Odesa International Film Festival

The Odesa International Film Festival (Ukrainian: Оде́ський міжнаро́дний кінофестива́ль) is an annual film festival held in the middle of the July in Odesa, Ukraine. It was held for the first time 16 – 24 July 2010.[1]

Odesa International Film Festival
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LocationOdessa, Ukraine
AwardsGrand Prix "The Golden Duke"
Festival datesecond half of July
LanguageUkrainian, Russian, English
Odesa International Film Festival
Odesa International Film Festival

Since 2016 festival program consists of three parts: International competition, National competition and European Documentary competition. National competition is divided into Features and Shorts.

The President of the festival is Viktoriya Tigipko.[2][3]


The first Odesa International Film Festival was held from 16 to 24 July 2010. Sixteen films competed and over 50 films were screened out of competition. The "Rodina" theater served as the main venue for the festival as well as the festival center. It screened all films in the competition program as well as hosting special festival events. Other screening took place many theaters around Odessa. The Odesa Opera and Ballet Theater served as the venue for the opening and closing festival ceremonies.[4]

The first festival was attended by over 40 thousand audience members. In the following year, this number increased almost by a factor of 2 – over 70 thousand viewers attended and over 5 thousand guests.[5] Over 450 journalists from Ukraine, Russia, Germany, United States, Romania, Italy and other countries received festival accreditation.[citation needed]

The festival also includes a special program entitled Summer Film School[6]): a series of master-classes, taught by noted festival guests to film students and general film fans.[citation needed]

During the second year of the festival a "script Workshop"t was added to the Summer Film School. A film market and a pitching contest for film professionals was also developed.[7]

In 2011, on its closing day, the festival received a recognition from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Gabriel Lerman, representative of HFPA delivered the honorary token to the festival.[8]

The 3rd OIFF was held during 13–21 July 2012, 4th OIFF was held during 12–20 July 2013.

The 5th OIFF was held during 11–19 July 2014.[2] During which a fundraiser was held for, Ukrainian director imprisoned in Russia on terrorism charges, Oleg Sentsov.[2]

The 6th OIFF was held during 10–18 July 2015. Ukrainian filmmaker Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy handed the Golden Duke award for Lifetime Achievement to Darren Aronofsky.

The 7th OIFF was held during 15–23 July 2016. Head of jury Christopher Hampton got Golden Duke award for Lifetime Achievement.

The 8th OIFF was held during 14–22 July 2017. Golden Duke awards for Lifetime Achievement were given to Isabelle Huppert and Agnieska Holland

The 9th OIFF was held during 13–21 July 2018. Golden Duke awards for Lifetime Achievement were given to Ada Rogovtseva and Jacqueline Bisset

Competitive programEdit

The main festival competition (International competition) includes 12 feature-length films. The films chosen for the competition are ones which were filmed since 1 January of the previous year and which have not premiered in Ukraine. National competition consists of two parts: Feature films and Shorts. There is also European Documentary competition programme.

All pictures are submitted on 35mm film or DCP.

Films for the competition are chosen by a selection committee headed by the festival program director. The central focus of the festival, as set forth by the selection committee, is the presence in all chosen films of a strong, unique, conceptual sense of humor in its various forms.


The Jury of the Odesa International Film Festival is made up of noted figures in areas of culture and the arts, noted film critics, directors and producers from around the world. The numbers and makeup of the jury is decided by the board of directors of the festival.

In 2011, a number of parallel juries functioned alongside the primary international jury. The FICC (International film Association Federation) jury awarded the "Don Quixote" prize, followed by a National Film Critics jury, "Ukrainian laboratory" jury (awarding the "Nikolay Shustov" prize,) and the pitching jury (awarding a prize for a new Ukrainian project.)


Odesa International Film Festival

The films in the competitive program contend for the main festival prize – "The Golden Duke" – an updated version of a prize by the same name created by a noted Odesa sculptor Mikhail Reva for the once noteworthy film festival held in Odesa in 1988.

