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One of the key directions of the Igor Iankovskyi Ukrainian Charity Foundation "Initiatives for the future" issupport of creative initiatives of young people in the sphere of development of cinema, music and artwork. Our mission is to find talents and to provide them opportunity to bring themselves to light and to develop successfully because the today's youth is in particular the cultural future of our country.

The development of art in Ukraine takes steam. Our country is rich with talents among which today are the young film directors and musicians, artists, who really deserve to be well known. Because of support of the Igor Iankovskyi Foundation it became possible for young Ukrainian film directors to participate in such world-famous and recognized cinematographic contests as the Cannes International Film Festival and the Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale).

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With the aim of developing modern cinema arts in Ukraine, in 2013 the Foundation has launched the National short films contest in cooperation with “Molodist” International Film Festival. Since then, the contest gathers the assembly of talented young directors whose movies are competing for victory for three years in a row.

The first “artistic competition” received more than 200 movies from young directors, among which the jury has chosen the winner – a movie “The Roadback” by young director Oleksandr Ratiy. In addition to the victory in a landmark cinema contest, impersonated in the “Scythian Deer” statuette, the winner and the finalists received an opportunity to participate in world famous Cannes and Berlin film festivals with the support of "Initiative for the Future" Foundation.

The period of 2015-2016 has been marked with booming tendencies in national cinema industry, judging by the number of young directors and the explosive popularity of the National contest. Edition of 2015 has received more than 400 applications.

Finally, 23 short films have been competing for the grand prize of National contest ‘2015, including 4 animation films and 5 documentaries. The contest’s first prize in 2014 has been awarded to Nikon Romanchenko for the movie about Maidan events entitled “Icons”, and in 2015 – to Kateryna Hornostai, the director of the short picture “Afield” (“Viddalik”).

Igor Iankovskyi, the Founder of "Initiative for the Future" Foundation, has noted: “We hope that the National contest that we are helping to conduct will evolve to a “launch platform” for talented young directors. As for us, we are planning to continue our support for talented cinema-makers, notably by enabling their participation at international film festivals.The Foundation will seize its opportunities to promote our directors not only in Ukraine, but all-around the world. I dream, that those young directors, opened by our contest, would not only become the full-fledged participants of world-famous festivals like in Cannes, Berlin or Venice, but also gain their prizes there”.

The winner of the National contest traditionally receives the Festival’s Grand prize and a special award from Igor Iankovskyi Foundation.

Each contest is followed by issuance of a DVD compilation, containing the best movies of finalists.The Foundation supports the promotion of young Ukrainian cinema-makers on the world market, their participation at Berlin and Cannes film festivals and the presentation of Ukrainian cinema abroad.

Starting from 2013, Igor Iankovskyi Foundation supports the participation of Ukrainian cinema-makers at Cannes International Film Festival (France) on the annual basis. It started at the 66th Cannes Film Festival, where the Foundation alongside with “Molodist” International Film Festival has organized a party in honor of Ukrainian cinema-makers on Boulevard de la Croisette. There, more than 200 guests of the most prestigious film festival were boldly dancing to the music of Ukrainian bandura virtuoso Yaroslav Dzhus.

The next year 2014, Ukrainian representation at the 67th Cannes International Film Festival was greatly enlarged.

Despite the economic difficulties in our country, due to the support of Igor Iankovskyi Foundation Ukrainian flag has been proudly hoisted over the national pavilion on Boulevard de la Croisette for the seventh time.

According to the director of “Molodist” International Film Festival, Andriy Khalpakchi, it was the large-scale support of Igor Iankovskyi Foundation that enabled Ukrainian delegation of cinema-makers to represent our country in Cannes. The delegation included those directors, whose movies were chosen for projections under the special program for short films - Short Film Corner.

In 2015, due to the support of Iankovskyi Foundation, Ukrainian cinema at the 68th Cannes International Film Festival has been represented already in professional segments, where our cinema-makers could get a taste of working at the world level. That year already 15 movies have been projected in the Short Film Corner section.

