TRAGICAL FUN FILMS

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TEA? (2017)

An embittered young man is forced to reckon with his girlfriend's frustration over his absence and the emotional distance in their relationship.

Mindfield Film Festival - Los Angeles:

Best Actrees (Vanessa Jackson)

Best Narrative Short

July 7, 2017

LA Shorts Awards:

Best Short

Best Director (Valentyn Korotkevych)

Best Actress (Vanessa Jackson)

June 23rd, 2017

NYC Indie FIlm Awards:

Best Short Film

Best Actress (Vanessa Jackson)

June 6, 2017

Canada Shorts:

Award of Merit

CITYFLIX International Film Festival:

Nomanation : Best Narrative Short Film

November 22nd, 2017

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PARADISE. DEATH. MARS. (2018)

A poem of Human Nature.

Queens World Film Festival:

Best Experimental  Film

Screened - March 23rd, 2019

Oaxaca Film Fest:

Category - Exploratory

Screened - October 8th, 2019

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SILENT (2019)

Homeless boy re lives the day that will inform his future.

Cast:

Emidio Lopes, Steven Kasan, Sebastian Nigel Singh, Evan Porter

Trivia: Director's Cut run-time is 21:02m vs. Official Cut being 8:05m

Julien Dubuque Film Festival:

Best US or International Narrative

River Bend Film Festival:

Narrative Short Film

AWAKE (SCREENPLAY)

Suburban teacher gets a rude awakening with reality.

HollyShorts Film Festival:

Best Screenplay - Quarterfinal

Oaxaca FilmFest:

Global Script Challenge - Best Script (Nominee)

Screenplay Festival:

Best Screenplay (Thriller) - Semi-Finalist

Utah Film Festival:

Best Screenplay - Official Selection

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BACK OF THE NIGHT. (2020)

An evening of red-white mundane celebration. Greedy-existential look on a date that spirals into tragic chain of events. Impulsive naivety against punishing reality. Black and white with seeping through gray, which turns out to be - a final 'Savior' of the night.

Cast: Leah Egan, Jenni Squair, Draeven McGowan, Valentyn Korotkevych 

Indie Shorts Mag review: https://www.indieshortsmag.com/reviews/2020/07/back-of-the-night-we-are-well-past-needing-words/

Currently in consideration for the festivals

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SHEDDING GRIEF (2020)

Experimental dance-piece exploring phases of passing sorrow

Cast: Dani Barnes (@hellomissbarnes)

Crew: Shae Paterson - Cinematographer

IN SEARCH OF (2020)

Recollection of passing memory. Entangled. Its past and its future. What yet to be and what already has. Attempt to answer a relevant question. Meaning. Purpose. Such seeking. Does it ever stop? Or is it a loop. Tirelessly repeating itself.

Cast: Micah Kelpin

Crew:

Shae Paterson - Cinematographer

Maria Belen Garcia - Assistant Director, Grip

Trivia: Project is a hybrid of Digital (Sony FS7) & Film (S8mm - Canon 1014XL-S)

Currently in post-production

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BIRDY (2020)

An individual is grasping for sanity as being put through cycles of gradual abuse.

Cast: Valentyn Korotkevych - Actor, Writer

Crew: Ethan Johnson - Director, Cinematographer

Trivia: Each take was only done once. 

Shot on Arri-S + 100' 500T 16mm Film

 

TEAM

Past & current collaborators

 

VALENTYN KOROTKEVYCH

Director - Writer - Producer

Valentyn Edward Korotkevych. Born Severodonetsk, small city of eastern Ukraine.

Being an only child in the unformed family, he was raised by a single mother - lawyer with a keen ear for music.

In the midst of war zone between Russian & Ukraine (2013), he finished high-school at 17 and was forced to claim refuge abroad, which led him to Canada - Toronto (2014), where he studied Computer Engineering for a year before quitting and slowly revealing his passion for arts.

First credits of his writing - directorial work include a collaboration with a close friend, Vanessa Jackson, that brought him small praise of recognition withing the local community. Following up, he wrote, directed & acted in his second directorial - "Paradise. Death. Mars" (2018) which was most recently accepted into a festival in Queens, NY. Latest work includes directing, writing & producing "Silent" (2019), a film based on a homeless African-American boy, who glimpses to see his potential future as a Jazz musician, only to be crushed to discover that the vision was only a dream of his. In 2019 Valentyn relocated to the west coast of Canada - Vancouver to con't pursuing his acting career, along with finishing his latest writing collaboration on the suburban drama-mystery screenplay - "Awake" (Oaxaca Global Script Challenge 2019).

Statement:

As it goes, my one and only personal concern is to stay inspired in hopes to leave a mark that will spark the spiral nudge of improvement. To recognize & address subjects of natural life-flow. Those that are floating in tsunami of modern flooding climate. Shining the light on dark street corners. Telling stories that worth being told. To audience who's asking for awakening challenge. Remaining obstacle we are left to cope with is. The overwhelming fear of unknown upon us.

 
 
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