Odessa International Film Festival
Odessa International Film Festival is the festival which has one of the largest audiences in Eastern Europe. It is an annual film festival held in cinematographic capital of Ukraine – Odessa. Founded in 2010 for popularization of high-level intellectual films among Ukrainian viewers and also for support, development of cinematography inside the country and on international stage. Festival became the brightest summer film event and took its place on the world film map. Exclusive film premieres, workshops of leading world filmmakers and unique festive atmosphere – all of this bring together 9 days of Odessa International Film Festival!
The film selection is focused on so-called art mainstream, which includes the films possessing a refined artistic quality, yet accessible to the broadest audience possible. Odessa International Film Festival includes 3 competition programs: International, National and European Documentary Competition.
The international competition includes films from all over the world, mostly international or national premieres, for the most demanding and passionate viewers. For Odessa International Film Festival viewers are the main focus and the audience awards the Grand-Prix – Golden Duke. International Jury awards winners in the Best Film, Best Director and Best Acting categories. Since 2016 OIFF has new competition program – European Documentary Competition. European Documentary Films Jury awards premiers of European documentaries.
National competition program includes latest films from Ukraine or made in a co-production with Ukraine. Short films and full length movies of Ukrainian filmmakers also take part in the competition. These works will be evaluated by the Jury of the National Competition Program. As a part of National Competition jury awards winner in the Best Acting category.
POTEMKIN STAIRS, OPEN AIR
A place which belongs to the world film history, once glorified in Sergei Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin, now becomes a great open air sea-view screening space with the capacity to seat 15 thousands viewers. As one of the best Odessa International Film Festival locations, it featured the shows of City lights (Charlie Chaplin), Metropolis (Fritz Lang), Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau), Blackmail (Alfred Hitchcock), The Man with the Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov) and musical illustration by Michael Nyman, Sherlock Holmes (Arthur Berthelet), and, of course, Battleship Potemkin (Sergei Eisenstein). Saturday screenings on the Potemkin Stairs accompanied by a symphonic orchestra, in front of swarming audiences are one of the main OIFF highlights.
One of the main missions of Odessa International Film Festival is development of Ukrainian professional film industry. Professional section Film Industry Office includes Pitching (feature length films competition for films made in Ukraine or in co-production with Ukraine for showing in cinemas), Work in progress film presentations, panel discussion and round tables dedicated to the film industry development). Film Market is the only Ukrainian professional platform for communication between representatives of distribution companies and cinemas operating on the territory of Ukraine, as well as film studios and other companies providing services to the film industry. Annually during OIFF are held educational programs for screenwriters, directors and producers.
One of the biggest OIFF projects, Summer Film School, is open during 9 festival days. Summer Film Market includes workshops and meetings with the leading world and Ukrainian producers, scriptwriters, actors and directors, prize holders of different awards, filmmakers whose works became acknowledged masterpieces!
Christopher Hampton, Christian Petzold, Peter Greenaway, Krzysztof Zanussi, John Malkovich, Roger Corman, Claudia Cardinale, Daryl Hannah, Marco Mueller, Darren Aronofsky, Emir Kusturica, Petter Webber, Jos Stelling, Jim Sheridan, Michael Winterbottom, Jiři Menzel, Sergei Loznitsa, Kira Muratova, Todd Solondz, Stephen Frears, Geraldine Chaplin, Aidan Turner, Timur Bekmambetov, Oleksandr Rodniansky, Andrey Plakhov, Naum Kleiman and others were speakers and guests of Summer Film School.
Since 2015 OIFF has Digital Media Day section. There are lectures about innovations in film industry by leading international experts.
Odessa International Film Festival non-competition programs include themed and personal retrospectives, premiers, works awarded by the most prestigious film festivals, animated and feature movies for kids, premiers of the most anticipated series, special screenings and film performances!
The opening and the closing ceremonies of Odessa International Film Festival are traditionally held at the Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater. The best world and Ukrainian directors, producers, actors, scriptwriters, celebrities, film experts and film makers walk the longest red carpet in Ukraine. Festival club opens its door for movies stars, celebrities, film fans and moviegoers during 9 days of the OIFF.
FACTS AND FIGURES 2018
Dates: 13-21 July, 2018
Results of the 9th Odesa International Film Festival
This year, 1070 films from 95 countries were submitted for participation in the competition programs. 12films from the International Competition competed for the main prize – the Gran Prix; 5 features and 13short films participated in the National Competition, and 8 – in the European Documentary Competition. In total, 108 films and series were shown in the competition and non-competition programs of the festival from 41 countries in Europe, Asia, South and North America. The shortest film was 8 minutes, the longest – 234 minutes.
In all competitions – International, National and European Documentary – a total of 38 films participated, and 20 of them (53%) were made by female directors. In general, all competition and non-competition programs of the festival featured 39 films by female directors. The overall audience of OIFF amounted to 150,000 viewings. Live broadcasts of Festival TV (provided by TENET-TV) were seen by thousands of people across the country.
Traditionally, there was an open-air cinematic performance on the Potemkin Steps accompanied by a symphony orchestra, which gathered more than 15 thousand spectators. The residents and guests of Odesa enjoyed a screening of the black-and-white film “Safety Last!” by Sam Taylor and Fred C. Newmeyer. Open-air screenings were also held in the Green Theatre – in particular, the screening of the new restored version of “2001: Space Odyssey” by Stanley Kubrick in the 4K format, which was released in honour of the 50th anniversary of the film.