Odesa International Film Festival is the festival which has one of the largest audiences in Eastern Europe. It is an annual film festival held in cinema capital of Ukraine – Odesa. Founded in 2010 for the popularization of high-level intellectual films among Ukrainian viewers and also for support, development of cinema inside the country and on the international stage. Festival became the brightest summer film event and took its place on the world film map. Exclusive film premieres, workshops of leading world filmmakers and unique festive atmosphere – all of this bring together 9 days of Odesa International Film Festival!
The film selection is focused on so-called art mainstream, which includes the films possessing a refined artistic quality, yet accessible to the broadest audience possible. Odesa International Film Festival includes 3 competition programs: International, National and European Documentary Competition.
The international competition includes films from all over the world, mostly international or national premieres, for the most demanding and passionate viewers. For Odessa International Film Festival viewers are the main focus and the audience awards the Grand-Prix – Golden Duke. International Jury awards winners in the Best Film, Best Director and Best Acting categories. OIFF has competition program – European Documentary Competition. European Documentary Films Jury awards premiers of European documentaries.
National competition program includes latest films from Ukraine or made in a co-production with Ukraine. Short films and full-length movies of Ukrainian filmmakers also take part in the competition. These works will be evaluated by the Jury of the National Competition Program. As a part of National Competition jury awards winner in the Best Acting category and Best Directing category.
POTEMKIN STAIRS, OPEN AIR
A place which belongs to the world film history, once glorified in Sergei Eisenstein’s Battleship Potemkin, now becomes a great open-air sea-view screening space with the capacity to seat 15 thousand viewers.
One of the main missions of Odesa International Film Festival is a development of Ukrainian professional film industry. Professional section Film Industry Office includes Pitching (feature-length films competition for films made in Ukraine or in co-production with Ukraine for showing in cinemas), Work in progress film presentations, panel discussion and round tables dedicated to the film industry development). Film Market is the only Ukrainian professional platform for communication between representatives of distribution companies and cinemas operating on the territory of Ukraine, as well as film studios and other companies providing services to the film industry. Annually during OIFF are held educational programs for screenwriters, directors and producers.
One of the biggest OIFF projects, Summer Film School, is open during 9 festival days. Summer Film School includes workshops and meetings with the leading world and Ukrainian producers, scriptwriters, actors and directors, prize holders of different awards, filmmakers whose works became acknowledged masterpieces!
Odessa International Film Festival non-competition programs include themed and personal retrospectives, premiers, works awarded by the most prestigious film festivals, animated and feature movies for kids, premiers of the most anticipated series, special screenings and film performances!
The opening and the closing ceremonies of Odesa International Film Festival are traditionally held at the Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater. The best world and Ukrainian directors, producers, actors, scriptwriters, celebrities, film experts, and filmmakers walk the longest red carpet in Ukraine. Festival club opens its door for movies stars, celebrities, film fans and moviegoers during 9 days of the OIFF.
Professional section is an important dimension of the Odessa International Film Festival. It includes Pitching Competition, Work-in-Progress demonstration, panel discussions and a local Film Market. Eventually, OIFF is becoming one of the main places for Ukrainian film industry, aspiring to cover all the stages of the film process from pitching and production to distribution and audience feedback.
One of the biggest OIFF projects, Summer Film School, provides learning in process approach. In 2012, over 700 students and film lovers visited film demonstrations, workshops and Q&A sessions with the great stars and film professionals such as Peter Greenaway, Geraldine Chaplin, Todd Solondz, Sergey Loznitsa, Michael Madsen, Andrey Plakhov, Aleksandr Fehling and others. Moreover, every year OIFF implements specific educational programs, such as Film Critics School, Script Workshop, etc.
A new Festival Palace, set in 2012 in the premises of Musical Comedy Theatre, has 1260 seats screening hall and hosts Accreditation, Ticket, Guest services and Press Center. The main festival location includes also a big square in front of the Palace with every-day Red Carpet ceremonies, Festival TV screen, food court and socializing space. There are also two screening halls in Festival Center "Rodina" for 180 and 520 seats. Film Industry Office is located at Odessa Film Sudio, and the Film Market is held in a "Multiplex" cinema, located nearby.