On October 3, the closing gala of the 11th OIFF for the first time in history took place online. According to the results of the audience voting, the Grand Prix in the International Competition Program of the Odesa International Film Festival went to Dinner in America, and the Audience Choice Award in the National Competition Program went to Victor_Robot.
The Closing Ceremony was traditionally hosted by TV presenter, journalist, and actress Yanina Sokolova and TV presenter Oleh Panyuta.
The winners of the European Documentary Film Competition were the first to be announced. The Best Film award went to Summerwar (directed by Moritz Schultz). The special diploma of the jury of the European Documentary Film Competition was awarded to the films Gevar’s Land (directed by Qutaiba Barhamji) and Conductivity (directed by Anna-Karin Grönroos).
During the closing ceremony, the audience of the Odesa International Film Festival was waiting for a musical surprise from the band Dao Park. Its performance surprised all the fans of futuristic experiments with synthetic sounds of jazz, hip-hop, funk, and soul.
FIPRESCI awards went to the best Ukrainian feature film Demon (directed by Yehor Troyanovskyi) and the best Ukrainian short film Chachó (directed by Vitaliy Gavura).
The jury of the National Competition chose the best Ukrainian short film Goodbye Golovin (directed by Mathieu Grimard). Maria Khomutova became the Best Actress of the National Competition for her role in Two of Us (directed by Vladislav Vitriv). Adrian Pirvu and Olena Maksyom's film Everything Will Not Be Fine won both the awards for Best Director and Best Feature Film.
“An online festival is a new challenge for us. We realized that it requires a completely different format, tasks, approach, and a different distance from our viewers. However, we’ve gradually come to enjoy it. Now, looking at the faces of the winners, I feel the same incredible feelings and shivers down my spine. With a very high audience score of 4.44, the winner of the Audience Choice Award is the VictorRobot!", Julia Sinkevych, General Producer of the Odesa International Film Festival, announced the winner.
“In these difficult times for culture and cinema, it was very important for us that the industry, in particular the Ukrainian one, supported the festival and gave us an opportunity to show you new, diverse, high-quality Ukrainian films. The Audience Award in the National Competition Program is awarded for the second time now. It was very pleasant to observe how the audience reacts and appreciates its own Ukrainian cinema,” added the OIFF Program Director Anthelme Vidaud.
The main jury of the Odesa International Film Festival, the viewers, gave the Audience Award to the best film of the National Competition Program Victor_Robot (directed by Anatoliy Lavrenyshyn).
The Best Acting Award of the International Competition went to the ensemble of actresses from the film Maternal (directed by Maura Delpero): Lydia Lieberman, Denise Carrizo, and Agustina Malale. The Best Director Award went to Fabrice du Welz, who made the film Adoration. The jury awarded the prize for the Best Film to Atlantis by Valentyn Vasyanovych.
“I am very grateful! It was unexpected, and I feel happy! I want to thank Yulia Sinkevych, Anthelme Vidaud, and Larysa Rusnak – I am delighted to have all of you and I adore the Odesa Film Festival. I am proud that it is not the first time that the premieres of my films take place at the Odesa Film Festival. Thank you for that,” said Valentyn Vasyanovych.
The jury of the International Competition awarded its Special Mention to the films Servants (directed by Ivan Ostrokhovsky) and You Will Die at Twenty (directed by Amjad Abu-Alala) for the film’s soundtrack.
The main award of the 11th OIFF - the Grand Prix of the International Competition - went to the film Dinner in America (directed by Adam Rehmeier).
“Many thanks to everyone involved in organizing the festival. For me, this is an extremely touching moment, so I will immediately run to share the news with the filming crew. I am very happy that the film provoked such a reaction from the audience and touched their hearts,” director Adam Rehmeier said.
Roman Balayan, one of the most famous Ukrainian directors, was awarded with the honorary Golden Duke for his Lifetime Achievement in Filmmaking.
The final speech was delivered by the President of the OIFF, the Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of the Ukrainian Film Academy Viktoria Tigipko.
“The 11th Odesa International Film Festival took place in spite of all the challenges of our times. We were not afraid to take a risk and conduct it in a hybrid format – both online and offline. Within the shortest time possible, we have created a unique platform, which has already been visited by 20,000 unique users, and by the end of the screening period, we expect this number to increase to 30,000 over next week. We have received more than 150,000 online views of all the virtual OIFF events, involving the audience of 350,000 viewers, and engaged more than 100 film professionals. We conducted the largest film performance on the Potyomkin Stairs, where we showed the classical film of German expressionism Golem: How He Came into the World, which turned 100 this year. In the future, we aim to achieve synergy between online and offline formats, attracting an even larger international audience. We will surely meet next year at the 12th OIFF, because our entire team is working to bring the best films from around the world to the OIFF,” she said.
The closing event of the 11th OIFF was created by the professional event agency CLEVER Group, a permanent partner of the Odesa International Film Festival and the Ukrainian Film Academy. CLEVER Group has been organizing the opening and closing ceremonies of the OIFF since 2014, and since 2017, it conducts the National Film Awards “Golden Dzyga”.
We remind that maximum reliability and transparency of voting was provided by the official auditor of the OIFF Kreston GCG.
The closing film of the 11th OIFF was Agnieszka Holland’s new film Charlatan, which had its world premiere at the 70th Berlin Film Festival as part of the Berlinale Special program.