On April 25, Kiev’s BEL ÉTAGE concert hall hosted an official awards ceremony for the winners of the short films competition UKRAINE: THE ROAD TO PEACE!. The event was initiated by Ihor Yankovskyi’s All-Ukrainian Charitable Foundation “Initiative for the Future”. Assessment of films and determination of winners was done by a professional jury headed by film expert and Director of Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Centre Ivan Kozlenko.


This competition is important both in terms of its focus – an attempt to create a positive image of Ukraine – and in terms of understanding the present in the everyday, non-extreme historical time. In the shadows of the historical and social passionarity, so perfectly documented by the cinematography of the past two years, remains the everyday life of the contemporary young people: making its cinematic chronicle is an ambition worthy of every assistance. That is why I am part of the jury. After a war, suddenly comes peace; we should start building it now”, said Ivan Kozlenko.


Apart from Ivan Kozlenko, the jury also included such professionals as Creative Producer of Ukraine TV channel Olena Kanishevska, Director-President of ICTV TV channel Oleksandr Bogutskyi, famous film producer, Director of SOTA Cinema Group Oleg Kokhan and Head of the Department of Cultural Diplomacy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Olga Zhuk.


Films to take part in the competition had to be submitted from November 17, 2015 to April 10, 2016. Within this period, 145 short films from young Ukrainian filmmakers were received from all regions of our country.


By decision of the professional jury, the following films were announced winners of the short film competition:

Who Set Up Kim Kuzin?, dir. Antonio Lukich (ІІІ place);

Golden Love, dir. Pavlo Osrtikov (ІІ place);

Say Corn!, dir. Valeria Kalchenko place, Grand Prize).

The Audience Award, for which films were nominated by students of Kyiv College of Economics, went to the film He Who Taught Us to Fly (dir. Volodymyr Vlasenko). Congratulations!


Based on the works of the finalists, the organizers, in cooperation with Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Centre, plan to create a compilation of short films to be shown in all regions of Ukraine. In addition, the expertise of Dovzhenko Center will be used to present the finalists’ works abroad. For instance, ten young Ukrainian filmmakers are going to be sent to the 69-th Cannes Film Festival, where they will be able to show their works in a special section, Short Film Corner.

The competition on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/waytopeace2015/


To see the photo report from the awards ceremony, follow this link.

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