Formerly The Hague Global Cinema Festival

Guest of Honour

MARIËLLE VAVIER

MARIËLLE VAVIER worked as a board secretary at Youth Protection West, a certified institution for youth protection and juvenile probation. She has done many different things for GroenLinks in recent years. From 2011 to 2015 she was a member of the support group for the GroenLinks Parliamentary Party, in 2012 and 2013 she was a member of the candidate committee in The Hague, and until June 2016 she was a board member of GroenLinks The Hague. From June 2016 to March 2018 Mariëlle was a parliamentary party representative for the GroenLinks municipal council. In 2021 she was party leader of GroenLinks and she was party leader for the municipal elections of 2022. Since September 2022 she has been an alderman with the portfolios Poverty, emancipation and public health for GroenLinks.

Festival Theme: EXPLORE CULTURES

The city of peace and justice will host the fifth season of International Film Festival The Hague in November 2023 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.

Reviews

Ranno Kasemaa

It was an honour to be included in this festival and get an honourable mention for our documentary “Rooted in Song”. Such a fantastic boost to our confidence.
Thank you for your clear and friendly communication during the time.
I loved that The Hague Global Cinema Festival reacted to the times and was able to make their programme available online making it accessible to all.

Ranno Kasemaa

Maxim Shalygin

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

Maxim Shalygin

James Fitzmaurice

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

James Fitzmaurice

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.

Burak Oguz Saguner

Aravind Lekha

Very nice festival. I loved it..

Aravind Lekha

Dara Semerad

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

Trista Suke

Festival had to be moved online because of COVID. It was very well organized nonetheless and the organizers truly cared about indie film.

Would love to attend the festival in person one day.

Trista Suke

Kevin J. Howard

I’m truly honored to have my thriller “Protector of the Emerald City” as an Official Selection in 2020! Thank you so much!

 

 

Kevin J. Howard

Emilia Bunea

The festival was perfectly organised, which was remarkable especially given late-moment new Covid regulations. Communication was the best I’ve experienced with a festival, quick and solution-oriented. It is definitely a top event and first-rate in terms of value.

Emilia Bunea

Mohammad Shihab Uddin

Excellent Festival. Glad to participate this year and got ” Honorable mention” for our film “Tomorrow” I Wish you all the best for the upcoming events.

Mohammad Shihab Uddin

Daniele De Muro

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

Daniele De Muro

Mike Pasarella

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!

Mike Pasarella

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.

kevin short

Patrick Maijer

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!

Patrick Maijer

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. Greetings

Marcelo Lagreze

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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Finalist films 2022 – Season 4

Official Selections

Our Team

Jim Rygiel

Stephen Castor

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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