Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival is held annually in the last week of March in Kyiv. On completion, Docudays UA traditionally presents the best movies in the regions of Ukraine within the Docudays UA Travelling Festival. Films are demonstrated from October to December (inclusive).
To promote popularization and development of documentary film and to raise the level of respect for human rights in Ukraine.
We create opportunities for every person in Ukraine to watch the most talented and present-day documentary films from all over the world. This contributes to the development of critical thinking, the creation of active citizen position, and appreciation of the highest value of human dignity. By realizing our mission we promote popularization and development of documentary film and to increase of the level of respect for human rights in Ukraine.
The 16th Docudays UA will take place in Kyiv Cinema House on March 22-30, 2019.
Festival is non-political and non-profit.
Every year, organizers of the upcoming Festival create Organizing Committee consisting of representatives of the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union, Non-Government Оrganization “South”, Kherson Regional Charity and Health Foundation (KRCHF), Centre for Modern Information Techniques and Visual Arts and invited experts in the documentary, human rights, management and fundraising. All decisions on the Festival program, guests, jury members, seminars and workshops are adopted by the Organizing Committee.
Application submission means you comply with the Festival Regulations and acknowledge the Festival right to use submitted materials in non-commercial purposes.
The program features creative documentaries in which ethical and legal problems are revealed through expressive artistic means. The competition program consists of three sections.
Every year, the Festival chooses the main topic whose different aspects are presented in the non-competitive program. In addition, the Festival offers traditional programs such as RIGHTS NOW! (documentaries about the currently relevant examples of the struggle for human rights), DOCU/BEST (international award-winning films), DOCU/ART (films about art and artists), DOCU/YOUTH (the program for children and teenagers), and retrospectives of famous directors.
The Organizational Committee invites prominent Ukrainian and international filmmakers and human rights advocates to participate in the Jury. The Student Jury is formed by the Organizational Committee based on the results of an open competition.
Additionally, in each of these nominations, the Jury can give special mentions to up to two films.
Based on an audience survey, the Audience Award winner will be determined. This film will also receive USD 1000.
Organizations and private persons can give their own special awards by the preliminary agreement with the Organizational Committee.
Application and selection procedures
The films that participate in the Festival’s competition programs are selected by the Selection Commission which has five members. The Organizational Committee invites experts in documentary cinema and human rights advocacy to participate in the Selection Commission. The Festival Program is approved by the Organizational Committee. The order of the screenings is determined by the Festival’s Program Department.
Applications are received in several stages. The first deadline is on November 20 of the year before the future festival. The second and final deadline is December 10.
The consideration of applications for the Festival’s competition programs is done for a fee. The payment must be completed online during the application process through the FilmFreeWay service. The application fee is non-refundable.
As they fill in the application, the applicants can select several nominations/competitions which they want to apply for. The final decision is made by the Selection Commission and the Festival’s Organizational Committee.
Application Deadlines and Fees
|Dates||Deadline||Short Films||Feature Films||
Films Produced in Ukraine
or in Co-Production with Ukraine
|02.07.2018- 01.09.2018||Early Deadline||5 USD||10 USD||free|
|02.09.2018 - 20.11.2018||Regular Deadline||10 USD||15 USD||free|
|21.12.2018 - 10.12.2018||Final Deadline||15 USD||20 USD||10 USD|
The first 20 applications are received and considered free of charge.
Conditions of Application
All participants will receive an email about the results of the selection no later than February 20, 2019.
Films mailing, insurance and return
The applicant bears all mailing expenses for sending films to the Festival. To reduce mailing expenses, including customs duties, please indicate merely symbolic (token) value of package (for example, $1). The Organizing Committee covers insurance expenses for copies on DCP, and 16 or 35 mm films. These copies are to be returned by the organizers within 30 days after the end of the Festival to address indicated in your entry form at the Festival's expense. It would be expedient to use diplomatic channels of the sender’s country of residence for mailing purposes. If the sender uses mail, please, mark the parcel: “For cultural purposes only. No commercial value.” Important! Do not use courier delivery service! Send films and materials by mail only!
During the Festival, the same film may be screened no more than three times. Film copyright owners agree that their films are to be shown in Ukrainian translation. Translation costs are covered by Festival Organizing Committee. Translation costs for the films made in Ukraine should be covered by the producers of the film. Guests with accreditation have access to the Video Library (also online video library) with festival films. The Festival does not pay screening fees as it is non-profit. As a rule, the festival does not pay money to authors for film screenings, because it is non-commercial and non-profit. Therefore, the conditions of film screenings are discussed directly with the films’ authors and rights holders.
Invitation and participation
Directors, scriptwriters or producers of the films selected for participation in the competition are invited as the Festival participants. The Organizing Committee covers their accommodation, meal and travel expenses, but provides no per diem payments. Only one representative from each film or project may be invited at the Festival expense. All decisions on the Festival guests, jury members, or trainers are made by the Organizing Committee.
Advertising and promotion
The Organizing Committee can prepare and give to television stations special advertising reels (up to 3 min) of selected films, using the copies at the Organizing Committee disposal. Short (1 min or less) fragments of selected films can be used by mass media for Festival-advertising purposes and for showing before film screening. Advertising of films and organizations participating in the Festival is free of charge, all other advertising is to be paid for at a fixed rate.
The Travelling Festival
After the end of the Festival in Kyiv, the Organizing Committee carries out the Travelling Docudays UA throughout Ukrainian regions (oblasts). The screenings are held in cinema halls, houses of culture, universities, schools, youth clubs, book stores, libraries, penal colonies and educational facilities for future penitentiary workers and followed by discussions on human rights. The Travelling Festival is the non-profit event. However, to reduce renting costs for cinema halls, the organizers reserve the right to allow cinema owners to sell entrance tickets provided that gains are not exceeding operational costs. The Organizing Committee gets no profits from such ticket sales.
Please, indicate in the Entry Form your consent or intention for the participation of your film in the Travelling Festival.
The film copies and DVDs sent to the Festival and prepared for needs of the Travelling Festival are to be kept in the Festival archives. These copies can be used by organizers (Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union, Non-Government Оrganization “Pivden”, Kherson Regional Charity and Health Foundation (KRCHF), Centre for Modern Information Techniques and Visual Arts) in their subsequent work related to the purposes and objectives of their organizations for strictly educational, not commercial reasons.
Any issue not mentioned in Regulations is to be considered by the Festival Organizing Committee in accordance to procedures of the international festivals. Filled and signed Entry Form means that applicant agrees with the Festival rules stated in Regulations.
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