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ODESA 2018 Industry

The Odesa Film Industry Office reveals its award winners

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- The Odesa International Film Festival's industry section has announced the winners of the Work in Progress, Pitching and ScripTeast Series sessions

The Odesa Film Industry Office reveals its award winners
Some of the winners of the 2018 Odesa Film Industry Office

The Odesa International Film Festival's Film Industry Office has revealed the awards handed out in the three competitive sections that took place last week. 

The Pitching section presented 11 projects (one of which, Numbers, set to be directed by Oleg Sentsov, was out of competition) being produced or co-produced by Ukrainian companies and filmmakers, and the jury, comprising producer Johannes Rexin (RexinFilm, Germany), Marek Rozenbaum (Transfax Films, Israel), Guillaume de Seille (Arizona Productions, France), Riina Sildos (Amrion, Estonia), Gyda Myklebust (New Nordic Films, Norway) and Elma Tataragić (Sarajevo Film Festival), decided that the most deserving title was Inconvenient Memory by director Ihor Ivanko. It thus received the prize worth circa €2,000 (UAH 60,000).

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Produced by Kyiv-based company Babylon13, Inconvenient Memory is a documentary in which the filmmaker discovers the secret archive owned by his grandfather, a famous Soviet cinematographer, who is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Tracing the stories of his grandpa's youth back through half-damaged pictures, Ihor begins to recognise more of his grandpa’s heritage in himself. However, grandpa will soon not be able to recognise Ihor.

For the full list of projects, scroll down.

The Work in Progress section showcased 11 films (with Agnieska Holland's Mr. Jones [+see also:
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out of competition), and Censor by Slovak filmmaker Peter Kerekes was crowned as the best project, receiving the prize consisting of flight tickets worth €2,000 from Ukraine International Airlines.

Co-produced by Slovakia's Punkchart Films, the Czech Republic's Endorfilm and Ukraine's Arthouse TrafficCensor is a docu-fiction film based on a real censor from a prison in Odesa. Her job is to spend eight hours a day reading the prisoners’ love letters. Having lost her faith in relationships, 45-year-old Iryna is still hungry for love. 

The WOG Award from the festival's fuel sponsor went to My Thoughts Are Silent [+see also:
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by Antonio Lukich. This drama-comedy, co-written by Lukich and Valeria Kalchenko, tells the story of a sound recordist and composer, two-metre-tall Vadim, who, after a number of setbacks in his personal and professional life, gets to record the sounds of Transcarpathian animals as a chance for him to move to Canada. But things get complicated when his mother becomes his companion on this task. The film is a production by Kyiv-based Toy Cinema. 

The jury for Work in Progress consisted of Keiko Funato (Alpha Violet, France), Marcin Luczaj (New Europe Film Sales, Poland), Tiina Lokk (Tallinn Black Nights IFF, Estonia), Heino Deckert (ma.ja.de. Filmproduktions GmbH, Germany), Geremia Biagiotti (TVCO, Italy) and Zsuzsi Bankuti (The Match Factory, Germany).

For the full list of projects, scroll down.

Finally, at the ScripTeast session, six TV drama series were presented, and the Croatian project Family Archive by Marijan Alčevski and Andamion Murataj received the award consisting of post-production services, worth $20,000, from Star Media Company. Produced by Zagreb-based Corvus Film, the series follows a businesswoman running for office. Facing tough opposition from the conservative right-wing party, she endures all the blows, before some mysterious information about her ex-political prisoner father threatens not only her campaign but also the foundations of her own family.

A Special Award from Series Mania went to Smokey Eyes by Poland's Małgorzata Piłacińska, and it consists of an invitation to the 2019 Series Mania Writers Campus. The story is about five female friends in their forties who are trapped in a house in the mountains. While waiting for the fog to lift, they are struggling to recall what happened the previous, eventful night. When the idea that they died ceases to be so ridiculous, they will do anything to return to the reality from which they had wanted to escape so often. 

The jury for the ScripTeast pitching session consisted of Laurence Herszberg (Series Mania Festival, France), Vlad Ryashin (Star Media), Dariusz Jablonski (Independent Film Foundation, Poland), Meinolf Zurhorst (ZDF/Arte, Germany), Klaus Zimmerman (Dynamic Television, Germany) and Brigitta Manthey (Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Germany).

Here is the full list of ScripTeast projects:

Mystery (Ukraine/Germany/Netherlands/Poland/Israel/Sweden)
Script: Volodymyr Tykhyy, Evgeniy Matvienko
Production company: Directory Films (Ukraine)

Love and Hate (Macedonia)
Script: Ognen Georgievski
Production company: Art Project Lab Skopje 

Family Archives (Croatia)
Script: Marijan AlčevskiAndamion Murataj
Production company: Corvus Film 

Hide and Seek (Ukraine)
Script: Oleksandr Protsiuk
Production company: FILM.UA Group 

Prison Hospital (Hungary)
Script: Marcell Pátkai
Production company: Goldfinger Hungary Kft 

Smokey Eyes (Poland)
Script: Małgorzata Piłacińska 

Here is the full list of Pitching projects:

Zenyth (Ukraine)
Director: Igor Stekolenko
Writers: Igor Stekolenko, Olga Reka
Producers: Vitaliy Sheremetiev, Natalia Libet, Olga Reka
Production company: ESSE Production House

