Venice Film Festival celebrates Ukraine Day of Solidarity with Ukrainian Filmmakers – The Hollywood Reporter

The Venice Film Festival is showing its solidarity with the Ukrainian people and the country’s film industry, by celebrating “Ukraine Day” at the 79th Venice Festival.

Planned on Thursday, September 8, Ukraine Day will feature a number of initiatives focusing attention on the plight of Ukrainian artists and filmmakers amid the Russian invasion of the country on the 24th. February and the war of aggression is going on there. The events will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. local time under the auspices of the Venice Manufacturing Bridge industry division at Hotel Excelsior on the Lido.

The Venice Film Festival’s artistic director, Alberto Barbera, will present the opening panel, which will include Ukraine’s ambassador to Italy Yaroslav Melnyk; head of the National Film Institute of Ukraine Marina Kuderchuk; Antonio Lukich, Ukraine’s director of Luxembourg Luxembourg, which will screen in this year’s Venice Orizzonti competition; Evgeny Afineevsky, director of the uncompetitive documentary title Freedom on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom; Pavlo Makov, an artist exhibiting in the Ukraine Pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale Arte; Boris Filonenko, curator of the Ukraine Pavilion; Polina Tolmacheva, representative of the State Support Council for Cinema of Ukraine; Ukrainian actress, filmmaker and cultural attaché Daria Tregubova; and Ukrainian producer Andriy Nogin.

The talk will focus on the challenges filmmakers face in the war-torn country and on cooperation, including co-production opportunities, between Ukraine and Italy.

After the workshop, there will be a presentation on a number of Ukrainian projects at different stages of development and production, with the aim of connecting Ukrainian filmmakers with international producers and financiers.

The Venice Film Festival 2022 runs from August 31 to September 10.

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