The panel of judges of the International Competition Program of 10-th Odesa International Film Festival has been announced
This year, the panel of judges of the International Competition Program of the OIFF will be headed by Peter Brosens (Belgium), director and producer. Together with him, the films of the International Competition will be rated by Ivanna Sakhno, (Ukraine - USA), the Ukrainian actress, Karel Och, the member of the European Film Academy, Director of Karlovy Vary Film Festival (Czech Republic), Barry Ward (Ireland), an actor, as well as Nana Ekvtimishvili, writer, director and producer (Georgia)
Peter Brosens is the Belgium director with 25 years of experience in the film industry. His films won prizes at 75 festivals around the world. Peter Brosens has produced the world-famous Mongolia Trilogy, which consists of City of The Steppes (1993), State of Dogs (1998) and Poets of Mongolia (1999). Then he started to cooperate with Jessica Woodworth. Together they shot such films as Khadak (the film won the Lion Of The Future Award at the Venice International Film Festival in 2006), Altiplano (the nominee on the Grand Prix of the International Critics' Week in Cannes in 2009) and The Fifth Season (the nominee for the Golden Lion at the 69th Venice International Film Festival in 2012). King of the Belgians, the joint film by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth took part in the International Competition Program of the 8th Odesa International Film Festival and won the main prize, the Golden Duke statuette. In 2017, the director received a Polar Star award from the President of Mongolia for his contribution to the Mongolian film industry.
Ivanna Sakhno is an actress of Ukrainian origin who is currently working in Hollywood. She was born in 1997 in Kyiv, in a family of cinematographers: director Galina Kuvivchak-Sakhno and cinematographer Anatoly Sakhno. From early childhood, she began filming in Ukrainian television broadcasts, and in 2013 the film “Ivan the Poweful” released, in which Ivanna performed the main female role. In 2016, the actress won the Teletriumph Award for her role in the film Black Flower. When Ivanna Sakhno was 15, she moved to the USA together with her parents. There she stupassed away at the prestigious Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute in Los Angeles. The actress got the worldwide popularity due to her roles in such films as Pacific Rim: Uprising (directed by Steven S. DeKnight) and The Spy Who Dumped Me (directed by Susanna Fogel). Nowadays Ivanna continues to actively star in the Hollywood and is civic-minded person.
Karel Och is the Director of the International Film Festival in Karlovy Vary. He stupassed away the history and theory of cinema at Charles University in Prague. Since 2001, he has been working in the team of the International Film Festival in Karlovy Vary. He was originally a member of the selection committee and was also responsible for the documentary program and retrospective. in 2010, Karel Och was appointed as the Art-Director of the festival. In addition, he is a member of the European Film Academy, and since 2014 has been a mentor for the Venice Days Jury and is a member of the Netherlands Film Fund Commission, which supports the development of projects in the international context. He is also the member of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI).
Barry Ward is an Irish actor. The latest movie that has been released on the screen with the actor is the full-length supernatural comedy film Extra Ordinary, which was presented this year at the film festival SXSW (South by Southwest) in Austin. Barry Ward is currently starring in three projects at once: White Lines for Netflix, the Irish film Beards with Sharon Horgan, and the second season of the serial Save me. Barry played the leading role of James Gralton in the film Jimmy’s Hall, directed by the British director Ken Loach, the film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014. In addition, Barry was featured in Paul Mercier's film Pursuit (2015), along with such actors as Brendan Gleeson, Ruth Bradley and Liam Cunningham. In the same year, he played two leading roles in the films Blood Cells and Bypass. Barry Ward was nominated for IFTA (Irish Film and Television Awards) for the role of Arthur Mahon in the mini-serial, historical science fiction titled Rebellion by Finnish director Aku Louhimies in 2016. Among the latest projects of Barry Ward are The Truth Commissioner, science fiction drama Realive and The Journey. The audience also knows Barry Ward by the serial Britain for Sky TV, which was shown in 2018.
Nana Ekvtimishvili is a Georgian writer, director and producer. Together with Simon Gross, she directed and produced two films that were awarded the international awards: In Bloom (2013) and My Happy Family (2017). The film In Bloom was called "the birth of a new Georgian wave and the spring of Georgian cinema" at the international festivals. The International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) called the film a sign of the revival of Georgian cinema. At the 4th Odesa International Film Festival, Lika Babluani and Mariam Bokeria were awarded as best actresses for the film. At the 8th Odesa International Film Festival, My Happy Family won the Golden Duke for directing, and Iya Shugashvili and Tsisia Kumsiashvili were awarded as the best actresses. Iya Shugashvili was in the panel of judges of the International Competition Program at the OIFF-2018. In 2015, Nana Ekvtimishvili published in Georgia her first novel The Pear Field, which won several major national literary awards and was subsequently published in Germany in 2018 by Suhrkamp publishing house called Das Birnenfeld.