On the 21st of May 2017, Igor Iankovskyi Foundation, NGO “Initiative for the Future” and Helping Hand Monegasque Association jointly with Ukrainian State Film Agency have conducted a business-lunch event «Meet Ukrainian producers!» for cinema industry professionals, for the second year in a row. The event generated great interest among cinema-makers, having gathered more than 80 international and Ukrainian cinema industry representatives at the panorama hall of the «Le 360» restaurant (Radisson Blu Cannes Hotel).
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“OWN CINEMA” – scenario and scenario ideas contest kick-started in November 2016 as a part of the broader project “Watch Ukrainian – create your future!” initiated and realized by Association “Cinema development support – Watch Ukrainian!” and “VAVILON” company. It is to be noted that the project “Watch Ukrainian – create your future!” and “OWN CINEMA” contest is being realized on charitable basis, by means and efforts of philanthropists. The prime sponsor of the project is National Charity Foundation “Initiative for the Future” that is constantly and extensively supporting the project during the whole period of its realization.
Ukrainian documentary «School №3» created in co-production with Germany, has been awarded with the grand-prix in the parallel contest program «Berlinale» – «Generation 14+» at the 67th Berlin International festival. Philanthropist Igor Iankovskyi, who issued a travel grant for the camera-crew to Berlin, has commended the creators of the movie with their success. “I am truly glad and proud to see your talent, creative and keen vision of the dramatic events in Eastern Ukraine to generate the emotional response in minds and hearts of the jury of one of the most reputable film festivals of the world, which brought your well-earned victory at Berlinale. Pain and compassion for the fates of people, hope and aspiration for the peace in Ukraine are cross-stitched in “School #3”, those feelings that matter the most to me”, - noted Igor Iankovskyi. The “School #3” has been directed by Georg Genoux from Germany and Elysaveta Smith from Ukraine. The heroes of the movie are the teenagers from Mykolaivka village of the Donetsk region, which has been seriously damaged during the combats for liberation of Slovyansk in summer 2014. Thirteen years old boys and girls who survived the war, share with the audience their life, their dreams and projects for the future. After the film’s premiere in Berlin, the hall cannot stop applauding and all the further projections in Berlin have been gathering full houses. Despite the fact, that the “School #3” was the only Ukrainian movie in the official Berlinale contest program, this edition our country had a broad representation as never before. This became possible in many ways due to Igor Iankovskyi’s Foundation and NGO’s “Initiative for the future” support of the initiative by the State Film Agency of Ukraine and Ukrainian Cinema-Makers Association: to create a full-featured Ukrainian stand at the biggest European cinema market, that is being held annually in junction with the Berlin Film Festival. For these means 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, Igor 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-Kary 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”. Moreover, the projections of Ukrainian films have been organized under the European cinema market: “Moustapha” (by Akhmed Sarikhalil), “The People’s Servant 2” (by Oleksii Kiriuschenko), “5th Therapy” (by Alisa Pavlovska), “Peace Be in Your House” (by Volodymyr Lert).One of the Festival’s special events was the projection of a documentary “The Process. Russian State Versus Oleg Sentsov” by Askold Kurov. The film tells a story of an absurd prosecution and illegal conviction for 20 years of a well-known Ukrainian director in Russia. 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. The informal gathering has further helped to establish partnerships among Ukrainian and foreign cinema-makers, reuniting more than 200 representatives of the industry from all-over the world who could enjoy the music by Mark Grytsenko, the front man of Ukrainian rock-band «Marakesh». 67th Berlin International Film Festival «Berlinale» had been held from 9 to 19 of February 2017 in the capital of Germany. It is the “A” category international festival, reputed as one of the most influential and attended in the world. It is being oriented towards progressive geopolitical cinema. The jury pays a lot of attention to the equal representation of different countries, notably the former “East Bloc States”.
11th of November 2016. International Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) has kick-started in the capital city of Estonia to last until the 27th of November 2016. Within the festival will be held the biggest co-production market in North-East Europe – “Baltic Event Co-production Market”, the fifteenth in a row, from the 17th to 24th November. Ukrainian State Film Agency jointly with Igor Iankovskyi National Charity Foundation “Initiative for the Future” have organized at Baltic Event 2016 a set of actions under common theme - “Focus Ukraine”, in order to promote Ukrainian cinema. On the 20th of November the Head of the Ukrainian State Film Agency, Pylyp Illienko, will personally conduct a presentation entitled “Ukraine – Your New Co-Production Partner”. The presentation will be followed by a movie projection, created by Vitalii Manskyi in a co-production with Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia and Germany. After the projection, all the guests will be invited to the “Nordic Hotel Forum” to the special Ukrainian reception where cinema makers, distributors, festival representatives and sales agents could make new business acquaintances. The section Baltic Event 2016: International Works In Progress will present selected 14 movie projects under production from all-around the world. Among them – three projects that are being realized with the support of the Ukrainian State Film Agency: “When the Trees are Falling” by Marysia Nikitiuk (winner of the Agency’s 7th contest round); “Bobot” by Maksym Ksiondza (winner of the Agency’s 7th contest round); “Izi” by Andrea Maniani (winner of the Agency’s 4th contest round). As noted Pylyp Illienko, the Head of the Ukrainian State Film Agency: “It is very important to represent Ukrainian cinema on this festival’s movie market because Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival is the only class “A” festival in Northern Europe. There is only 15 festivals in the world with this kind of privilege. The chosen Ukrainian projects have been already remarked by other international festivals’ movie markets. Of equal importance is planned presentation “Ukraine – Your New Co-Production Partner”, where I will stroke all the advantages, particularities and prospective of co-production with cinematic Ukraine”. In opinion of Igor Iankovskyi, founder of the National Charity Foundation “Initiative for the Future”: “I am confident, that our special events under Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival - “Focus Ukraine” and “Ukraine – Your New Co-Production Partner” will perfectly demonstrate the creative capacity of Ukraine to European spectator, our products that we are proud of. This is our goal all-along: to show to the whole world that Ukraine means not only war, corruption and so on, but the culture and arts, the achievements of our creative people. That is why we will continue our strategic partnership with Ukrainian State Film Agency”. More information about “Baltic Event Co-production Market” can be found at http://industrytallinn.com/industry-tallinn2016        
