Docudays UA kicks off online

Docudays UA kicks off online

Industry Highlights of Docudays UA 2020 include a May 3 panel discussion on how festival policies will change due to pandemic, looking to answer questions such as how quarantine regulations will influence festival policies on premiere screenings, how the online format of the festivals will influence world cinema and how film festivals plan to adapt to new conditions and cooperation with creative industries after quarantine.


Participants are Ondřej Kamenický, director of International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival One World, Melanie Iredale (Deputy Director of Sheffield Doc/Fest), Victoria Leshchenko (programme director of Docudays UA), Iryna Tsilyk (Ukrainian filmmaker and writer/director of The Earth Is Blue as an Orange, in competition programme) and Tine Fischer, a founder and festival director of CPH:DOX. The sessions will be moderated by Orwa Nyrabia, artistic director of IDFA.


Another panel will be on the international market after the quarantine: how to distribute documentary films tomorrow. Among participants are Qutaiba Barhamji, award-winning film editor and director based in Paris, Diana Tabakov (head of acquisitions at the international VOD platform Doc Alliance Films) and Maëlle Guenegues (CAT&Docs) who will look to assess the most effective way to promote documentary films during the current situation and how to navigate within the film market under new conditions?


A discussion on documentary associations today (incorporating presentations of Ukrainian Guild and European unions) welcomes Heilika Pikkov (filmmaker, curator, cultural manager and board member of the Estonian Documentary Guild) and Brigid O’Shea, head of Industry at DOK Leipzig and founder of Documentary Association of Europe. Documentary filmmakers’ associations are often established to create and distribute non-fiction films. How does the current situation influence these objectives? What are the goals of professional film associations?


There are further talks dedicated to some the festival’s non-competition film programmes: docu essays and Lost Film Found: Scotland in Focus. One of them discusses: why watch essay film online?


The festival also launches a series of meetings across the network of Ukrainian film critics and journalists with the filmmakers of the DOCU/UKRAINE programme called TÊTE-À-TÊTE


This year, DOCU/CLASS will take place online between 25 April and 3 May in the format of live streams which everyone will be able to participate in and ask questions for the workshop speakers.


The DOCU/CLASS programme includes creative conversations with filmmakers, film critics and festival programmers; presentations of audiovisual projects searching for opportunities to overcome polarization and develop inclusivity in society using visual storytelling; panel discussions with industry professionals on the strategy of film distribution in the international market and the challenges faced by the film community as a result of the pandemic and the crisis of cultural policy.



25 April, 5 pm  Why watch essay film online? Discussion with film critics

26 April, 5 pm  “Heimat Is a Space in Time”: a documentary essay film between text and image

27 April, 5 pm  “Maman Maman Maman”: a documentary essay film between private and public spheres

28 April, 5 pm  Filmmaking despite fragile situation: Scottish experience

29 April, 5 pm  An inclusive film-event: online and offline

30 April, 5 pm  Our postquarantine future: Ukrainian Film Industry between adaptation and new formats

1 May, 5 pm  Documentary associations today: presentations of Ukrainian Guild and European unions

2 May, 5 pm  International market after the quarantine: how to distribute documentary films tomorrow?

3 May, 5 pm  Force majeure has happened – and it’s global. How will festival policies change now?