Enormous interest among the audience of Palais des Festivals has been generated by the movie “Captivity”, by Anatoliy Mateshko. Also the Foundation supported promo projections of films “Now, I'm Gonna Love You” (by Roman Chyrman) and “Good Game Well Played” (by Olena Fetisova).

The Head of Ukrainian State Film Agency, Pylyp Illienko, has personally presented new pictures “under construction” in the special section Work in Progress: “Maksym Osa” by Ivan Sautkin, “Blue Dress” by Igor Minaev and “Turtledove’s Nest” by Taras Tkachenko. The festival’s ending has been celebrated by “Ukrainian Party” with the performance of the legendary band Vopli Vidopliasova and their leader, Oleh Skrypka.

Ukrainian delegation to the 69th Cannes Film Festival has been greatly enforced by Igor Iankovskyi Foundation, comprising 10 young directors who presented their movies under the Short Film Corner section and participated in educational events of the festival, for the first time in history of Ukraine.

Furthermore, by the efforts of NGO "Initiative for the Future", also founded by philanthropist Igor Iankovskyi, for the first time in its history the Cannes Film Festival has hosted a special business-lunch, organized for Ukrainian and international cinema-makers entitled "MEET UKRAINIAN PRODUCERS!". The event in Raddison Blu has reunited more than 70 guests: producers, directors, selectors, both Ukrainian and international. In May 21, 2017 the business lunch "MEET UKRAINIAN PRODUCERS!» will take place the second time.

DAYS OF UKRAINIAN CINEMA ABROAD

“Days of Ukrainian Cinema Abroad” is a project launched jointly by Igor Iankovskyi Foundation and NGO "Initiative for the Future" in 2014. The aim of the project consists in the active promotion of modern Ukrainian cinema, enhancement and shaping of Ukrainian image abroad and creation of opportunities for Ukrainian cinema-makers to enlarge their contacts with foreign cinema industries.

The first “Days of Ukrainian Cinema Abroad” with the support of Iankovskyi Foundation have been conducted in December 2014 in Munich (Germany). Ukrainian delegation to the event was represented by Igor Iankovskyi, patron of the Foundation, Yevhen Nyshchuk, Minister of Culture of Ukraine, Pylyp Illienko, Head of Ukrainian State Film Agency, Andriy Khalpakchi, CEO of the “Molodist” International Film Festival, along with the team of young Ukrainian directors.

The projections of modern Ukrainian cinema have been held in the best halls of Munich Cinema & Television University. The event has been opened with a premiere of Ukrainian motion picture “Povodyr”.

In April 2015, Igor Iankovskyi Foundation and “Molodist” International Film Festival, supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and Ukrainian State Film Agency, have conducted the “Days of Ukrainian Cinema” in Paris. Press-conference, dedicated to the opening of the event has been animated by Igor Iankovskyi and Pavlo Klimkin, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. After the conference all the guests could enjoy the first show of “Ukrainian Argument” – a documentary dedicated to Euromaidan events in Ukraine. A solemn reception in honor of cinema-makers in Ukrainian Cultural Center on Avenue de Messine has adjourned the day.

In France, the project tended to get the audience acquainted with the new generation of Ukrainian cinema-makers, notably – the creators of documentaries about recent tragic events in our country, along with avant-garde mute cinema classics of late 1920, almost completely unknown to the world.

In December 2015, Igor Iankovskyi Foundation and partners have successfully conducted “Days of Ukrainian Cinema” in London. During the events British spectators could enjoy a selection of modern Ukrainian pictures, including short films and documentaries, along with classical movies. The projections have been held in multicultural center RichMix situated in London art-district Shoreditch.

