Odesa International Film Festival unveils jury for 2018 National Competition Program

Kateryna Molchanova, Levan Koguashvili, Martina Bleis and Marianne Slot will evaluate the work of the Ukrainian filmmakers

The Odesa International Film Festival is very pleased to announce that Ukrainian actress Kateryna Molchanova, Georgian film director and screenwriter Levan Koguashvili, co-head and project curator of the Berlinale Co-Production Market Martina Bleis, and French producer Marianne Slot, together form the 2018 jury for the festival’s National Competition Program.

Including the latest films from Ukraine or made in co-production with Ukraine, the selection of the National Competition Program spans to both feature length and short films. The jury of the program will award the Golden Duke for Best Ukrainian Film along with the Best Acting Award, the Best Directing and the Best Ukrainian Short Film.

The 9th Odesa International Film Festival runs from July 13 to 21, 2018 and the lineup for this year’s National Competition Program will be announced soon.

Kateryna Molchanova (Ukraine) Actress, member of the Ukrainian Film Academy, Kateryna Molchanova is the leading actress in the films My Mermaid, My Lorelei (2013) by Nana Jorjadze and My Grandmother Fanny Kaplan (2016) by Olena Demyanenko, where she was nominated for the First National Film Award “Golden Dziga”. She also starred in the film Black Level (2017) directed by Valentin Vasyanovich, which was submitted by Ukraine for Oscar consideration in the category “Best Foreign Language Film”, and the short film Lilac (2017) directed by Kateryna Gornostai. Both films received FIPRESCI mentions at 2017 OIFF.

Levan Koguashvili (Georgia) Director and screenwriter Levan Koguashvili debuted in feature narrative cinema with the film Street Days in 2010. The film was presented at the competition program of the 39th International Film Festival Rotterdam. At the 10th goEast - Festival of Central and Eastern European Film in Wiesbaden, Germany, Koguashvili’s debut received the main prize – the Golden Lily for Best Film, and at the 14th edition of the festival he was awarded with the Best Director prize for his second feature Blind Dates (2013). The film also won the Best Film Award at the 5th Odesa Film Festival. The director’s films have participated in the competition sections of the Berlinale, the Golden Apricot International Film Festival in Yerevan, the Sundance Film Festival, and others.

Martina Bleis (Germany) Co-head and project curator of the Berlinale Co-Production Market for both feature and drama series projects, Martina Bleis has also the additional responsibility for the event’s publications and public relations work. Whilst studying, she gained experience in both film festivals and film production in Hamburg, Germany. She has worked for the Berlin International Film Festival since 2001, initially starting in the organization of panel discussions and working for Berlinale Talents. She is one of the founding members of the Berlinale Co-Production Market and has been co-head of the department since 2016. In addition, she consults as a curatorial advisor and a mentor – in particular for up-and-coming producers and directors developing feature film projects – for international training and co-production initiatives. At the 7th Odesa Film Festival, Martina Bleis was a tutor at the professional Film Industry Office section, and also held a training for the participants of Pitching sessions.

Marianne Slot (France) French producer of Danish origin, Marianne Slot, for over 25 years, has supported and worked with many international film directors at the height of their careers, including Lars von Trier – from Breaking the Waves (1996) to the recently Cannes-premiered The House That Jack Built (2018) – and directors Lucrecia Martel, Bent Hamer, Małgorzata Szumowska, Thomas Vinterberg, Paz Encina, Lisandro Alonso, Albertina Carri, Susanne Bier, Emma Dante, Marian Crisan, Juliette Garcias, Yeşim Ustaoğlu, Sergei Loznitsa, Benedikt Erlingsson and Naomi Kawase. Member of the Union of Independent Producers, member of the European Film Academy, the Scandinavian delegate for the San Sebastian Film Festival from 1997 to 2017, member of the board of the House of Denmark in Paris since 1997, President of Cinema du Monde at Centre National du Cinéma et de l'Image Animée (CNC) - World Cinema support) 2013-2015. She received the French Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres title in Cannes May 2015.