The jury presents prizes in the following categories:

Grand Prix of the festival for the winning filmThe Golden Duke (along with a monetary award of 15,000 US dollars to the director)

Best Director – monetary award of 10,000 US dollars to the director.

Best Actor/Actress - award of 10,000 US dollars to the actor/actress.

The jury may also award two additional prizes:

Special Jury Mention

Viewers' Choice Award – the organizers of the festival hold audience balloting in order to determine the recipient of this award.

Starting in 2011, alongside the main festival prizes, the festival also awards a "Don Qixote" prize (awarded by the International film Association Federation), the National Film Critics' prize, the "Nikolay Shustov" prize (awarded for the best Ukrainian film awarded by the "Ukrainian Laboratory" jury,) and a Best Project prize (awarded to the wonder of the pitching contest.)[citation needed]

Non-competitive programEdit

Odesa International Film Festival

The non-competitive program follows a structure familiar to many film events – a "Festival of Festivals". The films screened include the latest hits of world festivals, retrospectives and exclusive premieres ("Gala Premieres". section) of the more noteworthy works of film art shown in the category of "Special Screenings". This portion of the program also includes screenings of works of national cinematography ("The French Panorama", "New Russian Cinema", "Odesa Focus", "Ukrainian Retrospective")

Perhaps the most noted of all festival events are its open-air screenings on the Petemkin Steps which transforms into a screening venue for one festival evening. During the first OIFF, crowds of viewers marveled at Sergei Eisenstein's masterpiece "Battleship Potemkin" with the accompaniment of a live symphonic orchestra. This grand affair set the tone for later festival open-air events. In 2011, the Potemkin Steps, again will a full symphonic orchestra, welcomed Fritz Lang's 1927 masterpiece "Metropolis" for which over two thousand viewers assembled on the stair.[9]

The second OIFF gave the audiences another open-air venue – The Langeronovskiy Descent, where nightly films were screened for audiences underneath the night sky. Since 2017 instead of Langeronovskiy Descent screenings took place at Odesa Green Theatre in Shevchenko Park.[10]

Summer Film SchoolEdit

Odesa International Film Festival

The Summer Film School program was established for students of film schools and other types of learning establishments who consider themselves lovers of the film arts.

During the daytime, the U-Cinema Theater on the property of the Odesa Film Studio, serves as a forum for master-classes organized for the members of the Summer Film School. Lectures and discussions are led by world cinema industry professionals - guests of the festival. In the evenings, this and other theaters serve as screening venues for the festival program. In the later evenings, members of the Summer School participate in parties and other festivities.

In the course of the first Odesa Film Festival master classes were given by Hollywood actors Rutger Hauer and John Malkovich;[11] directors Krzysztof Zanussi, Otar Ioseliani, Vadim Perelman, Kira Muratova, Darren Aronofsky, Christian Petzold, Jos Stelling.[12] and Aleksander Mitta; actor Jerzy Stuhr,[13] film connoisseur Naum Kleiman and others.[14]

The Summer Film School students were eligible for discount tickets to all festival screenings as well as lodging in the festival tent-city on a separate property near the Odesa Film Studio. During the nighttime hours, DJ parties and other events were organized.

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Evening partiesEdit

Vibrant evening parties serve as conclusions to busy OIFF days. These parties are held at beach clubs on the Odesa seacoast or restaurants. These events present opportunities for informal mingling between festival participants and the enjoyment of various shows and presentations.

The venues offer varied and exciting entertainment from elite jazz evenings to public concerts of popular bands and DJs. Entrance to festival parties is free to all holders of OIFF badges.


