Ukrainian Revolution Docs to Premiere at Czech Film Fest

The festival is one of six appealing to producers and film institutes to support Ukrainian filmmakers and festivals.

MOSCOW – Prague's Febiofest film festival has expanded its opening ceremony next week to include the world premiere of a series of documentaries shot by Ukrainian film students during the country's recent revolution.

The Voice of the Young Ukraine -- comprised of films shot by students from Kiev's National University of Theatre, Cinema and Television of Karpenko-Kary -- will be shown, free of charge, at a special screening next Thursday at the festival's opening in the Czech capital.

Ukrainian director Michael Ilyenko and students will introduce the film.

Fero Fenic, Febiofest president, said: "I didn’t want to just watch the news. I had to react. I want Ukrainian filmmakers to feel our support."

The festival is also backing a call by its program director Stefan Uhrik and the chief programmers of a further five European festivals, for international producers and directors to demonstrate support for Ukrainian filmmakers, particularly the festivals in Odessa in July and Kiev in October, by offering films for free.

The appeal, also supported by IFF Warsaw, Helsinki, Tallinn, Sofia, and Cluj (Transylvania IFF), asks rights owners to: "Offer your film to your Ukrainian colleagues for free and go support Ukraine personally. Film institutes, please arrange guests and shipping of the film copies at your own expense."