Results of participation of Ukraine in the 68th Berlin International Film Festival

On February 25, the 68th Berlin International Film Festival finished its work. This year Ukraine highlighted in the international cinema forum a number of events aimed at promoting the country on the international film market and establishing cooperation with foreign partners.

From the 15th to the 23rd of February, at the 68th Berlinale of the European Film Market, the Ukrainian stand was organized by Ukrainian Film State Agency, the Film Industry Association of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Motion Picture Association and with the support of domestic film producers. Already traditionally the platform was functioning under the motto #UkraineIsYourDestination. The design was executed in a minimalist style, which is close to the festival circles of European countries. The main motive was the dotted line, which symbolizes the road, the conditional path of everyone to Ukraine.

The 68th Berlinale was attended by more than 150 Ukrainian professionals in the field of the film industry: producers, distributors, buyers, dealers, organizers of festivals and film markets. The working atmosphere of the Ukrainian stand was extremely active. More than 250 Ukrainian films were presented at different stages of the production and created with the support of the Ukrainian Film State Agency or independent producers. Showreels of Ukrainian’s films were presented to foreign colleagues (completed and still in production) and the Catalog of Ukrainian films 2017/2018, prepared by the Film Industry Association of Ukraine under the order of  the Ukrainian Film State Agency.

The Ukrainian Motion Picture Association together with the Film Industry Association of Ukraine and, as requested by the Ukrainian Film State Agency, prepared an updated catalog “Ukrainian Cinema Industry” with up-to-date information on Ukrainian filmmakers.

«68th Berlinale is extremely fruitful for Ukraine. The Ukrainian National Stand became the real cinematic embassy of Ukraine on the cinema forum. In addition to our film participation in the festival program, four Ukrainian producers took part in the highly competitive professional section of Berlinale Talents, more than 20 producers took part in the work of the industrial section of the Co-production Market. Such activity shows that Ukraine is becoming a strong cinematic country. This is an important signal for society, because it emphasizes once again that such results are possible only by the joint efforts of all industry representatives. The Film Industry Association of Ukraine will continue to defend the interests of the country and will emphasize our openness in the format of co-production, joint projects and the provision of cinema services to foreign partners»

emphasized Volodymyr Yatsenko, Head of the Film Industry Association of Ukraine

 On February 18, 2018, the Igor Yankovsky Foundation and the Ukrainian Film State Agency for the first time in the history of Ukraine organized and successfully conducted a business lunch for Ukrainian and foreign producers within the Co-Production Market 68th Berlinale.

In the dining room of the Chamber of Deputies of the Berlin City Parliament, which is located in the historic building of the Prussian Landtag (Parliament) near the famous Potsdamer Platz Square, more than 250 producers from 70 countries gathered to meet their Ukrainian colleagues. The Co-Production Market is a special industrial program within the framework of the Berlin International Film Festival, which each year choose 550 producers who have the experience of international co-production in the production of films.

Commenting on this event, the businessman and philanthropist Igor Yankovsky noted that his Foundation has been consistently promoting Ukrainian cinema abroad for the sixth consecutive year.

Ukraine was so broadly represented in this program for the first time. The Chairman of the Ukrainian Film State Agency  Philip Illenko held a presentation of Ukraine’s opportunities in the field of film production for Co-Production Market for international participants. The presentation of Discover Ukraine within the framework of the “Country Session” was designed to introduce Ukraine to foreign partners as a cinematic location with an updated legislative environment, an arsenal of modern services and production facilities. The presentation was prepared by the Ukrainian Motion Picture Association on request of the Ukrainian Film State Agency. It is intended to encourage foreign film professionals and investors to work with Ukrainian cinematographers.


On February 19, a party on the occasion of the presentation of Ukrainian cinema within the framework of the 68th Berlin International Film Festival took place. The event was of great interest to foreign visitors and the press. The musical atmosphere of the event was provided by Yuriy Gurzhy, a well-known Berlin musician of Ukrainian origin, the founder of such loud musical projects and a series of dance parties Born in UA, leader of the RotFront group, DJ and compiler of dozens of compilations released on cult European labels. The event was held with the support of the Film Industry Association of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Motion Picture Association and the Odessa International Film Festival.


