III-rd BRUKIVKA International Film Festival

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The 3rd BRUKIVKA International Film Festival took place in Kamianets-Podilsky from September 11 to 15. BRUKIVKA is the largest independent non-profit film festival in Ukraine. Visitors of the event had the opportunity to attend free screenings of competitive and non-competitive programs, workshops, lectures, meetings with directors, producers, screenwriters, and actors.

During the 5 days of the festival, in addition to watching films, visitors watched the 3D projection show "Chrono-Lever Levarius and the Cursed Aurinia", the cosplay contest "Brukivka's Cosplay Battle", cover contest, Transformers show, and during the round table had the opportunity to discuss development. Ukrainian cinema.

This year's film festival was held at 6 locations: Old Fortress, ZAGATA pub, Barbershop 11.43, Sazhotrus restaurant, Yunost cinema, and the city House of Culture, which contained the largest number of various events.

The 3rd BRUKIVKA International Film Festival was attended by the director and artistic director of the Mask Show Theater Georgy Deliyev, Ukrainian playwright, director Oleksandr Denysenko, screenwriters of ''Forbidden'' Artemy Kirsanov and Serhiy Dziuba, and many other representatives of Ukrainian cinema.

The jury in various categories included Insight Media producer Volodymyr Filippov, screenwriter, director Volodymyr Nagorny, US producer Nika Finch, members of the Ukrainian Film Academy and the Ukrainian Oscar Committee Denis Budanov and Oleksandr Gusev, founders of the Festival Festival »Sisters Maryna and Oksana Artemenko, director and animator Tetyana Yasinchuk, actor and blogger Vitaliy Gordienko.

The festival was attended by more than 300 participants from Ukraine, the United States, France, and Germany and was attended by more than 4,500 spectators.

About 800 works from 72 countries were sent to the film festival in such nominations as short, animated, documentary, feature, and horror film. Within the framework of the competition program, 90 works of participants were selected.

Films of the BRUKIVKA film festival

The documentary program of the festival was opened by the film "The Rise and Fall of Brown Buffalo" by American director Philip Rodriguez, produced by Oscar-winning Benicio Del Toro. Also in the program of international documentaries was the film "Baba Babi Said", which tells the little-known story of Ukrainian children on the line of the Nazi-Soviet front in World War II. The director of the film is Matei Siletsky from New Jersey, who visited the film festival to personally present the film to the audience. And this year’s Oscar nominee for Gulag Women, Mariana Yavorskaya.

French directors Sammy Hossenny, Oleksandr Brecher, and producer Oleksandr Silehovych presented their own film "Messages in a Bottle". The film tells the story of a teacher from the city of Yaounde, who uses music to interest children in the Pygmy forests to go to school.

Ukrainian documentaries were represented by the film about the life of Ukrainian director Leonid Kanter "Man with a Stool" by Yaroslav Popov, "The First Hundred" by Yaroslav Pilunsky, "A View from a Wheelchair" by Oleg Pavlyuchenkov, and "Kharkiv Holocaust" by Anton Galushka-Adaykin.

The national full-length program was opened by the film directed by Oleksandr Denysenko “Taras. Return", which tells about the period of Taras Shevchenko's exile in Kazakhstan. There was also a special screening of the film "Forbidden" and a meeting with its screenwriters Sergei Dzyuba and Artemy Kirsanov. It is a feature film, a biographical drama, a metaphorical story about the tragic and mysterious death of the most powerful poet of the sixties, human rights activist, a hero of Ukraine Vasyl Stus, and his struggle with the system.


During the creative meeting with Georgy Deliyev, the presentation of the film "Odessa Throw" took place. According to the plot, the eccentric and childless Odessa artist, Sir Pinchus, who dreams of grandchildren, decides to first adopt an adult son. And finds Arkasha, a 50-year-old buffoon who has been released from the colony and works in the baby's house as a fireman. This is a classic comedy of provisions and at the same time a comedy of characters, a funny and a little sad story about Odessa and the people of Odessa, so different, but somewhat similar.

