HISTORY OF THE FESTIVAL

The festival called Docudays on Human Rights was held for the first time in 2003. At that time the program included documentaries and feature films. Most of them were Ukrainian premieres. From the beginning, the organizers were sure that the films would not only be screened in the capital, but also in the regions of Ukraine.

 

The second festival was held in 2005 and had the subtitle of ‘Ukrainian Context’. This time the program consisted mainly of non-fiction films. The festival started out on a tour of the regions of Ukraine after the shows at the Cinema House in Kiev. This is how the Docudays on Human Rights Traveling Festival began.

 

The next year, ‘Ukrainian Context’ was accepted as part of the international Human Rights Film Network (HRFN) at the International Documentary Festival in Amsterdam (IDFA).

 

In 2006, the festival was judged by a jury for the first time, and the next year Ukrainian journalists also awarded their prizes. In 2008 the program was divided into two competitions: creative and the human rights, and since that time the festival has also had two juries: the creative competition jury and the human rights competition jury. Furthermore, in 2008 the festival was renamed as the Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival. The festival is traditionally held during the last week of March in Kyiv’s Cinema House.

 

XIII International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival Docudays UA

Dates: March 25 — April 1, 2016 (Kyiv), October 2016 – December 2016 (regions of Ukraine).

Organizers: Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union, NGO Pivden, Kherson Regional Charity and Health Foundation, and the NGO Centre for Modern Information Techniques and Visual Arts.

Locations: Cinema House, Kinopanorama cinema, Kyiv cinema, Cinema "lira", PinchukArtCentre.

 

Opening film of Docudays UA was Under the Sun by Russian director Vitaly Mansky. Opening ceremony was hosted by Marichka Padalko, host of the 1+1 TV channel, and journalist Michael Shchur. And as the finale of Docudays UA-2016 was shown documentary film Mariupolis by Lithuanian director Mantas Kvedaravicius. The awards ceremony was held on March 31th in Cinema House. Hosts of the ceremony: festival moderators Marina Stepanska and Oleksandr Vynogradov.

 

We have chosen the theme BEYOUND ILLUSIONS because we feel like the whole world is trying to break though illusions to some new civilization order. Countries and nations are leaving many of their illusions nowadays.

 

Festival traditionally consisted of competition and non-competition programs. Competition program was divided into three groups – DOCU/LIFE, DOCU/RIGHT, DOCU/SHORT. Each of them was judged by separate jury. Also this year we have announced competition for Ukrainian documentaries DOCU/UKRAINE. Additionally, student jury and viewers also voted for their favourite films.

 

Non-competition program include winning films from other famous film festivals. Thematically, it was divided into sections: DOCU/BEST, DOCU/TECHNO, DOCU/YOUNG, DOCU/ART, WAYFARERS, RE-ACTION, BEYOND ILLUSIONS, TRUE/FALSE PRESENTS, HIGH FIVE FROM DENMARK, THE GUARDIAN DOCS and SPECIAL SCREENINGS.

 

DOCU/BEST traditionally gathered exceptional festival favourites. The films from the program BEYOUND ILLUSIONS intentionally broke into our comfort zone and propose an alternative perspective on the delusions that drive our perception of everyday life. Festival's program WAYFARERS dedicated to one of the most actual topics in the world — migration. Heroes of festival's films in program RE-ACTION treid to find answers on “What pushes people to resist and do their actions become grounds for systemic changes?”

 

This year’s topic of the program DOCU/ART was ‘Illusions of Genre’. These films not only told the stories of artistic people, but they are also experiments in the realm of nonfictional cinema. DOCU/TECHNO had screened documentaries that show our surroundings through the lens of these new technologies that have become the heroes of our time. This year we have extended the target age for our audience, and to mark this change we have even invented a new name for the program: DOCU/YOUNG. It is a program of documentary films for teenagers, which includes a collection of short films and two featuresFor the Docudays UA film festival Tue Steen Muller put together a special program HIGH FIVE FROM DENMARK where he combined the best  Danish films of different years to represent the evolution of documentary filmmaking in his country: from Jørgen Leth, the teacher of Lars von Trier, to the young directors who practice selfie-films. Also True/False Film Fest’s programmer Pamela Cohn selected three of the festival’s best films for this year’s program of Docudays UA - TRUE/FALSE PRESENTS.

 

Festival also presented photo project. The exhibition of photographs by Misha Friedman entitled Ukrainian Dream is another facet of thehypnotic whirlpool of this year’s Docudays UA, which offers us the chance to look at the symbol of Ukrainian reforms, our new police, from a refreshing perspective.

 

Third year in a row, the workshop of the documentary film DOCU/CLASS functioned during the festival: a lecture by Danish film director Jon Bang Carlsen “Reality Is a Question of Faith”, A lecture by Dina Barvinova, Marina Razbezhkina’s student - “Teenage Doc: The Experience of a Voronezh School”, question-answer talk with Pamela Cohn, filmcritic and program coordinator for the True/False Film Fest, “Danish Documentary: We Are Red, We Are White, We Are Danish Dynamite” by Tue Steen Muller. Georg Genoux, the director and the curator of documentary, social and therapeutic theater, and Natalia Vorozhbyt, a playwright, told about documentary theater as the only way out of the artistic ghetto into real life. Also It was a play Mykolaivka by the Theater of the Internally Displaced on Docudays UA.

 

Besides lectures, this year’s DOCU/CLASS program was full of useful professional information. The six presentations will tell you about different cinematic initiatives: documentary workshop by Serhiy Bukovsky, IDFA industry possibilities, The Lviv Film Commission, Dokumentor international web-platform,“The Film Revision of Donbas” - new publication by The Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Center, and Docworks UA-UK - a new program for documentary projects at the development stage.

