Film Festival "Docu-MENTAL"


The III Film Festival "Docu-MENTAL" will open the III Congress on Mental Health: Meeting the Needs of the XXI Century on 25 June 2020 in Moscow, Russia.


"Docu-MENTAL" is a panorama of feature and documentary films about and BY people with special mental health needs.


"Docu-MENTAL" is a platform for open discussion where well-known film critics, mental health specialists and non-specialists enable viewers to  analyze the characters' personalities and their perception of the world for mutual understanding and benefits.


"Docu-MENTAL" is a joint project with the Film Platform "Pilgrim", which with the help of magic of short films shows the lives of special people, their hobbies, thus changing the attitude towards them, their lives and roles in society.


"Docu-MENTAL" is an international contest of short fiction and non-fiction films about and BY people with mental disorders and developmental disabilities, which is supported by: the Film Platform "Pilgrim", the Company "Festagent", the Moscow Film School, and the Gorky Film Studio.


 “"All this time, while I was examining films, I was in a very difficult situation – I wanted to hug each participant and give everyone the highest rating. It's a huge deal what you do. You spend your talent, your gift, and everyone who sent their films has both talent and gift. I saw it, I can confirm it. You are talking about a very important topic, which is now very few people know how to really understand. And which will undoubtedly be the most important trend of the next decade, and maybe even decades," - said Katerina Gordeeva, Russian journalist, documentary filmmaker, writer, jury member of the II Contest "Docu-MENTAL" (2018).


III Biennial Film Competition DOCU-MENTAL


The Union for Mental Health of Russia in cooperation with on-line platform PILIGRIM and CoolConnections are holding the III Biennial Film Competition Docu-MENTAL. Docu-MENTAL is dedicated to people with mental health conditions. It will be held under the III Congress on Mental Health: Meeting the Needs of the XXI Century (25-28 June 2020, Moscow). 


The competition is accepting fiction and documentary short films till 15th March 2020. The application should include a link to the film with English or Russian subtitles (preferably YouTube/Vimeo or another file sharing service). Please, submit an application by clicking the link, in the ‘Movie Name’ field, please add the word ‘Docu-Mental’ through a hyphen:


The III Biennial Film Competition DOCU-MENTAL awards:

The main prize — 200,000 rubles

Second prize — 150,000 rubles

Third prize — 100,000 rubles

The winners will be invited also to the Award Ceremony to be held on 25th June 2020 in the Illusion Cinema, Moscow, Russia.


Документальная картина Евгения Голованевского

«Возьми себя в руки»








Документальная картина Оксаны Степанцовой

«Марго. История солнечного зайчика»








Документальная картина Екатерины Маховой

«Пусть живет маленький принц»








Документальная работа Жанны Бабаевой

«Человек из Катманду»








Документальная работа Кристины Кужахметовой









Please find the photo report about "Docu-MENTAL" 2018 HERE

VIDEO 2018