Competition Programme: Ukrainian Animation

In support of Ukraine, we invite you to come and discover the Ukrainian animation industry and its creators! For this year’s festival, we have selected the most interesting short animated films by Ukrainian creators and put together a competition programme, with the winner being selected by an international jury.
Jury: Adel Khan Farooq, Gintarė Valevičiūtė-B., Gytis Oganauskas

The Dictator
The Dictator #

2023 / Ukraine / 4 min 9 s

Dictatorship is a huge evil! It has no nationality, and does not depend on the country! It makes people fear, tolerate oppression, suffer, be humiliated! Having strengthened itself with these things, the dictatorship may appear invincible... but it's not: every dictator is mortal! Now, as they fight for their homeland, for their families and for our freedom, Ukrainians are battling against a dictator! It's a battle of good and evil, of light and darkness, it's freedom against slavery! Dictators will go, and peace will come!

Directed by Parenyok Prostoi Screenwriter: Parenyok Prostoi Producer: Serhii Shkoliar

Kharkiv. A Spy Story
Kharkiv. A Spy Story #

2021 / Ukraine / 6 min 57 s

This stop-motion animation tells the fictionalised story of Oleg Mitasov, a cult figure from the urban folklore of Kharkiv. It draws on conspiracy stories from the 1990s and the origins of Kharkiv's graffiti scene.

Directed by Viktoriia Grivina, Viktoriia Ivanova Screenwriter: Viktoriia Grivina Producers: Viktoriia Grivina, Viktoriia Ivanova

Come Outside, Masha
Come Outside, Masha #

2021 / Ukraine / 4 min 26 s

Observations about a single day. On this day, different people's feelings intertwine, such as anxiety and aggression, sadness, loneliness, and indifference; there was also fun and peacefulness, as well as reliance on love, faith and hope. How can one feel these things? Live through one's smartphone, or the real world...? Come outside, Masha! Feel alive!

Directed by Yuliia Shalimova Screenwriter: Yuliia Shalimova Producer: Michael Margulis Company: Studio KAPI (with the support of the British Council)

Papier-mâché #

2021 / Ukraine / 3 min 20 s

Just as layers of papier-mâché strengthen a fragile form, so working on films and oneself shapes the director. This film is dedicated to the attentive teacher and outstanding puppeteer Oleh Pedan, who passed away in 2020. His voice was secretly recorded by the director during their last meeting. This very recording formed the basis for the film.

Directed by Anastasiia Falileieva Screenwriter: Anastasiia Falileieva Producer: Michael Margulis Company: Studio KAPI

Romeo and Juliet?
Romeo and Juliet? #

2018 / Ukraine / 4 min 57 s

How would the story of Romeo and Juliet change if it were a computer game? As in the original play, the love story of Romeo and Juliet unfolds against the backdrop of hostility between two rival families. Viewers are asked to play the role of Romeo and win Juliet, become Cupid, fight in a battle or even chose their own ending to the story.

Directed by Julia Shalimova Screenwriter: Julia Shalimova Producer: - Company: Kyiv National I. K. Karpenko-Kary Theatre, Cinema and Television University

Under The Endless Sky
Under The Endless Sky #

2022 / Ukraine, Austria / 4 mi 0 s

Our memories play an important role in the construction of identity and self-awareness. Since the outbreak of full-scale war in the director's home country of Ukraine, the childhood memories have acquired a special value for her. For many children, this time will become a formative memory. Her childhood in Ukraine was different, and she wants to share it with the audience in the form of an animated short. In the film, she tells a personal story about her childhood memories and explores how memories are preserved, and why they have a special meaning for people.

Directed by Alexandra Dzhiganskaya Screenwriter: Alexandra Dzhiganskaya Producer: Alexandra Dzhiganskayac

Sunflower Field
Sunflower Field #

2022 / Ukraine, USA / 4 min 23 s

Amid the shadowy threat of war, a young Ukrainian girl awaits a call from her father. Day turns into night, and she sinks into various dreamscapes from which she must find her way home.

Directed by Polina Buchak Screenwriter: Polina Buchak Producers: Polina Buchak, Camila Grimaldi Company: Fazedfilms, Honto88

Thirst For Life
Thirst For Life #

2023 / Ukraine / 2 min 50 s

Plasticine cartoon animation commemorating the 90th anniversary of the Holodomor in Ukraine, 1932-1933.

Animation team 'SvitLytsia' came across the Holodomor Museum project 'Holodomor: mosaic of history. Unknown pages', in which the memories of those who lived through those terrible times are collected. These stories form the basis of the cartoon's plot. 468 still images depict the Ukrainian people's struggle for survival.

Directed by Juliya Kruhliak Screenwriter: Juliya Kruhliak Producer: Juliya Kruhliak Company: Cultural and innovative platform "TepLytsia", Cultural and educational center "SvitLytsia"

Tiger is Strolling Around
Tiger is Strolling Around #

2022 / Ukraine / 12 min 15 s

Katsumi is feeling blue. While walking through a ghost town in Japan, she can see signs that her life has reached the point of no return. When she decides to end this misery, Magic Tiger appears. Can he save her?

Directed by Anastasiia Falileieva Screenwriter: Anastasiia Falileieva Producer: Michael Margulis Company: Studio KAPI (with the support of the Ukrainian State Film Agency)