Panel discussions at the Ukrainian Film Festival Berlin

At the Ukrainian Film Festival Berlin, Ukrainian Institute in cooperation with Goethe-Institut, Goethe-Institut in Exile and the festival itself will present two panel discussions, on 28 and 29 October.

Ukrainian Film Festival Berlin aims to promote Ukrainian cinema worldwide and is organized by an independent initiative Plivka films. Festival strives to familiarize the audience with a multitude of genres and artistic approaches of Ukrainian filmmakers, to talk about the role and perception of Ukrainian cinema in the German and global context. 

Festival lasts 26 – 30 October 2022


Discussions and speakers

  • Decolonial Perspective on Ukrainian Cinema

Bringing together an interdisciplinary group of filmmakers, academics and film critics from both Ukraine and Germany, the panel will explore various de-colonisation practices in Ukrainian cinema and situate Ukrainian filmmaking in relation to critically important postcolonial theoretical debates. Applying a postcolonial theory, the panel will showcase strategies of portraying Ukrainians and Ukraine in contemoprary films and those from the Soviet period.

Where and when: Colosseum 2, 28.10, 6:00 pm


  • Ihor Ivanko, director
  • Yarema Malashchuk, visual artist, director
  • Irine Beridze, literary and film scholar, FU

Moderation: Anastasiia Puhach (Ukrainian Film Festival Berlin)


  • Challenges of Ukrainian Filmmakers

Cinema is an exceptional instrument for impact and change, however, just like other industries, filmmaking is facing challenges at the present moment. What could be done to bring Ukrainian films into focus at the film festivals and coproduction markets and what are the expectations of Ukrainian filmmakers towards film markets, festivals, institutions, and funds? Ukrainian producers and directors will examine the pitfalls of making films today, but also showcase the creativity, explore the prospects for the future, and share stories. 

Where and when: Colosseum 2, 29.10, 2:00 pm


  • Maxim Nakonechnyi, director
  • Natalia Libet, producer
  • Oleksiy Radynski, director

Moderation: Anna Ramskogler-Witt, Human Rights Film Festival Berlin