On July 20, the Odesa Academic Opera and Ballet Theater hosted the gala closing ceremony of the 10th anniversary OIFF. According to the voting results, the main awards of the Odesa International Film Festival in the International Competition Program went to two films - "And Then We Danced" (directed by Levan Akin) and "Homeward" (directed by Nariman Aliyev). The winner of the National Competition program is "My Thoughts Are Silent" (directed by Antonio Lukich)
The closing ceremony was hosted by TV presenter, journalist, and actress Yanina Sokolova and TV presenter Oleh Panyuta. The ceremony opened with musical performance by ONUKA.
The first announced winner was a film from the European Documentary Contest "The Men's Room" (directed by Peter Sommer, Jo Vemud Svendsen). The award was presented by the jury members Bill Guttenag, Sonia Kronlund, and Daria Bassel. The special jury mention of the European Documentary Films Competition went to "For Sama" (directed by Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts).
The day before, FIPRESCI awarded the first prizes of the 10th Odesa International Film Festival to the best Ukrainian feature film "My Thoughts Are Silent" (directed by Antonio Lukich) and the best Ukrainian short film "In Our Synagogue" (directed by Ivan Orlenko).
Andriy Lidagovskyi received a special mention of the jury of the National Contest for his role in "My Thoughts Are Silent" (directed by Antonio Lukich).
The National Competition Jury Nicholas Elliot, Joanna Kos-Krauze, Mania Akbari and Ivanna Diadiura awarded the prize for the Best Ukrainian Short Film to "A Secret, a Girl and a Boy" directed by Oksana Kazmina. The laureate of Golden Duke in Feature Film nomination was "My Father is My Mother's Brother" (directed by Vadym Ilkov). Golden Duke for the Best Actress in the National Competition was awarded to Irma Vitovska for her role in "My Thoughts Are Silent" (directed by Antonio Lukich). Vadym Ilkov became the Best Director for his film "My Father Is My Mother's Brother". The main jury of the Odesa International Film Festival - the audience - chose "My Thoughts Are Silent" by Antonio Lukich for the Audience Award. This year is the first time this award was presented at the Odssa International Film Festival.The Audience Award of the National Conmpetition was presented by the programming director of the OIFF Anthelme Vidaud and the general producer of the OIFF Juliya Sinkevych.
"I want to thank all those who make the films: actors, directors, screenwriters, and viewers. This year, the OIFF for the first time introduces the Audience Award in the National Competition Program. And we saw that the audience loves Ukrainian cinema as much as we do, because their points were very high," said Juliya Sinkevych.
Catherine Deneuve, the legend of French cinema and special guest of the 10th anniversary OIFF, was awarded the honorary "Golden Duke" for her contribution to cinema. Viktoriys Tigipko, President of the OIFF and chairwoman of the supervisory board of the Ukrainian Film Academy, handed the award to the actress. Catherine Deneuve thanked the organizers of the Odesa International Film Festival and said that she is pleased with her stay iin Ukraine.
President of the OIFF, chairwoman of the supervisory board of the Ukrainian Film Academy Viktoriya Tigipko handed the honorary award to Mikhail Zhvanetsky, calling him "the mascot of the festival." "It was Mikhail Zhvanetsky who became president of the Odesa Film Festival 'Golden Duke' more than thirty years ago. The OIFF has developed this initiative and shortly became one of the largest film festivals in Eastern Europe!", Tigipko said. The films from the International Competition Program were evaluated by jury consisting of Ivanna Sakhno, Karel Och, Barry Ward, and Nana Ekvtimishvili, presided by Peter Brosens. Levan Gelbakhiani became the Best Actor for his role in "And Then We Danced" (directed by Levan Akin). The best director is Alejandro Landes with "Monos". The Best Film award went to "And Then We Danced" (directed by Levan Akin).
The real surprise of the closing ceremony of the 10th anniversary Odesa International Film Festival was the presentation of the OIFF main award - the Grand Prix. The main prize of the anniversary OIFF went to two films at once - "Homeward" (directed by Nariman Aliyev) and "And Then We Danced" (directed by Levan Akin). "Eight years ago I first came to this festival, and I've promised myself that I will not return here without a film. Two years later, I returned with a short film, after two more years - with a second short, and in 3 years, I brought a feature. Thanks to the viewers who voted for our film", said the director of "Homeward". "This award belongs to all those brave young people who are on the right side of history. It belongs to the organizers of the first pride in Georgia in 2013, and to the people who are standing right now in front of the parliament", Katie Danelia, producer of "And Then We Danced", read a note from director Levan Akin.
We are reminding that authenticity and transparency of the voting was ensured by the official auditor of the OIFF Kreston GCG.
"Creating artistic values requires a great deal of work," said Viktoriya Tigipko, President of OIFF, at the end of the closing ceremony. "It's very painful for the artist to not be heard. That is why our goal as a festival today and for the next 10 years is to accelerate the time and combine technology and innovation with film industry. The talent should always and everywhere find its audience! It's time to create our own supertrends and to offer the audience only honest emotions and high professionalism."
The closing film of the 10th anniversary OIFF was "God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya", which participated in the main competition of the 69th Berlin Film Festival. This film by Macedonian director Teona Strugar Mitevska won the Ecumenical Jury Award and the prize of German Association of Art-House Cinemas. The screening of the closing tape was held at the Festival Palace.
After the closing ceremony of the 10th Odesa International Film Festival, at the Garden of Sculptures of the Odesa Literary Museum, a ceremonial reception took place, catered by the partner of opening and closing ceremonies - Bon appetite. The official spirits sponsor ARARAT treated the guests with legendary Armenian cognac and cocktails.
The guests were brought to tge Red Carpet by Renault, the official automobile sponsor of the OIFF. The festival's official partner Oh My Look took care of the looks of our guests. Treatments were provided by ARARAT Palais Royal. The evening continued at the Lou Lou and Zelda festival bars.
The OIFF'S general partner is TASKOMBANK. The 11th Odesa International Film Festival will take place on July 10 - 18, 2020!