Wiz-Art 2018

6 – 12 August 2018

11th Lviv International Short Film Festival Wiz-Art

7 days, more than 20 screenings, 127 films, 7 educational events and discussions, workshops, parties and performances in different locations in Lviv.

The theme of this year’s festival is WHAT WE DON’T SEE.

Program coordinator of the festival Olga Reiter points out, “Now more than ever people are able to perceive and see things. We absorb a lot of information and look at everything around us, but we barely see for real or talk about what we see. Our Festival is a place, where one can talk, watch, search and find the answers to the questions that arise in our hearts and minds”. That’s why this year’s 11th Short Film Festival is aimed at drawing attention to everything that is unintentionally or purposely ignored, everything that is hidden or lies just on the surface, and yet stays unnoticed – to WHAT WE DON’T SEE.

11th Lviv International Short Film Festival Wiz-Art takes place from 6 to 12 August. The main location of the festival is Kinopalace on Teatral’na street – one of the oldest city cinemas that functions since 1998. The events will also take place in the Center for Urban History, the Organ Hall, the open space in front of the shopping center Forum-Lviv, in the yard of Lviv’s café and space Druzi etc.

The official opening of the festival’s international program will take place on 9 August in big blue hall of Kinopalace on Teatral’na street. The audience will enjoy the selection of the best films from all the screenings and special audiovisual performance.

This year the international program of the festival includes 127 films from all around the world that were selected by our program department among 1458 submitted works.

16 films from 13 countries will take part in international competition program and rival for reward money – Gran-Prix, Best Director and Best Script awards. From cold Canada north to peaceful India, our selection will tell you the unusual stories about common experiences that we do not see every day, that we have no time to notice and comprehend.

9 films will take part in national competition program. Among them you can find Zoya Laktionova and Tetiana Kornieieva’s DIORAMA, the winner of Mystreetfilms competition program of this year’s 86’ Festival of Film and Urbanism; sports drama WEIGHTLIFTER by Dmytro Sukholytkyi-Sobchuk, the winner of film festival Molodist-2018 Dmytro Sukholytkyi-Sobchuk; the research film THE WONDERFUL YEARS by Svitlana Shymko; MIA DONNA 17, a new work by Pavlo Ostrikov and others.

International Jury of the festival will choose the best short films among the participants. It will consist of three representatives of the film industry: festival selector and consultant Massimiliano Nardulli (Italy), Oscar-nominated director Marc Raymond Wilkins (Switzerland), as well as producer and Docudays program coordinator Daria Bassel (Ukraine).

Non-competition program is also vibrant – British shorts from the London short film festival‘BEST OF BRITISH, relevant and high-profile winners of numerous festivals FESTIVAL HITS, explicit adult films MIDNIGHT SEXY SHORTS, working class heroes of #ILOVEMYJOB, shorts for teenagers FILMS FOR 12+ CHILDREN, urbanistic films AT THE CROSSROADS and others. Also, during a special presentation the works by the graduates of Wiz-Art Film School will be screened. For the lovers of visual, a genuine performance SOUND & VISION was prepared – the screening accompanied by organ-played improvisations by composer Ivan Ostapovych.

The audience will be able to not only see but hear more during topic-specific lectures and workshops that will take place in parallel with the screenings in an annual educatory laboratory Wiz-Art Lab. We invite you to a morning coffee and a talk on how to make a film festival with the presence festival creators Olga Reiter, Philipp Eelson, Massimiliano Nardulli and Daria Bassel. Directors Pavlo Ostrikov (Ukraine) and Uriya Hertz (Israel) will host Q&A meetings, while Marc Raymond Wilkins (Switzerland) will speak of stories finding, developing scenarios and working on your mistakes.

Several special screenings are also planned. There the festival team together with their partners ‘Human Rights Education Centre’ and ‘Vpershe’ (First Time) platform will host discussions and talks on equality and sex education, as well as stereotypes that do not allow the society to see a situation or a phenomenon for what it’s worth.

The full event program is already available at the festival’s siteEntrance to some of the events will be free of charge and available for all willing to come. Tickets for the screenings and festival subscriptions can be purchased at gastroli.ua