 

And finally, a cherry on top of this year’s DOCU/CLASS - Public Pitching of the Guardian Goes Ukraine Contest. Six projects, selected from among 97 applications, will compete for the financing and an opportunity to tell their story to the world.

 

Last year was the first time we offered a children DOC/SADOC program for the youngest festival guests. After the warm feedback from children and their parents we have decided keep this good tradition in 2016. DOC/SADOC is a space where parents can leave their children to professional teachers and let them join the exciting documentary world.

 

“Living library” traditionally functioned at the festival.

 

Simultaneously with the film screenings, festival offered a program of human rights events. This year we had prepared a program that might interest law and journalism professionals as well as everyone who faces bureaucracy and discrimination in their everyday lives. Those who face problems in their professional field might be interested in master class “Public information access as instrument for journalists and investigation film authors”. Non-government organization WITNESS specialists told about their experience of fixing human rights violations with cameras of the simple gadgets that could be used in court. The discussion held by editors of the popular science magazine “Kunsht” told you about other dimensions of technical progress and their possible influence on our life, relationships and ethics. Also there were discussions: “Beyond Berehynia: women’s role in the new police of Ukraine” will take place after the opening of “Ukrainian dream”, “Through the illusions with weapons of the weak”, “Migration or solidarity crisis in Ukraine and wider Europe”. The whole Human Rights educational program was included around 30 events.

 

Winners

 

DOCU/LIFE

Main PrizeTHY FATHER'S CHAIR (dir. Àlex Lora, Antonio Tibaldi)

For its superb and precise depiction of a hidden and claustrophobic world full of memory and pain, the directors beautifully realize a work of cinematic accomplishment that makes for one of the most expansively human portraits we’ve ever had the privilege to see. It is, simply put, a big film.

Special mention: VARTA1, LVIV, UKRAINE (dir. Yuriy Hrytsyna)

This thoroughly original vision introduced us to an incredibly exciting cinematic voice in the Ukrainian landscape. Displaying artistic courage, the director dared to choose an off-road narrative of an epic event whilst completely exploding the documentary form in a thrilling way.

 

DOCU/RIGHT

Main PrizeCALL ME MARIANNA (dir. Karolina Bielawska)

For the humanity and the capacity to stand for your rights despite internal and external obstacles in spite of physical pain and everyone’s rejection.

Special mention: CENSORED VOICES (dir. Mor Loushy)

For the powerful and important archival work. For the musings over the difficult questions through the soldiers' doubts that unveil the ugly face of war.

Special mentionAMONG THE BELIEVERS (dir. Hemal Trivedi, Mohammed Ali Naqvi)

For showing the difficult contradictions inside the Muslim world and the ability of civic society to resist the inextricable circle of violence. For giving the word to each of the sides when it seems that the dialogue is impossible.

 

DOCU/SHORT

Main prizeEND OF THE WORLD (dir. Monika Pawluczuk)

A film of natural insight, this emotional, balanced, well structured film discusses loneliness, and longing, caring, affection, and courage in everyday city life, making a strong statement about making a difference through humanity and the art of listening. 

Special mention: SALAMANCA (dir. Ruslan Fedotow, Aleksandra Kulak)

A film built around powerful visual compositions that truly stay with you. This harmonical, poetical film contemplates the crucial moments when we reach the most difficult choices in your lives, circling from childhood to old age, with a unique view inside an isolated community.

 

DOCU/UKRAINE

Main prizePEOPLE WHO CAME TO POWER (dir. Oleksiy Radynski, Tomáš Rafa)

This film is at the same time raw, controversial, and understanding. It’s powerhouse film making with immediacy you can’t turn your head away from. It offers insights, and allows access into an enormously difficult situation of violence, conflict and illusion.

Special mentionREVE TA STOHNE ON TOUR (dir. Nadia Parfan)

This bittersweet, tragicomical and universal story about artistic struggle and friendship was our emotional favorite, showing a wonderful chemistry between the two protagonists, and building the atmosphere in a genuine and organic way. 

 

STUDENTS’ JURY AWARD 

PANORAMA (dir. Yuriy Shylov)

For the prosperty of film art.

 

ANDRIY MATROSOV AWARD FROM THE DOCUDAYS UA ORGANIZING COMMITTEE 

TEN SECONDS (dir. Yuliia Hontaruk) 

For creating the convincing sensation of fragility and vulnerability of life. For the ability to hear, love, and accept the people with their contradictions. For the masterful visualization of overwhelming despair and unbreakable optimism combined in the same people at the moment of tragic Mariupol shelling.

 

AUDIENCE AWARD

DAVID & ME (dir. Ray Klonsky, Mark Lamy)

 

XII International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival Docudays UA 

Dates: March 20-27, 2015 (Kyiv), October 2015 – December 2015 (regions of Ukraine).

Organizers: Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union, NGO Pivden, Kherson Regional Charity and Health Foundation, and the NGO Centre for Modern Information Techniques and Visual Arts.

Locations: Cinema House, Kinopanorama cinema, Kyiv cinema, PinchukArtCentre, Visual Culture Research Centre, Dim Mykoly Gallery.

 

Opening film of Docudays UA was The Donetsk People’s Republic, Or The Curious Tale of the Handmade Country by British director Antony Butts. Opening ceremony was hosted by Marichka Padalko, host of the 1+1 TV channel, and journalist Michael Shchur.  

