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 development of critical thinking, creation of active citizen position, and appreciation of 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 15th Docudays UA will take place in Kyiv Cinema House on March 23-30, 2018.
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 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.
Organizing Committee invites well-known Ukrainian and foreign filmmakers and human rights activists as jury members. Student jury is formed by the Organizing Committee according to recommendations of youth organizations.
Organizations or private persons are welcome to present their own special awards (prizes).
Application and selection procedures
Film are selected by the Selection Committee consisting of five members. The Organizing Committee invites documentary and human rights experts to be members of the Selection Committee. The Organizing Committee approves the Festival Program and determines the order of screenings.
Submission deadline is November 30, 2017.
Docudays UA submission
All letters and parcels must have mark: for Darya Bassel.
Important! Do not use courier delivery service! Send films and materials by regular mail only!
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 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 are 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 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 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.
Official Festival web-site