This year’s topic is Commonplaces. Last year’s program saw us travel extensively, trying to grab a hold of the Ukrainian East. We looked at the colored smoke of Azovstal, took a dip in the waters of the Azov Sea, got scared by gunfire in Mariinka, took photos against the background of the chalk mountains near Slaviansk, and then we gave ear to the stories of the settlers — sad, funny, and sometimes both.
While looking to understand the East, we realized there was no such thing as ‘the East’. There are myriads of towns and cities, factories, both abandoned and operational, and thousands of people with a story to tell but few to tell it to. A single thing could unite them — a place for the conversation to happen. We’ve got bad news, though: the East lacks these, sometimes to a catastrophic extent. The good news is that their numbers are on the rise, and the people behind them are outright fantastic.
Urban studies suggest that it only takes a place for some things to happen. Perhaps a lack of common spaces is the main reason for societal challenges? We can’t offer a guarantee, but we’re sure that some of the most interesting changes in Ukraine are taking place in the East right now. They’re evident in the new hotspots of public life. These include cultural and public initiative platforms “TIU“, “Teplytsia” (“The Greenhouse”), “Vilna Khata” (“The Free Hut”), “Druzi” (“Friends”), local lore museums that have dared to engage modern artists of the “DE NE DE” initiative and reinvent their old expositions, as well as newly created youth platforms: the skate park inside the old cinema in Lysychansk, the summer staircase cinema and the wooden pier in Kostiantynivka.
This year’s MyStreetFilms continues its journey across the East in search of common spaces and the heroes behind them. We are interested in stories from the Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhia and Dnipropetrovsk regions focused on old or new cinemas, museums, libraries, theaters and other places enabling people to fulfill their social nature.
Semifinals will receive technical and logistic support, advice from experienced mentors and the chance to shoot and produce their films. The winner will be selected by the international jury during the “86” festival in Slavutych. The winner of the Grand Prix will receive the chance to present their film personally at the prestigious international film festival. Travel and living expenses are covered by the festival. For more details, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
February, 19 – deadline for applications
February, 23 – announcement of selected projects
March, 1 – 4 – pre-production workshop in Kyiv (concept development, basics of production)
March – April – production, fieldwork, consultations with mentors, assembly cut
April 26 – 29 – post-production workshop in Kyiv (editing, sound, dialogues)
May 9 – 13 – premiere at 86 IFFU
Selected films from previous years of MyStreetFilmsUkraine:
“Among the Huts“, directed by Oksana Nosach, a Pozniaky village struggling for survival.
“Bridge“, directed by Olena Moskalchuk, Oksana Nosach, an elegy to the Rybalsky bridge.
“In the East“, directed by Piotr Armianovskyi, a spring 2015 panorama of Kramatorsk.
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Director: Yevgen Nikiforov
Director, actor and musician. He was born in 1979 in Kolomyia, Ivano-Frankivsk region. Worked as an actor at Les Kurbas Lviv Academic Theater and at the Song Workshop Artistic Center. He is also a musician and co-founder of such music projects as “BAI. Hutsul Mystery”, “Banda Arkan”, “Tatosh Banda” and “Hych Orkestr”. Director of the film “Living Fire” which was awarded at the Hot Docs Film Festival.
Director of documentary and feature films, film editor. She received a BA at the Kyiv National Ivan Karpenko-Karyi University of Theatre, Cinema and Television. In 2018, she won the DOCU/Rights competition at the DocudaysUA festival with her film “No Obvious Signs”.
The theatre producer, dramaturg, and playwright, with a focus on plays in verse. His works have seen productions in various cities in the US and Europe. His first feature documentary “The Russian Woodpecker” won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Currently, he works on a new documentary, “Sex in the Soviet Union”.
Independent filmmaker. Milton earned his BA from Colby College in Anthropology and studied film production at the Film and Television Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague. He’s directed several short documentaries in Brazil, Nicaragua, and Kenya and is committed to engage in multiple platforms that strive for social justice. Director, editor, director of photography of the movie ”The Maribor Uprisings”’.
Curator and coordinator of the Wiz-Art formation, co-founder and head of the Wiz-Art Lviv International Short Film Festival, film producer.
The executive editor of “Current Time”, the independent Russian language TV channel that is a project of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) in cooperation with the Voice of America. Kenan was previously the director of RFE/RL Azerbaijani Broadcast, Radio Azadliq. Before that, Kenan worked in Washington, D.C. as a regular contributor to the BBC World Service and as a broadcaster for Voice of America, receiving VOA’s Gold Medal Award for professional achievement in 2003.