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List of Ukrainian Film Curators

5. 8. 2022

Author: Docudays UA & IDF

[Updated on August 8, 2022]

Following the discussion about the need of more Ukrainian programmers and curators at the international film festivals, which was part of the IDF Industry Session Decolonization of Old Ideological Constructs and Film Industry Practice, we have established a list of Ukrainian film curators (in alphabetical order) working with documentaries, fiction, experimental films, shorts and animation. Feel free to contact them, if you are interested in any kind of collaboration, incl. programming Ukrainian content.

DARIA BADIOR
Email:
badyor@gmail.com

Based in:
Ukraine

Professional bio:
Daria Badior is a cultural critic, journalist and editor from Ukraine. 

From 2011 till 2021 she had worked as an editor at one of Ukraine's most prominent online outlets LB.ua. Since 2016, she was a Culture Editor there and wrote about film, cultural policies, commemoration policies, etc.

Daria was a member of FIPRESCI and the Ukrainian Oscar committee. In 2018, she co-founded the Union of Film Critics of Ukraine that awards best Ukrainian filmmakers with Kinokolo prize.

Since 2017, she is the co-curator at Kyiv Critics' Week film festival which takes place annually at the end of October.

Now she is a freelancer, contributing to Ukrainian and international outlets: LB.ua, Korydor, Osteuropa, The Independent, Der Tagesspiegel, OKO press, etc.

Topics and/or forms:
Contemporary Ukrainian cinema, cultural policies, commemoration practices.

Works with:
Fiction movies

Links and references:
https://kcw.com.ua/archive

Working languages: 
English, Ukrainian

Can work: 
Remotely (online)


OLGA BIRZUL
Email:
obirzul@gmail.com

Based in:
Ukraine (temporary - Western Europe)

Professional bio:
Olga Birzul is a film curator and culture manager. She has degrees in Ukrainian and English, journalism, and book design. In addition, she studied culture management at the EU’s Culture&Creativity and Developing Your Film Festival programs. Between 2006 and 2013, she worked for Ukrainian cultural media as a journalist and editor. In 2009, she joined the Docudays UA IHRDFF team. During ten years, she worked as programmer and coordinator of the festival’s education platform Docu/Class. Additionally she curated special program Docu/Art about interconnection of art and cinema. Between 2016 and 2018, she coordinated the festival’s cultural diplomacy project See Ukraine: Docudays UA on Tour. From 2019 to 2021, she was the head of the Film Sector at the Ukrainian Institute, a public institution that establishes international culture connections between Ukraine and the world. She is an author of the lectures about history and theory of non-fiction films as well as an expert in various projects for documentary filmmakers. 

Topics and/or forms:
Hybrid films, culture and politics, reflection of ideology in cinema, propaganda in non-fiction movies, film as an educational tool, social impact films, politics of festival's programming, decolonial context in film curating

Works with:
Documentaries, Fiction movies, experimental

Links and references:
Docu/Art program (selected): https://docudays.ua/eng/2015/news/kino/docu-art-anons, https://docudays.ua/eng/2019/news/kino/docu-art-new-edition/
The cultural diplomacy project ‘See Ukraine: An Empty Pedestal’ (Madris, Munich, Paris): https://seeukraine.org/about, https://docudays.ua/eng/2018/news/kino/see-ukraine-three-pillars
The first retrospective of Kira Muratova’s films in French Cinemateque (Paris): https://www.cinematheque.fr/cycle/kira-mouratova-537.html
The program of the Ukrainian documentaries for Kino Usmev, Kosice, Slovakia: https://kinousmev.sk/article-detail/629b8e3b235afd0658955669/?lang=sk_SK&fbclid=IwAR12V2E2oQr9HQVaDhAMo5wzYdiSmxpMdXHX_qJdmULE8xogxBAQ1FXgL9o
Iran. Private: https://docudays.ua/eng/2019/news/kino/iran-privatno-anons/ 
The Holy Equality: https://docudays.ua/eng/2018/news/kino/holy-equality/ 
Generation C: https://docudays.ua/eng/2017/news/kino/generation-c-docudays-ua/

Working languages: 
English, Ukrainian, Russian

Can work: 
Remotely (online)


