7th Odessa International Film Festival received 864 films from 74 countries. Among films were works from Algeria, Canada, Columbia, Mauritius, New Zealand, Pakistan, Peru, Germany, Vietnam etc. Selection committee chose 12 feature films from 15 countries (Greece, France, Brazil, Portugal, Germany, Russia, Georgia, Poland, Lebanon, Belgium, Romania, Qatar, Spain, Great Britain and Croatia) for international competition. In national competition were shown 5 feature Ukrainian films and 21 short films from Ukrainian young cinematographers.
114 films from 36 countries and 5 continents (Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America) were shown on the 7th Odessa International Film Festival – 37 short and 77 feature films. The shortest film lasted 1 minute, the longest lasted 162 minutes. Viewing audience of the OIFF-2016 is 120,000 people. “Sherlock Holmes” (1916) screening on the Potemkin Stairs accompanied by symphony orchestra became one of the brightest events of Odessa IFF. More than 15,000 people gathered for this open-air screening.
OIFF-2016 also brought 2 new sections: European documentary competition (people had a chance to watch 6 best documentary films from all over the world) and non-competition serials section.
Among guests of the festival were such world film experts as Oscar winning screenwriter Christopher Hampton, producer of Cannes films winners Rebecca O’Brien, star of American indie films Alex Ross Perry, Israeli actress Shani Klein, producer, director and scriptwriter Uberto Passolini, director and screenwriter Eva Neymann, documentalist, educator and documentary school founder Marina Razbezhkina, director Vitali Manski, German director Christian Petzold, actor Aidan Turner, world known aerial photographer and director Yann-Arthus Bertrand and others. Ukrainian film experts and cinematographers such as Head of the State Film Agency Pylyp Illienko, producer Volodymyr Filippov, actress Rimma Zyubina, head of National Oleksandr Dovzhenko Center Ivan Kozlenko, directors Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy, Volodymyr Tyhkhyy, Kira Muratova, Valentyn Vasyanovych, Ahtem Seytablaev and others also were among visitors of the 7th OIFF.
“One of the main targets of the festival is popularization of qualified intellectual films and Ukrainian film industry development, – said OIFF President Viktoriya Tigipko. – The best world professionals, representatives of funds and international investors annually visit Odessa International Film Festival. They discover Ukraine and Ukrainian cinematography. International support is very important for our country so we are happy that OIFF opens new horizons for Ukrainian films on the international scene”.
Professional sections of the festival also were popular among the guests: Film Industry Office gathered more than 850 film experts at Odessa Film Studio. During 4 days participants there were 39 speakers, 10 presentations of Ukrainian pitching projects, 11 works of Work in progress section. Summer Film Market gathered 320 representatives of distribution companies and Ukrainian cinemas, film studios and other film industry companies.
“During 7 years Odessa Film Festival became the only communication area for all the film experts, - said general producer of the OIFF Julia Sinkevych. – Professional program of the festival covers all the film industry spheres – from development to distribution. It attracts international cinematographers because Ukraine becomes more interesting and perspective from the sight of co-production, talent search, locations and contractors. In this way Odessa International Film Festival promotes development of Ukrainian film industry”.
During the festival was held the first OIFF Business Club meeting for cinematographers and business elite representatives’ connection. Invited speakers Uberto Passolini and Janine Wedel shared their experience and inspiring ideas. Leading experts told about innovations in film industry during Digital Media Day that was held for the first time on the OIFF.
“Odessa International Film Festival achieved considerable success: we firmly took our place on the world film map. The best world film experts are coming to the OIFF. Audience knows, loves and waits for us. Our ambitions are growing together with the festival’s scale, - said OIFF President Viktoriya Tigipko. – We would like Odessa International Film Festival to become the networking hub for all the cultural and business elite representatives. We took first steps in this kind of direction this year – gathered together business representatives and filmmakers during closed OIFF Business Club meeting. Also during the festival was held first Digital Media Day educational section. We plan to develop these directions and increase text content next year. Sections will be brighter, more interesting and extensive”.
More than 600 journalists (among them – representatives of leading world media such as The Hollywood reporter, The Guardian, Canal+ and Cineuropa) covered film festival events. More than 200 volunteers helped in festival organization.
We remind that Grand Prix (results of the audience voting) won British grotesque comedy “Burn Burn Burn” directed by Chanya Button. International Competition Jury awarded Romanian drama “Illegitimate” directed by Adrianu Sitaru as best film. Autobiographical documentary “In California” (Charles Redon) became the best European documentary. Drama “The Nest of the Turtledove” (Taras Tkachenko) won Golden Duke in nomination “Best Ukrainian feature”. 2 works were awarded as the best 7th OIFF short film – “ It was Showering in Manchester” (Valeria Kalchenko and Antonio Lukic), “Nail” (Philip Sotnichenko).