"The Tree" Film was awarded at FOCAL International Awards 2020

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The "Tree" film was awarded in a nomination of short films (Best Use of Footage in Short Film) at the competition FOCAL International Awards 2020 in London. We are happy about the award!

The "Tree" film was discovered and produced by the Center’s  Urban Media Archive. It is based on an amateur story from the 1970s about a folk master. The original 16mm film was almost entirely destroyed by the lime. That is why nature and chemical processes left its irreparable trace on images. The author of the original story is a de facto unknown amateur film director Viktor Kyzyma from Blahovishchenske town (Ulyanivka before 2016) in Kirovohrad Oblast. He was a member of a film studio that operated at the local collective farm. The rediscovered work was reimagined by film directors Oleh Chornyi and Hennadiy Khmaruk.

The premiere show of the "Tree" took place in 2019 at the WIZ-ART festival. Currently, the film is travelling around the world and the audiences could watch it during the Traverse Vidéo festival in Toulouse, at an Orphan film symposium in New York and Ars Electronica in Linz.

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The FOCAL International Awards

The FOCAL Awards is run by FOCAL International (The Federation of Commercial Audiovisual Libraries International) – a professional not-for-profit trade association formed in 1985. It is fully established as one of the leading voices in the industry.