Submissions

17th International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival Docudays UA takes place from 22 to 29 March, 2020.

 

We are looking for creative documentaries which present a fresh perspective on the contemporary world. For films that analyze it, make an important contribution to the discussion around human dignity, freedom and equality.

 

The 17th Docudays UA is planning to hold a lot of activities related to the popularization of the topic of children’s rights. We draw attention to the complex, challenging process of growing up. As a path of growth and establishment of a personality, a country or a community. As absolute openness to everything new and a time for unexpected questions. As acquiring vitally important skills: how to make a choice, how to act and how to take responsibility.

 

The Festival’s competition program consists of three sections: the two international competitions DOCU/WORLD and DOCU/SHORT and the national competition DOCU/UKRAINE, which features documentaries created in Ukraine or in co-production with Ukraine. Call for Entries will close on 10 December 2019.

 

You can only apply via the FilmFreeway service. The consideration of applications is done for a fee.

 

More information:

 

Regulations

Selection criteria

Conditions of Application

Deadlines and Fees

Selection procedures

Awards

 

CONTACT

program@docudays.ua

 

FAQ

WHAT KIND OF FILMS ARE WE LOOKING FOR? Creative documentaries of different lengths made no earlier than 2018 and 2019. Films that will open up an unexpected perspective on the contemporary world. But not only them. Films that analyze the contemporary world, make an important contribution to the discussion around human dignity, freedom and equality. The 17th Docudays UA is planning to hold a lot of activities related to the popularization of the topic of children’s rights. We draw attention to the complex, challenging process of growing up. As a path of growth and establishment of a personality, a country or a community. As absolute openness to everything new and a time for unexpected questions. As acquiring vitally important skills: how to make a choice, how to act and how to take responsibility.

 

WHAT IS THE FESTIVAL’S PREMIERE POLICY? It is mandatory that an applying film produced abroad has not been premiered at Ukrainian film festivals, Ukrainian television and online resources. It is also important that it has not been shown in theaters in Ukraine. For Ukrainian films which apply for the national competition DOCU/UKRAINE or international competitions DOCU/WORLD and DOCU/SHORT, the Ukrainian premiere requirement is also mandatory. However, Ukrainian films that have already had their national premiere potentially may be considered for the non-competitive festival program.

 

HOW TO SUBMIT A FILM? We accept submissions via the FilmFreeway platform. You can submit a film by creating your personal account in FilmFreeway. Then you will just have to press “Submit” at the Docudays UA page.

 

CAN I SUBMIT A FILM FOR THE NON-COMPETITIVE PROGRAM? You can submit a film for the competition program you select, but not for the non-competitive program. The final decision about the film’s participation in both competitive and non-competitive programs will be made exclusively by the Festival’s Selection Council.

 

IS THERE A SUBMISSION FEE? Yes. It allows us to pay for the work of professional selectors, so that every film is watched and evaluated on time. The submission fee increases depending on how long it is until the final deadline.

 

WHEN CAN I SUBMIT A FILM? The film selection starts on June 1, 2019. We have several deadlines. After each of them, the submission fee increases.

 

Dates Deadline Short Films Feature Films

Films Produced in Ukraine

or in Co-Production with Ukraine*

Student films
01.06.2019- 01.09.2019 Early Deadline 5 USD 10 USD free

50% discount depending on

the selected competition category

02.09.2019 - 20.11.2019 Regular Deadline 10 USD 15 USD free

50% discount depending on

the selected competition category

21.12.2019 - 10.12.2019 Final Deadline 15 USD 20 USD free

50% discount depending on

the selected competition category

 

* In some cases, you can get a submission fee waiver, that is, submit your film for free. The films eligible for the submission fee waiver are:  films produced in Ukraine; films from the following countries: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua, Armenia, Aruba, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burma (Myanmar), Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde Islands, Central African Rep., Chad, Comoros, Congo, Congo Dem. Rep. of, Cook Islands, Cuba, Djibouti, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji Islands Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Korea North, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Micronesia, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar (Burma), Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, Pakistan, Palau, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Rwanda, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sudan South, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

 

CAN I GET A REFUND OF THE SUBMISSION FEE? No, the submission fee is non-refundable.

 

IN WHICH CASES CAN I SUBMIT A FILM FOR FREE? If you’re applying for the national competition, that is, if at least one of the producing countries is Ukraine. If at least one of the countries listed at this link participates in the production of the film (not as a filming location, but as a country of production).

 

WHAT KIND OF SCREENERS DO WE ACCEPT? Online links sent via FilmFreeway.

 

CAN I SUBMIT A WORK IN PROGRESS? Although we prefer finished films, you can submit a final cut without color correction or final sound mix. However, remember that we watch any work submitted for our consideration (either a finished film or a final cut) only once. This means that you cannot submit an updated cut the second time or even next year.

 

DOES THE SCREENER HAVE TO INCLUDE ENGLISH SUBTITLES? A screener of a film in Ukrainian or Russian does not have to be subtitled in English. However, if a film is selected for the festival program, the rights holders of the films in Ukrainian must provide a film copy with English subtitles. The rights holders of the films in Russian must submit for the festival screening a copy with both Ukrainian and English subtitles, according to the current legislation. Screeners of films in other languages must be subtitled in English, otherwise we will not be able to evaluate them.

 

WHEN WILL I RECEIVE INFORMATION ABOUT THE RESULTS OF THE SELECTION? All the films that will be submitted by December 10, 2019, will receive an email with selection results by February 20, 2020. This can be either an official invitation to the program or a rejection letter. The program will be publicly announced in early March. In some cases, answers may be given earlier. For example, if the Ukrainian premiere status indicated in the form may change or has changed. In this case, we ask you to notify the program department (program@docudays.ua).

XVII INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
20–29
March 2020