Hervé Demers

Lecture "Telling stories in images: Photographic aesthetics as a prevailing tool for unfolding a film’s story"

19 april, 14:00

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Hervé Demers is a French Canadian filmmaker based in Montreal. His earlier short films were selected by over a hundred international competitions and festivals, including the International Short Film Festival in Clermont-Ferrand, France. Lviv International Short Film Festival presented a retrospective of his body of work from the period between 2007 and 2016. Demers is currently working on the screenplay for his first fiction feature, while also writing his Master’s thesis on the aesthetics of memory in film at the Université de Montréal.


During his lecture at KISFF Short Film School, Demers will present three of his short films while focusing on the visual strategies belonging to each piece – The Name You Carry (2016), A Shade of Grey (2013) and On Earth as It Is in Heaven (2007). He will examine how a certain “sense of space” defined by the choice of a camera angle or a lens can be used to develop or enrich the narrative. He will also explore how the use of a certain location or the choice of specific colors can convey subtle information about the protagonists’ inner worlds.   


Leonid Shmelkov

Master class on animation for kids

19 april, 14:00

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Graduated from Printing, Graphic Arts department of Moscow State University and later from Moscow school-studio SHAR in animation films directing. Since 2007 Leonid is a member of the Commonwealth of illustrators Magic Saw. He participates in exhibitions, makes pictures for children magazines and has already created illustrations for more than 10 books. Leonid Shmelkov directed several short animated films that were selected to many international festivals and awarded with prizes, including a special prize at Berlinale film festival in 2014.

Within the Short Film School, Leonid will hold a master class on animation for kids and illustrating children's books and magazines.


Vassilis Economou, Lukian Galkin

Coffee with cinema critics

19 april, 16:00

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Vassilis Economou

Lukian Galkin

Freelance film critic and hardcore cinephile from Greece. Since 2010 Vassilis has been writing for his personal bilingual website 24 fois la vérité par seconde. His main expertise is in the field of art-house independent French, Italian and especially Eastern European cinema. Vassilis Economou was a member of Sarajevo Talents within the framework of Sarajevo Film Festival. He is currently a Cineuropa correspondent and project coordinator for Nisi Masa's workshop for film critics Nisimazine. 

Coffee with Vassilis and Lukian is an open discussion regarding film criticism, festivals and generally writing about cinema. Independent film critics will share some of their personal experience and will talk about criticism nowadays.

Asaf Zippor

Master class for scriptwriters "Writing the dramatic scene"  

20 april, 14:00

Writer, screenwriter, director and translator from Tel Aviv, Israel. For the last five years, he has been the Head of the Screenwriting Department at the Steve Tisch School of Film and Television at Tel Aviv University. Asaf Zippor significantly contributed to creation of many popular Israeli series. As screenplay editor, Asaf worked on Ajami, which was nominated for an Oscar, and Aya, which was nominated for an Oscar for short film. He directed the play The Mermaids at the Curtains Up Festival, as well as his own play Gamers at the 2008 Short Theater Festival. Asaf Zippor has written two books: The Gifted and Ma’atefet Halev, and is currently finishing his third novel.

Master class of Asaf Zippor is intended for scriptwriters, suggesting a different way to look at scriptwriting, beginning not in the synopsis but in writing the dramatic scenes. The master class will introduce some simple tools for writers when coming to write the dramatic scenes.


Stanislav Danylyshyn

366 metres of celluloid, or how first short films are made

20 april, 14:00



Born in Chernivtsi, Ukraine. In 2008, he got degree in physics and mathematics at the National Technical University of Ukraine "Kyiv Polytechnic Institute". Stanislav studied at the School of Documentary Film and Theatre of Marina Razbezhkina and Mikhail Ugarov and since 2010 he has been studying film production at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin (dffb). Participant of the Berlinale Talents. Founder of Cinemaclub in Kyiv and co-founder of the Berlin based film production company Faktura Film. Since 2008 Stanislav Danylyshyn has been a producer of eight short films. He currently works as a Technician Supervisor at the dffb.



Jukka-Pekka Laakso, Carla Maria Losch, Marie-Elaine Riou, Krzysztof Sienkiewicz

Meet a Festival

20 april, 16:00

Jukka-Pekka Laakso

Carla Maria Losch

Krzysztof Sienkiewicz

Marie-Elaine Riou

This panel will be interesting for those encountering festivals. We will talk about tendencies of the festival world and selection principles, give answers to questions of filmmakers and discuss the most vital issues of the festival world: distribution, screening fee, "fake" festivals and how to make your film become a hit! Representatives of leading festivals that have various history and focus, such as Tampere Film Festival, VIS Vienna Shorts Festival, ZUBROFFKA Festival in Polish Bialystok and REGARD Quebec International Film Festival – they all will gladly share their thoughts with everyone, who wants "to walk a red carpet".   

