One World (Czech: Jeden svět) is the largest human rights film festival in the world (125 947 spectators in 2018) [1], held annually in Prague and other 36 cities of the Czech Republic, with a selection later shown in Brussels and other countries. The festival deals with quality documentary films on social, political, environmental, media and human rights issues. One World presents over 120 documentary films from all around the globe and organizes numerous Q&As with filmmakers and experts.


Established in 1999 by Igor Blaževič and the Czech NGO People in Need, the One World Festival presents over 100 documentary films during nine days in Spring from around the world. It is a founding member of the Human Rights Film Network, which brings together 33 festivals around the world.

In 2006, the festival received a Special Mention from UNESCO for its contribution to human rights and peace education. Three years later, in 2009, One World published a handbook entitled Setting Up a Human Rights Film Festival, which offers practical advice as well as case studies of prominent human rights events.[2]

In 2018, the One World Festival was in its 20th year and took place from 5 – 14 March, presenting 128 documentaries and 9 virtual reality projects from more than 40 countries around the world. In the same year the festival and the NGO People in Need published the handbook Explore Impact: How To Reach New Audiences And Boost Impact, that should serve as an inspiration guide for festival (or other cultural events) organizers, who care about the social dimension and impact of their work.[3]

One World was held under the auspices of Václav Havel, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Karel Schwarzenberg, the Minister of Culture Jiří Besser, and the Mayor of Prague Bohuslav Svoboda.[4]

Competitions and AwardsEdit

One World’s programme consists of three competition categories, a variety of non-competition thematic categories as well as Docs for Kids section. Films are judged by One World’s selection committee, that concentrates equally on both human rights content and artistic quality. Six main awards are given to the winning films:

  • International Competition Award
  • Award for the Best Director in the International Competition
  • The Václav Havel Jury Award for a film that makes an exceptional contribution to the defense of human rights
  • Czech Competition Award
  • Audience Award
  • Student Jury Award

Homo Homini AwardEdit

During the festival, People in Need grants the annual Homo Homini Award to individuals in recognition of a dedication to promote human rights, democracy and nonviolent solutions to political conflicts. The 2011 award went to the underground network of Syrian doctors, Doctors Coordinate of Damascus, for their work in aiding victims of violence in Syria.[5]

Winners of the Homo Homini Award[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival Final Report" (PDF). Retrieved 22 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Visit 13th annual one world festival". Archived from the original on 24 August 2011. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
  3. ^ "Explore Impact Handbook". People In Need. 2018. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Czech human rights Homo Homini Award goes to Chinese dissident and signatories of Charter 08". 11 March 2009. Retrieved 4 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Člověk v tísni udělí podzemní síti lékařů v Sýrii cenu Homo Homini". Česká televize (in Czech). 21 February 2012. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  6. ^ "PREVIOUS RECIPIENTS OF THE HOMO HOMINI AWARD". People in Need. Archived from the original on 1 May 2011. Retrieved 18 April 2011.


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