Dovbush (Ukraine)
Director: Oles Sanin
Script: Oles Sanin, Paul Wolansky, Vasyl Portyak
Producer: Maxim Asadchiy
Production company: Pronto Film 

The Road (Ukraine/Belgium/India)
Directors, writers: Victoria Trofimenko, Delphine Noels, Daria Gai
Producers: Victoria Trofimenko, Dheer Momaya
Production companies: ALBA FILM INTERtainment, 86PROKAT

The Elf's Tower (Ukraine/Poland) (Documentary)
Director: Polina Kelm
Producers: Gennady Kofman, Miroslaw Dembinski, Olha Beskhmelnytsina
Production company: Magika Films

The Life of Anton (Ukraine/Italy)
Director: Yuliya Myronenko
Producers: Igor Savychenko, Pierpaolo Verga
Production companies: Directory Films LLC, O'GROOVE 

Indian Burn (Germany/Ukraine)
Director: Marcus Lenz
Writers: Marcus Lenz, Lars Hubrich
Producers: Gunter Hanfgarn, Andrea Ufer, Marina Orekhova, Yuriy BelyiPatrick Waldmann
Production companies: HANFGARN & UFER Filmproduktion, Belkastrelka Worldwide 

Inconvenient Memory (Ukraine) (Documentary)
Director: Ihor Ivanko
Producers: Ihor Ivanko, Mariia Ponomarova, Volodymyr Tykhyy
Production company: Babylon13 

Seraphyma (Ukraine/France)
Director: Marysia Nikitiuk
Producers: Yurie MinzyanovIgor Savychenko, Miroslav Slaboshpytskyi, Antoine Simkin
Production company: Kristi Films 

Felix Austria (Ukraine)
Director: Сhristina Sivolap
Producer: Nadiia Zaionchkovska
Production company: FILM.UA Group 

Hostel Ledance (Ukraine)
Director: Sergiy Rahmanin
Script: Sergiy Rahmanin, Nadia Bezsokyrna
Producer: Nadia Bezsokyrna
Co-producer: Andriy Osipov
Production companies: inQ Production Studio LLC, Odessa Film Studio 

Numbers (Ukraine) (out of competition)
Director: Oleg Sentsov
Producer: Anna Palenchuk
Production company: 435 Films

Here is the full list of Work in Progress projects:

Anton (Ukraine/Georgia)
Director: Zaza Urushadze
Script: Dale Eisler
Producer: Volodymyr Filippov
Production company: Insightmedia Producer Center

The Earth Is Blue as an Orange (Ukraine) (Documentary)
Director, writer: Iryna Tsilyk
Producer: Anna Kapustina
Production company: Albatros Communicos Ukraine

Liza's Story (Ukraine)
Director, writer: Alexander Zhovna
Producer: Valeriy Kalmykov
Production company: TrueMan Production

My Thoughts Are Silent [+see also:
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trailer
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]
(Ukraine)
Director: Antonio Lukich
Writers: Antonio Lukich, Valeria Kalchenko
Producers: Alla Belaya, Dmytro Sukhanov
Production company: Toy Cinema

Between Two Wars (Andriy Suleyman) (Ukraine/Latvia) (Documentary)
Director: Alina Gorlova
Writers: Alina Gorlova, Maksym Nakonechnyi, Vyacheslav Tsvetkov
Producer: Maksym Nakonechnyi
Production company: Tabor Production

The Road (Ukraine)
Director, writer: Andy Iva
Producers: Volodymyr Filipov, Alla Ovsyannikova
Production company: Insightmedia Producer Center

Salt from Bonneville (Ukraine) (Documentary)
Director: Simon Mozgoviy
Writer: Anton Khilman
Producers: Taras Bosak, Koliubaiev Artem, Leschenko Maksim, Anton Khilman
Production company: Mainstream Pictures

Heat Singers [+see also:
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interview: Nadia Parfan
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]
(working title: 18°) (Documentary)
Director, writer: Nadia Parfan
Producer: Illia Gladshtein
Production companies: Phalanstery Films, 86PROKAT 

Censor (Slovakia/Czech Republic/Ukraine)
Director: Peter Kerekes
Writer: Ivan Ostrochovsky
Producers: Ivan Ostrochovsky, Jiri Konecny, Denis Ivanov
Production companies: Punkchart FilmsEndorfilmArthouse Traffic

Chervonyi. Without the Front Line (Ukraine)
Director: Zaza Buadze
Script: Andriy Kokotuha
Producer: Volodymyr Filippov
Production company: Insightmedia Producer Center 

Foxter & Max (Ukraine)
Director: Anatoly Mateshko
Writers: Scott Parisien, Anastasia Mateshko
Producers: Maxim Asadchiy, Kateryna Kopylova
Production company: Pronto Film 

Gareth Jones (Poland/Ukraine/UK) (out of competition)
Director: Agnieszka Holland
Writer: Andrea Serdaru-Barbul
Producers: Stanislaw Dziedzic, Claudia Smieja, Egor Olesov, Angus Lamont, Andrea Serdaru-Barbul
Production companies: Film Produkcja, Kinorob, Jones Boy Films

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