Day of Ukrainian Cinema Date in the current year: September 10, 2016

Day of Ukrainian Cinema Day of Ukrainian Cinema is the professional holiday of all Ukrainian film industry employees, from actors and directors to support staff. It is celebrated on the second Saturday in September. The holiday was established by President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma in 1996.

The first film studio in Ukraine (then the Ukrainian SSR) was founded in 1919 in Odessa. Nine years later, the Kiev Cinema Factory was established. In 1957, the Kiev studio was named after Alexander Dovzhenko, a renowned Ukrainian film producer, director and screenwriter. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the studios became property of the Ukrainian government.

Important Ukrainian film directors include Alexander Dovzhenko, Larisa Shepitko, Leonid Bykov, Sergei Parajanov, Grigory Chukhray and others. Some Ukrainian actors, such as Vera Kholodnaya and Bohdan Stupka, have achieved international fame.

Day of Ukrainian Cinema is marked with receptions film screenings, conferences, meetings, exhibitions, awards ceremonies, film festivals and other appropriate events and activities. On this day, employees of Ukraine's film industry receive congratulations from government officials, their co-workers and families.

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