ILLIA DYADIK
Email:
idyadik@gmail.com

Based in:
Ukraine

Organization: 
Arthouse Traffic

Professional bio:
Working for Arthouse Traffic for 11 years I had a chance to manage more than 100 projects of different scales and a total audience of more than 1 million people in Ukraine and abroad. Among my biggest projects is Odesa International Film Festival where I held the position of the program director and was responsible for forming the general concept of the event and selection of the films. Another big event is Children Kino Fest, an annual film festival with free screenings at the end of May held simultaneously in 25 cities of Ukraine. I’m also responsible for selection of the films and project management in a number of national film festivals held all year round in cooperation with cultural institutions and Embassies. Among these projects are New German Film Festival, New British Film Festival, Austrian Film Festival, French Evenings and Ukrainian film days in Toronto, Brussels, Amsterdam. I’m also acquisition manager in the company and among the recent films that were bought are Memoria, Titane, Gunda, Annette and many others. 

Topics and/or forms:
Depending on the concept of the event, I'm changing the approach in the programming. There are more audience oriented festivals or programs where I would work with easy going titles or there are events oriented to more cinephile viewer where I would prefer to screen experimental films. 

Works with:
Documentaries, Fiction movies, Shorts

Working languages: 
Ukrainian, English 

Can work: 
Physically (can come to the country if needed)


ILLIA GLADSHTEIN
Email:
ilko@86.org.ua

Based in:
Ukraine

Organization: 
KINO42 - independent Kyiv cinema

Professional bio:
Illia Gladstein was born in Kyiv in 1985. Started his career in film as a short film programmer at Molodist IFF. In 2013, together with Nadia Parfan, he co-founded the International festival of film and urbanism “86” which was organised in 2014-2018 in the town of Slavutych. Since 2014 he distributes independent films with 86PROKAT. In 2019 he founded an arthouse cinema in Kyiv KINO42.
In 2017 Illia founds a production company Phalanstery Films. His first produced feature documentary “Heat Singers” premiered at Visions du Reel (Nyon, Switzerland), was awarded by National film academy (Zolota Dzyga) and Ukrainian film critics association (Kinokolo) as the best Ukrainian documentary of 2020, and was sold to the biggest Japanese broadcaster NHK.

Project  history:
KINO42 since 2019
Co-founder, CEO
The only independent cinema in Kyiv city center. Has one hall, 42 chairs, artistic programming and loving audience.

Phalanstery Films since 2017
Co-founder, producer
Phalanstery Films is an independent production company, focused on creative documentaries

86PROKAT since 2015
Founder, CEO
Independent film distribution company

International festival of film and urbanism “86” 2014 - 2018
Co-founder, programme director
International festival of film and urbanism “86” rested on interdisciplinarity: the bright program of new documentary films is combined with experimental architecture, documentary theatre and urbanist discussions. The festival had 5 editions.

Molodist international film festival 2009 - 2013
Program coordinator, producer
The oldest Ukrainian film festival. It focuses on young cinema from the whole world.

Topics and/or forms:
Film/interdisciplinary art programming: selection,  building a narrative with picked works, writing curatorial texts
Public presentation
Moderating of public conversations

Links and references:
Programs of 86IFF (head of programming):
http://www.86.org.ua/en/category/films/

KINO42 cinema head of repertoire:
kino42.cc

Working languages: 
English - fluent
Ukrainian, Russian - native
Polish, Belarusian - spoken

Can work: 
Hybrid (online + relocating if needed)


YULIIA KOVALENKO
Email:
yulia.s.kowalenko@gmail.com

Other contacts:
+380930973564 (WhatsApp); Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/julia.kovalenko.1426/

Based in:
Ukraine

Organization: 
Docudays UA IHRDFF
sloїk film atelier 

Professional bio:
Dr. Yuliia Kovalenko is a film critic and programmer at Docudays UA IHRDFF in Kyiv. 
She was a lecturer at the Department of Cultural Studies and Arts History of Odesa National Polytechnic University and at the Department of Fine Arts of Odessa State Academy of Civil Engineering and Architecture. In 2017, she received a PhD degree in Cultural Studies. From 2015 to 2017 she was a program director at the independent movie theatre ‘Inotheatre’ in Odesa, where she held the special program of Ukrainian art cinema ‘We Are Here’. As a film critic, she has publications in Ukrainian and international journals (Korydor, LB.ua, Filmar.online, Cineticle, La Furia Umana etc.). Between 2016 and 2018 she was a co-editor of Cineticle Magazine devoted to art cinema. In 2019 she joined the program department at Docudays UA. In 2022 she co-founded the sloїk film atelier (sloik-film-atelier.com) – an independent Ukrainian film curators union, giving space for underrepresented voices and promoting them internationally. She runs her own blog about art cinema kinotabs.com.
She is a member of Ukrainian Film Critics Union and National Union of Journalists of Ukraine. 
Topics and/or forms:
art film, found footage, diaries, ethnographic films, film essay, video essay

