About Film Festival

The agenda of human rights is a global issue endorsed by many countries around the world. Human rights include every aspect of economical, civil and political rights. The violation of human rights is still remaining in the different parts of world. In the context of Nepal, the human rights issues have rooted hardly from the beginning; the rights of women, rights to indigenous peoples, child rights, and freedom of speech to all the peoples, dalit rights, madhesi rights has not been addressed in reality beside are in the papers only. Since from the armed revolution in Nepal, the violence’s made by the Maoist and government of Nepal are still embedded in the minds of peoples of Nepal. These types of violations and the trauma rooted in different levels needs to be sorted out presently. Nepal has been gone through many transformations now. The country has successfully implemented the federal system with three levels of government; central, provincial and local level. This needs to address the historic and contemporary inequalities, discrimination and marginalization. The identity and inclusiveness issues will rise shortly to increase representation and participation which could be the major criteria for addressing human rights. Human Rights protection will constrain both the local level and central authorities which ultimately plays for the safe guard of the existing domination over the under privileged groups

Nepal Human Rights International Film Festival (NHRIFF) has established as a forum for advocating human rights via films. The voices of the people and the issues of human rights are not sufficiently raised in the film in Nepal. Film festival is not targeted in the issues of human rights.  So, the project, ‘Nepal Human Rights International Film Festival’ will focus on those issues dealt above. Festival will be dedicated to the vulnerable communities who are historically backward in Nepal.

The Seventh Nepal Human Rights International Film Festival (NHRIFF) will be held during 4th -7th, April, 2019 in Kathmandu. Over 90 selected films from around the globe made on human rights issues will be screened during the festival. We have already received over 1000 films from about 92 countries, which are in the process of selection. The film screening will be held at two auditoriums in Kathmandu. All the screenings will be followed by discussion on the film with the filmmakers if available, and the human rights defenders including national human rights institutions.

The films will be screened under following sections

  • Competition section

The films produced during 2017 and 2018 will be eligible to participate in this section. The films need to be based on at least one aspect of human rights. They could be both fictions and documentaries. The films need to fulfill all the criteria set by the organizing committee. We have also received numbers of film which stories are related to refuge, migration, conflict and displacement.

  • Special Screening

Special films that could not fulfill all the criteria of competitive section but are important in raising human rights issues will be screened in this section. This section will also cover such films, which may not want to compete under the other section. Films from partners of the NHRIFF, which are qualified for being selected for the festival but could not participate in the competitive section due to conflict of interest, will also, be screened under this section. Films related to refuge will be screened in this category this year.

  • Partners’ Panorama

This section will screen the films produced by organizations, who are partners of the 7thNepal Human Rights International Film Festival. These films will not be recognized as official entries to the festival. But the festival will only provide a platform for the partners to show their works.


To bring the compelling voices of the authentic victims to the platform through films and constrain for the protection of human rights to the local and central authorities

To motivate every single film maker to make films on human rights issues through sharing of the international platform

To educate people about their rights through films made on thematic issues and what is going on internationally

To provide insight for stakeholders on HR violation and abuse issues in the country through films made on HR issues in Nepal

To bring out hidden issues of Human Rights Violations

To bringing together film makers, HR Defenders and stakeholders for common understanding at different levels of government

To encourage HR defenders working on different issues to make films for HR education, advocacy for policy change, further research and monitoring