As part of the national program in the category "Full meter" was presented a mystical and philosophical thriller with elements of drama and detective "13 bus". According to the script, the conversation with the Woman, who is waiting at the stop of the non-existent thirteenth bus, becomes a turning point in the lives of all her interlocutors. Andriy Ivanyuk's film "Skhidnyak" was shown in the same category. Starring Bohdan Beniuk and Anatoliy Maksymyuk, who are driving an old car in the anti-terrorist operation zone between the front line and frontline villages. The film has a tense atmosphere, sometimes the actors spit out words with machine-gun speed, constantly being nervous.

For children and adults, the film "Bobot and the Energy of the Universe" was shown - a Ukrainian family science fiction film made by Maksym Ksenda. The film tells the story of a 12-year-old dreamer who finds himself at the center of a confrontation between two extraterrestrial forces.
The international program includes three feature debuts by directors from the United States - "Banana Peel" by Benjamin Kasulke, "Wasted Hours" by Peter Mahaffy, "Artic" by Tom Botchi, and the film "Minor" by Ulysses Lendaro from Italy.

The short program consisted of 9 films from Italy, Montenegro, Bulgaria, Turkey, Brazil, Israel, Poland, Slovakia, and Germany and 34 films from Ukraine.


Night of horror movies in the Old Fortress

This year, one of the main locations of the film festival was the Old Fortress, where on Friday, September 13, the official opening of the III International Film Festival "BRUKIVKA" took place.

After the opening of the red carpet, the performance of famous Ukrainian bands and the competition for the best cover of the famous soundtrack began. There were also creative meetings with Ukrainian directors and a presentation of the project of the film "Bandits" by Volodymyr Nagorny and Georgy Deliyev.

The evening of cinema in the Old Fortress began with a feature film by Zen Yevtsigneikin "Delicious", which was created with the support of the Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine. German director Oliver Moore presented his new film "BENZIN", which starred the famous Ukrainian actress Kateryna Molchanova.

During the screenings, the audience had the opportunity to see the best short horror films of national and international competition programs. At midnight, the organizers of the festival presented the first part of the anthology of horror films about Kamyanets-Podilsky "The CERVIDAE" directed by Andriy Zaiets.

Projection 3D-show "Chrono-traveler Levarius and the Cursed Aurinia"

On Friday, the Papal Tower (Karmalyukova) Tower hosted a grand theatrical light 3D show "Chrono-Lion Levarius and the Cursed Aurinia" with the participation of the Link Theater and a fire show. Professional project manager of Ukraine Yuriy Gurin, theater and film actor Valery Svereda, director Andriy Zaiets and Kamyanets-Podilsky Link Theater worked on the project. In addition to modern special effects, the play involved the interaction of the heroes of the 3D projection and live actors.

Brukivka’s Cosplay Battle and Robot Show

For the second time, Brukivka’s Cosplay Battle cosplay competition took place at the film festival, which once again gathered participants in fantastic costumes and a full audience.


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We made one of the largest film festivals in Ukraine in 2019, which has already been called" Ukrainian Sundance "by more than a dozen guests and directors. More than 4,000 live audiences at film screenings and various performances, several hundred participants, filmmakers from France, the United States, Germany, and Ukraine came to present their works in Kamianets-Podilsky.

As always, the board game club "Mr. Mipple" joined the festival for the intellectual development and entertainment of all comers. You could also buy handmade handicrafts from Kamenets craftsmen and visit the 3D reality zone.

The diligent work of a wonderful team and several dozen volunteers from 10 regions of Ukraine helped make our festival truly professional and another pride of our city. "Thank you to everyone who joined" BRUKIVKA "and proves that our country has a high-quality cinema,"  - says the director of the film festival Andrii Zaiets.