Works with:
Documentaries, Fiction movies, Shorts, Experimental

Links and references:
- Perspectives of Ukrainian Cinema (Ukr, Deutsche Kinemathek, 2022) - programme of narrative, documentary, hybrid and classic Ukrainian films - a wide variety of films that provides a very specific map of recent Ukrainian cinematic art https://www.deutsche-kinemathek.de/en/ukrainian-cinema

- Film Troubadours: Scotland and Ukraine (Ukr + international, Docudays UA, 2021) - interactive online programme of amateur short documentaries provided with interactive subtitles-comments by researchers
https://docudays.ua/eng/2021/news/oglyad-programi/film-troubadours-scotland-and-ukraine/

- DOCU/CLASS: What films do we watch? (Ukr, Docudays UA, 2021) - short series of online-lectures on the history and nature of documentary cinema
https://docudays.ua/eng/2021/news/kino/docu-class-yaki-filmi-mi-divimosya/

- DOCU/ART in quarantine: art as a (non-)luxury (international, Docudays UA, 2021) - non-competitive programme of documentaries problematizing the nature and role of art in the life of modern individuals and society as a whole
https://docudays.ua/eng/2021/news/oglyad-programi/docu-art-in-quarantine-art-as-a-non-luxury/

- DOCU/ART of Memory (international, Docudays UA, 2020) - non-competitive programme of documentaries problematizing memory preservation in the post-truth era
https://docudays.ua/eng/2020/news/oglyad-programi/docu-art-of-memory/

- I International Children Film Festival "Next" (Ukr + international, Inotheatre, 2016) - both competitive and non-competitive programmes, programme director of the festival edition
https://www.facebook.com/icffnext

- Days of new Ukrainian auteur cinema "We Are Here" (Ukr, Inotheatre, 2015) - both films and workshops programmes
https://www.facebook.com/events/755707241200883/

Working languages: 
English (fluent), German (C1 - fluent), Ukrainian (native)

Can work: 
Hybrid (online + relocating if needed)


SERHII KSAVEROV
Email:
linyok@gmail.com

Based in:
Ukraine

Professional bio:
Serhii Ksaverov is a film critic and member of the International Film Press Association (FIPRESCI) and the Film Critics of Ukraine Association. He’s a regular contributor to LB.UA and DTF MAGAZINE. He has been selection team member of Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival (2021-2022). He is co-curator of Kyiv Critics Week Festival since 2018. 

Topics and/or forms:
Festival preselection, selection, programming

Works with:
Documentaries, Fiction movies, Shorts

Links and references:
https://kcw.com.ua/en/programs
https://kcw.com.ua/en/archive/3
https://kcw.com.ua/en/archive/2
https://kcw.com.ua/en/archive/4
https://kestnergesellschaft.de/en/event/393

Working languages: 
Ukrainian, English (Upper Intermediate/Advanced)

Can work: 
Remotely (online)


YULIA KUZNIETSOVA
Email:
yukuzniets@gmail.com

Based in:
Ukraine

Organization: 
LINOLEUM International Contemporary Animation and Media Art Festival

Professional bio:
Film curator and programmer from Ukraine. She’s been cooperating with LINOLEUM International Contemporary Animation and Media Art Festival (UA) since 2017, curating an international selection of Experimental animation and Retrospective programs that aim to rediscover and rethink the Ukrainian animation legacy from the present perspectives. Formerly editor-in-chief of the film web magazine okino.ua and a film critic. Also was a coordinator of the project focused on research and archiving of Ukrainian media art.

