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Odessa International Film Festival


Odessa International Film Festival was established in 2010 with a mission to bring high quality films from all over the world to the Ukrainian audience as well as to encourage the development of film industry in Ukraine and to restore its cinematic tradition.


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Odessa OIFF - Film Industry Office, Day 2

    The second day of the Film Industry Office was full of events: Cinema: Backstage conference; Eurimages cultural support fund of the Council of Europe “How does it work?” presentation; “Film festivals between civil society values and politics” networking meeting and Odesa IFF ScripTeast Series Project with TV drama series pitching. The second day of Film Industry Office section started with the Cinema: Backstage conference on Gender Equality – M...

Odessa International Film Festival to Support David Lynch Foundation

  One of Europe’s largest film festivals and the David Lynch Foundation have announced the beginning of their cooperation in Ukraine. The Odesa International Film Festival (OIFF) shall transfer 1% of its International Competition ticket sale proceeds to support the Foundation’s projects in Ukraine. ‘The David Lynch Foundation puts in place vital projects, teaching risk groups to cope with stress and to discover new life opportunities. This is fully in line with the ...

9th OIFF hosted “Cinema: Backstage” conference

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The meeting tackled global policy issues in film industry and their impact on local level. This year, the first and most important issue of Cinema: Backstage was “Gender Equality: myth or reality”. Opening the conference, the OIFF president Viktoriya Tigipko has noted: "It’s not the first time that we raise the gender issue here at the festival, and we’re proud to be speaking of some positive changes and increased amount of female decision makers in the film industr...

Master Classes with Arnaud de Pallières and Ritesh Batra

  Ritesh Batra and Arnaud de Pallières, famous directors and OIFF-2018 International Competition jury members, shared their thoughts of success and hardships in film industry   Arnaud de Pallières mentioned: "When I make feature films, I always try to bring documentary truthfulness, a piece of real life. I always have a desire to make a film as alive as possible. The best way to risk with a movie is an attempt to show your viewer the past, because there is on...

OIFF-2018: The start of Film industry professional section

On July 17th, the OIFF Film Industry Office section officially started. The key event of the day was “Cinema for tourism, cinema about tourism and tourism for cinema” networking of film commissions which took place in the framework of professional section for the second time. "The ultimate synergy of such events is a guarantee of a healthy development of the film industry. Since last year the first networking was very productive and could not seat all those who wanted to pa...

Master classes and creative meetings with OIFF celebrity guests

  From 14 to 20 July, the “Rodina” Festival Centre will host the master classes by famous filmmakers, members of the jury and distinguished guests of the 9thOIFF   The audience will have the chance to attend creative meetings and master classes with filmmakers, actors, film critics and film professionals that are guests of the 9th Odesa International Film Festival:   Naomi Kawase (Japan, film director, OIFF special guest)   Ada Rogovtseva (Ukraine, act...

The Trouble with You will close the OIFF

  The French film starring Audrey Tautou will be screened at the closing night of the 9th Odesa International Film Festival.   Yvonne is the main character of Pierre Salvadori’s comic drama The Trouble with You (En liberté !). She is a detective and a young widow of a police officer, local hero Santi. Suddenly, she learns that her husband wasn’t as much of a role-model as their son would think of him. A guy named Antoine was his prison underdog for 8 years. Y...

OIFF for Kids - together with Children KinoFest

  OIFF for Kids, the non-competitive section of Odesa International Film Festival, dedicated to children and young audience is organized in partnership with the Children KinoFest international film festival. The line-up includes three recent features and one Soviet classic film.   In details the films screened at OIFF for Kids are:   Mirai of the Future (Mirai no Mirai, 2018), directed by Mamoru Hosoda, Japan. One day Kun’s mother brings home a new member of the famil...

Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote premieres in Ukraine

  The adventurous comedy crafted by legendary Monty Python’s member is part of the Gala Premieres section of the 9th Odesa International Film Festival.   Widely known for his influential work with the Monty Python comedy troupe, American-born British film director Terry Gilliam started his career as an animator and cartoonist. Apart from the features that he co-directed for the Monty Python – Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), The Meaning of Life (1983) –...

The new film by Asghar Farhadi will be screened at OIFF

  The psychological thriller Everybody Knows will be presented as a part of the Gala Premieres section of the 9th Odesa International Film Festival.   Iranian director and screenwriter Asghar Farhadi debuted in 2003 with the awarded feature Dancing in the Dust. We became known internationally after his films Fireworks Wednesday (2006) and About Elly (2009) for which he was awarded with the Silver Bear at Berlin International Film Fesvial.. With A Separation (2011), Farhadi was ...

The Special Screenings section of the 9th Odesa International Film Festival pays tribute to Kira Muratova

  Two films directed by the legendary auteur and films by the members of the jury are including in the section. The Odesa International Film Festival will pay tribute to the legendary Ukrainian director Kira Muratova by screening two of her films, Brief Encounters and Dummy at the Special Screenings section. Also, the members of the International Competition jury, will showcase some of their films. Kira Muratova passed away on June 6, 2018 at the age of 84. She has an honorary citizen ...

Odessa: The Festival of the Festivals announces its first titles

  Seven films directed by Jafar Panahi, Ai Weiwei, Samuel Maoz and Laura Bispuri, among others, will participate in this year’s selection.   Festival of the Festivals, the non-competitive section of the 9th Odesa International Film Festival, has unveiled the first titles of its 2018 line-up. Seven films that were selected and awarded at the festivals of Cannes, Berlin, Venice and Rotterdam will be screened this year.   In details the first films of the Festival of ...

