All Action on the Eastern Front. EWA talks CHANGE with Julia Sinkevych

To support our community and show solidarity with our members, our initiative, EWA Talks CHANGE proposes a screen-to-screen dialogue with different guests who have had to reinvent own lives and careers to adapt to unavoidable circumstances and embrace new realities.

We will be proudly hosting the director of Odesa Film Festival, Julia Sinkevych, also a co-founder of the Ukranian Film Academy and producer. The conversation will be facilitated by Tamara Tatishvili, EWA's strategist manager to guide us into bigger picture of what is happening in Europe's Eastern fringe:

  • How is the director of one of the biggest audience film festivals in Eastern Europe coping with circumstances of global pandemic?
  • Why did majority of Ukrainian film industry have to organize a digital strike? How will Odesa International Film Festival reinvent itself?
  • We will try to understand the issues female managers are facing in their national contexts and how this disruption caused by global pandemic can compare to the experience Julia had to face as a result of Russia's military intervention in Ukraine in 2014 (known as War in Donbass).

These talks are meant for EWA members only. You will receive the link in our weekly mailings. If you're not a member, consider joining us!


EWA talks CHANGE with Julia Sinkevych
Date: 29 April at 17:30 CET

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Julia Sinkevych is the director of Odesa International Film Festival, one of the biggest audience film festivals in Eastern Europe. She is also co-founder and  member of Supervisory Board of Ukrainian Film Academy, member of European Film Academy, founder of JS Films LLC, producer.

Since 2011, she is working for Odesa International Film Festival. Besides the general management of the festival organization, programming of films and curating parallel section, management of the team and organizational processes, liaisons with international partners and organizations and the promotion of the festival inside and outside of Ukraine are part of her profession.

Julia has also co-produced a documentary film “Close relations” by Vitaliy Mansky and “Heatsingers” by Nadia Parfan.

Julia’s career has included management of cultural projects of different spheres of arts (e.g. music, theatre, films) as art manager and producer. The most prominent cultural events Julia Sinkevych has been involved in are International Music Festival The Koktebel Jazz Festival, International Festival of Contemporary Arts GOGOLFEST, Odesa International Film Festival.

Julia Sinkevych graduated from the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, faculty of law and holds an MA in film production of Kyiv University of Theatre, Film and Television. Also studied at Kyiv Music Academy of Tchaikovsky, voice department. She was selected to take part in SOFA program (School of film agents, Poland-Germany), concluded NIPKOW program.