Ukrainian Doc Preview — showcase of Ukrainian feature-length documentary projects

Deadline: 13/02/2022

Dear colleagues, friends and everyone who supports us at this difficult moment. In view of the full-scale invasion of the Russian Federation into the territory of Ukraine, our teams have made the decision to postpone the Ukrainian Doc Preview until the war in our country is over. After our victory, the Ukrainian Doc Preview will be resumed as soon as possible.

 

We are grateful for your applications for the Ukrainian Doc Preview showcase. After we resume our work, all the projects that have been submitted will be automatically registered as submitted, and we will consider them. In addition, when we resume our work, you will be able to update the materials in your applications.

 

Together towards the victory of Ukraine.

Stay safe.

The Ukrainian Doc Preview is an annual showcase of current Ukrainian documentary projects at the stage of production / post-production. The projects are shown to the international festivals and representatives of sales agencies, broadcasters, streaming platforms, film markets, foundations and cultural institutions.

About the programme

The programme will take place within the industry platform of the Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival and includes workshops and individual / group training consultations with foreign experts.

The purpose of Ukrainian Doc Preview is to create opportunities for Ukrainian documentarians in the field of international cooperation, promotion and distribution at the stage of film production, thus increasing the competitiveness of Ukrainian film products on the international market.

Ukrainian Doc Preview:

acquaints international experts with the best examples of Ukrainian modern cinematography

promotes the involvement of external professional expertise in the analysis of the potential of Ukrainian film projects

develops professional relations of Ukrainian cinematographers and competences of presentation of projects to foreign professional audience

We are convinced that professional showcases are an effective format and tool of cultural diplomacy, and the success of previous Ukrainian Doc Preview projects proves it. We are glad that for the third year in a row Docudays UA is our reliable partner and continues to help us create opportunities for professional development for Ukrainian documentarians. We hope that the number 3 will bring us good luck, and the showcase will finally be live, as we have planned since the beginning of the collaboration,

— Natalie Movshovych, Head of Film at the Ukrainian Institute

Selection criteria in 2022

Applications for participation in the Ukrainian Doc Preview 2022 showcase will be accepted until February 13, 2022. Authors of at least five full-length documentary projects will have the opportunity to present their films to international experts. 

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Ukrainian Doc Preview-2021 Projects:

  • Expedition 49 (dir. Alisa Kovalenko; prod. Stephane Siohan, Valery Kalmykov, Oleksiy Kobelev, Tomasz Morawski).
  • Florian’s Witnesses (dir. Oleksiy Radynski; prod. Lyuba Knorozok).
  • Pryvoz. Tales of a Market (dir. Eva Neymann; prod. Gennady Kofman, Olha Beskhmelnytsina).
  • Fragments of Ice (dir. Maria Stoianova; prod. Alina Gorlova, Maksym Nakonechnyi).
  • Fragile Memory (dir. Ihor Ivanko; prod. Mariia Ponomarova, Oleksandra Bratyshchenko, Peter Kerekes, Ihor Ivanko).

These films were presented to 36 European experts. In total, the event gathered about a hundred accredited participants.

Among the achievements of the participants:

The Current Time TV Post-production Award of $ 2,000 for the post-production of the film went to Expedition 49. The East Silver Caravan Award from the Institute of Documentary Film for supporting the distribution of the film at international film festivals for one year went to the team of the film “Fragments of Ice”. Sunny Side of the Doc Award, ie accreditation for one of the largest international film markets in Europe Sunny Side of the Doc (France), received the project “Florian’s Witnesses“.

Ukrainian Doc Preview-2020 Projects:

  • The Elf’s Tower (dir. Polina Kelm, prod. Gennady Kofman, Miroslaw Dembinski, Olga Beskhmelnitsyna)
  • Iron Butterflies (dir. Roman Liubyi, prod: Andrii Kotliar, Volodymyr Tykhyi, Anna Zobnina, Oleksandra Bratyshchenko)
  • Pearl of Absurd (dir. Oleksandra Chuprina, prod. Elmira Asadova, Oleksandra Chuprina)
  • Plai. Path Through The Mountains (dir. Eva Jishiashvili, prod. Oksana Ivanyuk)
  • Salt from Bonneville (dir. Director: Simon Mozgovy, prod. Taras Bosak, Artem Koliubaiev, Maksim Leschanka, Anton Khilman)
  • Diary of a bride of Christ (dir. Marta Smerechynska, prod. Natalia Libet)

These projects were presented to experts from 16 countries. Among them are representatives of leading international film festivals IDFA, DocAviv IDFF, goEast, Beldocs IDFF, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Sheffield Doc / Fest, One World Prague, RIDM Festival, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, RIDM Festival, Jihlava IDFF, Visions du Reél .

Among the successes of the participants: the film The Elf’s Tower took part in Cannes Docs — Marche du Film Festival de Cannes with the support of the international festival IDFA. It also received two awards in the Beldocs in Progress section at the Beldocs Film Festival in Serbia.

The Iron Butterflies project received a cash prize from the international TV channel Current Time TV. The film was also presented at the international film market in France SunnySide of the Doc. The project team was part of the Ukrainian delegation at the IDFA 2021 international festival.

The film Plai. Path Through The Mountains was supported by the Polish platform Pitch the Doc. Diary of a bride of Christ was awarded at the Baltic Sea Forum, the East Silver Caravan Award and the DOK Leipzig Award. This project was also presented at the Marché du Film — Cannes Film Festival as part of the Cannes Docs 2020 Festival.