March 29, 2016 on the eve of Ukrainian Film Festival “Ukraine on Film: Way to Freedom”, which soon will in Amsterdam (March 31 - April 01, 2016), in Kiev news agency "Ukrinform" held a thematic press conference.
The event was attended by the organizers of the Ukrainian Cinema Days: Philip Ilyenko - Head of the Ukraine State film Agency, Maria Betza - the speaker of the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign affairs, Tagir Imangulov - PR-director of the Igor Iankovskyi Foundation "Initiative for the Future". It is also made by the representatives of films included in the program: Anton Baybakov - composer of the soundtrack for the film "Eleventh", Marina Orekhova - producer of the movie "Russian Woodpecker" and Lina Klebanova - producer of the film "Winter is in the fire." Event was moderated by Denis Ivanov, General Director of the company "Arthouse Traffic".
The Ukrainian Cinema Days will be held in Amsterdam on the eve of the referendum on Ukraine's association with the European Union, to be held in the Netherlands at April 6, 2016.
The concept of the festival - featuring documentary films telling about the landmark event for Ukraine: from classic silent movies, avant-garde masterpiece "Eleventh" by Dziga Vertov to hit international film festivals, winner of Sundance "Russian Woodpecker" Chad Grasii and Oscar nominee "Winter is in the fire," by Evgenyi Afineevsky.
Philip Illyenko, Head of the Ukrainian State Film Agency said: "We spend a lot of Ukrainian cinema mini-festivals in European capitals. Festival in the Netherlands is particularly important because we are talking about the image of Ukraine in the eyes of the ordinary citizen of the Netherlands, who will vote at referendum. Cinema – is the best way to show for the Dutch our goals and direction of development. Our challenge is to prove to themselves and the Europeans that Ukraine is worthy of this partnership".
Mariana Betz, Speaker of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine: "The referendum in the Netherlands was initiated by the so-called euro sceptics. Ukraine is not subject to the will of this referendum, so the main mission is entrusted to the Dutch side and activists. MFA also provides the diplomatic assistance to non-governmental organizations that promote a positive image of Ukraine. We support a range of activities, among which the Ukrainian cinema Days at the forefront".
Tagir Imangulov, PR-director of the Igor Iankovskyi Foundation "Initiative for the Future": "For several years, our Foundation supports the talented young people and one of the directions of this work is to cinema. We create a pool of young filmmakers who will soon be able to present Ukraine abroad to a whole new level. At the same time, we understand how important it is to introduce the audience to the world and Ukrainian classics gems movies of recent times. Therefore Iankovskyi Foundation is pleased to support a documentary film festival in Amsterdam".
Shows will be held in the Pathé Tuschinski location, the one of the main theaters of Amsterdam, which is located in the legendary historic building. The Ukrainian Cinema Days at festivel “Ukraine on Film: Way to Freedom” organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and the Ukrainian State film Agency. The general partner of the project is the Igor Iankovskyi Foundation "Initiative for the Future", which supports the talented Ukrainian youth and contributes to the creation of the future cultural community by implementing successful projects in Ukraine and Europe. Organizers of the event: "Arthouse Traffic" and the Foundation Brand New Ukraine. The official carrier is "Ukraine International Airlines” company - the partner, who has for many years supported the International Film Festival in Ukraine and abroad, helping to open Ukraine to the world.