In April 2016, the “Days of Ukrainian Cinema” have been held in Amsterdam under the title «Ukraine on Film: Way to Freedom». Hosted in ancient cinema theater “Pathé Tuschinski”, the event has been the result of fruitful cooperation of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Ukrainian State Film Agency, Igor Iankovskyi Foundation "Initiative for the Future" and cinema company “Arthouse Traffic”.

In November 2016, Igor Iankovskyi Foundation and NGO "Initiative for the Future" have held the “Days of Ukrainian Cinema” in Budapest, dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Ukrainian independence and establishment of diplomatic relations with Hungary. The event was so popular among the Hungarian public, that the biggest hall of the Budapest’s main cinema theater – “Uránia National Film Theatre” - drew its capacity audience of 460 places.

On the June 1-4, 2017 the Igor Iankovskyi Foundation and NGO «Initiative for the Future» jointly with the Ukrainian State Film Agency, will conduct a “Days of Ukrainian Cinema” in Rome (Italy).

UKRAINIAN CINEMA @ CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

Starting from 2013, Igor Iankovskyi Foundation supports the participation of Ukrainian cinema-makers at Cannes International Film Festival (France) on the annual basis. It started at the 66th Cannes Film Festival, where the Foundation alongside with “Molodist” International Film Festival has organized a party in honor of Ukrainian cinema-makers on Boulevard de la Croisette. There, more than 200 guests of the most prestigious film festival were boldly dancing to the music of Ukrainian bandura virtuoso Yaroslav Dzhus.

The next year 2014, Ukrainian representation at the 67th Cannes International Film Festival was greatly enlarged.

Despite the economic difficulties in our country, due to the support of Igor Iankovskyi Foundation Ukrainian flag has been proudly hoisted over the national pavilion on Boulevard de la Croisette for the seventh time.

According to the director of “Molodist” International Film Festival, Andriy Khalpakchi, it was the large-scale support of Igor Iankovskyi Foundation that enabled Ukrainian delegation of cinema-makers to represent our country in Cannes. The delegation included those directors, whose movies were chosen for projections under the special program for short films - Short Film Corner.

In 2015, due to the support of Iankovskyi Foundation, Ukrainian cinema at the 68th Cannes International Film Festival has been represented already in professional segments, where our cinema-makers could get a taste of working at the world level. That year already 15 movies have been projected in the Short Film Corner section.

Enormous interest among the audience of Palais des Festivals has been generated by the movie “Captivity”, by Anatoliy Mateshko. Also the Foundation supported promo projections of films “Now, I'm Gonna Love You” (by Roman Chyrman) and “Good Game Well Played” (by Olena Fetisova).

The Head of Ukrainian State Film Agency, Pylyp Illienko, has personally presented new pictures “under construction” in the special section Work in Progress: “Maksym Osa” by Ivan Sautkin, “Blue Dress” by Igor Minaev and “Turtledove’s Nest” by Taras Tkachenko. The festival’s ending has been celebrated by “Ukrainian Party” with the performance of the legendary band Vopli Vidopliasova and their leader, Oleh Skrypka.

Ukrainian delegation to the 69th Cannes Film Festival has been greatly enforced by Igor Iankovskyi Foundation, comprising 10 young directors who presented their movies under the Short Film Corner section and participated in educational events of the festival, for the first time in history of Ukraine.

Furthermore, by the efforts of NGO "Initiative for the Future", also founded by philanthropist Igor Iankovskyi, for the first time in its history the Cannes Film Festival has hosted a special business-lunch, organized for Ukrainian and international cinema-makers entitled “MEET UKRAINIAN PRODUCERS!”. The event in Raddison Blu has reunited more than 70 guests: producers, directors, selectors, both Ukrainian and international.

“I wish to all the guests to find out the new Ukraine, new reliable partners to realize the most daring cinema projects”, - noted philanthropist Igor Iankovskyi in his welcoming speech.

