Odesa International Film Festival takes place in Odesa on July 14 – 22, 2017. The festival is one of the biggest film festivals in Eastern Europe. This year it is the eighth festival and it shows obvious dynamics. More than 900 films from 80 countries applied to the festival. Jury chose 100 of them to screen during a 9-day festival. The selection committee has also chosen 12 films from China, Ukraine, Serbia, Austria, Lithuania, Israel, Estonia, France, Brazil, Georgia, Belgium, and Spain to compete for the OIFF Grand Prix – the Golden Duke.
The Head of the Jury is Christian Petzold – a German director, winner of the Silver Bear of the 62nd Berlin Film Festival for Best Director (“Barbara”). The director has twice won the FIPRESCI prize: in 2003 at Berlinale ("Wolfsburg"), and in 2014 at the San Sebastian Film Festival ("Phoenix"). The jury pannel of International competition program has Rimma Zyubina, a Ukrainian actress of film and theatre, performer of over 80 roles in various projects, Tudor Giurgiu – member of the European Film Academy, founder and president of the Transilvania International Film Festival, the initiator of the creation of the Romanian national film awards, founder of the production company Libra Film, the film distribution company Transilvania Film, Sibel Kekilli, the German actress of Turkish origin debuted in 2004 in the film “Head On”, directed by Fatih Akin, and a film composer Evgueni Galperin, whose music serves as soundtrack to many films, including “The Family” (directed by Luc Besson), “Battle for Sevastopol” (directed by Sergei Mokritskiy), “Nine Lives” (directed by Barry Zonenfeld), and others.
A romantic comedy by French writer-director Carine Tardieu “Just to Be Sure”, premiering this year at the 70th Cannes Film Festival, will open the OIFF on July 14.
A black and white “political comedy” by British film director and screenwriter Sally Potter, called "Party", is to close the festival on July 22. In the film, everything is based on acting, character development and the plot.
Odesa International Film Festival in collaboration with the Festival of the Cinema Arts for Children and Adolescents “Children KinoFest” will traditionally present the programne "OIFF for Kids". This year, the children’s programme of the 8th OIFF includes films from France, Great Britain, Latvia, and a co-production of Sweden and Denmark.
Yanina Sokolova and Oleh Paniuta will host both opening and closing ceremonies in the Odesa National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet.
Yanina Sokolova is a TV presenter, actress, journalist. She is a professional theatre and film actress. For the past five years, she has been hosting her own program about cinema and a political talk show featuring our leading statesmen on Channel 5.
Together with Yanina Sokolova, TV presenter Oleh Paniuta will host the opening ceremony. He began his career in the media industry more than 20 years ago. He worked as an editor, author, host, head of the morning broadcasting block on national channels. From 2013 Oleh Paniuta hosts the information and analytical program “Events of the Week” on the TV channel “Ukraine”.
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 popularization of high-level intellectual films.
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. Since 2016 OIFF has new competition program – European Documentary Competition. European Documentary Films Jury awards premiers of European documentaries.
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.