For the third year in a row at the Cannes Film Festival, Igor Iankovskyi Foundation «Initiative for the Future» and Monegasque Association Helping Hand together with the Ukrainian State Film Agency organize and host a business lunch for Ukrainian and foreign cinema producers «Meet Ukrainian Producers» Presentation of new Ukrainian cinema projects at the Radisson Blue Cannes Hotel has attracted more than 90 professionals in the film industry.
The meeting was started by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to France Oleg Shamshur, who emphasized political accents and encouraged foreign producers to work with their Ukrainian counterparts. In particular, the Ambassador drew the attention of those present to the fact that in spite of the continuous aggression of Russia in the east of Ukraine, a cinema develops successfully in our country. He also drew the attention of those present to the role of the Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov, who is illegally detained in the Russian prison.
«Thanks to such meetings that we have been doing in Cannes for the third year in a row, Ukrainian cinema projects can get the support of foreign producers. This is the format that suits me the most, because it works and, most importantly, helps our cinematographers to find foreign partners. For more than six years we have been organizing various events at world film festivals for the promotion of domestic cinema abroad. And this work gives the result - thanks to our talented directors, Ukrainian films are presented at every major international film festival», - said businessman and patron Igor Iankovskyi.
It is no coincidence that this year, in two competitive programs of the largest and most prestigious Cannes Film Festival in the world, there were premieres of two Ukrainian films that were awarded prizes.
For the first time in the history of the film festival, a film by Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa «Donbass» opened the Cannes Un Certain regard program, and after the competition received a prestigious prize for best directing.
In turn, the Iceland-French-Ukrainian film by director Benedikt Erlingsson «Woman at War», presented on 12 May in the framework of the Cannes Competition program - Semaine de la Critique (The Week of Critics), was awarded the Best Music Award, awarded by a consortium of writers and composers, as well as the only state award of the Cannes Film Festival - Grand Rail d'Or (Gold Railway).
Both of the above-mentioned full-length feature films are created with the support of the Ukrainian State Film Agency.
During the business lunch the attention of foreign producers was presented to nine Ukrainian films, which are at different stages of production: «Anton» (producer Andriy Suyarko), «Atlantis» (producer Volodymyr Yatsenko), «Winter of the braves» (producer Artem Koliubaiev) , «Forebodings» (producer Andriy Yermak and partner Artem Koliubaiev), «Legacy of Lies» (producer Alla Belaya), «Stasis» (producer Natalia Libet), «Zenith» (producer Natalia Libet), «Just Sex. Nothing personal» (director Olga Ryashina), «Timeplayer» (director Alexander Nedbaev and producer Pavel Sushko). Each presentation was accompanied by applause by the guests of the business lunch.
After the official part of the business lunch, producers from France, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Italy and other countries approached the organizers of the meeting and thanked for the opportunity to get acquainted with interesting Ukrainian cinema projects. They also noted the high level of preparation of presentations and high skill of domestic cinematographers.
«I've been coming to Ukraine for 7 years, since I want to support its cinema. I believe that Ukrainian cinema can be revived and show great results. In particular, thanks to the efforts of patrons and the state, this initiates the creation of funds. I come here to look for producers with which we can cooperate. Today I liked presentations of two films - Valentyn Vasyanovych and Zaza Buadze, which I already produce. I am pleased to be here, surrounded by a large number of talented people, whom I admire» - noted the well-known Polish producer, director and dramatist Dariusz Jabłoński.
We recall that from 8 May to 17 May, the Ukrainian national pavilion worked on the film market of the Marché du Film festival.
Marche du Film is an international film market that runs parallel to the Cannes Film Festival and annually becomes the world's largest venue for meetings of film industry professionals, the purchase and sale of rights to films and the search for partners for joint film production. Film Market brings together more than 12.400 accredited participants, including thousands of producers, commercial buyers, distributors and festival selector. Participating in the market is a great opportunity to present cinematic Ukraine as a viable partner and presentations of the opportunities of some Ukrainian film makers.
The Business Lunch in Cannes «Meet Ukrainian Producers» initiated by the Igor Iankovskyi Foundation in 2016 has become a traditional place for informal meetings and new acquaintances for cinematographers around the world. The experience of two previous lunches has shown its effectiveness by creating new Ukrainian films in co-production with European directors. Igor Iankovskyi Foundation systematically helps young filmmakers to present their cinema at major international film festivals in Cannes, Berlin, Karlovy Vary, Locarno, Tallinn, etc.