Topics and/or forms:
environment, activism, politics of memory, feminism

Works with:
Shorts, Animation, Experimental

Links and references:
OBSESSIONS AND JOY: UKRAINIAN MEDIA ART ANIMATION
https://linoleumfest.com/en/program/experimental-animation/blocks/oderzhimosti-i-vtikhi-animatsiya-v-ukrayinskomu-media-arti

HUMAN_CAPITAL
https://linoleumfest.com/en/program/experimental-animation/blocks/human-capital

STRUGGLE
https://linoleumfest.com/en/program/experimental-animation/blocks/struggle

UKRAINIAN RETROSPECTIVE: EROS
https://linoleumfest.com/en/program/special-screenings/blocks/ukretro-eros

COLLECTIVE UNCANNY: UKRAINIAN 80-90S HORRORS
https://linoleumfest.com/en/program/special-screenings/blocks/ukrainian-horrors-80-90

UKRAINIAN RETROSPECTIVE: RECOVERED
https://linoleumfest.com/en/program/special-screenings/blocks/ukrayinska-retrospektiva-vidnaydene

UKRAINIAN RETROSPECTIVE: BECOMING HUMAN
https://linoleumfest.com/en/program/special-screenings/blocks/ukr-retro-human 

UKRAINIAN RETROSPECTIVE: FEMALE REBEL
https://linoleumfest.com/en/program/special-screenings/blocks/female-rebel

Working languages: 
English (Advanced), Ukrainian (native)

Can work: 
Remotely (online)


VICTORIA LESHCHENKO
Email:
vikushkin@gmail.com

Based in:
Germany, Berlin

Organization: 
Docudays UA IHRDFF
sloїk film atelier 

Professional bio:
Victoria has a master degree in cultural studies (Kyiv-Mohyla Academy). She been working as a programmer for more than 10 years, including 4 last years as a program director at Docudays UA - which were quite hectic due to covid-19 and demanded both responsible and creative approaches to still keep running the festival. For example, in March 2020, Victoria developed new formats for film screenings and festival events in very tight deadlines, and together with her team moved the Docudays UA online in just a month. 

She has experience in programming film programs at Ukrainian film festivals (Molodist IFF, Docudays UA IHRDFF) and film organizations (docuspace platform), as well as a wide professional network and connections to other Ukrainian cultural actors, material and rights holders – together with her team she was collaborating with many of them such as the Dovzhenko Center on the number of common film programs.

In 2022, together with her fellow programmer from Docudays UA and film critic Yulia Kovalenko she established "sloїk film atelier". Its first and recent film curator project is a collaborative work with Deutsche Kinemathek - a program of Ukrainian film screenings in Germany named "Perspectives of Ukrainian Cinema". 

Topics and/or forms:
Documentary films
Ukrainian films (fiction + documentaries)
tags of interest: women rights, representation of labour: images of work and workers in film, post-colonial studies, psychoterapie

Links and references:
https://docudays.ua/eng/archivepage/2021/programs/
https://www.deutsche-kinemathek.de/en/ukrainian-cinema

Working languages: 
English (upper-intermediate), Ukrainian  (advance), Russian  (advance), German (A22), French (basic) 

Can work: 
Hybrid (online + relocating if needed)


ALEX MALYSHENKO
Email:
mindabout@gmail.com

Other contacts:
https://www.facebook.com/malyshenko.alex

Based in:
Ukraine

Organization: 
Mykolaichuk OPEN, audience film festival

Professional bio:
—  Freelance journalist for Ukrainian media LB.ua, Bird in Flight. Ukrainska Pravda, Moviegram, UA: Culture, L’Officiel Hommes and others
— May 2022 — until now — Program director of Mykolaichuk OPEN Film Festival in Chernivtsi
— April 2022 — until now — Managing editor of Ukrainian online media about cinema Moviegram
— July 2021 — August 2021 — co-author and curator of the course «How to promote cinema» by Terrarium
— 2021 — 2022 — Program Coordinator of  18 and 19 Docudays UA International Film Festival
— 2020 — 2021 — Program Coordinator of  Kharkiv MeetDocs Film Festival
— September,  25 2019 — September, 29 2019 — Film Presenter for Kharkiv MeetDocs Film Festival
— May, 25 2019 — June, 02 2019 — Film Presenter for Molodist Kyiv International Film Festival
— March, 22 2019 – March, 30 2019 — Film Presenter for Docudays UA
— November  2018 — September 2020 — co-founder, curator and moderator of FIlm Club Polotno
— June 2018 — November 2018 — journalist/editor CEO Club Ukraine
— August 2017 — May 2018 — author in Talktome.com.ua
— July 2022 – co-creator, moderator and author of the idea of film festival in the shelter "Tactical Pause - Ukrainian cinema in Mykolaiv"

Works with:
Documentaries, Fiction movies

Working languages: 
Ukrainian (High)
English (Medium)

Can work: 
I can work in hybrid format, but it depends on the Ukrainian law


KYRYLO MARIKUTSA
Email:
kyrylo.marikutsa@kisff.org

Based in:
Ukraine

Organization: 
Distribution company KyivMusicFilm, Kyiv International Short Film Festival, INTRO film festival and Online cinema Tytr

Professional bio:
Kyrylo is a co-founder and director of the Kyiv International Short Film Festival (KISFF), which has been the larger international short film festival in Ukraine since 2012. KISFF presents a broad panorama of short films.

