OKO is a film festival that takes place in the beautiful southern Ukrainian region of Bessarabia. OKO is a festival of ethnographic and anthropological documentaries, where the audience will watch and feel the heartbeat of small and large nations, get acquainted with the diversity of cultures, traditions, beliefs, and ways of life. OKO is a multicultural event where filmmakers, folklorists, anthropologists, and ethnographers will be able to better understand each other, share ideas, and agree on future cooperation.
There will be no red carpet; nevertheless, there will be awards and prizes.

*** under the current circumstances taking place in Ukraine, the OKO team is regret to announce that we cannot, for now, cope with the amount of films received; in order to reduce their numbers, we have to establish submissions fees. We hope that situation in Ukraine will stabilize soon and we will be back to our policy of free submissions and normal curse of work.

Submissions for Ukrainian filmmakers remain free of charge.

The jury will distribute four main awards in the competitive documentary sections:

- Best International Feature (1000$);
- Best International Short (500$);
- Best Ukrainian Feature (1000$);
- Best Ukrainian Short (500$).

We will also have several special mentions and the People's Choice Award.

Documentary films with ethnographic and anthropological values are accepted. They must correspond to the main subjects of the Contest:

1. A film about traditional costume.
2. A film about the calendar-ritual event.
3. A film about the ceremony of the family-household cycle.
4. Master-class on folk craft or traditional dishes.
5. Everything related to ethnography and folklore.

Applications and movies are accepted online. Online screeners (protected links
for downloading or online screeners on vimeo, youtube, etc.) should be submitted. English subtitles will be required for the screenings.

No restrictions on the production date.

There is a possibility that the 3rd edition of the festival will take place online (or partly online) depending on COVID 19 restrictions. Making a submission, filmmakers agree to screen their films on the festival website (details and agreements to follow).

The festival does not pay screening fees.

The festival has the right to use short fragments of selected films, not longer than three minutes, for advertising purposes of the festival.

After the main event in Bolgrad, OKO will travel to the regions of Ukraine with screenings of the winning films in various places, including cinemas, palaces of culture, universities, schools, youth clubs, bookstores, libraries, and frontline areas.

Each participant agrees to show their film during the trip of the OKO festival.

Submissions for Ukrainian and International filmmakers are free of charge. You can submit your films via Filmfreeway until July, 1st 2022.

Overall Rating
  • Saeed Aghai

    I can imagine how much it was difficult to change the programs at the last minutes, and you could manage all the films and the interviews and the other events there by covid-19 shadow. I liked that. thank you again and hope to meet you there.

    January 2021
  • The OKO Ethnographic film festival had, at his first year, a selection of beautiful and real films, among which there was also mine!
    Good luck with next editions and keep 'n it real!

    October 2020
  • Karsten Tadie

    Unfortunately I was not able to make it to OKO due to COVID restrictions, but there was great communication and info from the festival organizers through social media and email. They were very accommodating and took highest precautions due to COVID outbreak, and yet still pulled off a great festival with a diverse program, great audience discussions and screenings.

    Even better my first film won it's first award, which I am absolutely honored by, and I hope to be able to make it in person with my next film.

    дуже тобі дякую!

    October 2020
  • One of the best festival in terms of representing culture and cvilization. I hope we will again a part of this beautiful festival. Lots of love from India.

    September 2020