This year’s festival will go under the main theme of “Something in the Air”. The event will be held in Slavutych for the fifth time in 2018 and will run between May 9th and 13th.
“This topic is a rebellion against literalism, unambiguity, coarseness and brutality”, says Nadiia Parfan, the festival’s co-founder and creative director. “We live in a time when the media, labour relations and even personal life are constantly pushing us towards being reactive and simplifying complex matters. This year’s topic is about things that resist being captured and described. It’s about what’s hidden, perhaps the most important things in life: the flush that suddenly breaks out on another person’s cheeks; the “This is it” moment; the time you see another person and you know, through an inkling, that they’re going to be yours. It’s about intuition. It’s about the greatest mysteries of the world not having been solved, whatever some scientists in Australia might say. It’s about the sun that takes about 10 minutes to set but manages to provide a carnival of colours, a trip through all the shades of pink, blue and violet you could ever think of, and then some more. It’s about the way it’s then gone in a flash, leaving you wondering if any of that was real”.
This year’s festival programme includes the Cinema (International Showcase, MyStreetFilmsUkraine and “Palm of the North” competitions, the Retrospective as well as the 86 Trailer Award competition), Urbanism (Residency, Workshop, and Urban school for kids), and Music.
The International Showcase will feature half a dozen films, including “The Challenge” from the Italian director Yuri Ancarani, nominated for the Golden Leopard and awarded with the Special Jury Prize at the Locarno Film Festival, “Taste of Cement” directed by Ziad Kalthoum from Syria, nominated for the European Film Award for Best Documentary, as well as “Wall” by Moran Ifergan, nominated as the year’s best Israeli film at the DocAviv national festival. The full program of the 5th “86” festival will be announced in early April.
The festival’s crowdfunding campaign at Spilnokosht is to run by the end of March. Contributors are free to choose a range of gifts including festival passes, branded souvenirs and exclusive items selected by the organising team. The collected funds will cover part of the screening rights, the arrival of special guests as well as translation and subtitling services.