01 — 06 OCTOBER 2022
15 July 2022

Open Call for Filmmakers: Kharkiv MeetDocs Accepting Film Submissions

An international documentary and feature film Kharkiv MeetDocs Eastern Ukrainian Film Festival (KMD EUFF) announces submissions for the national competition. Acceptance of applications for participation in Bardak competition for Ukrainian independent short films continues.

Open Call for Kharkiv MeetDocs festival participants lasts from July 14 to August 25. The submissions for the national competition of full-length documentaries are accepted through Filmfreeway festival platform. 

The program of the festival includes the national competition, an out-of-competition program, an industry section featuring pitchings, master classes, panel discussions, workshops, and more. Besides, there’s a “festival within the festival” – a competition for Ukrainian independent short films Bardak, founded by Anton Frolov.

This year, a program coordinator of Kharkiv MeetDocs is Denys Budanov – a member of FIPRESCI, the Ukrainian film critics’ community, and the Ukrainian Film Academy, and author of a cinema blog KinoFiles. He is the winner of Kinokolo Ukrainian national film critics award in The Career Achievement nomination (2021) for digital archiving of the national film industry. He also has a special honorary award at Kamianets-Podilsky International Film Festival BRUKIVKA (2021) for the popularization of the festival film movement in Ukraine.  

Regardless of the specialization, every Ukrainian film festival is a platform for cultural diplomacy. It is not just a way to tell Ukrainians about themselves, but also to explain to the world what Ukrainian culture is, and to familiarize us all with the global cultural trends. Unfortunately, only the tragic events at the end of February’22 forced the world to find Ukraine on the map, not considering it as an ”appendage,” and to pay attention to us, Ukrainians – who we are, what we strive for, and why we resist so desperately the aggression that has begun not even this year, but much earlier. Culture is our weapon! So, now once again, we want to combine a view from inside and from outside to answer these questions,” – comments Denys Budanov.

The registration form, participation rules, and festival regulations are at the following link: https://meetdocsfestival.com/reglament/.

Since the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, documentary cinema became one of the most relevant genres within the Ukrainian film industry. It happened just so, not only because the production of feature films was almost completely suspended, but because themes and heroes for documentary films are literally on every step. Documentary films are also a powerful tool for informational resistance. They can serve as an evidence base in countering enemy narratives and open Ukraine and Ukrainians to foreigners.

“This year, we broaden the field of activity of our festival. In previous years, we were a cultural voice of Eastern Ukrainian regions, but in 2022 we want to show the world how strong the voice of the whole Ukrainian nation is. Right now, more than ever, is the time to tell the world about Ukraine and Ukrainians, and documentary films are perfect for this,” – tells Evgeniya Kriegsheim, the founder and creative director of Kharkiv MeetDocs.

Organizers of the festival note that the open call for participation in Bardak competition goes on till September 1st. Details are at the following link: https://filmfreeway.com/BardakFilmFest.

Kharkiv MeetDocs 2022 takes place on October 1-6 in Kyiv in a hybrid format due to security concerns.

Soon, the festival will announce this year’s jury members. Follow the festival news on social media (Instagram, Facebook) and on the official website.

The festival will be held with the financial support of Auswärtiges Amt.


Kharkiv MeetDocs Eastern Ukrainian Film Festival (KMD EUFF) is an international documentary and feature film festival that encourages cultural exchange between artists from different parts of Ukraine, particularly from the East – significantly damaged by the Russian invasion. The festival was founded in 2017. From 2022, one of the main goals of KMD EUFF is to encourage cultural integration and establish connections between the global and Ukrainian film industries. The founder and creative director of the festival is film producer Evgeniya Kriegsheim.