Since 2015 Kyrylo has also been working on a project, KYIVMUSICFILM — an independent distribution company that focuses on the theatrical distribution of documentaries and arthouse films. In addition, KyivMusicFilm also focused on event-cinema content and opened for Ukrainian audience screenings of opera, ballet, music concerts, and classic films. As a result, the annual audience of represented films in Ukraine is more than 120 000, and the number of films released yearly is more than 50. 

KyivMusicFilm also organizes a documentary film festival, INTRO, that covers music and culture-related films.

Since 2021 Kyrylo has developed TYTR, a Ukrainian curated film streaming platform for documentary and arthouse films.

Works with:
Documentaries, Fiction movies, Shorts, Animation, Experimental

Working languages: 
English, B2
Ukrainian
Russian

Can work:
Remotely (online) 


ZHANNA OZIRNA
Email:
ozzhanna@gmail.com

Based in:
Ukraine

Organization: 
LINOLEUM International Contemporary Animation and Media Art Festival

Professional bio:
I am a film director and a screenwriter with 5 short film in my filmography. Now I'm working on my feature film, the project took part in various workshops and platrforms, La Fabrique Cinéma 2022, Cinemart (IFFR) 2021, New Horizons Studio+ 2021, ScripTeast 2021, Pustnik 2020 and 2022. Member of Ukrainian film academy and Directors guild of Ukraine. I have been working as a film selector and a program manager with Lviv international short film festival Wiz-Art since 2014 and with International Contemporary Animation and Media Art Festival Linoleum since 2019. 

Topics and/or forms:
I select only short films (fiction, documentaries, experimental, animation). I shot 3 queer films and took part in numerous film festivals so LGBTQ and also female perspective are my topics I work with.

Works with:
Shorts

Links and references:
International competition of Linoleum 
https://linoleumfest.com/en/program/competition-programs
https://linoleumfest.com/uploads/media/default/0001/01/f3539b4c5342fe69e4b4cf4ecfb19e8b1d68d557.pdf
Non-competitive program Ladies first
https://linoleumfest.com/en/program/Non-Competitive/blocks/Ladies-First
International competition of Wiz-Art
https://wiz-art.ua/festival/en/archive/
Non-competition screening Unholy slime
https://wiz-art.ua/festival/en/unholy-slime-2/

Working languages: 
Ukrainian (native), English (Upper-Intermediate)

Can work:
Hybrid (online + relocating if needed)


NADIA PARFAN
Email:
nadia.parfan@gmail.com

Based in:
Ukraine

Organization: 
"86" NGO, Takflix.com online-cinema

Professional bio:
Nadia Parfan is an anthroplogist, a programmer, a film director and a creative producer.

She graduated in cultural studies (Kyiv-Mohyla Academy) and social anthropology (Central European University). In 2012-13 she was a Fulbright visiting fellow at Temple University, Philadelphia. In 2015 she received a Gaude Polonia stipend and finished a DOK PRO documentary film directing course at Andrzej Wajda Film School in Warsaw.

She is a curator and co-founder of “86” International Festival of Film and Urbanism in Slavutych, Ukraine (2014-2019). In 2019 she started Takflix.com — an online-cinema for Ukrainian films.

Works with:
Documentaries, Fiction movies, Shorts, Animation, Experimental

Working languages: 
English — fluent
Ukrainian — native
Polish — good

Can work:
Remotely (online)


SASHA PROKOPENKO
Email:
sasha.shamanina@kisff.org

Based in:
Ukraine

Organization: 
Kyiv International Short Film Festival

Professional bio:
Sasha Prokopenko is a Head of Programming at the Kyiv International Short Film Festival. She also curates the Teen Screen section at the Molodist Kyiv International Film Festival. Since 2016, Sasha has worked at the independent film distribution company, KyivMusicFilm, which distributes films on art, music and culture.