List of winners of the film festival

Grand Prix of the film festival:
New Year in the family circle, director Maxim Nakonechny, Odessa

Ukrainian competition program

Feature film:
Taras. Return, directed by Alexander Denisenko, Kyiv


Short film:
In our synagogue, directed by Ivan Orlenko, Vinnytsia


Horror short film:
Do not go to the bar in the evening without reading a review about it, directed by Stanislav Puzdryak, Chernivtsi


The First Hundred, directed by Yaroslav Pilunsky, Kyiv

Animated film:
Until it turns black
, director Anastasia Falileeva, Kremenchuk, Poltava region

Social advertising about elections in Ukraine:
Maybe enough?, directed by Daria Zagrebelna, Dnipro

International program

Feature film:
Imperfect Age
, directed by Ulysses Lendaro, Italy


Short film:
Drops of the Moon
, directed by Joram Ever-Hadani, Israel


Horror short film:
Bye, bye, baby,
Pablo S. Pastor, Spain

Message in a Bottle,
directed by Sammy Gossennir and Alexander Brecher, France


Animated film:
, directed by Zahra Rostampur, Iran


The best trailer:
, directed by Michael Wong, China


The best poster:
by Etem Onur Bilgic and Onur Dogan, Turkey


The best Ukrainian poster:
Non e Vero,
authors Serhiy Pudich and Vasyl Moldavchuk, Ukraine


Special awards of the film festival

Best Actor: Yuri Shulgan
Taras. Return,
directed by Alexander Denisenko, Kyiv

Best Actress: Anna Topchiy
Taras. Return,
directed by Alexander Denisenko, Kyiv

Best Director: Dmitry Sukholitky-Sobchuk
director Dmytro Sukholitky-Sobchuk, Chernivtsi

The best cameraman: Alexander Krishtalovich
Taras. Return,
directed by Alexander Denisenko, Kyiv

Best case scenario:
There will be no miracle today,
director Oleksandr Logutov, Kyiv

Best effects:
Bobot and the energy of the universe
, directed by Maksym Ksenda, Kyiv

Special awards of the jury

The best cameo: Olesya Anastasyeva in The Night Express, directed by Oksana Artemenko and Maryna Artemenko, Kyiv

Eastman, directed by Andriy Ivanyuk, Kyiv

Mykola Podrezan, for the inspiration to live and create

Bottle, directed by Yegor Bondarenko, Kyiv

On the Swing, directed by Polina Piddubna, Kharkiv

Shhh, director Jonathan Mordechai, Israel

Kindling, directed by Stacey Ruszczak, Poland

Saturn in Leo, directed by Anna Shagadin, Croatia

The best cover for the soundtrack of the famous movie

1. Janis Savolainen - What I've Done - Linkin Park (Transformers)
2. Inception - Spirit - Beyonce (Lion King)
3. Expansion - Lose Yourself - 8 Mile (Eminem)

Best cosplay

The best group fashion show:

Ivanna Alexandrova - Aknavela, anime "Hellsing Ultimate" heroes of "Lady Integra and Alucard" Alexandrova

The best solo fashion show:
Ivanna Alexandrova - Aknavela, the game "Dota 2", hero of "Drow Ranger"


Best costume design:
Elizaveta Prokopenko - Hiroshiko Akiro, the game "Diablo 3", hero of "Crusader"


Best image:
Serhiy Shmyrko - Altair, game "League Of Legends", a hero of "Dragonblade Talon"