  

Festival’s events were united by the theme of Propaganda because all Ukrainians have focused their attention on the war in the East. This war is called a hybrid war, since it has started long before the first shots were fired, using weapons of media and propaganda.

 

Festival traditionally consisted of competition and non-competition programs. Competition program was divided into three groups – DOCU/LIFE, DOCU/RIGHT, DOCU/SHORT. Each of them was judged by separate jury. Additionally, student jury and viewers also voted for their favourite films.

 

Non-competition program include winning films from other famous film festivals. Thematically, it was divided into 10 sections: DOCU/HITS, DOCU/UKRAINE, TEMPO IDFF PRESENTS, EX-YUGOSLAVIA: RECONCILIATION, DOCU/KIDS, DOCU/ART, DOCU/ENERGY, GEORGIA EFFECT, PROPAGANDA, ALIONA VAN DEN HORST RETROSPECTIVE and SPECIAL SCREENING from Cinema Politica.

 

DOCU/ENERGY showcased three interpretations of human and nature rights, challenges and opportunities that people have in their war with greedy energy corporations and with their own consumer habits. 

DOCU/UKRAINE consisted of the newest films from local authors. Program also included Ukrainian premiere of film-essay Vagrich and the Black Square about well-known conceptual artist Vagrich Bahchanyan made by Ukrainian-American director Andrei Zagdansky.

DOCU/HITS gathered five exceptional festival favourites.

DOCU/ART program consisted not only of films, but also of series of lectures and discussions. Additional screenings were taking place on premises of PinchukArtCentre. Here meetings with experts took place and the connection between documentary filmmaking and art was discussed.

Each year Docudays UA introduces Ukrainian viewers to other festivals from abroad. This year it was Sweden’s turn with the program TEMPO IDFF PRESENTS.

EX-YUGOSLAVIA: RECONCILIATION presented different views on difficult processes of return to peaceful life in this region.  

GEORGIA EFFECT (together with CineDOC Tbilisi) – gathered three films about Georgia that showed realities understandable and known to Ukrainians. Idols of the Soviet era rise up from the dead, while those in power and their reforms are disconnected from people’s real needs.

SPECIAL SCREENING from Cinema Politica introduced festival’s audience to organization that for the last twelve years screens independent political documentary films all over Canada.

 ALIONA VAN DEN HORST consisted of selection of films by famous Dutch director of Russian origin.

 

Festival also presented two photo exhibitions:  

Exhibition You See, My Brother? by Alexander Glyadelov. This exhibition consisted of approximately 60 photos, telling the story of revolution and war in Ukraine.

Exhibition Grozny. 9 cities is a common project of Olga Kravets, Maria Morina and Oksana Yushko, exploring some aspects of the war in Grozny.

 

Third year in a row, the workshop of the documentary film DOCU/CLASS functioned during the festival. Master classes were held by Aliona van der Horst; famous director of photography Lars Skree; Stephane Hueber-Blies and Michelle Mitchell with Transmedia storytelling for activist and human rights content; Anna Shpakova, Maria Morina and Oksana Yushko with Group projectGrozny. 9 cities”  – how to create and show a project that critically evaluates events in your own country; Artchil Khetagouri and Ileana Stanculescu Storytelling and Protagonists in Documentary Film; Ezra Winton and Svetla Turnin Documentary Activism: The Politics of Programming, Grassroots Screening Organization and Social Movements; Andrei Rus Film Diary and its Heritage; Martichka Bozhilova Bringing Our Localness to a Global Treatment in Documentary Film; Alexander Glyadyelov Conditions of Time; Askold Kurov (Non)political cinema; Ella Shtyka, Dmytro Tyazhlov LabDOCUTOLOKA. Training Pitching Session.

 

For the first time in its history Docudays UA extended the age framework for its guests and started the program of children’s events DOC/SADOC for children between 3 and 14 years old. For the youngest visitors festival team has prepared exciting developing lessons, interesting conversations and English language classes. For children between 8 and 14 years old a documentary filmmaking course was organized.

 

“Living library” traditionally functioned at the festival.  

 

Simultaneously with the film screenings, festival offered a program of human rights events. Festival is an influential human rights forum in Ukraine. This year it has attracted activists, film directors, civil society activists, journalists and everyone willing to attend discussions, roundtables, presentations, trainings and film screenings. The program of events included discussions about propaganda in times of war and human rights journalism, launch of anti-discrimination campaign, screening of the feature-length documentary Holodomor. The Forgotten Genocide (2013) by French director Bénédicte Banet, trainings about how to organize public actions and energy efficiency, Belarus Freedom Day, Crimean day.

 

Additionally, network of human rights media education film clubs DOCU/CLUB and online cinema DOCU/SPACE were launched during the festival Docudays UA.  

 

Winners

 

DOCU/LIFE

Main Prize: Together (dir. Denis Shabaev) 

For innovation, ability to inspire, and deep work with heroes. Film is made in discreet but distinct manner, with effective use of the method of storytelling from the child’s point of view. Heroes are presented here in dynamic manner – they are developing both as personalities and in their relations to other members of the group, while their own relations are filled with warmth and humor. The winning film can inspire all future filmmakers. It is a sign of real skill and talent to capture such a difficult topic with such an ease.   

Honourable mention: Deep Love (dir. Jan P. Matuszynski)   

For impressive on-screen portrayal of the internal struggle and conflict between the call of passion and need to take care of the others. In this film director managed to capture the difficult relationships between two people in love and to depict in detail the process of rehabilitation.