Topics and/or forms:
LGBTQIA+, Feminism, Human rights, Independent cinema

Works with:
Documentaries, Fiction movies, Shorts, Animation, Experimental

Links and references:
https://www.kisff.org/program2021-en

Working languages: 
Ukrainian (native), English (C1), Turkish (B2), Korean (B1)

Can work:
Hybrid (online + relocating if needed)


OLHA RAITER
Email:
olha.raiter@wiz-art.ua

Other contacts:
+380934378642 (WhatsApp)

Based in:
Portugal

Organization: 
NGO Wiz-Art, Lviv International Short Film Fesitval Wiz-Art https://wiz-art.ua/festival/en/ and America House Lviv https://www.americahouselviv.org/

Professional bio:
Program director and co-founder of Lviv International Short Film Festival, one of Ukraine's most visible and influential film events. 
She graduated from the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv in Slavic Philology, Cultural Studies, and Lviv Business School. 
She once worked as a film commissioner, tourist guide, copywriter, and waitress. Currently a curator and program manager of America House Lviv, she is also an inspiration for the Big Short online cinema, a place for short films in Ukraine. Olha is a member of the Ukrainian Film Academy, SOFA alumni, and part of the world's Aspen Community Ukraine. 
Because of the unfair and unprovoked Russian-Ukrainian war, Olha and her family had to relocate to Lisbon, Portugal, and now is based there for the foreseeable future. 

Topics and/or forms:
Is interested in LGBT, gender equality, democracy, politics, family, post-colonialism and music, experimental videos

Works with:
Documentaries, Fiction movies, Shorts, Experimental, music videos

Links and references:
Q21 Residence in May 2022 https://www.mqw.at/en/institutions/q21/artists-in-residence/olha-raiter
IN JOY AND SORROW https://www.viennashorts.com/en/news/freud-und-leid-wild-im-west
Dresden Short Film Fesival 2022 https://www.filmfest-dresden.de/en/news/details/special-film-events-on-ukraine
Uppsala Short Film Festival 2019 Ukraine. Stay Real, Ukraine. Stay Weird https://wiz-art.ua/festival/en/ukrainian-films-at-uppsala-sff-2019/
and many others

Working languages: 
English, Ukrainian

Can work:
Hybrid (online + relocating if needed)

Additional info:
https://www.linkedin.com/in/olha-raiter-728b8724/


JULIA SINKEVYCH
Email:
julsinkevych@gmail.com

Other contacts:
+380667386741

Based in:
Ukraine

Organization: 
JS Films, in certain cases Ukrainian Institute

Professional bio:
Julia Sinkevych is film producer, co-founder and member of Supervisory Board of Ukrainian Film Academy, member of European Film Academy, member of Ukrainian Oscars committee.

Since 2010  till 2020 Julia worked as general producer of Odesa International Film Festival, one of the biggest audience film festivals in Eastern Europe. Besides general management of the festival organization, programming of films andcurating parallel section, management of the team and organizational processes, liaisons with international partners and organizations and the promotion of the festival inside and outside of Ukraine are part of her profession.
Working previously for several years for distribution and production company Arthouse Traffic Julia was in charge of festival promotion of the selection of short films “Angry Ukrainians” and feature films produced by the company as well as for promotion of young Ukrainian filmmakers and international cooperation between film industry professionals from Ukraine and abroad. Over the years, she established a network of professional contacts in cultural and audiovisual sectors in Ukraine and abroad. Julia has also co-produced a documentary film “Close relations” by Vitaliy Mansky (2016) and “Heatsingers” (2019) by Nadia Parfan. Currently Julia is working on feature films “Lucky girl” by Marysia Nikitiuk and “Lesia” by Nana Janelidze. Julia Sinkevych graduated from the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, faculty of law and holds an MA in film production of Kyiv University of Theatre, Film and Television. She was selected to take part in SOFA program (School of film agents, Poland-Germany), completed NIPKOW program. 

Topics and/or forms:
Film industry trends, challenges, developments; film curation; film festivals; production; cultural management; cultural policies

Links and references:
https://ui.org.ua/en/news-en/ukraine-in-focus-cannes-2/

Working languages: 
Ukrainian, English (fluent)

Can work:
Hybrid (online + relocating if needed)

OLEKSANDR TELIUK
Email:
oleksandert@gmail.com

Other contacts:
o.teliuk@dovzhenkocentre.org

Based in:
Ukraine

Organization: 
Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Center

Professional bio:
Oleksandr Teliuk is a film scholar, filmmaker, and Head of the Film Archive Department at the Oleksandr Dovzhenko National Center. He was co-curator of film programs and exhibitions at Film Museum of Dovzhenko Center (‘VUFKU: Lost & Found’, 2019, ‘To Cry! To Call! To Burn!’, 2020); co-editor of books ‘Cinematographic Revision of Donbas’ (2017, 2018), ‘Chornobyl (In)Visible’ (2017), ‘Ukrainian Film Critic Anthology of the 1920s’ (2018—2022); curator of numerous film programs of Ukrainian archival films at the international film festivals.

