Alona Stulii

Festival organizers provided a large information base about screenings, workshops, contacts, links and other materials which I was able to look through and select specific events.

Among the films I've seen the approach of Ivan Ostrochovský, director of mocumentary "The Goat", strongly impressed me. He mixed documentary and feature film. Nowadays such way of storytelling becomes very popular so it was useful to watch the film and listen to the audience's feedback after it.

If to tell about masterclasses the most remarkable for me was a meeting with Helena Třeštíková. She is a director who shoots long lasting films during 2-15 years. After my comeback I watched her pictures "Rene" and "Katka", which where presented that day partly, up to the end. I've got a proposal to include them to the educational program for students in film process.

Among retrospectives and lectures I'd like to mention the screening dedicated to innovator of documentary - Eugene Deslaw. Lecture was held by famous French film historian Lubomir Hosejko (who has Ukrainian roots). After the event we were able to talk to Mr. Hosejko and learn more about the outstanding filmmaker. Works and biographical data about Eugene Deslaw will be proposed to include in the curriculum of discipline "History of Cinema" in Kyiv Karpenko-Karyi National University of Theatre, Cinema and Television.

The meeting with representatives of foreign film schools was very important, namely with Frederik Hestvold - Head of Film and TV studies, Westerdals - Oslo School of Arts, Communication and Technology, Norway. This private Film School specializes in new and modern direction "New Media", which are completely absent in the Ukrainian state film schools. So meeting with the representative of this branch of industry may be the beginning of the introduction of such courses or elective in Kyiv Karpenko-Karyi National University of Theatre, Cinema and Television.

Also it was very useful to get acquaintance with Jean Pierre, the head of the Department of Film School in Switzerland; Rachel Noel,Coordinator of Bachelor Film Studies, ECAL/Ecole cantonale d'art de Lausanne, Switzerland; and Pavel Jech - Dean of the Film and Television School of the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU), Czech Republic. There was a good exchange of contacts and outlined prospects for future creative collaboration between Czech and Ukrainian film schools.

In my opinion this trip to the 19th International Documentary Film Festival in Jihlava held successfully since gaining lots of professional experience and contacts of famous cinematographers who could be useful in development of artistic relationship with foreign countries.