Shortlist of the III-rd BRUKIVKA International Film Festival

Feature Film. International Program

  1. Imperfect Age, director Ulisse Lendaro, Italy

  2. Banana Split, director Benjamin Kasulke, USA

  3. Wasted Hours, director Peter Mahaffey, USA

  4. Artik, director Tom Botchii, USA


Documentary Film. International Program

  1. The Rise and Fall of the Brown Buffalo, director Phillip Rodriguez, USA

  2. Grandmother Told Grandmother, director Matej Silecky, USA

  3. Women of the Gulag, director Marianna Yarovskaya, USA

  4. Message in a Bottle, directors Sammy Hossennyr and Alexandre Brecher, France

Short Film. International Program


  1. Beauty, director Nicola Abbatangelo, Italy

  2. Praskozorje, director Andrija Mugosa, Montenegro

  3. Due to Unforeseen Circumstances, director Peter Chiviyski, Bulgaria

  4. Cleats, director Abdullah Şahin, Turkey

  5. After the Conversation, They Say Goodbue with an Embrace, director Renan Brandão, Brazil

  6. Moon Drops, director Yoram Ever-Hadani, Israel

  7. Happy Marriage, director Erik Jasaň, Slovakia

  8. Kindling, director Stacey Rushchak, Poland

  9. BENZIN, director Oliver Mohr, Germany

Horror Short Film. International Program

  1. Psychopompos, director Lucie Gukkertová, Czech Republic

  2. Bye Bye Baby, director Pablo S. Pastor, Spain

  3. The Postman, director Francis Lau, Singapore

  4. Athena, director Christian Stahl, Germany

  5. The Hangman, director Tim Sagl, Netherlands

  6. Baghead, director Alberto Corredor Marina, United Kingdom

  7. SHHHH, Jonathan Mordechay, Israel

  8. Water Horse, director Sarah Wisner, USA

  9. Acid, director Just Philippot, France

Animation Short Film. International Program

  1. Saturn in Leo, director Anna Šagadin, Croatia

  2. You used to bring me flowers, director Nofar Schweitzer, Israel

  3. Scapegoat, director Cian Luo, Taiwan

  4. H0_pe 02, directors Francesco Bruno Sorrentino and Antonio Genovese, Italy

  5. Starvation, director Zahra Rostampour, Iran, Islamic Republic of

  6. A Quack Too Far, director Melissa Culhane, Ireland

Feature Film. National Program

  1. Taras. Return, director Oleksandr Denyseko, Kyiv

  2. The Bobot, director Max Ksjonda, Kyiv

  3. Prohibited, director Roman Brovko, Kyiv

  4. The 13th Bus, director Oleksandr Bezruchko, Lviv

  5. Once upon a time in the city on a stone, Director Andriy Zaiets, Kamianets-Podilsky

  6. Eastman, director Andriy Ivanyuk, Kyiv

  7. Odessa foundling, director Georgiy Deliev, Odesa

Documentary Film. National Program

  1. Human with a Stool, director Yaroslav Popov, Kyiv

  2. The First Company, director Iaroslav Pilunskyi, Kyiv

  3. Kharkiv Holocaust, director Anton Galushka-Adaikin, Kharkiv

  4. A look from a wheelchair, director Oleh Pavliuchenkov, Kyiv

Short Film. National Program

  1. Bon Appétit, director Dzen Yevstygneykin, Kyiv

  2. Hug me, director Volodymyr Bakum, Kyiv

  3. Flood, director Iryna Sakhnenko, Kyiv

  4. The Main Character, director Sergii Dmytrenko, Kyiv

  5. The Retrieval, director Varvara Filipchuk, Kyiv

  6. LoveSocks, director Julia Deglina, Kyiv

  7. Echo, director Mariya Golovatskaya, Kyiv

  8. There will be no miracle today, director Alexander Logutov, Kyiv

  9. Not at home, director Alexander Chernobay, Kharkiv

  10. Vinishko, director Oleg Sydoriaka, Kyiv

  11. Stuck, director Serhiy Zlenko, Kyiv

