OIFF-2018: announcing the European Documentary Competition Jury

Programmer Dorota Lech, Ukrainian filmmaker Ostap Kostyuk, and Docaviv’s director Galia Bador will evaluate the international documentaries

The 9th Odesa International Film Festival is pleased to announce the members of its European Documentary Competition Jury. Featuring three acclaimed professionals in the field of documentary, Dorota Lech, Programming Associate at the Toronto International Film Festival and Industry Programmer at the Hot Docs, Ukrainian filmmaker Ostap Kostyuk and Galia Bador Festival Director of Docaviv, the Jury will evaluate 8 feature-length documentaries coming from 11 countries, awarding the Best European Documentary Film. The 9th Odesa International Film Festival runs from July 13 to 21, 2018 and the lineup for this year’s European Documentary Competition will be announced shortly.

Dorota Lech (Poland) is a Programming Associate at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) where she scouts films from Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, the Caucasus, and Central Asia, screens international documentary submissions and programs the TIFF Documentary Conference. Dorota is also the Industry Programmer at the Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival, where she produces The Hot Docs Forum, a public pitching event aimed at garnering financing and co-productions for international documentaries. She holds an M.A in Political Science and Gender Studies from McGill University. She previously worked at The National Film Board of Canada and the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers.

Ostap Kostyuk (Ukraine), in collaboration with production director Alexander Pozdnyakov, made his debut as director of the short film Manu and Cabbage. The film received the RADi award (Agence du Court Métrage, France, 2012) at the Cannes Film Festival Short Corner. His debut feature documentary The Living Fire was awarded by the jury of the festival Hot Docs in Toronto (Canada), and was awarded with the Jury Diploma of the Odesa International Film Festival and at Listapad Film Festival (Belarus), also snagged 2 Awards at the First National Ukrainian Film Award "Golden Dziga".

Galia Bador (Israel) is the Festival Director of the Tel Aviv Docaviv International Film Festival, since 2009. Previously she served as the CEO of The Israeli Documentary Filmmakers Forum. She has also produced award-winning documentaries, among them are Jerusalem is Proud to Present directed by Nitzan Giladi, winner of the Human Rights Award at IDFA 2007. She has been a lecturer on film production and participated as a tutor and juror at International documentary forums and festivals such as; IDFA, Docedge Kolkata - Asian Forum for Documentary and DIG Festival Riccione.

We remind you that the Odesa Film Festival has recently presented the juries of the National Competition and FIPRESCI.