Moderated by Natalia Ilchuck, Program director of KISFF

Natalia Fabics, Giovanni Robbiano

MOME and FAMU film schools presentation

21 april, 12:00

Giovanni Robbiano

Natalia Fabics


Natalia Fabics, a lecturer at the Animation Department of Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest (MOME), and Giovanni Robbiano, who is the head of international department at FAMU in Prague, will represent their educational institutions and elaborate on areas of their work and studying opportunities for foreign students.


Asaf Zippor, Natalia Fabics, Giovanni Robbiano

Film education round table

21 april, 14:00

Natalia Fabics

Asaf Zippor

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Giovanni Robbiano


Dmytro Tiazhlov

Young independent film schools haven't gained popularity and authority and, meanwhile, state-owned universities do nor provide relevant knowledge and experience for students and their educational programs are overflowed with questionable subjects. That sounds so familiar, ha? At this round table we will talk about problems of film education encountered by young filmmakers in Ukraine and compare them to situation in other countries and universities. Asaf Zippor (Steve Tisch School of Film and Television, Tel Aviv), Natalia Fabics (Animation Department of MOME, Budapest) and Giovanni Robiano (FAMU Film School, Prague) will tell about background of Israel, Hungary and Czech Republic in this field, which problems they faced and how they overcame them. They will tell what students are taught in state universities and film schools and how their programs differ from programs of private schools - whether private film education is popular in their countries. As well, we will talk about tendencies and priorities of film education in Israel, Hungary and Czech Republic and which professions are the most popular and required there nowadays. We recommend attending beforehand the MOME and FAMU presentation that will take place prior to the round table.

Moderated by Dmytro Tiazhlov, cinematographer, lecturer of Kyiv National Karpenko-Kary Theatre, Cinema and Television University.

Natalia Fabics, Luca Toth, Anna Katalin Lovrity

Glory of Hungarian animation - first-hand tale

22 april, 14:00

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Anna Katalin Lovrity

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Natalia Fabics

Luca Toth

Within last years, the modern Hungarian animation has won the hearts of European cinephiles, as well as of acclaimed critics and industry’s opinion makers. It captivates imagination with vivid and queer images, while artists surprise with ideas going far beyond the realm of ordinary perception. Is there any magic equation? We will talk with Natalia Fabics, Luca Toth and Anna Katalin Lovrity – a professor and graduates of Animation Department of Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest (MOME), where the modern Hungarian animation finds its roots. We recommend watching the "Glory of Hungarian Animation" that will be screened right after the discussion.


Sophie Goyette

Retrospective by Sophie Goyette: From shorts to feature - from idea to theatrical release


22 april, 16:00

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Writer and filmmaker of five awarded short films and a first feature in competition in Sundance, Locarno and TIFF Toronto festivals. Premiered at Locarno Film Festival, her fourth short La Ronde (2011) won six prizes along with the Best Short Fiction Award of Rendez-vous du Cinéma Québécois in Montreal. Her fifth short Le Futur Proche (2012) won six prizes in festivals and was in international competition at the 2013 Sundance Festival. Mes Nuits Feront Écho (2016) is her first fiction feature, winner of the Bright Future Award at Rotterdam Festival 2017 for its international premiere in competition.

Sophie Goyette will show her most recent short works La Ronde and Le Futur Proche, as well as earlier films ring th retrospective at KISFF Short Film School. After the screening, the filmmaker will tell about her long path to develop the cinema language "from short to feature". Sophie Goyette will also talk about complex approach to the creation of film sharing her experience as writer, director and editor in the one skin.


Giovanni Robbiano

Case study "Coproducing in the European film market"

22 april, 16:00

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Screenwriter, director and producer born in Genova, Italy in 1958. He studied film in Bologna and later at Columbia University in New York as Fullbright student. He studied with Emir Kusturica, Marcia Nasatir, Ralph Rosemblum and others. Since 1998, Robbiano has been teaching at many universities in Italy and Europe, and since September 2015, he is the head of international department at FAMU in Prague, Czech Republic. Giovanni Robbiano is also a member of the European Film Academy. Recently he has established, together with three associates, his own production company whose one of the first projects is a coproduction with Ukraine - Nest of The Turtledove - awarded at film festivals in Odessa and Mannheim.

What is the film market, and what is the European or pan-European film market? Where, when and how it happens? Who is or can be a part of it? The future of filmmaking for European authors is in international coproduction, and slowly Europe is moving towards this. Coproduction works at lower level helping to set up films with poor chances to attain major industrial financing. Giovanni Robbiano can offer an insight into procedures, funds, possibilities and strategies to develop projects by finding financial and professional partners in the European Union and elsewhere. He will help to find answer to the basic question each filmmaker repeats endlessly to himself: how do I produce a film to make it visible?