  12. New Year with Family, director Maksym Nakonechnyi, Odessa

  13. The coffin, director Kadim Tarasov, Kyiv

  14. Inclusion in school, director Oksana Taranenko, Kyiv

  15. Lesson, director Mikhail Il'yenko, Kyiv

  16. A Cold Rain of Loneliness, director Oleg Pavlyuchenkov, Kyiv

  17. A Kobza Workshop, director Viktor Pryduvalov, Kyiv

  18. Thanks, director Maksym Liukov, Kyiv

  19. Anna, director Oles Sanin, Kyiv

  20. Between the lines, directors Anton Chystiakov and Roman Krasnoshchok, Kyiv

  21. The Stream, director Polina Horobets, Kyiv

  22. Honorable Lviv lady, director Natalia Pasenytska, Kyiv

  23. Blessed, director Kateryna Tsvihun, Kyiv

  24. Perfect family, director Dmitryi Kovalskyi, Kyiv

  25. The Night Express, directors Oksana Artemenko and Maryna Artemenko, Kyiv

  26. Heartbreaker, director Oleksandra Brovchenko, Kyiv

  27. Angel, director Skobun Serhii, Chernivtsi

  28. The Son, director Mariana Buryma, Kyiv

  29. WEIGHTLIFTER, director Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk, Chernivtsi

  30. Home, sweet home, director Anna Morozova, Kyiv

  31. Like in Hollywood, director Yaroslava Kuzmenko, Kyiv

  32. The Apple of Discord, director Sergey Temirenko, Kyiv

  33. The Bag, director Max Melnik, Ternopil

  34. AMORE NON È COME PENSI, director Sergiy Pudich, Odesa

  35. In our synagogue, director Ivan Orlenko, Vinnitsa


Horror Short Film. National Program

  1. Don’t Enter A Bar With Bad Reviews, director Stanislav Puzdriak, Chernivtsi

  2. Happy birthday, dear daughter!, director Oleh Kharchenko, Kyiv

  3. Non è vero, director Sergiy Pudich, Odessa

  4. The Window, director Pavlo Hryb, Kyiv

  5. Synthetic love, director Vasyl Moskalenko, Kyiv

  6. Threads, director Ustin Danchuck, Kherson

  7. The CRYPT, director Svitlana Novitska, Chernivtsi

  8. The Cervidae, director Andriy Zaiets, Kamianets-Podilsky


Animation Short Film. National Program

  1. Pliashka, director Yegor Bondarenko, Kyiv

  2. Until it turns black, director Anastasiia Falileieva, Kremenchuk, Poltave region

  3. How to cheer up Loneliness, director Stepan Koval, Kyiv

  4. Labirynth, directors Stepan Koval and Oleksandr Kolodii, Kyiv

  5. Monk, director Sashko Danylenko, New York

  6. Forest Song, director Andrey Naumenko, Kyiv

  7. On the construction of destruction, director Oleksandr Sheremeta, Kyiv

  8. On the swing, director Polinа Piddubna, Kharkiv


  1. Day One, director David Turner, United Kingdom

  2. The Tattooist, director Michael Wong, China

  3. Last Breach, director Christos Filippou, Greece

  4. The Art of Revenge, director Oleksandr Shevchyshyn, Ukraine

  5. Troubleshooter, director Viktor Butok, Ukraine


  1. The Scourge, author Bryce Lin Williams, USA

  2. Red riding hood, author Daria Zahrebelna, Ukraine

  3. Main Character, author Oleksandra Dmytrenko, Ukraine

  4. The Tattooist, authors Michael Wong and Zhang Lu, China

  5. Some Mirrors, author Varvara Havryliuk, Ukraine

  6. Hello, author Oldren Romero, Cuba

  7. Non e Vero, authors Sergiy Pudich & Vasyl Moldacvhuk, Ukraine

  8. Necroman, author Ercan Er and Ümit Berkup, Turkey

  9. The Rejected, authors Ethem Onur Bilgiç and Onur Doğan, Turkey

  10. The Bridges of Life, author Liuda Stasiuk, Ukraine

  11. Ilovaysk. Knights of the sky, author Dmitry Pankov, Ukraine

  12. Elle, author Melonie Gartner, USA