Winners of the Odesa International Film Festival

2010 - Grand Prix of the Festival - "Golden Duke" for the Best film - "Minors under 16...[permanent dead link] ", directed by Andrey Kavun (  Russia).[15]

2011 - Grand Prix of the Festival - "Golden Duke" for the Best film - "Tomboy" (Dir. Céline Sciamma,   France).[16]

2012 - Grand Prix of the Festival - "Golden Duke" for the Best film - "Broken" (Dir. Rufus Norris,   Great Britain).[17]

2013 - Grand Prix of the Festival - "Golden Duke" for the Best film - "The Geographer Drank His Globe Away" (Dir. Alexander Veledinsky,   Russia).[18]

2014 - Grand Prix of the Festival - "Golden Duke" for the Best film - "Zero Motivation" (Dir. Talya Lavie,   Israel).[19]

2015 - Grand Prix of the Festival - "Golden Duke" for the Best film - "Mustang" (Dir. Deniz Gamze Ergüven,   France,   Turkey,   Germany,   Qatar).[20]

2016 - Grand Prix of the Festival - "Golden Duke" for the Best film - "Burn Burn Burn" (Dir. Chanya Button,   Great Britain).

2017 - Grand Prix of the Festival - "Golden Duke" for the Best film - "King of the Belgians" (Dir. Peter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth,   Belgium,   Netherlands,   Bulgaria).[21]

2018 - Grand Prix of the Festival - "Golden Duke" for the Best film - "Crystal Swan" (Dir. Darya Zhuk,   Belarus)

2019 - Grand Prix of the Festival - "Golden Duke" for the Best film - Homeward (Dir. Nariman Aliev,   Ukraine), "And Then We Danced" (Dir. Levan Akin,   Georgia) (tie)[22]


  1. ^ cinemawithoutborders.com Archived 3 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine, 15 June 2010
  2. ^ a b c For Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov, a battle with no end in sight, Los Angeles Times (16 July 2014)
  3. ^ Odessa film festival underway, "Euronews" 19 July 2011
  4. ^ An international humor film festival launched in Odessa, News in Ukraine Archived 30 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine, 16 July 2010
  5. ^ Second edition of Odessa IFF builds bridges to Europe, "FilmNewEurope.com" Archived 2 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine 25 July 2011
  6. ^ Summer Film School official site Archived 30 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Pitching, OIFF official site
  8. ^ Odesa Film Festival is recognized in Hollywood, "News in Ukraine" Archived 30 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine 4 August 2011
  9. ^ Kozlov, Vladimir (14 July 2011). "Odessa Film Festival to Kick Off With New Format". The Hollywood Reporter.
  10. ^ http://oiff.com.ua/en/festival/news/zelenyi-teatr-stella-artois-novaja-lokacija-odesskogo-mezhdunarodnogo-kinofestivalja.htm
  11. ^ U.S. actor and director John Malkovich and Odesa International Film Festival President Victoria Tigipko pose for a photo during their meeting in Odessa (Ukraine), "Yahoo.news" 14 July 2011
  12. ^ Jos Stelling head of Jury at the First Odessa International Film Festival, Jos Stelling's official site Archived 22 February 2013 at Archive.today
  13. ^ Jerzy Stuhr heads Odesa Film Festival jury, "Screen Daily", 4 May 2011
  14. ^ Today in the Odesa International Film Festival opens, "Ukraine-news" Archived 30 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ Winners of the First Odesa International Film Festival OIFF official site Archived 30 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ "Tomboy" Wins Odesa International Film Festival Main Prize, "The Hollywood Reporter" 23 July 2011
  17. ^ Winners of Odessa International Film Festival 2012 Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ "Winners of Odessa International Film Festival 2013". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  19. ^ Ukraine's Odesa International Film Festival Unveils Lineup
  20. ^ Winners of Odesa International Film Festival 2015 Archived 22 November 2015 at the Wayback Machine
  21. ^ Winners of Odesa International Film Festival 2017
  22. ^ Petrasiuk, Oleg; Istomina, Toma. "10th Odesa International Film Festival celebrates cinematography, announces winners". Kyiv Post. Retrieved 23 July 2019.

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