 

DOCU/RIGHT

Main prize: God’s Will (dir. Beata Bubenec)  

Honourable mention: Miners Shot Down (dir. Rehad Desai) 

Honourable prize for the hero of the documentary film: Goat for a Vote (dir. Jeroen van Velzen)  

To Mariane

 

DOCU/SHORT

Main prize: Starting point (dir. Michał Szcześniak)

For a film that by cinematic means captures uncertainty of heroine and her peculiar relations with the significant other, which inspires her to find a new meaning of life for herself.  

Honourable mention: The PT teacher, Gold and the River (dir. Amanbek Azhymat)   

For wonderfully shot movie, telling a story of an unknown place, where heroes fight for survival in harsh circumstances with incredible lightness and humour. 

Honourable prize for the hero of the documentary film: The Doctor Leaves Last (dir. Svitlana Shymko)  

To charismatic and fearless heroine of the film, who is ready to serve to the end to the cause she believes wholeheartedly. 

 

STUDENT JURY’S PRIZE

Main prize: Goat for a Vote (dir. Jeroen van Velzen)

For multifacetedness, relevance and gender sensitivity.  

Honourable mention: Happily Ever After (dir. Tatjana Božić)

For openness before the viewer and sincerity with herself.

 

ANDREY MATROSOV PRIZE FROM DOCUDAYS UA ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Maidan Everywhere (dir. Kateryna Gornostay)

For the winning spirit of freedom.

 

AUDIENCE AWARD

My Home (dir. Jiří Stejskal).

 

The 11th International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival Docudays UA

Dates: March 21 – March 28, 2014 (Kyiv), October – December 2014 (regions of Ukraine)

Organizers: Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union, Kherson City Journalists Association Pivden, Kherson Regional Charity and Health Foundation, and the NGO Centre for Modern Information Techniques and Visual Arts.

Festival locations: Cinema House, Kinopanorama Cinema, and Kyiv Cinema.

 

Docudays UA decided to go without any Opening film, because our attention is entirely consumed by ongoing changes in this country. We called upon directors who filmed Ukrainian protests and asked them to contribute their best footages. Those episodes of future films about Euromaidan made up the revolutionary kaleidoscope requiring no comments. Opening film was the chronicle of Ukrainian protest: Euromaidan. Rough Cut.

Hosts of the opening ceremony: known Ukrainian journalists, Natalya Gumenyuk and Andriy Saychuk.

Opening ceremony’s special guest: Mariana Sadovska, an actress and singer.

 

The topic of the 11th Docudays UA was Ideoruption. This meant corruption that long time ago had become ideology and with time being had become part of Ukrainian mentality. The topic was an attempt to grasp the scale of corruption in Ukraine and abroad, and showed how solidarity amongst ordinary people could oppose ideoruption.


Traditionally, the festival presented competition and non-competition programs. Competition comprised three lines: DOCU/LIFE, DOCU/RIGHT and DOCU/SHORT, each of which was assessed by its own jury. Students jury and the audience also chose their favorites.

 

Non-competition program amalgamates prize winning films from world festivals, films on peaceful protests, best film selections and much more. The 2014 special programs were DOCU/BEST, DOCU/UKRAINE, HOT DOCS presents, DOCU/RIOT, DOCU/ART, ARTDOCFEST presents, and Andriy Zagdanskiy’s Retrospective. 

 

DOCU/UKRAINE program was an opportunity to get acquainted with artists of various generations, styles, genres, and tastes. From debutants with still imperfect skills yet already with their own artistic vision ―to favorites of numerous festivals ―to almost classics of domestic documentary filmmaking.

DOCU/RIOT selection was for searching for new recipes or simple answers to complex questions. Not for learning from mistakes made by others. The only thing we could learn for sure was that we were not alone. Looking for the light at the end of the tunnel, we’ve got a chance to see it if people looking for it, too, turn on their flashlights there.

DOCU/ART selection presented vibrant uncompromising movies where a human produces acts of will instead of likes. 

The special program DOCU/BEST offered a selection of award-winning movies from various international festivals. 

Three films from Canadian international documentary film festival HOT DOCS did not pretend to be a revolution in life or cinematography. Nevertheless, they added new options to our mind compass. Films of this selection told us that things that we deemed complicated or intolerable in our lives were a routine for others.

ARTDOCFEST program presented three films. In the Danish Ballroom Dancer, a spectacular film made for theaters and built under the laws of grand cinematography, a viewer could see a person in critical period of his life. Lithuanian Igrushki in a strictly artistic manner demonstrated the mutations possible with human beings under conditions of police state. The Czech-Russian Theory of Aeducation and Uliyana focused on how totalitarian reality of a Christian orphanage tried to but still is unable to break a little yet proud and freedom-loving creature.

 

The festival presented two photo projects:

- photo exhibition “Faces of Maidan” by Igor Gaidai at Camera Gallery (March 22-28);

- photo exhibition “Photo 51: Is corruption encrypted in the DNA of Russia?” by Mikhail Fridman at Kyiv Cinema House (March 22-28).

 

DOCU/CLASS documentary workshop presented such lecturers and topics: Ilona Bicevska “From local idea to international screen: Independent co-production in post-Soviet space?”; Misha Friedman: Analytical photojournalism; Andrei Zagdansky: A director’s inner film; Dmytro Tyazhlov: IndieLab 2013: Practical master class in documentary film’; Igor Gaidai: Personal projects in photography ; Simone Baumann: Producing political films: Motivations and risks, and the specifics of working in Eastern Europe; Oleksandr Techynskyi, Oleksiy Solodunov, and Dmytro Stoykov: Close Combat Documentary ; Chris McDonald: How to devise a successful strategy to promote a film at festivals?; Max Afanasyev, Oleksandr Yudin: Liquid Television; Boris Mitić:The Entire Doc Film Industry Explained in 5 Drawings; Uldis Sekulis: Creative documentary in made-for-TV format; Maczei Kuziemski: Role of traveling in documentary filmmaking; Nadia Parfan and Illya Gladshtein: Chornobyl and cinematography: from disaster chronicle to mutant kids.   

