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Volodymyr Voitenko

(chairman of the jury, film critic)

Film critic. He received a degree in film studies at Kyiv National  I. K. Karpenko-Kary Theatre, Cinema and Television University (1990), where he later worked as a lecturer. Author of more than 900 publications in the press and specialized film periodicals. He worked in the editorial office of the magazine "News of the Cinema Screen", headed the magazines "Cinema", "KINO-KOLO" and "CINEMA", as well as the book publishing house "KINO-KOLO". He worked as a press agent of the Kyiv International Film Festival "Molodist", in the selection committee of "Molodist" International Film Festival, Odesa International Film Festival, Film Festival "Open Night".


Furthermore, he is a member of the jury of a number of festivals, in particular, "Molodist", "Krok", "Prologue", "KinoMedia", "Kinokimeria", "De Kino", "Kinomedia", "Dream City". Member of the expert commissions of the Ukrainian State Film Agency (since 1999), expert of the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation (2018-2020), member of the Ukrainian Oscar Committee (2011-2014).


Editor of film projects "Morons. Arabesques "," Ukraine, Goodbye! " and "Babylon'13", as well as editor ("The Green Jacket", "Stronger Than Arms", "Captives", "10 seconds", "Chrysanthemum's Time", etc.) and artistic director ("Commemoration", "No less than 50 kg "," Alcoholic ") in a number of feature and non-feature films. Since 2000, a member of the jury and curator of the International Competition "Coronation of the Word" in the segment "Screenplays". Member of the jury of the screenplay competition "Your movie", the project "Watch Ukrainian – create your future!" (2016-2018). Head of the creative projects "Screenplay" and "KINO-KOLO". During 1999-2018 – winner of the weekly author's TV program "Argument-Cinema" (TV channel "1 + 1"). Editor of the books by Marysia Nikitiuk "Abyss" and "Maybe Tomorrow". Program director of the festival "KinoBouquet".


Member of the Committee on Shevchenko National Prize  and the Committee on Oleksandr Dovzhenko State Prize of Ukraine. Chairman of the Board of the Union of the Ukrainian Film Critics, member of the Board of the Ukrainian Film Academy and the Board of the Ukrainian Association of Cinematographers.

Full biographical information:

Vasil Barkov

(film director, Bulgaria)

Vasil Barkov was born in 1972 in one Bessarabian village. In 1998, he graduated in film and television directing at the National Academy for Theater and Film Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria.

He is a film director, screenwriter and producer of documentaries and feature films:
Bessarabia, My Love (1998);
Shakespeare Balkan Style (2002);

The Glory of Bulgaria (fic., 2003);

The Last Journey (fic., 2008);

One Shot (2009);

Emergency Landing (2009);

The Monument and His Brother (2012).


Some of his works won him national and international awards. So his experienced watchful eye will also select the winners!

Andriy Rizol

(film director, producer)

Andriy Rizol was born on April 26, 1971, in Kyiv. He is a communications expert, film and art project producer.


Founder and General Director of the Agency for Marketing and PR Services – the “BABYLON” Company (since 1998)

Co-founder (since 2005) and Chairman of the Board of the Association of “Ukraine Cinema Development and Support – watch Ukrainian!” (since 2016)

Initiator and General Producer of the Kyiv International “Film Forum of Ukraine” (2003-2009).

Co-initiator and General Producer of the Kyiv International Film Market “Molodist” (2005 - 2009).

Initiator and General Producer of the “National Film Business Award of Ukraine” (2004-2009).

Permanent partner (since 2005) and Chairman of the Patronage Council of the “Open Night Film Festival” (since 2011).

Initiator of creation and General producer of the complex communication project "Watch Ukrainian!" (since 2016).

Co-initiator and co-founder of the National Film Critics Award “Kinokolo” (since 2018).

Co-initiator and producer of the festival “KinoBouquet” (since 2019).

Co-initiator and Chairman of the organizing committee of the National Tour “Open-Air Cinema” (since 2019).

Member of the Board of the Ukrainian Film Academy.

Oleksandr Gusev

(film critic)

He was born on August 4, 1979, in Dnipro.


In 2002 he graduated from the Faculty of Systems and Mass Media of Dnipro National University.

From 2005 to 2011, Oleksandr Gusev was a staff member of the “Kinodigest” magazine, in 2005-2006 he was also a staff member of the “Total Film” and “Top Films” magazines, which were created by the same editorship.