UKRAINIAN CINEMA @ BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL

Another key activity of Igor Iankovskyi Foundation and NGO "Initiative for the Future" aimed at the promotion of Ukrainian cinema abroad is the support of Ukrainian representation at the world-famous Berlin Film Festival. The Foundation continuously organizes the work of main demonstration stand, as well as conducts other special cinema events.

In 2014, Igor Iankovskyi Foundation in partnership with “Molodist” International Film Festival and Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Cinema Center has organized the work of Ukrainian national stand “Ukrainian Film Corner” at 64th Berlin Film Festival, under the European Cinema Market section.

Furthermore, Iankovskyi Foundation and “Molodist” Film Festival have conducted a very special event – a presentation party of young Ukrainian directors at Catwalk Bar (Berlin Marriott), during which the best movies of National short film contest have been projected for festival’s audience in the informal setting.Opening the presentation, Igor Iankovskyi noted: “Support of cinema development in Ukraine is one of the strategic directions of the Foundation. The first National short film contest that we conducted with “Molodist” Film Festival last year has proven the large scope of our young people’s giftedness. To my opinion, it is the time to export their creativity abroad. That is why we brought young Ukrainian cinema-makers to Berlin, whose works we present today on the special DVD release. We hope that new contacts made on the world-famous film festivals will impulse their creativity further. And we will do our job in order to support and nourish their talents”.

In 2015, the cinema of Ukraine has finally gained international recognition of the milestone 65th Berlinale and was remarked by a major prize – “Silver Bear” to Sergey Mikhalchuk and Evgeniy Privin for their photography in the movie “Under Electric Clouds”. This edition has also been enhanced by Ukrainian Film Corner national stand and a solemn reception for Ukrainian cinema-makers, conducted in the Embassy of Ukraine in Germany by Igor Iankovskyi Foundation and partners.Traditionally, modern Ukrainian cinema at Berlinale has been presented on main platform of the European Cinema Market section. In addition to pictures appeared in 2014, Ukrainian Film Corner hosted a presentation of the National short film contest’s winners and distributed DVD release with the best movies by young Ukrainian directors.

In 2016, the 66th Berlinale has remarked Ukrainian cinema with an award in “Talent Project Market” section for the “Tank” project. Due to the support of Iankovskyi Foundation, Ukraine has been also represented in side program “Generation” with a movie by young Ukrainian director Nariman Aliev.

Iankovskyi Foundation and Dovzhenko National Cinema Center have also organized a special event for this Berlinale edition – a musical performance during the projection of the mute film by Dzyga Vetrov, “The Eleventh”, held in a famous cinema theater BABYLON. This event concluded the work of Ukrainian delegation at the 66th Berlinale.

To support and ensure the Ukrainian stand at BERLINALE 2017, Igor Iankovskyi had transferred a lease payment for the stand amounted to 450 thousand hryvnias. Thus, Ukraine obtained an opportunity to enlarge the square of the national stand from 4 m2 in 2016 to 24 m2 this year. Ukrainian national stand, entitled with the motto “Ukraine is Your Destination” has been outstanding not only by its space and unique design, but also functioned as the real “Embassy” of our country to the world of cinema. During the festival it served as a communication platform, which abridged a record number of meetings between national and foreign cinema-makers and even seen the signature of several agreements on co-production.

Furthermore, Iankovskyi Foundation and NGO “Initiative for the future” have traditionally covered the journey of a group of young cinema-makers to the 67th Berlin Film Festival. This year the group comprised six students of Kyiv National I. K. Karpenko-Karyi Theatre, Cinema and Television University and the founder of Kyiv International Short Films Festival, Kyrylo Marikutsa. For the first time in history, the students have received an official invitation from the Festival’s headship to get acquainted with its work and Kyrylo Marikutsa delivered a series of lectures under the special section “Berlinale Talents 2017”.

It also became a good tradition to conduct a solemn reception in honor of Ukrainian cinema that continued on the 67th Berlin Film Festival with the support of Ukrainian Cinema-Makers Association and partners.