21 - 24 JUNE 2021 / EDITION N°32

Margje De Koning


Margje De Koning

Movies That Matter


About me: After finishing her studies, Margje de Koning directed documentaries for various broadcasting companies for 12 years.

For some years Margje was a teacher for documentaries at the University of Amsterdam.

In August 2004, Margje became Commissioning Editor for a documentary slot of 52’ docs. This meant producing and co-producing creative single 52′-documentaries on contemporary social, social-cultural and moral issues with a strong human interest angle. The focus is on Dutch subjects but surely also on subjects from over the hole world.

Since January 2005 Margje de Koning has been responsible for the Television Department of IKON and on January 2012 she became Head of TV, Radio and New Media programming at IKON. From January 2016 IKON has been incorporated within EO with Margje de Koning as Head of Documentaries for EOdocs. Since September 2019 she left the Public Broadcaster in order to become the new artistic director of the film festival Movies that Matter

Company profile: The Movies that Matter film festival is an annual event in The Hague with the main goals to screen films about human rights and to stimulate and promote the screening of these films by others. Our core mission is to open the eyes of the world to human rights, and we use films to encourage dialogue about a fair and just world, to influence the public opinion and to motivate commitment to human rights and a sustainable society.

Movies that Matter believes that film is a powerful weapon against social indifference and has an unprecedented capacity to open eyes. Films have an emotional appeal and serve as a mouthpiece for victims of injustice. Therefore, film is an excellent way to stir up the debate and functions as a call to action. Our core activity to accommodate this vision is organising an annual international film festival in The Hague, The Netherlands -the International City of Peace and Justice- since 2009.

Before and after the festival, the MtM team actively engages in yearround activities such as educational programmes for schools, talent development programmes for activists and filmmakers, awareness-raising campaigns with NGOs and governments, the international Human Rights Film Network (HRFN) and festival workshops and selections at other events. Moreover, MtM invests financially and with advice and support in human rights film events in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Eastern Europe (22 in 2019) to promote the screenings of human rights cinema worldwide.

Areas of expertise: advise on script, editing, international co-production, broadcasters, moderation, pitching advice