IV EASTERN UKRAINIAN
FILM FESTIVAL
online 26 — 31 OCTOBER
7 July 2020

The  fourth Kharkiv MeetDocs Film Festival will take place in 2020. This time it is to take  the form of a mix: online and offline.


The online part of the festival will be held from October 26 to 29, with support from the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation. In the course of this online part, for the first time in the history of the festival, a competition of non-fiction feature films produced in Ukraine and those of national co-production will take place.
Start of application received: July 2
Deadline: September 15th.

“Why did the organizing committee of the festival decide to hold a national contest? For a long time in the East of Ukraine, there was no big film festival that would focus on the problems and everyday life of the region and represent it on the country’s cinematic map. Local filmmakers lacked opportunities for professional growth, and platforms for promoting their work. Contacts with colleagues from other regions of Ukraine and Europe were absent, although such desire existed both among the professional community and the wider audience. Having appeared in Kharkov in 2017, Kharkiv MeetDocs Festival has become the largest event of this type in the region during its 3 years in existence. This festival aims to become the voice of the cultural identity of Eastern Ukraine and acquaint the audience with the works of the local directors” – says Eugenia Kriegsheim, director of Kharkiv MeetDocs Film Festival.


The selection committee includes: Eugenia Kriegsheim – director and founder of Kharkiv MeetDocs, Alex Malyshenko – film journalist and co-founder of the non-profit movie club Polotno, which promotes Ukrainian cinema, Victor Glon – selector and program coordinator of the Kiev International Movie Festival “Youth” and the American Film Festival “Independence”, director-producer Felix Kriegsheim (Germany), and Anastasia Pugach – Head of the Department of Communications at the Kharkiv MeetDocs Film Festival.

A professional jury consisting of leading filmmakers from Ukraine and Europe will select the best film of the National Competition. In addition, voting will be available for viewers on the web-site.

An independent short-length film contest “Bardak” will run in an online format. In the course of the competition, films shot without state funding over the past 4 years and of 30 minutes timeline will be shown. A film critic Anton Frolov is the programming director and founder of “Bardak”.

All showcases will take place on the festival website http://meetdocsfestival.com for free.

For the second time, the film festival will hold a children’s social video contest. Works with a duration of 3 minutes by children and adolescents from 8 to 16 years will be allowed for participation.

The offline part will take place from October 29 to October 31 under the support of the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Germany (taking into account the current epidemiological situation). The festival will be held in Kharkov. It will include out-of-competition showcases of feature and documentary films, master classes and the traditional pitching of documentary film projects.

Contact details:
To submit a film for the National Competition: submit@meetdocsfestival.com
For the media: kharkivmeetdocsfestival@gmail.com
Head of the Department of Communications Anastasiya Pugach: media@meetdocsfestival.com
For organizational issues: office@meetdocsfestival.com