Since 2011 he has been published in the magazines like “Ukrayina Moloda”, “Kommersant”, “Livy Bereg”, “Ukrainian culture”, “Kyivreport”, on the website of Channels 1 + 1, Espresso, 112 and others. Since June 2013, he has been a regular film reviewer for “Ukrayinska Pravda”, since May 2016 he has been a permanent film reviewer for “Ukrinform”, and from March 2018 to May 2020 he has been a film reviewer for the website

From January to November 2019, Oleksandr Gusev hosted the program “Young Cinema” on the channel “Є” and was its co-author.


In 2017 - 2019 he was the program director of the Cherkasy International Short Film Festival “KinoShot” and the selector of the Kyiv Critics' Week, the program director of the Euregion International Film Festival, the program director of the International Film Festival in Maastricht.


Also, he was a member of the Jury of the International Federation of Film Clubs on Locarno Film Festival, a member of the Jury of the Minsk International Film Festival “Listapad”, a member of the FIPRESCI Jury of the Odesa International Film Festival, a member of the Jury of the Kyiv International Short Film Festival “UFilmFest”, a member of the jury “Doku/short” and “Doku|Ukraine” programs of the “Docudays UA” Film Festival, etc.


Participant of the volunteer project of showing Ukrainian films in the frontline cities “Donbas Nash!”.


Besides that, Oleksandr Gusev is a member of the Ukrainian Association of Cinematographers, a member of the Ukrainian Film Academy, a member of the board of the Union of the Ukrainian Film Critics, a member of FIPRESCI, a member of the Ukrainian Oscar Committee, and an expert of the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation.

Yuliia Kovalenko

(film critic, programmer at Docudays UA)

Yuliia Kovalenko is a film critic and programmer at Docudays UA IHRDFF in Kyiv.


She was a lecturer at the Department of Cultural Studies and Arts History of Odesa National Polytechnical University and at the Department of Fine Arts of Odessa State Academy of Civil Engineering and Architecture.


In 2017, she received a PhD degree in Cultural Studies. From 2015 to 2017 she was a program director at the independent movie theatre ‘Inotheatre’ in Odesa, where she held the special program of Ukrainian art cinema ‘We Are Here’. As a film critic, she publishes her works on Ukrainian and international journals (Korydor,,, Cineticle, La Furia Umana etc.).


Between 2016 and 2018 she was an editor of Cineticle Magazine devoted to art cinema. She is a member of Ukrainian Film Critics Union and National Union of Journalists of Ukraine.


In 2019 she joined the program department at Docudays UA.


(film Director, Cinematographer, Producer PARADOX Film (Ukraine))

Max Rudenko was born in Mykolayiv, Ukraine. He graduated from the School of Cinema and Television in 2009, where he studied documentary film directing (class of Marina Razbiezhkina) and feature film directing (class Vladimir Fenchenko).


He continued to study at the Gerasimov State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK), the Cinematography Department (class of Igor Klebanov), and graduated in 2015.


He lives in Ukraine and works as documentary film director, cinematographer and producer. As a cinematographer he made 12 documentaries.


In 2020, he formed an independent production company PARADOX FILM, based in Ukraine and focused on the production of documentaries.

Director’s works:

2021 Elevation, doc., 90 min.

2019 A Portrait on the Background of Mountains, doc., 85 min.

2008 Between the Wolf and the Dog, doc., 20 min.

2008 I did what I wanted, doc., 20 min.

2008 Pickuper, doc., 15 min.

Olena Ivanovska

(professor of the Department of Folklore Studies, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv)

Olena Petrivna Ivanovska (March 10, 1968, Kamianets-Podilskyi) – folklorist, doctor of philology (2007), head of the Department of Folklore at the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.

Member of the Academic Council of the Institute of Philology, member of the Specialized Academic Council for the Defense of Doctoral Dissertations, member of the Expert Council of the SAC at the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, member of the editorial board of collections of scientific papers: "Literature. Folklore. Problems of poetics ".

Olena Petrivna has a big amount of scientific papers and articles.

Rymma Ziubina

(Ukrainian actress, TV presenter, public activist)

Rymma Anatoliivna Ziubina (August 23, 1971, Uzhhorod) is a Ukrainian actress, TV presenter and public activist. She was recognized as "The Best Actress 2016 – 2019" in the rating "Filmed in Ukraine".

Rymma was also the president of the children's film festival "FilmFestBook" at the children's center "Bukovel-Artek" in 2016 –2017.

Presenter and author of the program "Road Home" about orphans on UA.TV in 2018 and several other programs.

She has played more than 50 roles in theater and 100 roles in movies and TV movies.

According to the "Fokus" magazine in 2017, she was included in the 100 most influential women of Ukraine.


She is also among the 100 women awarded by the All-Ukrainian rating magazine "Pride and Beauty of Ukraine" in 2019.

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