The Ukrainian Film Academy has been established as an association of experts and film industry professionals in order to advance the interests of Ukrainian cinema, promote national film culture inside the country and abroad, as well as support Ukrainian filmmakers and the local film industry.
The Academy’s main goal in establishing the National Film Awards is to celebrate the achievements of Ukrainian filmmakers. Also, the Ukrainian Film Academy will fund educational programs and organize events where viewers can learn the recent news about the Ukrainian film industry.
Ukrainian filmmakers (actors, scriptwriters, directors, cameramen, art directors, composers), producers of Ukrainian cinema as well as distributors, film critics and directors of international film festivals are considered for membership in the Academy. They will be the ones choosing the winners of the National Film Awards. The awards include 14 nominations: Best Film, Best Director (Yuri Ilyenko Award), Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Screenplay, Best Composer, Best Documentary, Best Animated Feature, Best Animated Short Film, Award for Contribution to Ukrainian Cinema.
The main symbol of the National Film Awards is “Golden Dziga” («Золота Дзиґа») – the embodiment of aspiration and continuous development. The name of the trophy also reminds us about the artistic heritage of an outstanding filmmaker, one of the founders of the documentary genre Dziga Vertov. “Sight and Sound” magazine, published by the British Film Institute, named Dziga Vertov’s “Man with a Movie Camera” (1929) the best documentary film of all time.
The 1st National Film Awards ceremony will be held on April 20 in Kyiv, Ukraine. The Ukrainian Film Academy and the National Film Awards were founded by the Odessa International Film Festival.
The call is open till March, 19.