 

For the third time the festival presented Living Library – our traditional format of communication between viewers and guests and our living books – people experiencing biased treatment in our society: a policeman, a refugee, a Muslim, a gay, and a feminist.

 

Winners


DOCU/LIFE 

Main prize: The Last Limousine (director Daria Khlestkina, Russia, 2014)

For a dignified, compassionate portrayal of state-factory workers lost in transition, but not in humanity. Perfectly casted, well crafted, and touching in its social, economic, and political absurdity.

Special mention: Crepuscule (director Valentyn Vasyanovych, Ukraine, 2014)

For a visually and emotionally superior depiction of human resilience, sensibility, and interdependence.

Special mention: Night Labor (directors David Redmon and Ashley Sabin, USA, Canada, 2013) 

For a provocative, atypical, allegorical description of industrial work and personal freedom.

Jury members: Boris Mitić, a Serbian documentary filmmaker, journalist; Chris McDonald, president of the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival; Simone Baumann, a German producer, head of the documentary department of Saxonia Entertainment GmbH


DOCU/RIGHT 

Main prize: Mother’s Dream (director Valerie Gudenus, Switzerland, 2013)

For a highly sensitive, empathic, and artistic presentation of a controversial and socially resonant human rights problem, affecting the fates of women and children globally.

Special mention: No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka (director Callum Macrae, UK, 2013)

For the powerful use of video advocacy in global awareness-raising and opinion-shaping regarding the mass murders of civilians belonging to a Tamil minority in Sri Lanka.

Special mention: Captain and His Pirate (director Andy Wolff, Belgium, Germany, 2012)

For exceptional courage of the film crew and an outstanding presentation of international piracy phenomenon as presented by a victim and his prison guard.

Jury members: Andrzej Poczobut, a Belarussian journalist; Natalka Zubar, a Ukrainian human rights activist, journalist, screenwriter, director; Oksana Sarkisova, a Program Director at the Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival (Hungary).


DOCU/SHORT 

Main prize: Liza, Go Home! (director Oksana Buraja, Lithuania, Estonia, 2012)

For filmmaker's poetic sensibility and respect for other humans’ secrets.

Special mention: Joanna (director Aneta Kopacz, Poland, 2013)

For filmmaker's ability to be both intimate and discreet.

Special mention: Mom (director Lidia Sheinina, Russia, 2013)

For ability of the filmmaker to find in the closed world of one apartment "things that quicken the heart".

Jury members: Andrei Zagdansky, a Ukrainian-American director and producer; Victoria Belopolskaya, film critic, а programming director of ArtDocFest, the most influential Russian festival for creative documentaries; Stéphanie Lamorré, a French documentary filmmaker, international independent writer, producer and director


STUDENTS’ JURY AWARD 

Tucker and the Fox (director Arash Lahooti, Iran, 2013)

For an optimistic story about a life-long passion

Jury Membes: Viktor Kylymar, Oleksandr Shkrabak, Halia Vasylenko, Petro Vyalkov, Tetyana Chesalova.


AUDIENCE AWARD

Joanna (director Aneta Kopacz, Poland, 2013)

 

ANDRIY MATROSOV AWARD FROM THE DOCUDAYS UA ORGANIZING COMMITTEE  

A Diary of a Journey (director Piotr Stasik, Poland, 2013)

 

The 10th Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival


Dates: March 22 – March 28, 2013 (Kyiv), October – December 2013 (regions of Ukraine)

Organizers: Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union, Kherson City Journalists Association Pivden, Kherson Regional Charity and Health Foundation, and the NGO Centre for Modern Information Techniques and Visual Arts with the support of the Renaissance International Foundation.

 

Festival locations: The Cinema House and "Kinopanorama"

 

WINNERS


DOCU/LIFE

Award-winning movie is Conversations on Serious Topics (Dir. Giedrė Beinoriūtė, Lithuania 

Films Noosfera (Dir. Artchil Khetagouri)  and Documentarian (Dir. Ivars Zviedris, Inese Kļava, Latvia) got special awards. Noosfera – is heartwarming and very private of Niko the eccentric, who brings his opinion on future of world and love as scientist and pedagogue, trying to apply his theory in his own life.Documentarian is a cheerful and smart movie about cinema which touches on the question of mutual connection of  filmmaker and a hero.

Jury: film director and producer, member of the European Documentary Network and the European film Academy Audrius Stonys, Lithuaniafounder director and chief editor of the Séance publishing house Lyubov Arkus, Russia, co-founder of the several  Film- and TV-Festival, tutor on training programs Tue Steen Müller, Denmark.

 

DOCU/SHORT

The winner is Pouters from Paul Fegan, Scotland.

ABC (Madli Lääne, Germany)’ for the film’s exceptionally accomplished storytelling  and Blossom with Tears (Huaqing Jin, China)  for an honest, uncompromising portrait of lost childhood  have received special awards.

Jury: director Oleksandr Balahura, Ukraine-Italyproducer and director Marianna Kaat, Estoniaproducer, screenwriter and teacher Krzysztof Kopczyński, Poland


DOCU/RIGHT

The Girl from the South (Dir. José Luis García, Argentina) won competition. 

Special award for passionate optimism and upholding the ideals of humanism in life received film The Punk Syndrome.

