Film festival “The Taste of Independence”

Despite the war, Ukraine will host the festival “The Taste of Independence”

European Association of Institutions of Non-formal Education of Children and Youth (EAICY) alongside its partners: Taoba International Youth Film Festival (Georgia) and ANIMOK children and youth animation festival, a part of The Animation Workshop, VIA university college (Denmark) organizes the film festival “the Taste of Independence“ to Ukrainian children as a sign of solidarity dedicated to the Independence Day of Ukraine.

1st edition of festival will be held from 22 to 23 August. The festival program includes feature, short, and animation films by Georgian and Danish filmmakers.

Festival was initiated by the President of EAICY Levan Dvali, who is also the Director General of the Taoba International Youth Film Festival.

The online film festival, as a gift for children and youth of Ukraine, will be hosted by the Ukrainian State Center for Out-of-School Education, the leading institution of out-of-school education in Ukraine.

The festival will attract several thousand children and young people as spectators of European cinema. It is planned that such a festival will be annual and will be open to filmmakers from other countries of Europe and the world who support the territorial integrity of Ukraine and Georgia, as well as world peace.

Festival Screenings

22.08.2022 – For young people and adults

  • Listen to the Silence (Georgia, 2016, 80′). Directed by Mariam Chachia
  • The Odd Sound Out (Denmark, 2013. 6′). ANIMOK children and youth animation festival, a part of The Animation Workshop, VIA university college
  • Parrot Away (Denmark, 2015, 6′). ANIMOK children and youth animation festival, a part of The Animation Workshop, VIA university college

23.08.2022 – For children

  • The Watchers (Georgia, 2021, 26′). Directed By Sandro Souladze
  • Zolemia (Georgia, 2021, 9′). Directed By Nina Samanishvili
  • Jelly (Denmark, 2022, 1′). ANIMOK children and youth animation festival, a part of The Animation Workshop, VIA university college
  • Ding Dong (Denmark, 2022, 1′). ANIMOK children and youth animation festival, a part of The Animation Workshop, VIA university college
  • Forglemmegei (Denmark, 2019. 7′). ANIMOK children and youth animation festival, a part of The Animation Workshop, VIA university college
  • Ride Of Passage (Denmark, 2012, 5′). ANIMOK children and youth animation festival, a part of The Animation Workshop, VIA university college

Organizers of “the Taste of Independence” express their gratitude to all filmmakers who joined the first edition of the festival.

Reference: Independence Day of Ukraine is celebrated annually on August 24 in honor of the proclamation on this day of the Declaration of Independence of Ukraine.

European Association of Institutions of Non-formal Education of Children and Youth (EAICY) is a European network organisation that connects national platforms of non-formal education organisations, non-formal education organisations from different countries in and outside Europe.

Ukrainian State Center for Institutions of Non-Formal Education – the representative of Ukraine in EAICY, is the state educational institution, which coordinates the activities of institutions of out-of-school education in the artistic and aesthetic directions and STEM education.

Founded in 2018 by the Culture & Education Foundation and the National Youth and Children’s Palace, Taoba is the only international youth film festival in Georgia dedicated to young audience development and the promotion of film education.

ANIMOK is Denmark’s animation festival for children and youth. ANIMOK aim is to develop social, cultural, and creative communities for kids. ANIMOK works with locally, nationally, and internationally rooted initiatives. ANIMOK is a part of The Animation Workshop/VIA University College (TAW), Denmark and has expertise in the areas of education, culture, communication, and business development. To this effect, it benefits from a strong international network of artists, professionals, companies, funding institutions and partner schools.

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