During the opening ceremony solemn speeches were given by Head of the State Film Agency Kateryna Kopylova, General Director of the International Film Festival “Molodist” Andrii Khalpakhchi and Deputy General Director of the Dovzhenko Foundation Ivan Kozlenko.
Welcoming remarks were made by Igor Iankovskyi, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Ukrainian Charity Foundation “Initiative for the Future”. “Today we are holding a reception to honor young Ukrainian filmmakers presenting their works within a special program at the Cannes Film Festival. I am positive that in a few years the Palme d’Or (“Golden Palm”) will go to some of them. But to make it happen, it’s not enough to shoot a good movie. Ukrainian directors should also be able to show their work to critics, participate in international film festivals. Our Foundation “Initiative for the Future” aims to help young talented Ukrainians and kickstart their creative growth,” - Igor Iankovskyi said.
The grand “Ukrainian party” was attended by more than 200 professionals, cinema fans, directors of European festivals, movie producers, critics, journalists, representatives of international distribution companies and arts agencies. That evening La Croisette was surprisingly bright amid flashing camera lights, multicolored reflections of decorative candles, movie stars’ elegant dresses and sincere smiles of guests invited to the “Ukrainian party” in Cannes.
The audience enjoyed modern tunes played by a young virtuoso Yaroslav Dzhus, who was invited to Cannes by the Igor Iankovskyi Foundation. What impressed the guests most of all was a musical instrument the musician was playing – Ukrainian bandura. Yaroslav Dzhus even had to take the microphone and tell the story of Ukrainian bandura. The founder of the “Initiative for the Future” Igor Iankovskyi translated this discourse to the English-speaking guests.
It’s no wonder Ukrainian bandura made a splash on the Cote d’Azur this evening. For many foreign guests it was a revelation – they had never seen such a musical instrument and were truly amazed by its polyphonic sound.
The Ukrainian party organized by the Igor Iankovskyi Foundation “Initiative for the Future” in honor of young filmmakers involved in the Short Film Corner of the 66th Cannes Film Festival was a huge success. It introduced Ukrainian culture, talents, national moviemaking and musical art to the general public.
IGOR IANKOVSKYI FOUNDATION WILL HOLD UKRAINIAN RECEPTION AT 66TH CANNES FILM FESTIVAL
May 18, 2013. The Igor Iankovskyi Ukrainian Charity Foundation "Initiative for the Future" will hold a Ukrainian reception on the Boulevard de la Croisette in Cannes (France). It will be done to honor young filmmakers involved in the Short Film Corner - an official program of the 66th Cannes Film Festival. It will also celebrate the 25th anniversary of the International Film Festival "Molodist" presence in Cannes.
The Cannes Short Film Corner is an important platform for short films filmmakers. Since 2004, producers and directors have chosen the Short Film Corner to present their films, discussions of future projects and their implementation.
12 Ukrainian short films were presented for the Short Film Corner program in Cannes this year. These are: "Murphy's Law" by Olha Karpliuk, "Road" by Maksym Ksenda, "P.S." by Anastasiia Khramova, "Lessons of Ukrainian" by Ruslan Batytskyi, "In the bathroom", by Igor Morozov, "The yellow flower for Monsieur Bourillon", by Larysa Artiukhina, "Structure of coffee" by Oleh Bobalo-Yaremchuk, "Portrait" by Anastasiia Starova, "18+" by Roman Brovko, "Nymph" by Oleh Borshchevskyi, "Guess" by Mykola Lytvyn, "Comebacks (plural)" by Oleksandr Ratiy.
A young and talented Ukrainian bandura virtuoso Yaroslav Dzhus will perform at the special event - the "Ukrainian Party" on the Boulevard de la Croisette. Yaroslav is a composer, an arranger, a winner of Ukrainian and international competitions, a semifinalist and the Audience Prize winner of a major show "Ukraine's Got Talent". He represents conscious, proactive and progressive youth, setting a worthy example for his peers and students as a talented musician and teacher. Yaroslav combines folk and contemporary art in his work. He writes music for short films and video poems, improvising and synthesizing famous folk compositions with contemporary rhythms.
It is reported that this year’s Ukrainian pavilion will become a platform for cooperation of Ukrainian and European cinema experts at Cannes Film Festival. It will bring together production companies and independent Ukrainian film directors and producers, distributors and festival managers. In the framework of the Ukrainian pavilion contemporary Ukrainian cinema is going to be represented by original completed projects as well as works in various stages of production.