Films that make changes


Civil Pitch returns for the 19th Docudays UA! Civil Pitch 2.0 will last for two years and will start as a competition of ideas, which will later be transformed into a documentary film laboratory. The theme of the project will be "Films that make changes".


At the first stage, we will select twelve projects that will take part in a workshop led by international experts and will be presented at the pitching during Docudays UA in March 2022. As a result of the pitching, the four winning projects will receive funding of 210,000 UAH for the production of short documentaries (8-15 minutes in length), as well as mentoring support from leading international professionals. The films will premiere at Docudays UA in 2023.


In 2018-19, together with USAID/ENGAGE Activity and the Goethe Institute, we organized the first Civil Pitch. This project was born as a platform for the interaction of documentary filmmakers and public activists to create films that rethink the social reality in Ukraine. As a result of the project, the participants created four short films. These films have successfully traveled to Ukrainian and international venues, and some of them have been transformed into full-length films. Over the next two years, we will continue to develop the Civil Pitch and create new opportunities for interaction between activists and documentary filmmakers.


How to tackle inequality, overcome discrimination and make society more inclusive and tolerant? Can documentaries be a tool in this struggle? Every day we face events that are difficult to put up with. Through shared and personal experience, through collective and individual efforts, activists make these problems visible and tackle them. These stories inspire, help to understand the world around and show solidarity. As part of Civil Pitch 2.0, we invite filmmakers to address these experiences and work with activists to create films that make changes.


The competition is open to directors, human rights activists and public activists.


Read more about Civil Pitch 2.0, terms of participation and application details in REGULATIONS section.


Applications will be accepted from 13 December, 2021 to 18 February, 2022.


If you have additional questions, please e-mail the Project Team at


The Civil Pitch 2.0 competition is conducted by Docudays UA within the framework of the Engage project (Enhance Non-Governmental Actors and Grassroots Engagement), funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by Pact in Ukraine. The contents of this project are the sole responsibility of Pact and its partners and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) or the United States Government.

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April 2022