TIFF showcases Ukrainian filmmakers, stories, and talent at the 2022 Festival

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September 6, 2022

TIFF showcases Ukrainian filmmakers, stories, and talent at the 2022 Festival

TORONTO — TIFF is proud to showcase the depth and creativity of Ukrainian filmmakers, producers, and talent with four Official Selections titles, two Industry Conference events, a promotional stand in its Industry Centre, and a special free public screening. In addition, TIFF will host a large delegation of Ukrainian film professionals at this year’s Festival.

“Film holds the power to unite and this year we are honoured to help elevate the voices of Ukrainian storytellers and creators,” said Cameron Bailey, CEO, TIFF. “Not only are we helping to put a spotlight on the stories this country has to offer, but we are standing in solidarity with Ukranians both here at home and abroad.”


All titles have been previously announced

Liturgy of Anti-Tank Obstacles (Літургія протитанкових перешкод)
Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk | Ukraine, USA
North American Premiere

Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Antonio Lukich | Ukraine
North American Premiere

Mariupolis 2
Mantas Kvedaravičius | Lithuania, France, Germany
North American Premiere

Valeria Is Getting Married
Michal Vinik | Israel
North American Premiere

Victim (OBEŤ)
Michal Blaško | Slovak Republic, Czech Republic, Germany*
North American Premiere
*Ukrainian protagonist


The title noted below is not a TIFF 2022 Official Selection

Freedom on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom
Evgeny Afineevsky | Ukraine, United Kingdom
North American Premiere
September 13, 9:15am at Scotiabank Theatre Toronto – FREE

TIFF presents director Evgeny Afineevsky’s documentary about the war in Ukraine. Afineevsky traces the war from the conflict in the Donbas region beginning in 2014, to Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine early this year. Tickets are available to the public for free starting at 10am on September 6 at tiff.net/tickets.


Spotlight on Ukrainian Producers (September 12, 9am)
Meet the six prominent Ukrainian producers behind recent festival hits who are actively working on new projects against all odds: Darya Bassel (Butterfly Vision, 2022), Volodymyr Yatsenko (Luxembourg, Luxembourg, 2022), Ihor Savychenko (The Painted Bird, 2019), Valeria Sochyvets (Blindfold, 2020), Egor Olesov (Mr. Jones, 2019). Join the talk about their current and future projects, moderated by Dorota Lech, TIFF Lead Programmer for Central and Eastern Europe. The event is organized by TIFF Industry in partnership with the Ukrainian Film Institute.

The Impact of the War in Ukraine on the International Film Industry (September 13, 11:45am)
Cinema is boundless — it can expand your horizons and transcend borders. But how can conflict in the country of your creative partner change your plans? This panel discussion is geared toward resourceful producers who are looking for tools to navigate the elusive world of co-productions. In this roundtable session, producers and agencies with co-production treaties listen to your questions and discussion points in the context of the Russian war in Ukraine, and how you can cooperate with Ukrainian productions. The event is organized by the Ukrainian Film State Agency in partnership with TIFF Industry.

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TIFF is a not-for-profit cultural organization with a mission to transform the way people see the world through film. An international leader in film culture, TIFF projects include the annual Toronto International Film Festival® in September; TIFF Lightbox, which features five cinemas, learning and entertainment facilities; and the innovative national distribution program Film Circuit. The organization generates an annual economic impact of $200 million CAD. TIFF Lightbox is generously supported by contributors including the Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto, the Reitman family (Ivan Reitman, Agi Mandel, and Susan Michaels), The Daniels Corporation, and RBC. For more information, visit tiff.net.

TIFF is generously supported by Lead Sponsor Bell, Major Sponsors RBC, Visa, and BVLGARI®, and Major Supporters the Government of Ontario, Telefilm Canada, and the City of Toronto.

TIFF is grateful for the generous support of the 2022 festival from the Government of Canada through FedDev Ontario and Telefilm Canada.

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