Works with:
Documentaries, Fiction movies, Experimental, Archival

Working languages: 
English (C1), French (A2)

Can work:
Hybrid (online + relocating if needed)

DMYTRO TIAZHLOV
Email:
dmytro.tiazhlov@gmail.com

Other contacts:
+38 097 5566045

Based in:
Ukraine

Organization: 
Indie Media Polis NGO, co-founder

Professional bio:
Dmytro Tiazhlov is an independent documentary filmmaker and director of photography based in Kyiv, Ukraine.  Dmytro is the author of more than 20 documentaries. Since 2007 Dmytro work as a curator of cinematographers course and associate professor at Kyiv national university  of theatre, cinema and television named by I.K. Karpenko-Kary. 
Since 2011 Dmytro work as one of curator of documentary programme of American Independence film festival (Kyiv) and Indie Lab - Documentary lab for young filmmakers.
Since 2016 he worked on special creative programs for teenagers called Indie Media Camp and Gang for Change.
1998-2009 worked at Ukrainian TV as DOP, and familiar with many genres of cinema – fiction, puppet animation, documentaries etc
Since 2004 documentary director and cinematographer
Since 2007 tutoring cinematographers course at at Kyiv national university  of theatre, cinema and television named by I.K. Karpenko-Kary
2007-2014 Attending Dragon Forum on co-production of documentaries, Baltic Sea Forum, Leipzig co-production meeting, East Silver market, GoEast project market, TEF Workshop, Greenhouse masterclasses on Human Rights and Racism Documentaries, EEFA masterclasses, Docstories training program,
2009-2013 Writing work on theory of documentary directing for a degree in art science
2014-2015 head of Reporters hundred TV project (weekly TV show with ultra short doc`s)
2011        Head of studies  - Gendercamp2011, Kyiv, Ukraine
Since 2012 Curator of documentary program American Independence Film Festival, Kyiv, Ukraine
Since 2012 Member of  Ukraine Guild of Cinematographers
Since 2013 Member of  National Filmmakers Union of Ukraine
Since 2013 Head of studies Indie Lab. Documentary workshop for young  filmmakers
Since 2013 Curator and producer of yearly documentary almanac Ukraine_Voices

Topics and/or forms:
social, human rights, art and culture, human interest, current affairs and political issues

Works with:
Documentaries, Shorts, Animation, Experimental, immersive audiovisual projects

Links and references:
https://aiffua.com/film-programm-2022#!/tab/84907017-2
https://www.facebook.com/docsinua

Working languages: 
Ukrainian, English (B2)

Can work:
Hybrid (online + relocating if needed)

Additional info:
Indie Lab - Documentary lab for young filmmakers now works as community of more than 80 documentarians, and one of directions is organizing different thematical screenings.


ANASTASIYA VERLINSKA
Email:
averlinskaya@gmail.com

Other contacts:
+380676589797

Based in:
Ukraine

Organization: 
LINOLEUM Contemporary Animation and Media Art Festival

Professional bio:
Anastasiya Verlinska, festival director

For ten years worked as a project manager of one of the biggest Eastern European film companies FILM.UA Group, implementing projects to promote both film and animation in Ukraine. In 2014 joins the team of LINOLEUM animation festival as a program coordinator and in 2016 became its director. Apart from the festival, Anastasiya organizes screenings of both International and Ukrainian animation as well as educational projects that help to develop the local animation industry.

