The presentation was primarily aimed at international and Ukrainian distributors, sales agents, festival slectors, as well as all accredited members of the Film Industry Office section and journalists.
The moderator of the presentation was Martin Blaney, a correspondent of Screen International. The jury in the Work in Progress jury this year included Keiko Funato - CEO - Sales and Acquisitions, Alpha Violet, France, Ewa Bojanowska - Festival coordinator, New Europe Film Sales, Poland, Marie-Pierre Valle - Acquisitions, Wild Bunch, France, Heino Deckert - producer, distributor, Deckert Distribution, Germany, Laurent Danielou, owner, Loco Films, France.
The jury saw presentations from 11 films: “Devil” (directed by E. Troyanovsky, producer O. Beskhmelnitsina); “Gate” (directed by V. Tikhiy, producer I. Savichenko, M. Suprun, V. Tikhiy, V. Filippov, A. Moskalenko); “Volcano” (directed by R. Bondarchuk, producer A. Ershova, D. Averchenko); “Hero of My Time” (directed by A. Noyabreva, producer A. Palenchuk); “When the Trees Fall” (directed by M. Nikityuk, producer I. Savichenko, V. Filippov, D. Jablonski); “Roses” (directed by I. Stetsenko, producer D. Vorontsov); “Alluring, Sweet, and Boundless, or Songs and Dances about Death” (directed by T. Khodakovska, A. Stekolenko, producer M. Osadchy); “Taras. The Return” (directed by A. Denisenko, producer V. Filippov, A. Kovalenko); “Egregor” (directed by L. Levitsky, producer S. Lavrenyuk); “Home Games” (directed by A. Kovalenko, producer S. Sioan); “Stasis” (directed by M. Kvedaravičius, producer U. Kim, V. Sheremetyev, N. Libet).
The jury of the festival will determine the winner. The best project will be awarded a prize: air tickets of nominal value of $2000 from the number one airline in Ukraine – Ukrainian International Airlines – the exclusive airline of the Odesa International Film Festival.
The last section of Film Industry Office was the presentation from the State Film Agency. Head of the Ukrainian State Film Agency Pylyp Illenko presented the new rules for competitive selection of film projects in the context of the Law of Ukraine “On State Support of Cinema in Ukraine”: “I will briefly review what has changed, what will change in the near future, and how the new system will work. The final answer to this question is not yet known, since a significant number of the bylaws are still being drafted or improved, but a certain vision is already being built up”.
The Law of Ukraine “On State Support of Cinema in Ukraine” was adopted in March 2017.