About Festival

Rivne invites you to the event:

On October 20, 2019 the 4th Rivne International Film Festival

"Dream City" will start.


We strive to support and enhance the development of Ukrainian cinema and the promotion of Ukrainian films. We create a platform for free exchange of ideas between professionals, experienced representatives of Ukrainian and foreign cinema and those who are at the beginning of their careers and have great ambitions. We immerse all the guests of the film festival in an atmosphere of genuine communication and exchange of impressions from events and watching interesting films.

About 500 films from over 50 countries have been screened this year for the expert selection of the film festival. And only a few of them managed to get into the competition program.

With the support of the Ukrainian State Film Agency in 2019, we have the opportunity to implement a program to promote national films within the film festival. This means that there will be a lot of Ukrainian cinema in this year's Dream City - and that's great!

One of the highlights: Ostrog will be a special artistic location, so one day the film festival will be held there.


National Program:

feature films;

full-length documentaries;

short feature films.

International Program:

short feature films;

short documentaries;

short animated films.

The opening of the 4th Rivne International Film Festival "Dream City” will take place on October 20 at the Cinema Palace "Ukraine" (Rivne, Maidan Nezalezhnosti, 2). The film screenings will take place at the Cinema Palace and the National University "Ostroh Academy". The closing of the film festival will take place on October 23.

In 2019, the film festival is supported by the Ukrainian State Film Agency and the Rivne City Council. General Information Partner: ESPRESO TV. Information partner: Rhythm TV. Partners: The National University of Ostroh Academy, Rivne Museum.

Organizer: Rivne Regional Organization Ukrainian Marketing Association.


From the history of the film festival

Rivne International Film Festival "Dreams City" has been held annually since 2016.

What inspires us to hold a film festival?

Rivne. Its incredible history, its landscapes, locations and inhabitants. And our citizens' love to art. They go to the movies. They attend music, literature and other art festivals. They motivate themselves and friends to make the city better. They enjoy time together, leaving an emotional impact for the organizers and inspiring them to take on unique and exciting activities.

Every five days we immerse residents and guests of the city into the cinema atmosphere: meetings with famous actors and directors, master classes from film industry professionals, relaxing with friends and family in the movie theater, interesting news from the movies’ world.

Throughout its history, the festival has become one of the most important artistic and cultural events in Rivne, the region and the country. The event was visited by guests from different parts of Ukraine, as well as from Belarus, Poland, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Turkey, Switzerland, Norway, Israel, Canada and other countries.

About 700 works from more than 40 countries in the world were received in 2016, 2017, 2018 for the expert selection of the RIFF "Dream City".

215 films of Ukrainian and foreign production took part in the competition program of the film festival.

The winners of the Grand Prix of the International Film Festival “Dream City" were:

2018 – “Myth” directed by Leonid Kanter, Ivan Yasniy, Ukraine

2017 – “War of Chimeras” directed by Anastasia and Maria Starozhitsky, Ukraine

2016 – “Musse” directed by John Hellberg, Sweden.

The competition program of the film festival in different years was evaluated by an authoritative jury, which included actors of theater and cinema, folk artists of Ukraine, Ukrainian and foreign film critics, producers, directors, screenwriters, composers, namely: Chairman of the Board of the Ukrainian Film Academy Volodymyr Voytenko; theater and cinema actor, the Artist of Ukraine Bohdan Beniuk; theater and cinema actress, presenter Rimma Zubina; screenwriter, TV presenter Andriy Babik; film director and screenwriter Oleg Uschenko; producer Volodymyr Filipov; actor of theater and cinema Dmitry Linartovich; actress Tatiana Yurikova; producer Victor Wilhelm; film expert and editor-in-chief of the magazine “Ukrainian Culture” Yuri Soroka; general producer of BelFilm Yuri Igrusha (Belarus); producer and screenwriter Olga Kremenetska (Belarus); director and film critic Victoria Levinska (Germany); director Ali Fahr Musavi (Iran); producer and president of International CinemaHall Ilya Svidler; director Yuri Kovaliov; producer, director, cameraman Angel Angelov; film critic and journalist Olesya Anastasieva; director Svetlana Zinovieva; composer Alla Zagaykevich.

The most interesting events of the film festival "Dream City" were:

  • Rivne Film School, where well-known filmmakers and artists hold workshops for those interested;
  • Shoot Films in the City of Dreams is a short film competition that participants shoot during the Rivne Film Festival;
  • Open Cross-Cultural Space – an open space for filmmakers, actors, producers, artists, local authorities and the media to discuss films, share their experiences with colleagues, and share interesting projects.