The Odessa Fest Gala Premieres section is announced

  Four films will form this year’s Gala Premieres section of the 9th Odesa International Film Festival.   Four films directed by acclaimed and debutant filmmakers which previously competed in the film festivals of Cannes, Berlin, Sundance and South by Southwest, will be featured in 2018 edition of Odesa International Film Festival Gala Premieres.   In details the Gala Premieres are:   Climax by Gaspar Noé. The latest extreme work by one of the most re...

The 9th Odesa International Film Festival will host the conference “Cinema: Backstage” dedicated to gender equality i

  The conference will be held on July 18 within the framework of the Film Industry Office   Starting from the 2018 edition, the Odesa International Film Festival (OIFF), will host a unique conference format called Cinema: Backstage. By introducing this platform, it will be ensured that all topical issues under debate in the international film industry are also clearly understood and strategically echoed in Ukraine and beyond, including all he Eastern Partnership countries &ndas...

Naomi Kawase will be a special guest of Odesa International Film Festival

    The renowned Japanese director will present her films “Suzaku”, “Hanezu”, “Still the Water”, “Shara” and “Radiance” at the 9th Odesa International Film Festival   Naomi Kawase is a Japanese director and screenwriter who in 1997 became the youngest recipient of the Golden Camera at the Cannes Film Festival for her debut work “Suzaku”. Ten years later, she returned to Cannes with the film “Mogari...

The schedule of OIFF Film Industry Office

  Running from 17 to 20 July the Film Industry Office, the industry section of the 9th Odesa International Film Festival, organizes events for film professionals. Aiming to support and develop the Ukrainian film industry and to promote internationally the Ukrainian cinema. Among other sections, are included: a Pitching competition and Work in Progress section, a number of presentations and panel discussions, the ScriptEast Series Pitching session, and the Actor’s Workshop.   ...

The Odesa International Film Festival presents the Series! section

Screening five new promising series, the section which is curated by Séries Mania and TV channel “Ukraine” will offer an overview of the upcoming seasons to the festival audience. The 9th Odesa International Film Festival (OIFF) is presenting the Series! section, which is dedicated to upcoming TV series that will be broadcasted across Europe the next season. In collaboration with the leading French series festival, Séries Mania, which curated most of the main program...

The Gallery Invogue presents the project “Behind the Scenes”

Odesa International Film Festival presents a visual exhibition that aims to focus on the women that formed Ukrainian cinema but worked behind the cameras. Organized by Gallery Invogue, which is for the second time an official partner and the curator of Odesa International Film Festival’s art program, the “Behind the Scenes” exhibition aims to present the women that created and formed the Ukrainian cinema but were not in the spotlight. Focusing on eleven film professionals th...

9th Odessa International Film Festival Lineup, 2018

By Alex Deleon, <Filmfestivals.com> Odessa at age Nine is one of the youngest film festivals on the European festival circuit but is clearly making a bid for wider recognition in 2018. Not to forget that this fabulous Black Sea seaport was the location for one of the most seminal films of the entire XXth century,  Russian director Sergei Eisenstein's silent epic "Battleship Potemkin" in 1924.  The famous Odessa Steps sequence has been quoted and imitated in coun...

Celebrating 70 years of Israeli Cinema at OIFF

Organizing a special retrospective, the 9th Odesa International Film Festival will honour the 70th anniversary of Israeli cinema. The 9th Odesa International Film Festival will bring an insight into the cultural diversity of the Israeli society as seen through its cinema. The Israeli cinema that in 2018 is celebrating its 70th anniversary and will be presented through a special retrospective. The elements that form today’s society, from the Ultra-orthodox community to the Arabic presenc...

9th Odesa International Film Festival presents promo video

The idea and script for the video was developed and brought to life by Ukrainian director Igor Stekolenko Since the creation of the first-ever film, the most important thing for any of them is the audience. Last year, the viewer became the central figure in the official art concept of OIFF. This year, OIFF and Igor Stekolenko decided to go deeper into the topic, making perception the main character of the promo video – in particular, the human perception of images on the screen...

The European Documentary Competition line-up in Odessa is announced

The documentary section of the 9th Odesa International Film Festival will host 8 features coming from 11 countries Established in 2016 as one of the main competition programs of Odesa International Film Festival, the European Documentary Competition aims to focus on new voices from across Europe. The curator of the program, Ukrainian documentary filmmaker Sergiy Bukovsky, has announced the selected features. For the 9th Odesa International Film Festival, 8 documentaries hailing ...

Benedikt Erlingsson’s Woman at War opens the 9th Odesa International Film Festival

    Winner of the SACD award in Cannes International Critics' Week the film will be screened at the opening ceremony of the festival The sophomore film by Icelandic director Benedikt Erlingsson, Woman at War, will open the 9th Odesa International Film Festival on 13 July. The film is co-produced and shot in France, Iceland, and Ukraine and was supported by the Ukrainian State Film Agency. Dealing with the issues of the environmental ...

Odesa International Film Festival announces the jury for 2018 International Competition Program

  Headed by producer Ewa Puszczynska, the jury comprises directors Ritesh Batra, Igor Minaiev, Arnaud des Pallières, and actress Ia Shugliashvili The 9th Odesa International Film Festival (OIFF) is very pleased to announce that acclaimed Polish producer Ewa Puszczynska, well known for her awarded collaborations with Paweł Pawlikowski (Ida, Cold War) will be this year’s president of the International Competition Program Jury. Along with her, the jur...
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