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Film Industry Office Program

From July 15 to 19, the Film Industry Office section of the 15th Odesa International Film Festival will host events for film professionals aimed at supporting and developing Ukrainian film projects and the film industry as a whole.

All Film Industry Office events will take place at the House of Cinema (Kyiv, 6 Saksahanskoho Street) in the White Hall.


Film Industry Office Program

*topics and speakers are being finalized


July 15


"Supporting the Audiovisual Sector in Ukraine: Between Sustainability Growth and Subsidy Dependency."


10:30 — Guest and participant gathering/networking


11:00-11:30 — Official opening of the event, welcome speech by Anna Machukh, Director of the Odesa International Film Festival**


Block 1
Presentations on grant programs and audiovisual sector support programs:

11:30 - 12:00 – "Presentation of Grant Support Opportunities by the EU Program 'Creative Europe.'"**  
Speaker: Mykola Ulyanov, Head of the National Bureau of the EU Program "Creative Europe" in Ukraine

12:00 - 12:30 – "Experience and Prospects of Audiovisual Sector Support from the United States Agency for International Development."  
Speaker: Oleksandr Kleymenov, Creative Content Director of the TCA/USAID program

12:30 - 12:50 – "Activities of the Ukrainian Institute to Support and Promote the Audiovisual Sector in Ukraine."  
Speaker: Tetyana Filevska, Creative Director of the Ukrainian Institute

12:50 - 13:10 – "Opportunities for the Audiovisual Arts Sector from the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation."
Speaker: Dmytro Reshetchenko, Deputy Executive Director of the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation for Project Work

13:10 - 13:25 - "Collaboration Opportunities with Suspilne: Co-production and Project Work."  
Speaker: Lukyan Galkin, Director of the Department of External Production of Socially Impactful Content and Co-production, Suspilne Broadcasting of Ukraine

13:25-14:00 - Break


Block 2
"Distribution of Ukrainian Audiovisual Products: Implementing Ready-Made Solutions or Seeking Innovations."

14:00 - 14:15 - "Audiovisual Art as an Effective Tool of Cultural Diplomacy in the Middle East."  
Speaker: Stanislav Lytvynov, Director, UCF Expert, Initiator of the “Creating Culture Together” movement, Director of Projects for the Embassy of Ukraine in the Lebanese Republic from 2017-2022

14:15 - 14:30 - "Experience and Specifics of International Content Sales." 
Speaker: Anna Verbovska, Head of Sales and Purchases Department, MKMG Distributor

14:30 - 14:45 — "Distribution of Ukrainian Cinema and its Digitalization."  
Speaker: Nadia Parfan, Founder of the Online Streaming Platform Takflix

14:45 - 16:00 — Panel Discussion "Opportunities for the Distribution of Festival Audiovisual Products, Low-Budget Audiovisual Works, as well as Non-Commercial Cinema and Animation"

Discussion Moderator:

Kateryna Yanyuk, Cultural Manager

Discussion Participants:

- Nadia Parfan (Founder of the online platform Takflix)
- Stanislav Lytvynov (Director, UCF Expert, Initiator of the “Creating Culture Together” movement, Director of Projects for the Embassy of Ukraine in the Lebanese Republic from 2017-2022)
- Nadia Korotushka (Head of Theatrical Direction at FILM.UA)
- Bohdan Zhuk (Director of the Ukrainian LGBTQ+ Film Festival "Sunny Bunny")
- Yuliya Antipova (Director of the "Zhovten" Cinema)
- Olena Holubeva (Ukrainian Animation Association)

July 16

11:00 - 12:30 – Status of Ukrainian Film Enterprises and State Sector Institutions and Prospects for Development.**

- Andrii Osipov, Head of Odesa Film Studio
- Taras Bosak, General Producer, National Cinematheque of Ukraine
- Andrii Donchyk, General Director, National Oleksandr Dovzhenko Film Studio
- Pavlo Sushko, MP
- Vlad Avramenko, Head of UkrKinoChronika
- Inna Kocharian, Acting Rector of KNUTKT named after I.K. Karpenko-Karyi
- Olena Honcharuk, Winner of the competition for the position of General Director of Dovzhenko Center, Head of the Dovzhenko Center Film Museum

Moderator: Pylyp Illienko, Producer

13:00 - 14:30 – Powered by UPHub. The Modern Film Distribution Market.

