Kharkiv MeetDocs Film Festival will run from September 29 until October 1.
Over these three days, the screening of the best documentaries about Ukraine from the recent years and discussions with their creators will be taking place.
The press conference before the opening ceremony was carried out at the Theater and Concert Center, the former Small Hall of Kharkiv Opera and Ballet Theater. The festival organizers and directors attended the event.
The event will commence with the Kharkiv premiere screening of “School No. 3” at the same location at 8:00 p.m. Visitors will have an opportunity to meet the cast and creative team and talk about the artwork.
The organizers chose two locations for the movie screenings that will be taking place during the next two festival days — 8 ½ cinema and Karazin Kharkiv National University.
“Kids 404” documentary will be shown at 8 ½ cinema on September 30 at 8 p.m. The director Askold Kurov will moderate the discussion titled “Kids 404” in the 21st Century. Human Rights and Freedoms under the Rainbow Flag after the screening.
The closing ceremony will take place at the Karazin University at 10 p.m. on October 1.
Kharkiv MeetDocs is the event not only for movie lovers but also for filmmakers.
“There are a lot of documentalists in Kharkiv and even more people who want to make films. The problem is they do not know how to start it: where to find the necessary information for the scenario, how to find funding and edit the footage,” explains the head of the festival’s organizing committee Eugenia Kriegsheim. “We invited experienced filmmakers who don’t frequently come to Kharkiv.”
The festival’s master classes are combined within a single Workshop MeetFilmIndustry unit. All the lectures will take place at the city educational center located in Karazin University.
Russian documentary director Askold Kurov will hold How I was Looking for Funding for the Cinema master class on September 30 at 1:30 p.m.
German experts will give several master classes in Kharkiv during the event as well. Notably, German lawyer, the expert on copyright and media rights Markus Hotze will hold Licensing and Copywriting. European Regulations and German Practice master class on October 1 at 12:30 p.m.
“German specialists’ master classes in Kharkiv will enable a unique opportunity to get acquainted with European practice,” says festival coordinator Victoria Tsvirko.
Also, on October 1 at 3:30 p.m, the famous Ukrainian documentary filmmaker Serhiy Bukovsky will hold the master class focused on working with the archival material.
Teacher of Kharkiv State Academy of Culture Dmytro Konovalov states that such workshops are precious information sources for Kharkiv. Not every documentalist in our region has the opportunity and time to travel to Kyiv where the similar events take place. In addition, it’s very hard to meet experts from Germany here. German experience at making documentaries is the top class, and we should use every chance to learn from them. Only documentaries set the tone for modern cinematography, believes Konovalov.
Text: Natalia Ivanova