The dates of the 12th Odesa International Film Festival have been announced - this year it is scheduled to take place in Odesa from 14 to 21 August.
At the beginning of the year, the Odesa International Film Festival changed its management. Anna Machukh became the Executive Director of the Festival. During 2011-2016, Anna worked as Marketing Director of the OIFF, in 2017 she was the OIFF Film Market Director, and from 2018 to 2020 she held the position of the Strategic Development Director of the Festival. Anna Machukh is also the Executive Director of the Ukrainian Film Academy and co-founder of the online platform for the audiovisual sector DzygaMDB.
Kateryna Zvezdina is now the OIFF's Chief Operating Officer. She has been working at the film festival since 2016, until 2018 she was the PR director of the OIFF, and in 2018-2020 held the position of the Film Market Director.
Oleksandr Kholodenko, who has been a member of the OIFF Board of Directors since 2011, has become the Strategic Development Director of the Odesa International Film Festival.
An independent selection committee will be headed by Alik Shpilyuk. Until 2014, he was the Programme Director of the OIFF, since 2015 he has been working as the Programme Advisor. Alik Shpyliuk is also the Art Director of the Ukrainian Film Academy.
Tetyana Vlasova retains the PR Director position.
“Each Odesa International Film Festival is special in its own way. Last year, due to obvious circumstances, we successfully experimented with the online format and we already knew that the festival was in need of drastic changes. Thus we started this year elaborating a completely new development strategy for the Odessa International Film Festival. The 12th OIFF will definitely be different, but the main thing remains untouched - it is the best films of Ukraine and from around the globe, and, of course, our unique atmosphere, which this year we will all be able to feel again in summer in Odesa", - the President of the Odesa International Film Festival Viktoriya Tigipko said.
“Last year convinced everyone that we need to look for new forms and formats of existence, quickly adapting to the circumstances. Despite the fact that the online format in which the 11th OIFF took place was a very interesting experience for all of us, the audience still lacks a festival atmosphere. Therefore, this year the Odesa International Film Festival will be held offline, but in a changed format and with a new team to optimize all organizational moments", OIFF Executive Director Anna Machukh noted.
This year's programme details and call for entries will be announced later on.