Jury: human rights activist, expert in international relations and history, poet, translator and journalist Mridula Ghosh, India, human rights activist, representative of the National Human Rights Public Association Belarusian Helsinki Committee Pavel Levinau, Belarus.


Main prize from Students’ Jury received Documentarian movie For the love of its subject, the documentarian’s self-mastery and boldness in filmmaking in unexpected circumstances.

 

Docudays UA team honored with a special prize named after Andrii Matrosov Ukrainian debut Sirs and Misters from Olexander Techynsky who discovered in his work an unusual Ukraine.


Audience award determined with Facebook voting, received Beyond Wriezen from Daniel Abma.

 

For the second time Docudays UA held the Animation contest. Audience award received movie from Valerii Dets and Irina Stelmakh (https://vimeo.com/62509794). The organizers of festival honored animation from Kateryna Voznytsa and Anton Prykhodko (https://vimeo.com/62694592).

 

 

 

The 9th Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival


Dates: March 23 – March 29, 2012 (Kyiv), October – December 2012 (regions of Ukraine)

Organizers: Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union, Kherson City Journalists Association Pivden, Kherson Regional Charity and Health Foundation, and the NGO Centre for Modern Information Techniques and Visual Arts with the support of the Renaissance International Foundation.

The Tragicomedy Diplomat about quaint world of African relations, directed by Mads Bryuhher from Denmark, opened Docudays UA.

'Dictatorship and authoritarianism' has become a dominant program among the special ones, which brought together three themed films Ukraine. Starting Pointby Sergey Bukovsky, Diary, Letters,Revolutions by Flavia Castro and Khodorkovsky by Cyril Tuschi.

On March 24 there was a presentation and opening of the 'Living Library' where everyone could communicate with 'living books' - people who are facing certain prejudice in society. Among them there were refugee, feminist, Muslim, lesbian, gay, Roma, Buddhist, foreign student, former prisoner, human rights activist and others.

Within the framework of Docudays UA in 'Kinopanorama' an educational program DOCU/CLASS was held at the first time - workshops of  famous documentary filmmakers: Marina Razbezhkina (Russia), Marshall Curry (USA), Givi Odishary (Georgia) and Emily James (UK).

This year's festival has also introduced innovations concerning Contest program. There are three contests: DOCU/LIFE, DOCU/RIGHT and first appeared Short Film Competition DOCU/SHORT, in which documentaries of no more than 45 minutes of running time.

WINNERS


DOCU/LIFE
Film Argentinean Lesson by Wojciech Staro (Poland) got the main prize.  
Special Mention 'For optimism' - Autumn Gold  by Jan Tenhaven (Germany).
Special Mention 'For incredible characters' - Gangster Project by Teboho Edkins (Germany).
This year jury included a certified specialist in aesthetics Nicolas Feodoroff, Russian film director, screenwriter and producer Marina Razbezhkina, publisherIvan Malkovich.

DOCU/RIGHT
Film Body and Soul by Matthieu Bron has won in the competition  
Special Mention 'For very artistic, humorous and moving story of relationship between characters that belong to different generations' - Life in  Stills by Tamar Tal (Israel).
Special Mention 'For artistic power and civil courage in the study of the protest movement in modern Russia' - Tomorrow by Andrei Gryazev (Russia).
Jury: head of the NGO 'The Center for Legal and Political Studies' SIM '(Lviv) Lydia Topolevska, chief editor of the portal 'Telekritika' and the head of the NGO 'Telekritika' Natalia Ligacheva and Czech photographer Bohdan Holomichek. 

DOCU/SHORT
Film We will be happy one day by Pavel Wysoczanski got the main prize.
Special Mention 'For brave and unexpected story about reflection of the world history in life of an ordinary person' - Chronicle of  Oldrich S. by Rudolf Smid (Czech Republic).
Special Mention   'For human and fearless to the subject of facing death' - Outro by Yulia Panasenko (Russia).
The judges were Polish kinoekspert Krzysztof  Gierat, founder and director of the youth organization 'Avantis' Ilona Bichevska (Latvia) and director, special correspondent for Radio Liberty in Crimea Valery Balayan.

Students’ Jury Award
Film Lesha by Elena Demidova got the Main Prize.
Special Mention 'For the struggle with loneliness'- Ramin by Audrius Stonуs.
Special Mention 'For the recipe for young filmmakers'- How are you doing Rudolph Ming? by Roberts Rubins (Latvia)

Special Prize from the National Union of Ukrainian Cinematographers
How are you doing Rudolph Ming? by Roberts Rubins (Latvia)  

Andriy Matrosov Award 
Outro by Yulia Panasenko (Russia)

 

 

 

The 8th Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

 

Dates: March 25 – March 31, 2011 (Kyiv), October – December 2011 (regions of Ukraine)

Organizers: Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union, Kherson City Journalists Association Pivden, Kherson Regional Charity and Health Foundation, and the NGO "Centre for Modern Information Techniques and Visual Arts with the support of the Renaissance International Foundation.

 

The favorite of many international festivals film The Other Chelsea – A Story from Donetsk by German director Jakob Preuss has opened the Docudays UA. March 25, Jakob Preuss invited Donetsk miners – heroes of his film.

 

This year Docudays UA joined the international campaign ‘The Empty Chair’ to support the human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo.

 

Best documentaries from Ukraine and other countries in Europe and Asia on human rights within the Travelling Film Festival have been seen in 112 cities, towns and villages of 22 regions of Ukraine, including AR Crimea and Sevastopol.

