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Meet Jury for the OKO 2022 Feature Competition




We are ready to announce the jury members for the feature film competition of the 3rd edition of the “OKO” International Ethnographic film festival!


Three professionals with absolutely different experiences and creative paths will evaluate the feature films of our program. Among them are Arnold van Bruggen from the Netherlands, Olena Ivanovska, and Gennady Kofman from Ukraine.


More details about their biography and fields of interest are available under the photos below.




Arnold van Bruggen

The Netherlands)

Director, writer, and co-owner of the documentary production company Prospektor Amsterdam. Arnold is fascinated by how the bigger movements and stories in history affect people's everyday life. For all his productions, he experiments with different story formats in which film, exhibition, web, and Arnold's favorite publication format - the book - are combined. He's currently working on a documentary series, podcast, and web doc on a big treasure from a shipwreck that puts a small island community in peril.




Olena Ivanovska (Ukraine) Doctor of philological sciences, professor of the department of folklore studies of the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. She is the author of about 120 scientific, educational, methodical, scientific, and popular publications. The main scientific interests are the history and theory of folklore, semiotic analysis of folklore text, customary law of Ukrainians, and cultural anthropology. Olena Ivanovska is a member of The Expert Council on Intangible Cultural Heritage at the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine. She is also a member of the International Organization of Folk Art (IOV) - an International NGO in consultative relations with UNESCO; Professor Olena Ivanovska is a scientific consultant for many cultural projects, particularly the Ukrainian 3D cartoon Mavka. Forest Song (Animagrad, Film.UA.Group companies) and the computer game The Forest Song (Colabee Studios, USA).




Gennady Kofman (Ukraine) Producer, Board member, and one of the founders of the International Documentary Film Festival About Human Rights Docudays UA, Board Member of the Ukrainian Film Academy, and Member of the European Film Academy. In 1992 he founded the MaGiKa Film company in Kharkiv – one of the first independent production companies in Ukraine. He produced several animated films and more than 50 documentaries. The films participated in and won awards at many leading international film festivals, for example (selected): Prychynna. The Story of Love by Andrii Shcherbak (Award of the Ukrainian Film Academy); Delta by Oleksandr Techynskyi (Best Ukrainian Feature Film Award, FIPRESCI Prize OIFF; DokLeipzig Honorable Mention, ARTDOCFEST Award; The Living Fire by Ostap Kostyuk (Special Jury Prize Hot Docs; Best Documentary Olympia IFF; The American Cinematographer Award Salem Film Fest; Two Awards of the Ukrainian Film Academy; The Best Ukrainian Documentary 2011-2015).

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