getting selected or win an award.
8. Selection and screening of the films will be as follows:
a. Official Selection: First Selection list will be named as “Official Selection”. These films will get a Certificate of Official Selection.
b. FINALISTS: Second Selection will be from the Official Selection list. The films selected from the first list will be named as “FINALISTS”. These films will qualify for screening depending upon requisite technical requirements of the Filmhuis like availability of the film in the DCP format.
c. SCREENING: Some of the FINALISTS will be selected for Screening,
d. AWARD WINNERS: Award will be announced on the last day of screening in the Awards Ceremony.
e. Restrictions: If your film is already available for viewing on a free platform (like YouTube) then the film may not be screened. However, you can still participate in the festival for Official Selection and Finalists.

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Reviews

Rogier Van Beeck Calkoen

We are very happy to have screened at The Hague Global Cinema Festival. The festival team was very nice. Great communication. The cinema was very professional and the atmosphere was great. We will be back next year!

Rogier Van Beeck Calkoen

Harm Weistra

It was a pleasure and a privilege to be part of the Global Cinema Festival The Hague. Fantastic atmosphere, a great audience and an organization that facilitates filmmakers in networking and making new friends and connections. Also thanks to the Filmhuis, the cinema in the heart of The Hague and with a heart for films and filmmakers. I will definitely be back a next time.

Harm Weistra

Algis Kemezys

I was so thrilled to have my movie “The Messenger * Hermes Remembers screened at The Hague Global Film Festival. There is something so special to be part of The Hague because “The International Court of Justice” is there. Although I was not able to attend, I found all my communication with the THGCF was satisfying. Esp getting a marvelous certificate at the end of the Festival. From what I have read others say, who did attend, everything was well organized and the cinema where it was held was just excellent. Professionalism ruled in other words. I am hoping to finish my next project so I can be there for real next year!

Algis Kemezys

Mimi Garrard

Thank you for selecting our film. I wish I had been able to attend.

Mimi Garrard

Yangon Media Professionals

Thank you for selecting our film!

Yangon Media Professionals

Alberto Martín-Aragón

Unfortunately I could not attend the screenings. But I can say that The Hague Global Cinema Festival is a festival that decisively helps the filmmaker to make his work visible. Excellent communication and great professionalism. Highly recommended.

Alberto Martín-Aragón

Gideon van Eeden

Great first edition of this very promising event. Shared inspiration with other filmmakers as we learned form each other. Very friendly and intelligent way of setting up a film festival. Looking forward to future editions. Keep up the good work!

Gideon van Eeden

Tuesday Conner

Of all the Festivals I’ve attended, only in it’s first year the Hague Global Cinema Festival was the most hands on, the best organized, overall festival. I am honored to be a part of such an amazing group of people. If their first year was this awesome…I’m excited for year two.

Tuesday Conner

Gabriel Angulo

Excellent Festival! Thank You So Much for the Opportunity!

Mary Lou Belli

This is a wonderful, hands-on fest. It is well organized with a spirit of sharing info. All communications with fest leader were clear and supportive. Our rep for film had an awesome time. THANKS so much for all the hard work that went into making such a great fest,

Mary Lou Belli

Eric Simon

The festival jury selected a very diverse set of films to be screened in a wonderful setting. The Hague is a pleasant city with excellent public transportation, and the festival organizers created a friendly atmosphere for filmmakers to meet and share experiences. We can only hope that, in its second year, the festival will be able to expand and find a second theater so that more films can be shown.

Eric Simon

Andre Gaumond

I was pleased when I saw that I was selected to the Hague Festival for my web series SWAP. But I don’t know why festival select film that they don’t show. They should limit their selection to the film that will be presented. This is really not right. If they like the film they should extend their festival for the time to show everything they have selected. Or just don’t select them.

Andre Gaumond

Zlila Helman

Thank you for being included in your festival with my short documentary” German & Israelis in the labyrinth of reconciliation”.Thus you provided a creative space for me and other filmmakers across the continents to exchange their visions and illuminate human experience through our stories.

Zlila Helman

Thomas Loopstra

Great festival and there is a good vibe set up by the festival hosts. Also thumbs up for the organistation, these are all factors that make this a festival one to participate or visit!

Thomas Loopstra

Joe Stucky

Thank you for an amazing festival!

Joe Stucky

Jonathan Blank

The Hague Global Cinema Festival is a festival run by a team that really cares about films and puts their heart and soul into making it happen.
The Hague is an incredible city in an incredibly country and a fantastic venue for a film festival.

Jonathan Blank

Al Kryszak

The Hague Global Cinema Festival was a great event, very well-communicated & organized. I was happy to be included with these unflinching & powerfully inspired films.

Al Kryszak

Joe Zhao

Thank you for being part of your festival. We are very happy about being selected in the festival. Good luck with your next festival!

Joe Zhao

Michael Paul Girard

The communication was great and they put on a wonderful festival. Even though I was unable to attend in person due to the pandemic , they had part of their festival on-line to accommodate those who couldn’t be there. They really love independent cinema and it shows. I will definitely submit my next film to this festival.

