Film Industry Office: Day 3

The main event of the day was the pitching of national projects. The guests and participants of the professional section attended three presentations: "Innovations in the Film Industry", "Opportunities of Co-Production between Lithuania and Ukraine", "Opportunities of Financial Support of Films in Ukraine", as well as panel discussion "Gender Equality Principle in the Film Industry In Action"

On the third day, the professional section opened with the presentation "Innovation in Film Industry" for the industry professionals, which was hosted by the president of the Odesa International Film Festival and the founder of TA Ventures, Viktoriya Tigipko. She outlined the main digital opportunities that the film industry services provide. She also noted that, at the moment, one of the main directions of the festival is the maximum integration of the film industry into innovative technologies.

The next event was the Pitching, where 13 competing film projects were presented. By results of the pitching on July 19, the three winners will receive prizes, including 60,000 UAH from the Odesa International Film Festival, 60,000 UAH from the "Ukraina" TV channel, and a prize of 85,000 UAH from the global solidarity movement for gender equality HeForShe.

The following projects took part in the 10th OIFF Pitchings: "Pas de Trois" (directed by Diana Kardumian, prod. Ani Vorskanyan, Armenia), "U are the universe" (directed by Pavlo Ostrikov, produced by Volodymyr Yatsenko, Ukraine) "044" (directed by Nikon Romanchenko, produced by Natalia Libet, Ukraine), "La Paliciada" (directed by Filip Sotnichenko, produced by Valeriya Sochivets and Sashko Chubko, Ukraine), "Who Do You Love the Most, baby?" (directed by Tonya Noyabryova, produced by Natalia Libet, Ukraine), "Utopia" (directed by Yuriy Rechynskyi, produced by Maksym Asadchyi, Ukraine, Austria), "I, Nina" (directed by Volodymyr Kharchenko-Kulikovskyi, produced by Olesya Korzhenevska, Ukraine), "Our Breasts are Our Weapons: The story of the FEMEN" (directed by Dariya Zhuk, produced by Denys Ivanov, Ukraine, France), "September 1" (directed by Roman Bondarchuk, produced by Olena Yershova, Ukraine), "Reflection" (directed by Valentyn Vasyanovych, produced by Valentyn Vasyanovych, Volodymyr Yatsenko, Ukraine), "Hazel Eyes" (directed by Maria Ibragimova, produced by Zaynep Atakan, Azerbaijan), "Border Games" (directed by Elen Mikaberidze, produced by Tekla Machavariani, Georgia), "Panopticon" (dir. Georg Sikharulidze, prod. Vladimer Katcharava, Georgia).

German producer Simone Baumann was the traditional moderator of the Pitching. The professional jury includes: Marianne Slot, producer (France), Guillaume de Say, producer (France), Katriel Schory, executive director of the Israel Film Found (Israel), Karsten Stoter, producer (Germany), Rina Sildos, producer (Estonia), Martina Bleis, curator of the Berlinale Co-production Market (Germany), and Olena Kanishevska, creative producer of "Ukraina" TV channel (Ukraine).

One more event within the Film Industry Office was the presentation "Opportunities for co-production between Lithuania and Ukraine".

The next meeting for industry professionals was the presentation "Opportunities of financial support for films in Ukraine". The speakers were Pylyp Illienko, director of the State Film Agency of Ukraine, Yuliya Fediv, director of the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation, Iryna Prokofieva, director of the Program Department of the Ukrainian Institute. Juliya Sinkevych, general producer of the OIFF, moderated the meeting.

Pylyp Illienko said: "The most important factor for film production in Ukraine is predictable state support. However, there is currently no stability in this area, so there are risks for all of the film producers."

Yuliya Fediv, speaking about financial support from the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation, noted that this year's program received about 700 applications, and about 200 projects will be supported. "For the next two years, we also plan to maintain the audiovisual sector support program," she said.

At the end of the intense third day of the Film Industry Office, the section participants held a panel discussion entitled "Gender Equality Principle in Film Industry in Action". The speakers were Tamara Tatishvili, representative of the EWA - European Women Audovisual Network, Francine Reveni, Eurimages (European Cinema Support Foundation), and Dominica Stoyanoska, program specialist of UN Women in Ukraine.

"The need for gender equality is undoubtedly the most urgent issue. Even from the statistics, you can understand that in most countries, this question is one of the most urgent," said Tamara Tatishvili.

During the discussion, Francine Reveni said that every organization in every industry should takes into account gender aspects. The Eurimages representative also emphasized that the European Cinema Support Fund introduced the prize to motivate women to remain in the film production. The winner of this prize receives an award of 30,000 euros.