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Kharkiv MeetDocs Film Festival will be held this year in Kyiv

The Kharkiv MeetDocs film festival will be held in Kyiv from October 1 to October 6 in a hybrid format due to the shelling of Kharkiv by Russian troops.

This was reported by the press service of the State Film Agency in Facebookreports Ukrinform.

“The Kharkiv MeetDocs Film Festival has been the cultural voice of the east of Ukraine for the sixth year. Today Kharkiv, the festival’s hometown, is under constant enemy attacks. The organizers decided not to stop the activities of Kharkiv MeetDocs and hold it in Kyiv, October 1-6, in a hybrid format,” the message says.

According to the organizers, the war in Ukraine has updated the production of documentary films, as they become a necessary evidence base for exposing the crimes committed by the Russian troops in Ukraine.

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“Right now, during the Russian invasion, documentaries play a very important role. It does not just certify events – documentaries are an instrument of information warfare and a component of the evidence base of the enemy’s crimes,” the Kharkiv MeetDocs team notes.

According to the report, Denis Budanov, a representative of the international film press association FIPRESCI, the Union of Ukrainian Film Critics and the Ukrainian Film Academy, became the program coordinator of the festival. The Kharkiv MeetDocs program will include a number of activities, including “national competition, out-of-competition screenings, as well as an industrial section, in particular, pitching, master classes, panel discussions, workshops, etc.” Now it is planned to hold an independent short film competition “Bardak”.

According to the organizers, applications for participation in the national competition of full-length documentary films will be accepted until August 25 – the contestants need to register their film on the filmfreeway festival platform. At the same time, those wishing to take part in the Bardak short film competition must submit applications before September 1.

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As Ukrinform previously reported, due to the full-scale war of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, the program of the 13th Odesa International Film Festival OIFF WIP Selection was held from July 1 to July 9, 2022 at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Ukrainian projects Works in Progress, which were part of the professional section of the OIFF Film Industry Office, were presented there.

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