On Saturday, May 18, the presentation of native cinema projects took place in the premises of the Ukrainian national pavilion in Cannes. Producers and directors were presenting films being at the initial stage of development.
The Cannes film festival presents Ukrainian modern cinema for the first time. Cinema projects at initial stage of production presented
The presentation was opened by Ekaterina Kopylova, Head of the State Agency of Ukraine for film issues, Andrey Khalpakhchi, the General Director of “Molodist” IFF, Ivan Kozlenko, the Deputy Head of the Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Center, and Ekaterina Zasukha, the Communications Director of the Rinat Akhmetov’s Foundation for Development of Ukraine. The event of the Ukrainian national pavilion was attended by foreign and native cinema professionals, journalists and cinema critics. Among them there were Nikolay Nikitin, the selector for Berlinale, Arsen Gotlib, director, Denis Ivanov, the General Director of Odessa IFF, Alik Shpilyuk, cinema critic and others.
During opening ceremonyt Andrey Khalpakhchi noted that the Ukrainian pavilion has been created by joined efforts of the State Agency on film issues and the Rinat Akhmetov’s Foundation for Development of Ukraine, and emphasized on necessity of private institutions to believe in the future of Ukrainian cinema. “The Akhmetov’s Foundation promotes Ukrainian cinema by supporting the shooting of short length films, festivals, educational projects, trips to international forums. It is the only private foundation in Ukraine having a program of grants for supporting cinema projects”, “Molodist” IFF director noted.
The same day the only market run of Ukrainian film “Light as feather” by Andrey Rozhen will take place.
This year Ukraine has also been presented in Short Film Corner. Cannes selector have put 12 Ukrainian artworks on the list:
“Murphy’s Law” by Olga Kraplyuk, “Road” by Maksim Ksenda, “Post Scriptum” by Anastasia Khramova, “Lessons of Ukrainian” by Ruslan Batitsky, “In the bathroom” by Igor Morozov, “ A yellow flower for monsieur Bourillon” by Larisa Artyugina, “Coffee structure” by Oleg Bobalo-Yaremchuk, “Portrait” by Anastasia Starova, “18+” by Roman Brovko, “Nympho” by Oleg Borshchevsky, “Awakening” by Mykola Litvin, “Returns (plural)” by Oleksandr Ratiy.
This year the 66th Cannes Film Festival will last till May 26th. The Ukrainian pavilion has been working at the cinema market for the sixth year in a row.