Odessa Film Studio

Odessa Film Studio (Ukrainian: Одеська кіностудія художніх фільмів) is the first film studio established in Russian Empire (Odessa). It is partially owned by a government and supervised by the Department of State property fund of Ukraine together with the Ministry of Culture. Together with Dovzhenko Film Studios they are the only state-owned and major film producers in the country. The studio is located at Frantsuzky bulvar 33 (33 French Boulevard), Odessa, Ukraine. In a close vicinity to it is located a smaller film studio House of Mask.

Odessa Film Studio
Closed Joint-stock company
Founded1919, 1994
Defunct1988, 2005
HeadquartersFrantsuzkyi bulvar 33, Odessa, Ukraine
Key people
Viktor Nozdriukhin-Zabolotnyi (acting Chairman)
ProductsMotion pictures, TV films
OwnerGovernment of Ukraine (50%+1)
and Nova Film Studios LLC
ParentOdessa Film Studios of featured films
Nova Film Studios

History and reorganization

  • It was founded on 23 May 1919 by the decision of the Odessa Governorate Executive Committee out of the remnants of cinema studios of Myron Grossman, Dmitriy Kharitonov, and Borisov. This date was the day of birth of the first in the country state film studio. At first, it was listed as "Political film section of political department and of 41st Division of the Red Army", and the first feature film filmed here was the "Spiders and flies." The original studios went into decline after the Russian Civil War and the Ukrainian War of Independence, as their owners emigrated, running from political prosecution. Grossman's film studio "Myrograph" existed in Odessa since 1907 and was the oldest one recorded in Ukraine.
  • In 1922, "film sektion" was reorganized into Odessa Film Factory of All-Ukrainian Photo Cinema Administration (VUFKU). The Odessa film studio, which was VUFKU’s main production facility, underwent extensive renovations. The studio purchased its new modern equipment in the West, allowing the studio to shoot, light, and process the film stock using state-of-the-art technology. In 1926, Vyacheslav Levandovskyi and Deviatkin created an animation studio of VUFKU.
  • In 1930, VUFKU was reorganized into "Ukrainafilm" of "Soyuzkino" (Union-cinema).[1]
  • In 2005, Odessa film studio was reorganized to a Close Joint Stock Company (with the government owning the majority of shares).


The studio is located in the downtown right near the shore of Black Sea covering some 7 hectares (17 acres) and consisting of three pavilions of 600 square metres (6,500 sq ft), 432 square metres (4,650 sq ft), and 240 square metres (2,600 sq ft). Inside the studio's building is located another film studio, Vira Kholodna Film Studio and the Odessa Film School. The Odessa Film Studio has its own movie theater, U-Cinema, which is also located in the same building.

On the territory of the studio there is a Museum of the Cinema, in which you can find out about many interesting facts on the history of the cinema. Here you can find historic materials, from the invention of cinema, to the postmodern, digital and avant garde.

In 2019, the National Bank of Ukraine issued a commemorative coin 100 years Odessa Film Studio[2]

. In addition, the main Ukraine post service issued a special anniversary stamp dedicated to the Odessa film studio.


Selected films

Soviet Union


  • 1991 Чудо в краю забуття / Miracle in the Land of Oblivion, directed by Natalia Motuzko
  • 1999 Як коваль щастя шукав / How the Blacksmith Looked for Happiness, directed by Radomyr Vasylevsky
  • 2001 На Полі Крові / Akeldama, directed by Yaroslav Lupiy
  • 2007 Біля річки / At the River, directed by Eva Neymann

Selected directors

  • Myron Grossman (1908-1918) (considered a founder of Odessa cinematography)
  • Pyotr Chardynin (1923-1932)
  • Les Kurbas (1922-1925)
  • Georgiy Tasin, the first studio director in 1922

Selected actors

  • Natalya Uzhviy
  • Matviy Lyarov


See also



  • Histoire du cinéma ukrainien (1896–1995), Lubomir Hosejko, Éditions à Dié, Dié, 2001, ISBN 978-2-908730-67-8, traduit en ukrainien en 2005 : Istoria Oukraïnskovo Kinemotografa, Kino-Kolo, Kiev, 2005, ISBN 966-8864-00-X
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