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DokuBaku International Film Festival announces the call entry for the 8th edition.

The main topic of this year's edition is titled iCOSMOS


At the core of this year's festival lies a narrative journey that delves into the consequences of choices, both immediate and delayed, shaping the destinies of characters. This thematic exploration acts as a captivating lens through which we navigate the intricate fabric of karma, illustrating how our decisions intricately weave the tapestry of our lives.

Taking this exploration a step further, our festival intertwines the concept of "i" with the cosmic energies that envelop us. Acknowledging the symbiotic relationship between the cosmos and the self, we echo the ancient wisdom of "As above, so below," emphasizing the interconnectedness of the macrocosm (universe) and the microcosm (individuals). By doing so, we invite filmmakers and audiences to embark on an introspective journey, fostering self-awareness and deepening their understanding of the profound ties binding humanity to the vastness of the cosmos—the higher self.

This narrative journey aligns seamlessly with the age-old philosophy of Maya in Hinduism, where the external world is perceived as transient and illusory. By peeling away the layers of illusion, we encourage a deeper exploration of personal truths and a realization that transcends the surface of existence. This inward reflection resonates with various spiritual practices, urging individuals to unravel the mysteries of their true nature.


Festival’s categories:


- Best Feature Documentary Film

- Best Short Documentary Film

- Best Local Documentary Film

- Best Documentary Film for Children (DokuKids)

- Non-Main Competition


The Early Bird deadline is 03 March 2024

The Regular deadline is 04 April 2024

Late deadline: 05 May  2024



The festival will be held between the 1st to 6th of October 2024 at various venues, in Baku, Azerbaijan.

The selected films will be announced on 08 August 2024.

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