Ukrainian stand at Berlinale 2017

From the 9th to 17th of February, the Ukrainian stand – Ukrainian Film Corner “Ukraine is Your Destination” will feature on the European Film Market at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival. The Ukrainian stand on the film market of the 67th Berlin International Film Festival is organized by the Ukrainian Film Industry Association with the support of the State Agency of Ukraine for Cinema and the Charity Fund Igor Yankovsky “The Initiative for the Future”.

Berlinale is an international category A film festival that is considered to be one of the most prestigious and most visited film festivals in the world and is held annually in Berlin (Germany). This year the festival will last from 9th to 19th February 2017. Within the framework of the Berlinale, the European Film Market is being held annually, which is one of the most important meeting places of professionals in the field of the film industry: producers, distributors, buyers, sales agents, organizers of festivals and film markets.

At the Ukrainian stand will be presented the catalog “Ukrainian films 2016-2017”, issued by the Ukrainian Film Industry Association on request of the State Agency of Ukraine on Cinema. It contains information about the latest Ukrainian works – ready and those that are in production. Catalog and other presentation materials will be distributed among specialists of the world cinema industry, which will promote Ukrainian cinema abroad.

It is important that the program Berlinale – Generation 14 plus on February 15th will host the world premiere of documentary film directors George Jeno and Elizabeth Smith “School number 3”, produced by Ukrainian and German co-production.

In addition, the European film market will be exhibits of Ukrainian films: “Mustafa” dir. Ahmed Sarihalil, “Servant of the People 2” dir. Oleksiy Kyryushchenko, “5th therapy” dir. Alice Pavlovskaya and “The World to Your House” dir. Volodymyr Lert.

A special event for the Berlin International Film Festival will be the screening of the documentary “The Process. Russian state against Oleg Sentsov” directed by Askold Kurov telling about the case of the Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov, illegally imprisoned in Russia. The demonstration will take place on February 11 with the participation of the European Film Academy.

On February 12, the Head of the State Agency of Ukraine for Cinema Philip Illenko will present a presentation of the Ukrainian film industry, in which he will talk about the potential of the Ukrainian film industry and present Ukrainian films (both finished and those that are in production). The presentation is intended to encourage foreign film professionals and investors to collaborate with Ukrainian cinematographers.

February 13 will be a gala reception on the occasion of the presentation of Ukrainian cinema within the framework of the 67th Berlin International Film Festival. The event will be attended by Ukrainian and foreign representatives of the film industry and the press.

On February 14, a feature documentary “School No. 3” by directors George Jeno and Elizabeth Smith will be presented at the Ukrainian stand. The film tells the story of children studying in a school in a small town of Mykolaivka, on Donbass. In the summer of 2014, this city was hit by powerful hostilities during the Sloviansk`s liberation struggles. The monologues of 13 students of 8-10 grades of the Mykolaiv school sound in the film. Each story is related to some kind of subject matter that is of paramount importance to each hero.

As the Head of the Ukrainian State Film Agency Philip Illenko said

«This year on the European film market Ukraine will be presented more powerfully than last year. We increased the size of our stand from 4 square meters up to 24 square meters and also placed it in a more crowded spot on the movie market. I think that the Ukrainian stand is a kind of cinematic embassy of Ukraine on one of the largest industrial events in the world. His organization is a vivid example of a public-private partnership. The stand is a tool which could be used by every Ukrainian cinematographer».