Impact Days

Some films have the power to create long-lasting change. In 2019 the FIFDH launched Impact Days to celebrate and develop cinematic storytelling as a tool for social change. This international Industry programme brings together filmmakers, producers, NGOs and foundations to find alliances and joint strategies around common human rights themes. Now in its fifth year, Impact Days has helped hundreds of participants elevate and amplify the impact of their work.

Impact Days 2023 Programme

Impact Days is the Festival’s Industry programme, dedicated to film professionals, NGOs, funders and media. Through targeted partnerships, its ambition is to use the power of documentary film as a tool for concrete social and policy change. From 12 to 14 March 2023, through meetings, case studies, masterclasses and pitching sessions, it brings together filmmakers, non-governmental organisations and international foundations to facilitate strategic collaborations around common themes.

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Selected projects

The Geneva FIFDH Industry programme Impact Days is back for its fifth edition! We’re so excited to present the 16 selected documentary projects that will take part in the 2023 Impact Lab. 

Documentaries can play a fundamental role in sparking conversations and motivating actions that lead to structural and behavioural change. FIFDH Impact Days maximise this potential by helping to refine and define each film’s concrete impact goals and facilitating impact alliances between filmmakers and key players in the vast ecosystem of civil society activists, policymakers and funders active in Geneva - world capital of Human Rights.

Impact Days is made up of : a dedicated online Impact Lab for selected projects (January - March), a public Industry programme taking place online on 19 January, and an in-person programme in Geneva of international masterclasses, pitching and curated networking from 12 to 14 March 2023.

Discover the 16 selected films projets!

Webinar - January 19th, 2023

The 5th edition of the FIFDH Impact Days programme kicked off on January 19thfrom 3pm-6.30pm CET with its annual public webinar on Impact Filmmaking for Social Justice.

The session opened with a keynote by Molly Murphy of Working Films - which has partnered with and trained over 1,250 grassroots groups and NGOs in the art of collaborating for impact. We then dove into an impact case study - From Toxic Playground to Arica - The Impact Journey of Two Films- about a Swedish toxic waste scandal which led to an unprecedented transnational corporate accountability trial. During our annual roundtable, representatives from leading international foundations discussed ethics of funding impact. Full programme of the webinar.

Know more about the Impact Days

The FIFDH Impact Days are organised in collaboration with:

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Key dates

14 October 2022
Deadline for submission of the projects 

19 January 2023
Webinar for selected film teams and observers

20 January 2023
Webinar for selected film teams only

16 February 2023
Workshop for NGOs in Geneva

12-14 March 2023

  • Industry Programme for accredited participants including masterclasses, panel discussions and networking opportunities for filmmakers and changemakers.
  • Public pitch and one-to-one meetings between selected film teams, NGOs and philanthropists

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Laura Longobardi
Head of Impact & Industry
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Ana Castañosa
Deputy Head of Impact Days
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Sophie Mulphin 
Impact Days, Changemaker Programme Manager
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Sandrine Koenig
Impact Days Assistant

Previous editions

> Impact Days 2022

>Impact Day 2021

> Impact Day 2020

> Impact Day 2019

> Participating Organisations