OIFF 2020: "Cinema: Backstage Online Edition"

On September 29th Cinema: Backstage Online Edition will take place in the frame of 11th Odesa International Film Festival

Programme 2020 - September 29th Curated by Tamara Tatishvili

Cinema: Backstage is an industry pillar of Odesa International Film Festival, conceived as a fully convergent conference on important contemporary topics that are vital to filmmakers all over the world and particularly important to policy makers in Eastern Partnership countries.

After a successful launch in 2018, CINEMA: BACKSTAGE will once again gather prominent representatives of the international film industry and create cozy momentum for sharing professional experiences.

Due to the online shift of the Festival, the 2020 edition of the Conference will run in altered format too. Instead of traditional full day conversion, CINEMA: BACKSTAGE will be divided into three independent parts and unfold on September 29th:

Panel 1 Ukraine joins Eurimages in the middle of unprecedented industry disruption

12pm to 1.30pm Kyiv time / 11pm to 12.30pm CET

Outline: The discussion will focus on how Eurimages manages its key mission in the context of the global pandemic. It will remind the viewers about the main activities and financing sources of the Fund; and compare experiences of seasoned member states to those joining recently.


  • Vladimir Yatsenko, Ukrainian National representative to Eurimages
  • Sergio Garcia, Project Manager, Eurimages
  • Iole Giannattasio, International activities, legal support and the research unit, Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Activities and Tourism (MIBACT), National Representative to Eurimages for Italy (TBC)

Moderator: Tamara Tatishvili, Consultant to OIFF

Panel 2

Creativity & mental stability – safe companions on the winding path of 2020

3pm to 4:45pm Kyiv time / 2pm to 3.45pm CET / 1pm to 2.45pm BST

Outline: The year 2020 brought an astonishing common threat to humanity throwing out a disaster which is invisible yet ongoing; intangible but life-threatening. It spreads rapidly, provoking and affecting everyone regardless of their racial or geographical belonging, age and life philosophy. We face a reality of entering the “new normal”, the core definition of which is as uncertain as the situation of chronic changes caused by global pandemic. Various tools have been proposed to embrace this unknown “new beginning”. Cultural content & creativity have been, undoubtedly, at the heart of that process.

The speakers of the panel will focus on finding uniting ties between creativity and mental well-being. A deeply human experience of a new beginning will be discussed by the professionals bringing complementary physiological, creative, and industrial perspectives. The participants will share their personal perspectives of coping with the irrationals of 2020. Self-reflection, digital shift and healing power of arts will be at the heart of this safe exchange.


  • Maxim Ilyashenko, Psychologist and Arts manager, UK/ Ukraine
  • Juliette Duret, Head of Cinema at BOZAR, Belgium
  • Christine von Fragstein, Facilitator and Process Supporter for humans, teams and projects in creative industries, Germany
  • Ewa Puszczyńska, Producer, Poland
  • Daphne Tepper, Director UNI Europa

Moderation: Tamara Tatishvili, Consultant to OIFF

Panel 3

Gender stereotypes in storytelling – cultural and historical pressure

5.00pm to 6.30pm Kyiv Time / 4pm to 5.30pm CET

Outline: 2020 is a strategic year for gender equality agenda and all concrete action it has brought to the audiovisual sector internationally. Even if the current year throwed an alarming health and sustainability threat to the world, the panel will focus on female talents and their takes on gender stereotypes during content creation. Following concrete examples of directors participating in the talk, viewers will learn more about the deeply rooted problems of stereotyping, creative ways of character build ups, as well as the existing measures of combating gender malfunctions in Europe and worldwide.


  • Andreas Struck, Project Manager, European Film Promotion
  • Marysia Nikitiuk, Film Director, Ukraine
  • Nana Ekvtimishvili, Film Director, Georgia
  • Antoneta Kastrati, Film Director, Kosovo
  • Carolyn Combs, Executive Director of Women in Film and Television Vancouver, Canada

Introduction by Tamara Tatishvili, Consultant to OIFF Moderator: Alessia Sognalioni, Director of EWA Network