 Among the many partners of the project - Ukrainian State Film Agency, Igor Iankovskyi Charity Foundation “Initiative for the Future”, Association “Cinema development support – Watch Ukrainian!”, “Vavilon” company, “Raiffeisen Bank Aval”, «Baker Tilly Ukraine» company, radio-holding “TAVR MEDIA”. The mission of the project is to support the unlocking of human potential and emerging of the sustainable development trend in Ukrainian society.  The proactivity and responsibility are the main conditions of the positive changes. The future is the continuity, the consequence of actuality. Today’s events are the roots of our future. Among the tasks of the project “Watch Ukrainian – create your future!”: increase of Ukrainian movies’ audience and diffusion of moral and civil qualities by creative ways. Also the organizers aim at involving new authors and young cinema-makers to the movie-making and support the social dialogue about the future. The integrated communicational project “Watch Ukrainian – create your future!” launch a range of initiatives:• Scenario contest “OWN CINEMA” (November 2016 – February 2017),• The shooting of a story short-movie compilation by the winning scenarios of the “OWN CINEMA” contest (February – August 2017),• Comprehensive diffusion and spreading of the compilation among Ukrainian cinema theaters and TV channels (September 2017 – May 2018),• Wide range of activities and special projects aimed at promotion and development of Ukrainian cinema (during whole 2017),• Information campaign, promoting the missions and tasks of the Project (November 2016 - May 2018). The concept idea of the project consists in the statement – the future is made up by people! The first stage of the project will be the scenario and movie ideas contest “OWN CINEMA”. The contest is looking for scenarios, screenplay outlines and movie ideas about a proactive and responsible person, who makes the changes by his own, works towards a better future and inspires others. The Contest is opened to all the wishing, regardless of the occupation, age, sex, nationality and place of living. Twenty (20) winners will receive author’s remunerations, but the most important – the production of their movies. The best scenarios will be produced and the movies will make their part in the social dialogue about the future, about the country that we want to live in and the changes that are required for this. • For us, the main feature of this project consists in its role in Ukrainian cinemas’ targeted audience creation, - notes Pylyp Illienko, the Head of the Ukrainian State Film Agency, - It is important to demonstrate to the people, that Ukrainian cinema exists, that it could speak the cinema language, but speak about our own, about Ukraine, about its people, about the audience sitting in the hall. This is crucial for the development of the cinema industry. By doing so, we create quality market mechanisms and make the influence on the formation of our society’s cultural identity. • Our project aims to prove, that people can influence the changes and form the future. The future in itself is formable and movable, and we will try to scale up the social dialogue about a better future through the messages, the transmission of social values ant the problems of the society, and by doing so – make the happy future closer, - comments the emergence of the idea Andriy Rizol, one of the project’s initiators and CEO of the “Vavilon” company.The project “Watch Ukrainian – create your future!” will be realized on charitable basis, by the efforts of philanthropists, sponsors, partners and initiators. The main partner and financial contributor is Igor Iankovskyi Charity Foundation “Initiative for the Future”. It will be realized with the support of Ukrainian State Film Agency, “Raiffeisen Bank Aval”, «Baker Tilly Ukraine» company, radio-holding “TAVR MEDIA”. • The idea of the project “Watch Ukrainian – create your future!” coincides with the aim of the Charity Foundation “Initiative for the Future”, - comments the founder of organization, Igor Iankovskyi, - In order for each citizen of Ukraine to feel as part of the whole, he should receive an informational impulse and a clear message. I’m confident, that the short films, created by dozens cinema makers under this project will allow not only attract the new audience to the cinema theaters, but will also contribute to the reuniting of our society with one mission – to build happy future for Ukraine! The initiators and creators of the project are “Vavilon” company and the Association “Cinema development support – Watch Ukrainian!”.For more information about the project and the contest go to the official Project sites: http://www.kinoua.org/ and https://www.facebook.com/dyvysukrainske/  
At June 25, 2016 in Kiev, "Ukrainian House" on Khreschatyk (Kyiv), has accommodated the solemn prize-awarding ceremony of the IV National children’s drawing contest “Ukraine: the way to peace!”, conducted by the Igor Iankovskyi National Charity Foundation “Initiative for the Future” for the fourth year in a row. For your attention - THE LIST OF WINNERS. This year the biggest children’s drawing competition has accepted more than five hundred works from all-over Ukraine. Totally 485 young artists aged from 5 to 17 years took part in the contest, the one of the important charitable events in Ukraine. The most active were the habitants of Kyiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Odessa, Zhytomyr, Mykolaiv and Donetsk regions. The creative activity of their pupils has been supported by more than 100 art schools.
Good news earlier in the week: the team of jury of the Children drawing contest «UKRAINE: THE WAY TO PEACE!» – in active! Ongoing review and evaluation work contenders in 3 age categories. Dear Friends, we got the lots of wonderful, skillful and original, inspiring and emotional drawing pictures! It is started the next, very important stage of the contest of children's drawings. After review and assess children's talents - it is quite complicated and extra responsible. 
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 "Ukrinform" Kiev news agency 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".