Call for applications for the XII International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival “Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan-2018”

Human Rights Movement “Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan” is announcing the call for applications for participation in the XII International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, which will take place on 12 to 17 November 2018 in Bishkek and until the end of November 2018 in the regions of the Kyrgyz Republic.

This year the festival will be conducted under the slogan “For Human Dignity!” and devoted to the 70th anniversary of UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

On 10 December 1948, the General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a benchmark that all Member States should strive for. This document proclaims the interdependence of civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights that are inherent to every human being. "For more than seven decades, this most important document has contributed to the profound changes in our world. It declared the equality and dignity of all people. It obliges all governments to guarantee to each person the observance of their inalienable rights and freedoms. And this document proclaims the universality of all human rights," the UN Head said. He stressed that, according to the Universal Declaration, we are all equal - regardless of wherever we live, whatever our circumstances or our place in society, our gender or sexual orientation, our race or religion or belief.

International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival is a broad horizontal participating Civil Platform that raises key topics of Human Rights and Freedoms in a changing world since 2007.

In 2017, XI International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival was devoted to the Sustainable Development Goals.

In 2018, the Organizing Committee of the festival is dedicating the festival to 70th anniversary of UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which proclaimed respect for Human Dignity, universality and fundamental nature of Human Rights and Freedoms.

Slogan of Fest-2018: “Today, we'll change tomorrow”, “Today we work for Tomorrow!”

On 1 March 2018, the Human Rights Movement “Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan" launched the National Campaign for teaching of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The purpose of this campaign is to deepen knowledge and tools for protection to promote human rights and freedoms in Kyrgyzstan. It is the anniversary year that will give a chance to fill Fest-2018 with unique ideas, views and innovative approaches that will make it possible to change the situation with human rights in Kyrgyzstan for the better, create long-term strategies for the sustainable development.

The films highlighting human rights in general, the rights of women, children, people with disabilities, minorities, migrants, refugees, as well as films reflecting innovative methods for solving systemic problems in the field of human rights both in Kyrgyzstan and at the regional and international level are welcomed.

The period of applications submission – from 25 April to 25 May 2018.

Documentary film duration should not exceed 60 minutes.

To take part you have to fill out the attached form available on the website, section "Festival-2018". In case of any questions, please contact at:


Tel.: +996 312 383 330; +996 556 013 840

Fest-2018 Organizing Committee



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Direct link to the application form is here.


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