Ukraine fest launches co-prod’n

Molodist hopes to encourage Eastern film

LONDON — Ukraine’s annual festival for young filmmakers, the Kyiv IFF Molodist, is launching a new co-production event aimed at directors and producers from Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus.

The 38th edition of the festival, which takes place in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, October 18-26, hopes the Molodist FilmBoat Meeting will encourage the production of films from or about the region.

Applications for the event are open until Aug. 15, and projects will have the chance to find production partners — and to compete for a cash prize of $5,000.

Molodist general director Maksim Ilyashenko said the new program was aimed primarily at filmmakers from Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Moldova, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kirgizstan, Tajikistan, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, but also from Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Turkey, as well as other countries — if the project is related to the focus region or comes from a previous Molodist winner or participant.

“In recent years, Molodist has grown into much more than Ukraine’s biggest cinema and cultural event, but into one of the key film festivals in Central and Eastern Europe and a major forum for student and debut films in the world,” said Ilyashenko.

“We are happy and proud to follow and develop our mission — Molodist means ‘youth’ in Ukrainian and began as a gathering of film students — and that from this year young filmmakers will have the opportunity to present and eventually realize their projects with the help of Molodist FilmBoat Meeting.”

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