In connection with the unprecedented activity of Ukrainian cinematographers at 68th Berlinale, the Vice-Prime Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Rozenko, who took part in business lunch, visited the capital of Germany, visited the Ukrainian national stand at the European film market and visited the world premiere of the Ukrainian-Polish-Macedonian film Marysia Nikitiuk “When the Trees Fall”.

«In 2018, the state has added to the development of cinema another half a billion, in general, sending to the Ukrainian cinema about a billion hryvnia. And here in Berlin, we want to show that Ukraine has new opportunities for cooperation, it has all chances to take a worthy place in the world of cinema. I am sure that our generation is a witness to the renaissance of Ukrainian cinema, and our joint work is in a triangle: the president, parliament and film industry will achieve a high result»,

said Vice-Prime Minister of Ukraine Pavel Rosenko

On February 20, in the framework of the festival program Panorama Berlinale, the international premiere of the film of the debut feature film “When the Trees Fall” Marysia Nikitiuk created by the Ukrainian-Polish-Macedonian team took place. His participation in the festival is an outstanding event that promotes the recognition of Ukrainian cinema at the international level and continues the success of Ukrainian cinematographers in recent years.

Panorama Berlinale is one of the main programs of the festival, founded in 1982 as a section for bold and extraordinary films that extend the scope of meanings and visual aesthetics.

During Berlin, 5 festival and 3 closed shows of the film “When the Trees Fall” for the professional community. The day before, on February 19, there was a creative meeting of filmmakers with foreign audiences: a presentation to the trailer for the film “When the Trees Fall”, the presentation of short films by Marysia Nikitiuk, as well as a conversation with the director, producer Igor Savichenko and actors Yevgeny Grigoriev and Maxim Hump. The event was organized by the Film Industry Association of Ukraine in cooperation with the German fund Kul’tura.Ukraine Contemporary.

Summing up the work of the Ukrainian delegation at the 68th Berlin Film Festival, Chairman of the Ukrainian Film State Agency Philip Illenko said that 2017 became a turning point for Ukrainian cinema in the way of its revival. Only with the support of the Ukrainian Film State Agency in the past year, 47 films were created in Ukraine, about one third of these films were created in cooperation with foreign partners.

«For the first time in years of independence, we received a full-fledged film premiere season. National films proved to be worthwhile in the box office and proved to be able to compete with foreign films. Ukrainian cinema has already been featured in the most prestigious film festivals in the world and receives significant rewards there. Therefore, it is now important to work systematically on the representation of our film industry abroad, so that the world-class experts get used to the fact that our state is an interesting and promising partner in film production»

aid Philip Illenko

Also in the framework of the European film market there were screenings of films: Cyborgs: Heroes Never Die, dir. Akhtem Seitablayev, DZIDZIO Contrabass, dir. Oleg Barshchevsky, The Stolen Princess, dir. Oleg Malamuzh, “Easy” dir. Andrea Magnani, and Falling, dir. Marina Stepanska.


The program “Berlinale Talents” was attended by four representatives of Ukraine: Alla Belya, Yulia Serdyukova, Elizabeth Smith and Svitlana Shymko. Berlinale Talents is an annual forum and network platform for the Berlin International Film Festival for 250 young promising representatives of the industry.


It should be noted that curator of the film program on LGBT-themes “Sunny Bunny” of the Kyiv International Film Festival “Molodist” Bogdan Zhuk took part in the international jury of the Teddy Award at the Berlin International Film Festival. The jury members reviewed 19 feature films and 8 short films during 10 days of the festival. Together with Bohdan, the judges’ panel includes film directors and festival leaders from Mexico, Germany, Belgium, France, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Kyiv International Film Festival “Molodist” at the “TEDDY AWARD” jury at Berlinale in different years was represented by Oleksiy Chashchin and Mila Novikova.

Berlinale is the international “A” class film festival, which is considered to be one of the most prestigious and most visited film festivals in the world. Since 1951, annually held in the capital of Germany. The European Film Market, which is one of the most important meeting places of professionals in the field of the film industry: producers, distributors, sales agents, festival and the film market organizers, operates within the framework of the Berlinale.