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The 18th Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival will be held on 26 March – 4 April 2021.

 

We are looking for creative documentaries which open a fresh perspective on the contemporary world, films which analyze it, making an important contribution to the discussion of human dignity, freedom and equality.

 

You can submit your film to the competition programme which consists of three sections: the international DOCU/WORLD and DOCU/SHORT competitions and the national DOCU/UKRAINE competition which presents documentary films created in Ukraine or in co-production with Ukraine, as well as by Ukrainian filmmakers in collaboration with foreign production companies.

 

YOU CAN SUBMIT YOUR FILM VIA THE FILMFREEWAY PLATFORM. SUBMISSIONS ARE ACCEPTED AND CONSIDERED FOR A FEE.

 

* By submitting your film for the festival, you agree to the terms of application and the regulations of Docudays UA.

 

The final deadline for accepting submissions is 10 December 2020.

 

WHAT KIND OF FILMS ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

 

Creative documentaries of various running times created no earlier than 2019. These are films which open an unexpected perspective on the contemporary world. Which analyze it, make an important contribution to the discussion of human dignity, freedom and equality.

 

PREMIERE POLICY

 

It’s important for films produced in other countries to not have been premiered at Ukrainian film festivals, on Ukrainian television and online resources. They also must not be previously screened at Ukrainian cinemas.

 

For Ukrainian films submitted for the national DOCU/UKRAINE competition or international DOCU/WORLD and DOCU/SHORT competitions, the Ukrainian premiere is also mandatory. However, Ukrainian films which have already had a national premiere can potentially be considered for the festival’s non-competition programme.

 

HOW DO I SUBMIT A FILM?

 

We accept films exclusively via the FilmFreeway platform. To do it, you need to register at the platform beforehand or submit your film from an existing account.

 

DEADLINES

 

The film selection starts on June 1, 2020. We have several deadlines. After each of them, the application fee increases.

 

DATE

DEADLINE

SHORT FILMS

FEATURE FILMS

FILMS PRODUCED IN UKRAINE OR IN CO-PRODUCTION WITH UKRAINE*

STUDENT FILMS

1 Jun 2020 – 1 Sep 2020

Early deadline

5 USD

10 USD

free of charge

50% discount depending on the selected competition section

2 Sep 2020 – 20 Nov 2020

Regular deadline

10 USD

15 USD

free of charge

50% discount depending on the selected competition section

21 Nov 2020 – 10 Dec 2020

Final deadline

15 USD

20 USD

free of charge

50% discount depending on the selected competition section

 

* In some cases, you can submit a film free of charge or with a 50% discount. The following films have their application fees waived: nationally produced projects or projects created by Ukrainian filmmakers in collaboration with foreign production companies, as well as projects from a number of countries. The list of these countries can be found at this link.

 

IN WHICH CASES CAN I SUBMIT A FILM FREE OF CHARGE? If you are submitting a film for the national competition – that is, at least one of the countries of production is Ukraine, as well as if it is a film by a Ukrainian filmmaker. In addition, if at least one of the countries listed here participates in the film’s production (not as a filming location but as a country of production).

 

DOES SUBMITTING A FILM REQUIRE A FEE? Yes. This allows us to pay for the work of professional programmers so that each film is watched and evaluated on time.

 

CAN I GET A REFUND FOR A SUBMITTED APPLICATION? No, the application fee is non-refundable.

 

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

 

CAN I SUBMIT A FILM FOR THE NON-COMPETITION PROGRAMME? You can submit a film for the selected competition programme, but not for the non-competition programme. The final decision about the film’s participation in either the competition or non-competition programmes of the festival is made only by the festival’s Selection Council.

 

ON SUBTITLES

  • Films in Ukrainian and Russian can be submitted for consideration without subtitles. If a film in Ukrainian is selected, we ask the authors to provide a film copy with English subtitles for screening. If a film in Russian is selected, we ask the authors to provide a film copy with Ukrainian and English subtitles for screening.
  • Films in other languages submitted for consideration must have English subtitles.

SELECTION RESULTS

 

All films submitted before 10 December 2020 will receive an email with the selection results by 20 February 2021. It can be an official invitation to the programme or a rejection letter. The festival programmes will be announced publicly starting in March 2021.

 

In some cases, the answer about your participation in the festival can be given earlier. For instance, if the Ukrainian premiere status specified in the form can change or has changed. In this case, we ask you to inform the Programming Department (program@docudays.ua).

 

Should you have any questions regarding the application process, please email us at program@docudays.ua

18 INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
26–
March
4
April 2021