Topics and/or forms:
animation of any kind

Links and references:
https://linoleumfest.com/en/program/special-screenings/blocks/sensitive-content
https://linoleumfest.com/en/program/special-screenings/blocks/FINE
https://docudays.ua/eng/2021/program/linoleum-prezentuye--po-batkovi/

Working languages: 
English (advanced), Ukrainian (native)

Can work:
Hybrid (online + relocating if needed)


VALENTINA ZALEVSKA
Email:
Valentynazalevska@gmail.com

Based in:
Germany 

Organization:
Ukrainian film festival Berlin, Lviv International Short film festival Wiz-Art

Professional bio:
Valentyna Zalevska was born in 1988, graduated in Culture and Arts in Ukraine, and media program from the University of Nebraska (USA). Since 2009 she has been working at International Short Film Festival Wiz-Art in Ukraine, now she is one of the programmers and festival curators there. Valentyna has implemented many cultural and art events in Ukraine and abroad, and linked to various film festivals as a programmer, curator, and collaborator (Lviv International Short Film Festival, Visionar Film Festival, Ukrainian cinema in Iceland, Rover Film Festival, etc.). She is also a short film producer. Currently based in Berlin, Valentina runs the annual Ukrainian film festival Berlin and runs her own distribution company Plivka Films curating & promoting films.  

Topics and/or forms:
experimental, archival,  urban legacies, cultural heritage, dance film

Works with:
Documentaries, Fiction movies, Shorts, Animation, Experimental

Links and references:
https://bigshort.com.ua/en/selections/uashorts_2
https://bigshort.com.ua/en/selections/uashorts_1
For 12 years I am part of the curators team at LISFF Wiz-Art, you can look at the entire festival program:
https://wizartfest.bigshort.com.ua/en
I curated individually Partner programs, I curate all the programmes of Ukrainian film festival Berlin:
https://www.uffberlin.de/
I also curated many Ukrainian programmes in major short film festival.

Working languages: 
Spanish, English - advanced, Ukrainian - native, Italian, German - upper intermediate

Can work:
Hybrid (online + relocating if needed)


NADIA ZAVAROVA
Email:
nadia.zavarova@gmail.com

Based in:
Italy

Professional bio:
Born in Kyiv, Ukraine in 1981. Film critic, film historian, interpreter, festival programmer. PHD title got at Sapienza University, Rome (2021). For many years (2003-2008) worked as a programme coordinator at Kyiv International Film Festival Molodist. Collaborated as a film selection consultant with Kimera International film festival, Warsaw International film Festival. Coordinated the programme of ukrainian films at RIFF (Rome Independent film festival).

Topics and/or forms:
Fiction films, documentaries, shorts, animation, film retrospectives dedicated to classic films

Works with:
Documentaries, Fiction movies, Shorts, Animation, Film retrospectives dedicated to classic films

Links and references:
https://riff.it/en/focus-ukranie/

Working languages: 
English (excellent) , Italian (excellent), Ukrainian (mother tongue), Russian(mother tongue) 

Can work:
Hybrid (online+relocated if needed)

Additional info:
My dog's name is Julie Andrews. I love coffee, tap dance, films directed by Alfred Hitchcock and Billy Wilder. Favourite quote: "Nobody's perfect". 


BOHDAN ZHUK
Email:
bohdanzh@gmail.com

Based in:
Ukraine

Organization: 
Kyiv IFF Molodist

Professional bio:
Bohdan Zhuk is a programmer for the Kyiv International Film Festival Molodist, Ukraine’s biggest film event (50th edition took place in May-June 2021). With education in linguistics and professional background as translator, journalist and radio host, he joined the Molodist team in 2014 as a press attaché (till 2015) and programmer. He’s programming competition and non-competition sections of Molodist and curates its LGBTQ+ program Sunny Bunny, Ukraine’s oldest regular LGBTQ+themed event (since 2001). Zhuk also manages international events of Molodist dedicated to Ukrainian films: programs at festivals – Encounters (UK), BEAST (Portugal), Jugendfilmtage (Switzerland), as well as Ukrainian film days abroad. He also works in the selection team of the BEAST International Film Festival (Porto), in communications (British Council Ukraine) and translates films for national releases and festival screenings.

Topics and/or forms:
Cinema; queer cinema; Ukrainian cinema; Eastern European cinema

Works with:
Documentaries, Fiction movies, Shorts, Animation, Experimental

Links and references:
https://jugendfilmtage.ch/programm-2019/fokus-ukraine/fokus-ii-breaking-silence-ukrainian-queer-shorts/
https://www.watershed.co.uk/whatson/7589/ukraine-female-focus
https://www.watershed.co.uk/whatson/7588/myroslav-slaboshpytskyi-retrospective

Working languages: 
Ukrainian - native; English - fluent; French - upper intermediate; Portuguese - intermediate; German - below intermediate

Can work:
Hybrid (online + relocating if needed)

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