At the 74th Cannes International Film Festival, Ukraine was represented by the Ukrainian National Pavilion (traditionally organised with the support of the Ukrainian State Film Agency) at the Marché du Film International Film Market and the world premieres of two films: Eli Grapp's "Olga" (2021) in the competition program of the Critics' Week, and Serhiy Loznitsa's documentary "Babi Yar. Context" (2021) in the Special Screenings program.
Both films won awards at the Cannes Film Festival: the film "Olga" (Switzerland, France, Ukraine), shot in Ukraine with the participation of the Pronto Film company, won the award for the best screenplay at the 60th anniversary Cannes Critics' Week, and the film "Babi Yar. Context" was awarded by the Golden Eye Jury.
In addition, Philip Sotnychenko's "La Palisiada" project, presented at the Cannes Film Market and supported by the Ukrainian State Film Agency, became one of three films supported by the newly created Göteborg Film Fund. Also, Zhanna Ozirna's full-length debut project "Lower Horizon" had successful presentations at the Co-Production Day by Marché du Film.
In the Ukrainian National Pavilion at the Marché du Film international film market, which was working alongside the festival program, the delegation from Ukraine presented to the international community the country's opportunities for cooperation in the audiovisual industry. In addition, as part of the Pavilion, Ukrainian producers met with foreign filmmakers, representatives of foundations and film commissions, and distributors from all over the world.
On July 10, the Pavilion hosted a presentation 2021 Incentives and Locations: Discover Ukraine. The event was held by Andriy Khalpakhchi, the head of the Ukrainian National Pavilion, Member of the Supervisory Board, and Art Director of the Molodist IFF, and Alla Prelovska, representative of the Ukrainian Motion Picture Association and Media Resources Management International Project Manager. They described the competitive advantages of the country in the audiovisual industry, production capacity, professional staff, and unique locations for filming in Ukraine. Furthermore, the guests learned about the peculiarities of state support and the cash rebate system. In addition, the Ukrainian Motion Picture Association presented their new project – https://locations.com.ua. It is a marketplace of locations for filming in Ukraine that includes all the legal information needed for international co-production and the data about incentives, film institutions, festivals, and filmmakers.
On July 12, the Ukrainian Pavilion hosted a presentation of the Ukrainian Female Film Industry (UFFI). The founder of the association, Larysa Gutarevich, co-founder Ksenia Bugrimova, directors Zhanna Ozirna and Svitlana Lishchynska, held the presentation. They talked about the status of women in the film industry, equal gender rights and opportunities, and the solidarity of the female professional community.
“This year, in the new Covid reality, the presence of Ukraine in Cannes was significant. We are grateful for the support and joint efforts of the Ukrainian professional film community. We are also grateful for the assistance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and Dmytro Kuleba personally, Embassies of Ukraine in France, Germany, and Austria. We are thankful to all the institutions and people with whom we were able to successfully represent the national film industry of Ukraine at the 74th Cannes Film Festival this year. And undoubtedly, we are grateful to Ukrainian filmmakers and professionals in the industry. Year-over-year, they represent Ukrainian cinema on the most authoritative venues in the world, receive awards and worldwide recognition, and confidently affirm the status of Ukraine as a promising film power.” – noted the Head of the Ukrainian State Film Agency Marina Kuderchuk.