The programme consists of three blocks: Cinema, Music and Urbanism. The cinema section traditionally presents a collection of full-length documentary films and two short film competitions. Invited curators reinforce the festival this year – afterdark music events are organized by the Mariupol “TIU” platform, while the METASITU international art group oversees the urbanism section.
The cinema programme will feature one and a half dozen full-length films from 13 countries. It includes “In Praise of Nothing“, a cinematic poem by the Serbian director Boris Mitić, featuring a soundtrack by Tiger Lillies and Pascal Comelade and narrated by the rock idol Iggy Pop. The film premiered at the Locarno Film Festival, in the Signs of Life experimental and innovative film competition. The film “Meteorlar” by the Turkish director Gürcan Keltek received the Swatch Art Peace Hotel Award in Locarno and the prize for the best full-length debut at the international festival in Jihlava. This year’s IFFU will feature interactive cinema for the first time – “The Maribor Uprisings” by Maple Razsa and Milton Guillén. Observing unrest in the eponymous Slovenian city, the audience will reach a decision as to which camera to follow and will thus determine the development of the show.
This year’s “Palm of the North” competition will reach international status for the first time: the selection committee has received one hundred and forty applications from nine countries, of which they have picked twelve films – five Ukrainian and seven foreign ones. The international jury will choose the winner of the Grand Prix and the Best Ukrainian documentary short film, while a direct voting will determine the winner of the Viewers’ Choice Award. The honorary jury of the “Palm of the North” includes scriptwriter Nataliia Vorozhbyt, journalist Mariia Kuvshynova and the programme director of the Jihlava Film Festival Viktor Koren.
The festival will feature premiere screenings of the finalists of the educational project MyStreetFilmsUkraine: Commonplaces. The participants worked on their films under supervision from professional tutors over the spring, and the jury will pick a winner in the course of the shows in Slavutych. Last year’s winner, “Ma” by Mariia Stoianova, was screened at the festival in Jihlava and featured in the sixth short film collection “The Ukrainian New Wave”.
The musical part of the programme is dubbed “Anomaly” and consists of five parties in “TIU” zone with the participation of Ptakh_Jung, Freak Rave Cabaret, residents of 20ft Radio, new names on the Azov techno scene, as well as a worker of the ChNPP and a musician at the same time – DJ Trofimm. The programme also features a special guest, an astronaut from Pozniaky. The 20ft Radio scene will operate throughout the day, and special musical performances are prepared for the opening and closing ceremonies.
As part of the Urbanism Programme, the Urban Residence will open on April 18th. Participants from seven countries will conduct artistic and urban research and present their findings. Admissions are open for Slavutychers and guests to the city until April 18th to participate in an architectural workshop, developing a campsite and a virtual embankment near a dry lake known as Kotlovan . The Urban School for Children offers educational programmes for guests from 8 to 14 years of age and their parents.