Docudays UA
Docudays UA

The Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival is moving online! This year, not only Kyiv residents, but the whole Ukraine will have a chance to watch festival films, participate in human rights discussions and masterclasses by famous filmmakers. The 17th Docudays UA will be held online between 24 April and 3 May.

We want to support our audience, so all festival screenings and online broadcasts will be free of charge.

If you want to, you can donate any amount you wish for watching a film. The Docudays UA team thanks all its donors and partners, directors of the festival films for their solidarity and contributions to implementing this ambitious decision. Thus, during the quarantine, we offer you to have a new, absolutely untrivial experience of attending the International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival online. Let’s stay home to watch and discuss documentary films together.

Viktoriia Leshchenko, Docudays UA Programme Director: “The decision to hold the online festival already in late April was not easy for us. Of course, no kind of virtual event can replace a physical one. And we really understand the filmmakers’ feelings about the fact that their films are not shown on cinema screens. We are extremely grateful for all the directors’ and partners’ favorable attitude to this idea in this troubled time. This festival is our act of solidarity with the global cultural community and a way to support our audience during the crisis.”

The festival will have three main components:

І. public online broadcasts on the docudays.ua website of human rights discussions in the RIGHTS NOW! programme, DOCU/CLASS lectures, and conversations about life and cinema with the directors of festival films and with film critics;

ІІ. the virtual DOCU/SPACE cinema, where you will be able to watch over 50 festival films from the competition and non-competition programmes, most of which will be available between 24 April and 10 May;

ІІІ. exclusive online events for the owners of DOCU/PRO industry accreditations, including the Ukrainian Doc Preview, a presentation of relevant contemporary documentaries at the stage of production to film industry professionals, implemented in partnership with the Ukrainian Institute; as well as Meet Professionals, a cycle of online meetings with international documentary experts.

In addition, the viewers will be able to register for remote conversations with the “books” from the Living Library. And teenagers from across Ukraine will be offered a chance to participate in the Online Documentary Studio, where under the mentorship of documentary filmmakers, they will create their own documentaries about life under quarantine in the DOCU/CAMP.

The online festival will keep all the competition programmes: DOCU/WORLD, DOCU/UKRAINE and DOCU/SHORT. Traditionally, each programme will be evaluated by a separate jury that will include international and Ukrainian experts, documentary filmmakers, human rights advocates. One of the ten nominated films will receive the RIGHTS NOW! award, given to a creative documentary film which explores the contemporary world and makes a significant contribution to the discussion around human dignity, freedom and equality.