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Festival showcasing independent film about Ukraine and other post-Soviet countries
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Guest filmmakers at Kinofest NYC 2012 Opening Night at the Ukrainian Museum
Guest filmmakers at Kinofest NYC 2012 Opening Night at the Ukrainian Museum

Kinofest NYC is a niche film festival with a focus on independent cinema about Ukraine and other countries of the former Soviet Union.  Established in 2009, it is based in New York's East Village, the historic heart of the city's Ukrainian immigrant community. The festival presents unique films that are rarely, if ever, screened publicly in the United States. During its 2012 festival, Kinofest NYC featured works by filmmakers from Bashkiria, Chechnya, Germany, Poland, Russia, Switzerland and Ukraine, and flew in six filmmakers from Ukraine and Germany, including the 2011 Cannes short film Palme d'Or winner Maryna Vroda.

Our fourth festival is scheduled for April 4-7, 2013.

Your donations will be used to help us cover the costs of:

  • Airfare and accommodation for guest filmmakers;
  • Theater space rental;
  • Promotional materials such as flyers, posters and a festival brochure
  • Organizing an opening night celebration;
  • Promoting the festival in local and national media.

Please visit us at www.kinofestNYC.com for additional details.

Thank you for your continued support!

Team Kinofest NYC 2012
Team Kinofest NYC 2012
Kinofest NYC program director Damian Kolodiy, May 2012
Kinofest NYC program director Damian Kolodiy, May 2012
Ukrainian filmmakers visiting Veselka Cafe in the East Village, May 2012
Ukrainian filmmakers visiting Veselka Cafe in the East Village, May 2012

Selected trailers of films shown at Kinofest NYC 2012:
Firecrosser, directed by Mykhailo Illienko

Land of Oblivion, directed by Michale Boganim

Woman With the 5 Elephants, directed by Vadim Jendreyko

The Other Chelsea- A story from Donetsk, directed by Jakob Preuss

Ambitious, directed by Aynur Askarov

The Oath, directed by Maryna Vroda

Risks and challenges

Successfully organizing a film festival requires a good deal of coordination and juggling. Challenges that we face as we plan for our 2013 film festival include:

Finding affordable screening venues that are available for our planned festival weekend

Getting commitment from our team of volunteers to assist with guest filmmakers' travel arrangements

Obtaining financing to cover costs of venue rentals and travel expenses

Minimizing audio / visual technical problems that may impact the experience of watching films

Effectively advertising and promoting the festival to the local community

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    A hearty Kinofest 'Thank you!' with recognition on our printed festival program

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    'Thank you!' recognition on printed festival program and a custom gift of Ukrainian chocolates

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    'Thank you!' recognition on printed festival program, custom gift of Ukrainian chocolates and 2 complimentary tickets to screening of choice

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    'Thank you!' recognition on festival program, custom gift of Ukrainian chocolates, 2 complimentary tickets to screening of choice and an invitation to private reception with guest filmmakers during festival week

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