Traditionally, films at Docudays UA competed in DOCU/WORLDDOCU/SHORT and DOCU/UKRAINEcompetitions. This year, the festival launched the RIGHTS NOW! award, for which ten films from all the Docudays UA programs were nominated. Each competition program was judged by its own jury which included international and Ukrainian experts, documentary filmmakers and human rights advocates.


In addition, the film Before Father Gets Back by the Georgian filmmaker Mari Gulbiani received the special award from the festival’s media partner Current Time TV – $3,000. The audience also picked their favorite film, White Mama by Zosya Rodkevich and Evgeniya Ostanina. Of the seven projects presented at Ukrainian Doc Preview, the Head of Industry at the International Documentary Film Festival Beldocs gave the prize to the film Roses. Film-Cabaret by Iryna Stetsenko. The prize is an opportunity to participate in the festival’s professional platform Beldocs in Progress International, where the filmmaker will have a chance to present her project to the wider international industry.




Main Prize


Voices of the Sea

Kim Hopkins, UK


The main prize goes to “The Voices of the Sea”, for the powerful and touchy and warm characters, for the love that wins above everything, for the sensitive camera that brings harmony of characters within the environment.


Special Mention


White Mama

Zosya Rodkevich, Evgeniya Ostanina, Russia


For the protagonist that gives us hope and believe that we have enough strength to deal with the hard issues in life.




The Winter Garden's Tale

Simon Mozgovyi, Ukraine


A woman’s life work flowers into a portrait of the cycle of nature and inevitable change.




Main Prize


A Friendship in Tow/Toe

Atsushi Kuwayama, Portugal


Mounting the stairs becomes a story of love, friendship and a promising dinner executed with charm, style, heart and humor.


Special Mention


Above the Styx

Maria Stoianova, Ukraine


For a fine example of how a collective of emerging filmmakers come together and manage to create one whole story from multiple viewpoints of society.




Main Prize


The Cleaners

Hans Block, Moritz Riesewieck, Brazil, Germany


For encouraging discussion about privacy, freedom of choice and human rights protection in the world where the internet and social media take up ever more of our private space, and we ourselves become a part of the global network. Where is the balance between the desire to protect the society from cruel content which incited hate and the freedom of choice and self-expression? Will the internet of the future be an instrument in the hands of dictators and global corporations, or a territory of boundless democracy and individual freedoms? Who has the right to define what should be “ignored” and what should be “deleted”? The film raises many questions to which the humanity has yet to find the answers.


Special Mention


Still Recording

Ghiath Ayoub, Saeed Al Batal, Syria, Lebanon, Qatar, France, Germany


For the human stories hidden behind military news reports. For the courage of the people who did not flee from armed conflict, but picked up a camera instead of weapons and showed the real events happening in Syria to the entire world. Despite all the horrors of the war, they still have strength, not just to live and maintain their dignity, but also to give others the feeling of peacetime life. It’s a reminder to every one of us: nobody can be sure that they are safe from war - we have to take the responsibility for preserving peace.


When Lambs Become Lions

Jon Kasbe, USA


The director has succeeded in combining the personal dramas of ordinary people and the global environmental disasters which concern everyone. Corruption, the violation of socio-economic rights, the damaging effects on the planet’s environment are all intertwined in the storyline and paint a whole picture - not just of Kenya, but also of the whole modern world, where states sometimes leave people no choice and force them to face difficult moral dilemmas.




I Grew Up As You Slept

Marcin Sauter, Poland


For boundless love and tenderness between worlds and generations!




Reserve Askania

Andriy Lytvynenko, Ukraine


Fresh reminder about our nature. The rhythmical and sensual narrative of the film can fascinate and move the audiences with any background, and the protagonists win you over with their sincerity and dedication to their work.




White Mama

Zosya Rodkevich, Evgeniya Ostanina, Russia