Borys Hryshkevych, finalist of the Life in a Day competition:
“With the arrival of the Internet, the amateur filmmaking trend spread like wild fire. This made things a lot more difficult for artists due to tougher competition and a flood of spam. However despite these drawbacks, this is a real way of making yourself known. Of course, one should approach it in a professional manner. You shouldn’t think that amateur filmmaking will become the alternative in the conditions of ‘nearly missing’ Ukrainian cinema. Rather, it’s a springboard for future filmmakers who do not have education in this area. The [Life in a Day] competition has a high profile owing to its organizers, in particular Ridley Scott and YouTube. However, despite a large number of participants and serious competition, it is too early to make any conclusions. It will all become clear after the premiere.
“The rules of the competition gave me a wonderful opportunity to get a grip on myself and complete at least one of my filmmaking projects. I have always dreamed of making such a documentary. Of course were not directors and cameramen of world renown, but it’s hard to call us amateurs, either. The lottery has given us an opportunity to make ourselves known which I’m very happy about.”
Myroslav Slaboshpytsky, film director:
“That the film by Borys Hryshkevych has been shortlisted is very important: now people in
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