- Polina Tolmachova, Marketing Director of ICTV and ICTV2
- Valeria Tolochina, Marketing Director of MEGOGO
- Natalia Baidan, General Director of the cinema chain "Planeta Kino"
- Nadia Korotushka, Head of Theatrical Distribution Direction, FILM.UA Group

Moderator: Olga Panteleimonova, General Director and Producer of the UPHub group of companies

16:00 - 17:30 – Cinema as a Tool of Defense and Resistance to Russian Propaganda.

- Korniy Hrytsiuk, Film Director
- Viktor Kalatai, Executive Producer of 1+1 media, Screenwriter
- Vyacheslav Chebotar, Producer and Filmmaker (Republic of Moldova)
- Marge Liske, Head of Industry Programs at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (Estonia)
- Maciej Hamela, Film Director (Poland)
- Oleksiy Dmytrashkivskyi, Head of Communications at the Territorial Defense Forces Command of the Ukrainian Armed Forces
- Yevhenia Kravchuk, Deputy Chair of the Committee on Humanitarian and Information Policy, Chair of the PACE Committee on Culture, Science, and Media (2023-2024)
- Ihor Sukmanov, Festival Manager (Republic of Belarus)

Moderator: Anna Machukh, General Director of the OIFF

18:00 - 19:30 – Powered by Starlight Media. New Ukrainian Series: Public Talk with Showrunners.

- Yevhen Tunik, Showrunner and Director of the first Ukrainian-European series “The Carrier,” Screenwriter and Showrunner of the series “The First Swallows”
- Tala Prystayetska, Creative Producer and Showrunner of the historical costume drama “Fortress” on STB channel
- Artem Lytvynenko, Showrunner of the series “The Sniffer”

Moderator: Inessa Soboleva, Creative Producer of the Film and Series Production Department at Starlight Media


July 17

11:00 - 15:00 – Work in Progress Pitches


10:30 - 17:30 – Ukrainian Cinema Day supported by the State Agency of Ukraine for Cinema (program being finalized)


July 18


10:00 - 12:30 – Perception of the casting director profession in Eastern European countries.
Speaker: Piotr Bartuszek, Casting Director (Poland). Moderator: Alla Samoylenko, Casting Director


13:00 - 14:30 – Powered by Megogo. Artificial intelligence and its impact on the film industry.
Speakers: Anna Machukh, General Director of the OIFF, Maria Panchenko, Content Director at MEGOGO, Olga Zakharova, Strategic Marketing Director of 1+1 media, General Producer of 1+1 Ukraine channel, Marianna Kryvko, Head of the Dubbing Department at AMO Pictures, Andrii Blazhyuk, R&I Specialist at AMO Pictures, Olena Martynova, Marketing Director of Starlight Media. Moderator: Valeria Tolochina, Marketing Director at MEGOGO


15:00 - 15:30 – Presentation of the Odesa Film Studio.
Moderator: Andrii Osipov, Head of the Odesa Film Studio


16:00 - 17:30 – Powered by 1+1 media. Series production in Ukraine.
Speakers: Serhiy Sozanovskyi, Co-founder of Film.UA, Serhiy Kizyma, General Producer of 2+2, Roman Lukin, Creative Producer of TET, Olga Panteleimonova, General Director and Producer of the UPHub group of companies. Moderator: Olga Zakharova, Strategic Marketing Director of 1+1 media, General Producer of 1+1 Ukraine channel

July 19

11:00 - 12:30 – Realities of casting in Ukraine: stagnation or development.
Speakers: Yevhen Tunik, Showrunner, Kateryna Gornostai, Director, Oleksandr Pylypenko, Casting Director, Alla Samoylenko, Casting Director. Moderator: Lena Chychenina, Journalist


13:30 - 15:30 – Archetypes and types in film production.
Speaker: Oryna Petrova, Casting Director


16:30 - 18:00 – Actor's "non-secret" materials. Features of passing castings and communication within the industry.
Speaker: Oryna Petrova, Casting Director


18:30 - 19:00 – Foreign castings. Secrets and tips.
Speakers: Oryna Petrova, Casting Director, Jarkko Pajunen, Actor (Finland)

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