Palm of The North – Eastern European Documentary Film Competition
International Festival of Film and Urbanism «86» has launched a new Eastern European film competition “Palm of the North”. Participants are the short documentaries from Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.
86 IFFU is a vibrant cultural event focused on documentary cinema and urbanism. It is held in Slavutych, the youngest Ukrainian town built after the 1986 Chernobyl disaster to house the workers of the nuclear power plant. Slavutych was built jointly by eight republics of the Soviet Union, each providing its masterplan, architects and construction materials. As a result, the town consists of a number of districts inspired by different Soviet cities: Yerevan, Tbilisi, Baku, Moscow, Riga, Tallinn, Vilnius, etc.
We want to celebrate the unique urban heritage and historical context of Slavutych by bringing together filmmakers from the countries that stood at its origins. We are looking for creative and author-driven documentaries, including experimental docs, docufiction and documentary animation. We particularly welcome films that fit in with the focus of our festival (human-built environment, cities, utopia, nuclear issues), but thematic relevance is not a necessary requirement. Running time of the films applying for competition must be no longer than 45 minutes.
Directors of the selected films will be invited to Slavutych. The winner chosen by the international jury will receive “Palm of the North” award and the cash prize of 1000 EUR.
Submission for this year’s competition is closed. The call for applications for the 2019 contest will be at the end of the fall.
Theater and cinema scriptwriter, curator. Natalia graduated from the Maxim Gorky Literature Institute in Moscow. She has written around 20 plays and worked on 50 theatre productions around the world. Natalia also works in the genres of testimonial and documentary theatre. She is the main scriptwriter of the “School” series and has written fiction movies “Steel Butterfly”, “Cyborgs”, “Wild Field” and the documentary “My Mykolaivka”. Natalia is a curator of social theatre projects “Theatre of the Displaced” and “Class Act: East-West”, and a co-founder of the Week of Contemporary Drama.
He works as a head of the programme department of Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival (Czech Republic). Viktor was born and raised in Slovakia. Previously he worked for The Cinematheque, a non-profit arthouse theatre in Vancouver, as a theatre manager. He also participated in the Vancouver Foreign Film Society as an assistant curator and is a member of the screening committee for DOXA – Documentary Film Festival.
Journalist and film critic. Graduated from Moscow State University in 2000. Wrote for numerous media, including Séance, Afisha, GQ, Openspace, Colta. Curated a program at 2morrow Film Festival. Author of several books: “Balabanov” (2013, 2014), “Cinema as Visual Code” (2014), “Alexander Mindadze: from Soviet to Post-Post-Soviet” (2017). Lives in Saint Petersburg.
The Film of Kyiv. Episode One
Ukraine, 2017, 8′
Director: Oleksiy Radynskyi
The Moon the Sun and the Musketeers
Armenia, Portugal, 2017, 20’
Director: Vahagn Khachatryan