Selection Criteria

The FIFDH’s industry programme has helped hundreds of filmmakers and organisations amplify the impact of their work.

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Selection Criteria

We shortlist bold projects with a strong potential for impact, that highlight urgent human rights and social justice issues around the world. We consider applications from independent filmmakers and/or producers who are committed to outreach goals and to collaborating with pertinent partners.

A committee of international impact practitioners selects the final 16 projects. These must be driven by thoughtful and in-depth storytelling, show a compelling visual approach, and have a clear vision of the impact they want to make.


Benefits for selected teams

Important informations

The selected film teams will have to attend all compulsory events (Impact Lab and Impact Days) with at least one participant. These will take place on 18-19 January online and 10-12 March in Geneva. All events will be held in English.

The FIFDH requires its Impact Days 2024 selection logo to be included in the credits of the work once finalised.

Submission is free. Selected teams will need to pay an accreditation fee of 180 CHF for each team member attending the event. This gives access to all Impact Lab and Impact Days activities including lunches and the closing cocktail, as well as to all festival screenings and debates for the entire duration of the FIFDH (8-17 March 2024). Travel to and from Geneva and accommodation will be at the participants’ expense.

Selected participants based in the DDC priority countries can have their accreditation, trip and accommodation covered by the FIFDH (see countries here).

Selected participants who are members or alumni of partner organisations will benefit from 50% off their accreditation cost (scroll down here to logos of partner organisations).

Deadline for project 2024 submissions is finished. Selected team members will be notified during the second half of November 2023.


The selected projects and filmmaker names will be published online on and in a printed project catalogue distributed to FIFDH Industry participants. The published information will include: working title, project logline and stills, name of the filmmakers, producers and impact strategists/producers if any, production country/ies, impact goals and strategies.