Odessa Film Festival

Despite political instability in the country and lack of resources, the Odessa International Film Festival will take place July 11 - 19, 2014, after a successful Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign (See article HERE) The festival has also announced its first guests and new information on its non-competitive program. Awards for films in development, presented at the Industry Office, have been raised. The Film Market for Ukrainian Films will be held from July 14 to 17, 2014.

Stephen Freas Retrospective
The honorary guest, Stephen Frears, will receive a Golden Duke for his contribution to motion picture arts during the festival’s Opening Ceremony. A retrospective of his work is shown at the Festival. While in Odessa, he will also give insights in his work during a master class for the students of the Summer Film School.

Frears is best known for his provocative, stylish and low-budget films about people living on the edge of social and sexual norms. The director of DANGEROUS LIAISONS, THE QUEEN and PHILOMENA has won numerous prestigious awards. He was nominated for the Academy Award, Golden Globe and Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

Odessa Film Festival

Special Guests
The festival will welcome the Irish film and theater actor Aidan Turner , best known for his performance in the TV-series Desperate Romantics, The Tudors and the three part fantasy film "The Hobbit."

Lord David Puttnam, the British film producer, will be a lector at the Summer Film School. Films he produced include "Midnight Express," "The Killing Fields" and "The Mission". So far, his films received 10 Academy Awards and 25 main prizes at the Cannes Film Festival. Also for the Summer Film School, American director

Darren Aronofsky ("Requiem for a Dream," "The Wrestler , " "Black Swan," "Noah"), will present an online master class.

Open-Air Screening Potemkin Stairs
The OIFF audience will have a chance to watch Alfred Hitchcock’s "Blackmail," accompanied by a symphonic orchestra, as part of the traditional Potemkin Stairs screenings. Shot in 1929, the film occupies a special place in the work of the director, as it was Hitchcock’s both last silent and first sound film. A lesser-known silent version will be screened at the festival.

Also screened open air, Louis Feuillade ’s Fantomas (1913) will be presented at the Langeron descent.

The OIFF 2014 non-competitive program includes several international hits, such as the black and white Polish film "Ida" by Paweł Pawlikowski; "Life of Riley" , the last film of the great French director Alain Resnais"Of Horse and Men" , a film by Icelandic director Benedikt Erlingsson; and "Still Life" , the Italian tragicomedy by Uberto Pasolini.

The Film Industry Office program will include pitching sessions, work in progress presentations and “Producer+Director” programs. The invited speakers will present master classes on pitching technologies, scriptwriting and work with audiences. The program is sponsored by Rinat Akhmetov Foundation for Development of Ukraine.

The money prize for the winner of the Ukrainian full-length projects pitching has been raised in 2014 from 25 to 50 thousand hryvnias, thanks to the festival’s Partner, the development company UDP . The official Odessa Film Festival air carrier, Ukrainian International Airlines , introduces a new prize for the best Ukrainian film project in progress, worth USD 3000 for flights provided by the company.

The Film Market will be held from July 14 to 17, 2014.