Venice Film Festival to Host Ukraine Day in Solidarity with Ukrainian Filmmakers – The Hollywood Reporter

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The Venice Film Festival shows its solidarity with the Ukrainian people and the country’s film industry by organizing a “Ukrainian Day” during the 79th Venice Film Festival.

Scheduled for Thursday, September 8, Ukraine Day will feature a number of initiatives that will draw attention to the plight of Ukrainian artists and filmmakers in the context of Russia’s February 24 invasion of the country and its ongoing war of aggression. The events will take place between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. local time under the auspices of the Industrial Section of the Venice Production Bridge at the Hotel Excelsior on the Lido.

Venice Film Festival Artistic Director Alberto Barbera will introduce the opening panel, which will include Ukraine’s Ambassador to Italy, Yaroslav Melnyk; the director of the National Institute of Cinema of Ukraine, Marina Kuderchuk; Antonio Lukich, Ukrainian director of Luxemburg Luxemburg, which will be screened in competition in the Orizzonti section of Venice this year; Evgeny Afineevsky, director of the documentary title out of competition Freedom on Fire: Ukraine’s fight for freedom; Pavlo Makov, artist exhibiting at the Ukrainian pavilion at the 59th Venice Art Biennale; Boris Filonenko, Curator of the Ukrainian Pavilion; Polina Tolmacheva, representative of the Ukrainian Council for State Support of Cinematography; Ukrainian actress, filmmaker and cultural attaché Daria Tregubova; and Ukrainian producer Andriy Nogin.

The conference will focus on the challenges faced by filmmakers in this war-torn country and cooperation, including co-production opportunities, between Ukraine and Italy.

After the panel, there will be a presentation of several Ukrainian projects at different stages of development and production, with the aim of connecting Ukrainian filmmakers with international producers and financiers.

The Venice Film Festival 2022 runs from August 31 to September 10.

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