 

WINNERS


Art Competition

Grand Prix

The Player by John Appel (the Netherlands, 2009)

 

Special Awards

Scena del crimine by Walter Stokman (the Netherlands, 2010)

In Case of Loss of Pressure by Sarah Moon Howe (Belgium, 2009)

 

Art Competition Jury: Manon Loizeau (France), Marcin Koszałka (Poland), Uldis Cekulis (Latvia), Miroslav Janek (Czech Republic), Alik Shpilyuk (Ukraine)

 

Human Rights Competition

Grand Prix

Justice for Sergei by Hans Hermans, Martin Maat (the Netherlands, 2010)

 

Special Awards

Pink Saris by Kim Longinotto (UK, India, 2010)

You Don’t Like the Truth: 4 Days Inside Guantanamo by Luc Cote, Patricio Henriquez (Canada, 2010)

 

Human Rights Competition Jury: Niels Jacob Harbitz (Norway), Tatsiana Reviaka (Belarus), Nina Tagankina (Russia), Giorgi Janelidze (Georgia), Halyna Bakhmatova (Ukraine).

 

Students’ Jury Award

Pink Saris by Kim Longinotto (UK, India, 2010)

 

Special Award

The Taste of a Cinnamon Roll by Mykyta Sitdikov (Ukraine, 2010)

 

Students’ Jury: Maksym Anisimov, Alyona Pavlenko, Maria Polishchuk, Oleksandr Roshchyn, Tetyana Zheleznikova.

 

Audience Award

Shanghai Banzai by Jūratė Samulionytė (Lithuania, 2010)

 

Andriy Matrosov Award

The Olympic Man by Viesturs Kairiss (Latvia, 2009)

 

Special Prize from the National Union of Ukrainian Cinematographers

Out of Reach by Jakub Stozek (Poland, 2010)

 

Special Prize from the Regional Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine

The Arrivals by Claudine Bories, Patrice Chagnard (France, 2009)

 

 

 

The 7th Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

 

Dates: March 26 – April 2, 2010 (in Kyiv), October – December 2010 (regions of Ukraine)

Organizers: the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union, the Kherson City Journalists Association ‘Pivden’, the Kherson Regional Charity and Health Foundation, and the Center for Modern Information Techniques and Visual Arts, with the support of the Renaissance International Foundation.

 

The symbol of the festival was the Dixieland jazz orchestra from Kherson. A short documentary was made especially for the festival opening; it ended with a performance by children on stage. The writer Larysa Denysenko and the TV presenter Anatoly Yarema conducted the opening ceremony. The famous journalist and social activist Maksym Butkevych joined the film directors to moderate discussions after the movies were screened.

 

The Andriy Matrosov Award was established in 2010; he tragically died on 16 February that year.

Moreover, the festival presented awards from the National Union of Ukrainian Cinematographers and a prize from the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union.

 

As part of the Travelling Film Festival, the best human rights documentaries from Ukraine and other countries in Europe and Asia were screened in Vinnytsia, Donetsk, Dnipropetrovsk, Kyiv, Kryvy Rih, Luhansk, Lviv, Odesa, Zhytomyr, Ternopil, Zaporizhzhya, Kharkiv, Poltava, Sumy, Chernihiv, Kharkiv, Kherson, Simferopol, Yevpatoria, Sevastopol and in 102 cities and towns around Ukraine.

 

22,300 spectators attended the festival in Kiev. 153,000 people viewed the human rights documentaries, 70% of whom were educated young people. The effect of viewing the films was amplified by meetings with famous human rights activists, cultural workers and artists, topical discussions and debates.

 

WINNERS

Art Competition

Grand Prix

Mum Died On Saturday in the Kitchen…by Maksym Vasyanovych (Ukraine, 2009)

 

Special diplomas

Long Distance Love by Magnus Gertten (Sweden, 2008)

The Living Room of the Nation by Jukka Kärkkäinen (Finland, 2009)

Cash and Marry by Atanas Georgiev (Austria, Croatia, Macedonia, US, 2008)

 

Human Rights Competition

Grand Prix

Burma VJ – Reporting from a Closed Country by Anders Østergaard (Denmark, 2008)

 

Special Awards

Nine to Five by Daniel Gal (Israel, 2009) 

Sanya and Sparrow by Andrey Gryazev (Russia, 2008)

 

Students’ Jury Award For virtuosity and irony

The Worst Company in the World by Regev Contes (Israel, 2009)

 

Andriy Matrosov Award

Cash and Marry by Atanas Georgiev (Austria, Croatia, Macedonia, US, 2008)

 

Special Prize of National Union of Ukrainian Cinematographers

A Long Way Home by Aleksandr Gorelik (Russia, 2008)

 

Special Prize of Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union

Another Planet by Ferenc Moldovanyi (Hungary, 2008)

 

Audience Award

Football Father by Michał Jóswiak (Poland, 2008)

 

 

 

The 6th Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

 

Dates: March 27 – April 2, 2009 (in Kyiv), October – December 2009 (regions of Ukraine)

Organizers: the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union, the Kherson City Journalists Association ‘Pivden’, the Kherson Regional Charity and Health Foundation, and the Center for Modern Information Techniques and Visual Arts, with the support of the Renaissance International Foundation.

