This is an IMDb Qualifying Festival


The city of peace and justice will host the third season of The Hague Global Cinema Festival in 2021. 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
Event date: Awaiting confirmation of Filmhuis' 2021 calendar

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
  • It was a great experience. Everyone was very professional and our film got a lot of exposure. Thank you so much.

    August 2021
    Response from festival:

    Dear Ra,
    Thank you very much for your comments. We are looking forward to your participation in our next edition. Regards,

  • Aravind Lekha

    Very nice festival. I loved it..

    January 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Aravind.

  • Burak Oguz Saguner

    We are honoured to have received an Honourable Mention with our film One Third Of A Second at this year's The Hauge Global Cinema Festival. The festival staff was very attentive, and the communication was excellent. Thank you for having us, and we hope to see you next year.

    December 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Burak. Congratulations!! We also hope to see you in The Hague in 2021.

  • Hope to visit the festival in person once the virus is under control.

    December 2020
    Response from festival:

    You are most welcome James. Thank you for your participation and rating.

  • Maxim Shalygin

    Good luck in 2021 and hope to visit your festival at the Filmhuis Den Haag.

    November 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Maxim for your participation, creating an innovative cinema work and your rating. Looking forward to see in Den Haag in 2021.