International Festival of Film and Urbanism “86” is launching a new Eastern European film competition “Palm of North”. Submission is open to short documentries from Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.

Festival “86” is a vibrant cultural event focused on documentary cinema and urbanism. It is held in Slavutych, the youngest Ukrainian town built after the 1986 Chernobyl disaster to house the workers of the nuclear power plant. Slavutych was built jointly by eight republics of the Soviet Union, each providing its masterplan, architects and construction materials. As a result, the town consists of a number of districts inspired by different Soviet cities: Yerevan, Tbilisi, Baku, Moscow, Riga, Tallinn, Vilnius, etc.

We want to celebrate the unique urban heritage and historical context of Slavutych by bringing together filmmakers from the countries that stood at its origins. We are looking for creative and author-driven documentaries, including experimental docs, docufiction and documentary animation. We particularly welcome films that fit in with the focus of our festival (human-built environment, cities, utopia, nuclear issues), but thematic relevance is not a necessary requirement.

Your film is eligible if it was produced in 2016-2018 in one of the participating countries (Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia) and has a running time of up to 45 minutes.

Directors of the selected films will be invited to Slavutych. The winner chosen by the international jury will receive the Palm of North award and the cash prize of 1000 EUR.