Poltava Film Festival bringing Icelandic film to Ukraine

via press release

Poltava Film Festival is launching on the 27th of May 2016 and screens 15 documentary films of various length. This new film festival, an Icelandic Ukrainian initiative, is reaching out beyond Ukraine to discover the film- and documentary scene and focuses this year on Ukrainian filmmakers as well as Icelandic titles in number of genres.

Among Poltava Film Festival’s aim is to:

  • make a platform for filmmakers and a vibrant meeting place with the public and artists.
  • promote Poltava as one of the cultural capitals of Ukraine and Europe, standing at a crossroads of historical and multicultural influences.
  • strengthen historical ties with the Nordic territory.
  • enable Ukrainian filmmakers to exchange ideas with European colleague and establish professional relation.
  • make peace.

The festival long term aim is to present to Ukrainian audiences a quality selection of world documentaries and drama, providing a friendly atmosphere for interaction between the audience and filmmakers from around the world.

SEE PROGRAM http://www.mirgorodfilmfestival.org/program.html

This year’s themes in the selection process are Water, artist & nature, and history. Full program and schedule including all Ukrainian titles available May 21st. In addition to film screenings guest can expect three master classes on art in films, history and creative thinking, delivered by Carlos  Correia, Einar Thor and Oleg Mingalev, held at the Kotlyarevskyi Library, Poltava.

The directors of the festival are Einar Thor & Oleg Mingalev. Jury members are Lyudmila Kucherenko,  Carlos Joao Correia, dr Racid Bekkaj, Oleg Mingalev  & Tatiana Retivov.

Find the festival on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Poltava-FILM-Festival-455456731308485/?fref=ts

Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.