As part of the current Docudays UA industry-focused DOCU/PRO programme, the latest promising and in development Ukrainian films are showcased. As part of the annual UKRAINIAN DOC PREVIEW, five relevant Ukrainian documentaries are selected and presented to a group of key industry personnel. Festivals, sales agencies, funders, broadcasters, and more engaged with the selected filmmakers whose projects are either in production or post-production.
For the 2021 iteration of UKRAINIAN DOC PREVIEW, Docudays UA presented the online event in conjunction with the Ukrainian Institute. There, the five selected projects presented up to 15 minutes of brought cut footage, which was followed by a 25-minute discussion with invited guests. The entire event was moderated by co-founder of the Institute of Documentary Film’s Brigid O’Shea and RIDM industry programmer Selin Murat. Representing the industry were figures from the likes of Berlinale, Cannes Docs, Al Jazeera, Sheffield Doc/Fest, DOK Leipzig, IDFA, and many more. This edition of UKRAINIAN DOC PREVIEW also featured insight from guest speakers Joanna Selecka (Alphapanda Warsaw), Heidi Fleisher (producer/consultant), and Qutaiba Barhamji (director/editor)
The five films selected for the 2021 UKRAINIAN DOC PREVIEW were:
- Expedition 49 (dir. Alisa Kovalenko; prod. Stéphane Siohan) – Ukraine, France Poland
Amidst the rubble of the Donbass war, five Ukrainian youth seek to escape Eastern Ukraine when one day, they get a unique chance to embark on a therapeutic journey to the world’s highest mountain.
- Florian’s Witnesses (dir. Oleksiy Radynski; prod. Lyuba Knorozok) – Ukraine, USA
Described as a documentary with a mix of horror and science fiction, Florian’s Witnesses tells the story of 90-year-old artist Florian Yuriev who faces off against a powerful real estate developer to prevent the destruction of his architectural masterpiece.
- Fragile Memory (dir. Igor Ivanko; prod. Mariia Ponomarova, Oleksandra Bratyshchenko, Igor Ivanko) – Ukraine, Slovakia
Filmmaker Igor finds the damaged and unpublished photo archive of his grandfather, famous Soviet cinematographer Leonid Burlaka. With Leonid’s ever-increasing Alzheimer’s, Igor must embark on his journey against this unbeatable force before his grandpa forgets him.
- Fragments of Ice (dir. Maria Stoianova; prod. Alina Gorlova, Maksym Nakonechny) – Ukraine
Rooted in amateur VHS archival footage, Fragments of Ice follows a (post-)Soviet figure skating star as he tours the imaginary West, filming his life during the transition period of the 80s and 90s.
- Pryvoz. Tales of Odesa Market (dir. Eva Neymann; prod. Gennady Kofman, Olha Beskhmelnytsina) – Ukraine
Observational documentation of the famous Odesa market and its diverse array of merchants and clientele.
This year, the participants of the UKRAINIAN DOC PREVIEW will also compete for prizes donated by the partners of DOCU/PRO. Post-production funding from Current Time, membership to the European Women’s Audiovisual Network, distribution support from the Institute of Documentary Film, and more will be announced at the Docudays UA awards ceremony on 2 April 2021 (20:00 Kyiv time).