 

Journalist Andriy Kulykov became the anchor for the opening ceremony, where the world-famous Kyiv Modern Ballet Company performed. The festival also included photo exhibitions, exhibition of caricatures and presentations with the participation of famous Ukrainian writers, directors and public figures. The filmmakers invited participated in the ‘Document’ program on the Ukrainian 1+1 TV channel. Retrospectives of famous documentaries, master classes and an educational human rights campaign were held as part of the festival’s program. For the first time during the festival, a special program entitled ‘Documentary films against injustice’ was introduced; it included films on current human rights problems in Ukraine. Documentary films about child rights were a special focus of the festival. This initiative by the festival was held as part of the Global Film Festival on children’s rights, which was held by UNICEF to mark the 20th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The traveling festival was held in 100 locations around Ukraine. The screenings were held not only in cinemas and houses of culture, but also in boarding schools, penitentiaries and police departments. Regional organizers held discussions with the participation of public figures, human rights activists, journalists and filmmakers. About 140,000 spectators saw the Travelling Film Festival program, and the festival attracted 17,800 spectators in Kyiv. A students’ jury worked there for the first time.

 

 

 

The 5th Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

 

Dates: March 28 – April 4, 2008 (Kyiv), October—December 2008 (regions of Ukraine)

Organizers: the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union (UHHRU), the Kherson Regional Charity and Health Foundation, the Kherson City Journalists Association ‘Pivden’, and the Center for Modern Information Techniques and Visual Arts, with the support of the Renaissance International Foundation.

 

Films from more than fifty countries around the world were submitted to the festival, so the festival extended far beyond Ukraine. A new team, headed by the producer Andriy Matrosov, joined the festival organizers. The festival program was divided into two parts: human rights and creative contests. The jury evaluating the films’ artistic quality presided over the festival for the first time. As of this time, almost all the makers of the competing films visited Kyiv; after the screenings, they participated in discussions with the audience. A guest service was created; also, festival volunteers showed the guests the most interesting places in Kyiv. A commercial clip of the festival was shown by 5 TV Channel, who became a media sponsor of Docudays UA. The PR department started to operate: the Ukrainian mass media reported on the festival’s events, and posters appeared on the streets. Outstanding film producers, figures from the art world, and festival directors from other countries were invited to the jury. On the initiative of Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs, with the support of the SDC (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation), the Swiss Embassy and the Embassy of Canada in Ukraine, the ‘Right to Know’ program was initiated, which involves using films about human rights during training for all the staff of the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs.

 

There were also opening and closing ceremonies; the opening was accompanied by a string band, and the closing took place at the Ivan Honchar Museum, a center of Ukrainian national culture. The folk band Burdon performed after the awards ceremonies. The screenings and special festival events during the year were seen by 118,500 spectators in 60 cities around the country.

 

 

 

The 4th Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

‘Ukrainian Context’

 

Dates: March 29 – April 6, 2007 (in Kyiv), October—December 2007 (regions of Ukraine)

Organizers: the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union (UNHCR) and the Center for Modern Information Techniques and Visual Arts, with the support of the Renaissance International Foundation.

 

As was now the custom, the fourth festival took place in Kyiv’s Cinema House and lasted almost a week. In addition to the jury, which included human rights activists, there was a media jury. The program included more than 100 films from twenty countries. The festival also included retrospective screenings and master classes given by leading experts in documentary. In the regions of Ukraine, work started on the creation of a network of festival clubs for the Human Rights Documentary Film Festival. Ten films from Ukraine were included in the East Silver Documentary Film Market (Czech Republic). 6000 spectators visited the Festival in Kyiv, and about 50,000 spectators visited the Traveling Festival in 30 Ukrainian cities.

 

 

 

The 3rd Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

‘Ukrainian Context’

 

Dates: 21—26 May 2006 (in Kyiv), September-December 2006 (regions of Ukraine)

Locations: Kyiv, Sumy, Simferopol, Luhansk, Kharkiv, Odesa, Dnipropetrovsk, Chernihiv.

Organizers: the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union (UNHCR) and the Center for Modern Information Techniques and Visual Arts, with the support of the Renaissance International Foundation.

 

The eleven films selected during the festival in Kiev entered the program of the ‘WATCH DOCS. Human Rights in Film’ International Film Festival which took place on 8—17 December, 2006 in Warsaw, Poland. ‘Ukrainian context’ actually became a platform where the best documentaries from Ukraine and other former Soviet countries were presented. The festival was accepted to the international Human Rights Film Network (HRFN). Apart from the ‘WATCH DOCS. Human Rights in Film’ film festival, the One World International Human Rights Film Festival in Prague also granted their recommendations to ‘Ukrainian Context’.

For the first time the festival was overseen by a jury, which included well-known human rights activists from Ukraine, Russia and Belarus.

 

 

 

The 2nd Human Rights Documentary Film Festival

‘Ukrainian Context’

 

Dates: March 29 – April 4, 2005 (in Kyiv), May 2005 – February 2006 (regions of Ukraine)

Locations: Kyiv, Sumy, Lviv, Sevastopol, Odesa, Kharkiv, Donetsk, Dnipropetrovsk.

Shows were held in theaters, clubs, art centers, schools, high schools and universities.

Organizers: the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union (UNHCR) and the Center for Modern Information Techniques and Visual Arts, with the support of the Renaissance International Foundation.

 

 

 

The Docudays on Human Rights Festival

 

Dates: November 17 – December 21, 2003

Locations: Kharkiv, Donetsk, Odesa, Lviv and Kyiv (an enhanced program, including feature films, was presented in Kyiv).

Organizers: the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union (UNHCR) and the Center for Modern Information Techniques and Visual Arts, with the support of the Renaissance International Foundation.

 

All the documentaries were divided into subject groups: human rights in general, the problem of refugees and migrants, the rights of women and children, liberty of conscience, and the programs ‘Un Certain Regard’ and ‘Fiction Films’. Roundtables on human rights were held as part of the festival.

 

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