The Ukrainian Institute and the British Council present Ukrainian Films Month in the UK

The UK/Ukraine Season of Culture, designed jointly by the Ukrainian Institute and the British Council, continues and presents the film programme in November.

Ukrainian films will be screened at festivals in Belfast, Brighton, Leeds and Cornwall. At the same time, the films from the famous collection of the All-Ukrainian Photo-Film Administration (VUKFU) will be presented in Cambridge. The project is implemented in cooperation with the Dovzhenko Center. 

The travelling film programme includes some of the best Ukrainian films of the year, including participants and winners of top world film festivals and internationally recognized classics of Ukrainian cinema. Director Antonio Lukic will personally attend the Belfast Film Festival to present the British premiere of the film Luxembourg, Luxembourg. While the actress of the film Pamfir Solomiya Kyrylova will visit the festivals in Belfast and Leeds. 

Ukrainian Films programme

Belfast Film Festival

When: 3 – 12 November 


  • British premiere of Luxembourg, Luxembourg, dir. Antonio Lukich – 5 Nov
  • Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, dir. Serhiy Paradzhanov – 5 Nov  
  • Klondike, dir. Maryna Gorbach – 7 Nov 
  • Brief Encounters, dir. Kira Muratova – 8 Nov 
  • Pamfir, dir. Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk – 8 Nov 

Leeds International Film Festival

When: 3 – 17 November 


  • Pamfir, dir. Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk – 4 and Sun 6 Nov, Vue at the Light, Leeds
  • Brief Encounters dir. Kira Muratova – 6 Nov, Everyman, Leed
  • The Hamlet Syndrome, dir. Elwira Niewiera, Piotr Rosołowski11 and 13 Nov, Vue at the Light, Leeds

Cinecity Brighton Film Festival

When: 11 – 20 November 


  • Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, dir. Serhiy Paradzhanov – 13 Nov, 1.30pm, Depot, Lewes
  • Klondike, dir. Maryna Horbach – 5 Nov, 8.30pm, Depot, Lewes
  • Brief Encounters, dir. Kira Muratova – 19 Nov, 4pm, Duke of York’s Picturehouse, Brighton
  • “Pamphyr” dir. Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk 20 Nov, 3.15pm, Duke’s at Komedia, Brighton

Cornwall Film Festival 

When: 14 – 20 November 


  • Klondike, dir. Maryna Gorbach – 17 Nov 7.30pm The Poly, Falmouth
  • Stop-Zemlia, dir. Kateryna Gornostai – 20 Nov 4.30pm The Poly, Falmouth


Alonglise the rich film programme of the UK/Ukraine Season of Culture, Cambridge Film Projects and Cambridge Ukrainian Studies are arranging screenings in the Museum of Technology, Cambridge in support of humanitarian relief in Ukraine.

Ukraine’s Pioneering VUFKU Studios: One Hundred Years On

When: 3 Nov from 5pm 

Where: Museum of Technology, Cambridge

VUFKU — the All-Ukrainian Photo-Film Administration — was a pioneering film studio established in 1922. During almost 9 years of its existence, the studio has formed a successful Ukrainian film industry, releasing in particular such classics as Man with the Movie Camera by Dziga Vertov and Earth by Oleksandr Dovzhenko. However, after its closure in 1930, its legacy was almost completely erased from the history of global cinema.


In the Museum’s first exhibition room, Dziga Vertov’s Man with a Film Camera will be projected on a large screen. Clips of Vertov’s overlooked documentary The Eleventh Year and Oleksandr Dovzhenko’s epic Zvenyhora will also be screened along routes through the Museum. The final film in the Pye Building will be a screening of Oleksandr Dovzhenko’s Earth with a new soundtrack by internationally acclaimed band Dakha Brakha. Additionally, there will be an exhibition of VUFKU Film Posters in the city centre.