In Toronto, the Fund Igor Yankovsky and the state will hold the Ukrainian business Breakfast at the film festival TIFF 2018

В Торонто Фонд Игоря Янковского и Госкино провели Украинский деловой завтрак на кинофестивале TIFF 2018

On 7 September for the first time at the largest in North America 43rd International film festival in Toronto (TIFF 2018) in Canada, the Fund Igor Yankovsky and the state of Ukraine has organized business Breakfast under the slogan “Ukraine Is Your Destination”.

Event included in the official program of the industrial section of the festival, gathered more than 50 Ukrainian and foreign producers and film professionals.

The business Breakfast was opened by the head of the State Agency of Ukraine for the movie Philip Ilyenko, who noted that thanks to the support of the Foundation, Jankowski was a good tradition to hold business Lunches and breakfasts on the world’s largest film festivals in Europe – Cannes, Berlin, and now in the Americas, in Toronto.

“In Canada, traditionally a very good attitude to Ukraine due to the fact that canadian Ukrainians are members of one of the Nations that laid the foundations of the state and play an important role in the economy and culture of Canada. But knowledge about contemporary Ukraine, and even more about the Ukrainian cinema in North America, of course, is not enough. Therefore, our mission is through the Ukrainian cinema to open to ordinary Canadians Ukraine, to establish mutually beneficial relationships between filmmakers from both countries. For the second consecutive year at the film festival TIFF Ukrainian national stand, and today we have laid the tradition of holding a Ukrainian business lunch”, – said the head of state of Ukraine Philip Ilyenko.

В Торонто Фонд Игоря Янковского и Госкино провели Украинский деловой завтрак на кинофестивале TIFF 2018

Ukrainian Breakfast in Toronto

Businessman and philanthropist Igor Yankovsky, welcoming the participants emphasized that his Fund for more than six years, holds various events at the world film festivals in order to promote national cinema abroad. And this work is producing results, thanks to our talented Directors, Ukrainian films are now represented on virtually every major international film festival. In the competitive program of the largest in North America, the Toronto film festival selected two of the Ukrainian film “Donbass” by Sergei Loznitsa and“the Woman: war,” Benedict Erlingsson. Both films created with the support of the state of Ukraine and has already been awarded prestigious in the world at the Cannes film festival (France).

Film festival TIFF in Toronto has earned the reputation of the show in North America before the Oscars. And I’m glad that Ukraine is worthy presented on this forum. This year we have become partners of the festival and was organized by the Ukrainian business Breakfast, which was included in the official program of TIFF. Thus we have created a platform for establishing contacts between film professionals from Ukraine and Canada and also the USA and other countries that have traditionally come to this festival. We were able to gather in this hall as Ukrainian producers and Directors, and representatives of the world film industry. I really hope that the outcome of the meeting will be new interesting projects, new films, created in cooperation of Ukrainian and foreign filmmakers,” said businessman and philanthropist Igor Yankovsky.

Second year at the TIFF film festival in Toronto within the industrial section of the Ukrainian stand with the same slogan #UkraineIsYourDestination. Also during the operation of the stand is actively spreading information about Oleg Sentsov with a call to join the global campaign with the hashtag #SaveOlegSentsov. Of September 11 at a DOC conference on the theme of Sentsov. The speakers of the event will be directed by Sergei Loznitsa, the representative of the international organization Human Rights Watch Tanya Cooper and representative literature of the American center “PEN American Center” Polina Kovaleva.

Last international film festival in Toronto until September 16.