Due to the full-scale war that Russia is waging against Ukraine, part of the 13th Odesa International Film Festival will take place at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The festival will host a presentation of Ukrainian Works in Progress projects, which is part of the professional section of the OIFF Film Industry Office. The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival will take place from July 1-9. In Karlovy Vary, the program will be known as OIFF WIP Selection.
“The current conditions of the war in which the Ukrainians find themselves have a direct impact on the film industry. Therefore, we were offered to hold the industrial part of the Odesa International Film Festival as part of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. We are extremely grateful to our colleagues for this opportunity. For the opportunity to show Ukrainian cinema, Ukrainian talent and culture to the world”, Anna Machukh, General Director of OIFF said.
“We are convinced that broad solidarity with war-afflicted Ukraine must also include support for the country’s cultural life, which at this moment has come almost to a halt. As a film festival, we have thus tried to find ways of supporting Ukrainian cinema, and we are glad that we have managed to work with the Odesa International Film Festival to find a meaningful form of cooperation”, says Hugo Rosák, head of KVIFF’s Industry Department.
Work in Progress at the Odesa International Film Festival is a presentation of the completed feature-length films by their producers and directors to be distributed in 2022-2023.
The main goal of the Works in Progress presentation is to promote Ukrainian films in the world and local markets and to attract the attention of international distributors and also to find the partners for future projects.
The selection committee of the OIFF selects 8-12 feature film projects in the final stage of shooting or in post-production produced in Ukraine or in co-production with Ukraine. Projects should meet the international quality standards to be demonstrated in frames of the Works in progress presentation.
The Karlovy Vary International Film Festival is the largest film festival in the Czech Republic and the most prestigious such festival in Central and Eastern Europe. It is one of the oldest A-list film festivals. Every year, the festival presents some 200 films from around the world, and regularly hosts famous and important filmmakers. The Karlovy Vary festival is intended for both film professionals and the general public, and offers visitors a carefully designed programme, excellent facilities and a broad range of other services.
OIFF Film Industry Office is a platform for professional communication, support and development of Ukrainian film industry as well as for its presentation to the international film community. Within the framework of the section Pitching (competition of Ukrainian and co-produced with Ukraine feature film projects on the pre-production stage) and Work in Progress (presentations of feature films projects produced in Ukraine or co-produced with Ukraine on the final stage of production intended for theatrical distribution), pitching of projects that have the potential for film adaptation Book Pitch, as well as non-competition events are held.