This is an IMDb Qualifying Festival

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.

Cover Image Courtesy: Marianna Giacomel

We have many awards in different categories which will be announced after the screening of the films.

1. Cinema of all genres allowed.
2. No restrictions in length
3. No restrictions on the year of making or release.
4. All non-English language films must be subtitled in English.
5. English films with English subtitles are encouraged.
6. We also accept submissions that have premiered elsewhere.
7. Films available for viewing on free platforms (like YouTube) can participate but the films will not be considered for screening.
8. Multiple entries are allowed, however a separate entry must be submitted for each.
9. Entry fees are non-refundable.
10. We will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling and/or venue.
11. No film may be withdrawn from the festival program after its selection.
12. If chosen as an official selection, The Hague Global Cinema Festival is granted the permission to exhibit the film at The Hague Global Cinema Festival and all associated screenings and their all media publicity material.
13. Location and timing of any screenings of the film shall be the sole decision of the organizers of The Hague Global Cinema Festival.
14. Filmmakers/submitters will be solely responsible for all costs resulting from the submission of the film to the Festival.
15. Films selected for screening will be required in the DCP format. Filmmakers/submitters will send us the DCP format at their own cost and risk.
16. Although every precaution will be taken to prevent loss or damage to materials while in the possession of the festival, The Hague Global Cinema Festival is not responsible should any materials be damaged while in transit to or from, or while in the possession of the festival.
17. The filmmaker holds The Hague Global Cinema Festival, its management, juries, subsidiaries, partners, agents, sponsors, affiliates, and volunteers etc. harmless from any and all claims of liability resulting from entry.
18. The filmmaker/submitters certifies to have full rights on the film/material submitted to the festival. The filmmaker/submitter will indemnify the organizers of The Hague Global 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.
19. The filmmaker/submitter certifies that the music used especially in the music videos is an original score. If any copyright claim arises especially for the music videos then the filmmaker/submitter will be fully responsible for it.
20. Decisions of the management of the festival will be final and binding to the submitters regarding judgment, selection, screenings, awards, prizes, certificates, laurels, venue, dates, schedule or any other activity related to the event. Filmmakers/submitters certify and undertake to abide by the decision of the festival management.
21. In case of some unforeseen situation or force majeure, like the one happened in 2020 due to COIVD19 pandemic or some other cause beyond the control of the festival management, the event may be held online. The filmmakers/submitters grant explicit permission to use their submission in the online event, if required.

Overall Rating
  • Marcelo Lagreze

    It was an honour to be part of The Hague Global Cinema Festival.
    I'm so happy and grateful for the award of my short film "Utopia Of The Outraged" for best documentary.
    Thanks again and sending my best wishes to the Festival team!
    Hope to see you soon.

    April 2022
  • It was so nice to participate in a film festival that I could attend in my own country. I really value the way of communication by e-mail and how social media outings were arranged. Announcements, posters, stills, etc. The film and director got the attention they deserved that way.
    It was oh so nice to be received at the Nutshuis in The Hague by the organisation with coffee, tea and pastry. And wow...my film won 1st prize in the category LGBTQ+, for which I feel very honoured!

    December 2021
    Response from festival:

    Dear Patrick,
    Thank you for your participation and comments. We hope to see you in our next event in November 2022. Meanwhile keep producing great cinema work as you have already done. Regards, Avnish Rajvanshi

  • kevin short

    Having been selected for this festival twice and never actually been shown, with no real commnication beyond that via Film Freeway on selection, I can't really say much about this festival, other than wish it luck for the future.

    November 2021
    Response from festival:

    Dear Anonymous Filmmaker: Thank you. We have exchanged a couple of direct emails with you in the past couple of days.. We appreciate your continuous support to our event. You produced an excellent cinema work, therefore, it made it to the Official Selection amongst the hundreds of films that we received. Your film could not make it to the Finalists. The competition was really tough. Our regrets if we have disappointed you.
    We assure you that you will receive the Certificate of Official Selection soon. We are looking forward to your participation in our next season. Regards,

  • It was an honour to be part of The Hague Global Cinema Festival and being among so much talented creative filmmakers. And thanks for the award and acknowledgement of my debut as director and filmmaker. I look forward to the next season by contributing with my work or sharing my view and experience. Thanks again and sending love to the Festival team!

    November 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Mike for your participation and kind thoughts. We also eagerly look forward to your contribution in the next season. Hope to connect with you soon.
    Regards, Avnish Rajvanshi

  • Daniele De Muro

    Honoured to have my short film"Horizon" at this beautiful Festival. I hope to submit a new project next year.

    November 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Daniele. We are looking forward to your participation in the next season. Entries are opening from 26th of Nov 2021.

    Regards, Avnish Rajvanshi