Eurofest: Cinema for Everyone
Eurofest: Cinema for Everyone
From 5 to 11 December, a film festival raising issues of inclusivity in society was held in Kyiv for the first time.
A European film festival Eurofest: Cinema for Everyone was held at the Zhovten Cinema in Kyiv. The festival screened films from Europe addressing issues of tolerance and equality, with a particular focus on the potential of expanding cultural access to people with disabilities.

Eight popular, festival films from Europe were presented at the festival. Each film covers aspects of inclusivity - age, race, gender, sexual orientation, and more.
All festival screenings were in their original language and subtitled. Two programme films – Champions and Portrait of a Lady on Fire — included an audio description track that described key features of the film for vision-impaired people and special subtitles prepared for hearing impaired people.
On the opening day the guests of the film festival received sweet cookies as a welcoming gift from the bakery Good Bread from Good People, where people with mental disabilities (autism, Down syndrome, etc.) work.
Find out more about the bakery at the link.

Be Anyone Photo Project
A photo project Be Anyone also was exhibited at the Zhovten Cinema as part of the film festival. The project was created by the Kyiv flea market Kurazh Bazaar, it combined 46 different stories and its main purpose is to help people find their story among others, love and accept themselves and the ones around them.

The photos were created by photographers Roman Pashkovsky, Sergey Sarakhanov, Daria Shramko, and Ksenia Kargina.

You can find out more about the exhibition at the link.
The first inclusive film festival in Ukraine "Eurofest: Cinema for Everyone":
please see an interview with organisers - Culture Bridges program manager Daria Moskalevych and Arthouse Traffic program director Ilya Dyadik for UA: Culture
After the end of the Film Festival in Kyiv, film club activists and executives were be able to screen Eurofest in their city as part of the project "Film Club . All-Ukrainian Network".
Eurofest had been organised by Arthouse Traffic under the Culture Bridges programme, funded by the EU as part of its support for the implementation of the Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine, and is managed by the British Council in partnership with the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) network in Ukraine.