Michael Paul Girard

Ralph Hammann

It was a great honor to be included in this excellent festival which is honest and discriminating in its choices. The festival is a tribute to the great place in which it is held. I will continue to submit to The Hague. To merely be selected here is the equivalent to win in some of the better known festivals. They truly love and champion independent films. This is one of the highlights of our acceptances!

Ralph Hammann

Marven Likness

Thank you. I am truly honoured for having two of my scripts One in a Trillion – Escape and Feature represented in this lovely festival. These scripts and more are available for viewing today on ScriptRevolution.com. I am also listed on iMDB. May you have many successful years with your wonderful festival.
Marven Likness

Marven Likness

Lucinda luvaas

Many thanks to The Hague Global Cinema Festival for screening: Road 721. Everyone has been so caring, obviously very enthusiastic about films and filmmakers. It’s been one of the best experiences I’ve had with a film festival. The Interviews with filmmakers was such a good idea. You all went the extra mile to make this online festival really worthwhile. Thank you so very much again! It was a great experience working with you all. Lucinda Luvaas

Lucinda luvaas

The Blue Marble

Thank you for selecting The Blue Marble for the 2020 The Hague Global Cinema Festival. We were honored to participate. I want to extend congratulations to the festival and all involved for your professionalism and enthusiasm especially in the midst of a world-wide pandemic. Continued success and hope we will meet in person some day.

The Blue Marble

A. L. Lee

I really wanted to attend Hauge Global Cinema Festival but couldn’t because of Covid-19. I found the organizers of the festival were quick to respond to questions and well organized. Thank you for selecting my film, “Artemis & the Astronaut” and for the Honorable Mention award.

A. L. Lee

Duende Media

Networking was hurt by COVID

Duende Media

Robert Hughan

Well organized film festival and despite the Covid-19 has made it a success. Communication with filmmakers is open, honest and clear.
Stay safe Robert Hughan en Arthur Scheijde.

Robert Hughan

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Guest of Honour

Leendert de Jong

Head of Films at Filmhuis Den Haag

Leendert is working for a long time at Filmhuis Den Haag. Connecting is what they do in collaborating with other cultural institutions in town and different communities. They connect with the profile of The Hague as City of Peace and Justice and collaborate with human rights organisations, European commissions and embassies. And different communities in The Hague can Connect with them like students, surfers, hip hoppers, immigrants, minority groups, expats, you name it. They all come with their own wishes and, in some cases, are very eager to provide them with guest programming. This way they try to host and celebrate the cultural diversity of the population of The Hague.

Finalist films 2021 – Season 3

Official Selections

Our Team

Marianna Giacomel (Project Manager)

She was born and lived in Italy where she studied foreign literature. In 2018 she moved to The Hague with her family. Lover of reading, visual arts and music, especially jazz. “Working for The Hague Global Cinema Festival and Alwar International Film Festival gives me the opportunity to combine my passion for films with being part of a team in an environment that highlights the multiculturalism, a characteristic of The Hague, the city where I chose to live and where I want to play an active role.”

Kamalika (Festival Hostess)

A versatile internationally recognised singer, artist and anchor

She is a creative artist, singer, anchor, performer, actress, model for the last 20 years. Performed on stage and TV shows spanning across music, theatre, debate, quiz, dance, modelling and anchoring shows in various countries. She is a versatile vocal artist of Classical, Bollywood and Western genres of Blues, Jazz, Pop, Soul, Soft Rock. Trained in Indian classical music under Late Vidusi Srimati Shipra Bose, known as Bengal’s Begum Akhtar. Trained in Western vocal music under Teiron Jones. Kamalika has given stellar music performances at various prestigious clubs and events across Kolkata, Muscat, and Bangalore including at Hard Rock Cafe Bangalore with her Blues Jazz band Divergent Notes. She performed in Hindi, Bengali and English for various community cultural programmes in  different countries. Anchored shows for famous Bollywood music directors like Pritam, Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Imran Khan Badshaah, and a number of high profile corporate events while in Oman, Muscat at prestigious venues. She has hosted and performed Bollywood music for international film festivals like Alwar International film festival and many others in Doha, Kolkata, Bangalore, Muscat. She has also written, directed and acted in plays in Bengali, and acted in several other English drama productions. She has also given contemporary dance performances abroad and in India at various cultural events. She also writes poetry and does recitation as part of her other interests as well.

Scott Blum (Chief of Jury / Judges)

Scott has a passion for enjoying films of all sorts in particular those with “a message that makes him ponder and think”. His involvement in the Hague Global Cinema Festival is as a film-goer and he is mightily impressed by the innovation and the sheer quality of all of the films that are submitted.

Scott has lived and worked overseas, he has travelled extensively, and now resides in the UK where he is enjoying life.

Keyuri Shah

She is a known Bollywood actress based in Mumbai with around 2 dozen films to her credit. She started as a theater artiste and has done many short films, commercials, fashion modelling for many brands and print shoots. She has acted as a lead actress  in a number of regional language feature films in India.

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