ABOUT INDIE LAB
The filmmaking laboratory for young artists. The laboratory was founded in 2013 with the support from the United States Embassy in Ukraine.
During two yearly sessions participants from different regions of Ukraine work on editing of short documentary films. Despite this being the first experience in directing and editing for some participants, their work at the laboratory results in creation of 10 short documentaries each year. To bring their ideas to a completed documentary, the creators of the films are helped by tutor filmmakers from Ukraine and the United States. The participants of the laboratory have created over 30 documentaries that participated at over 50 international film festivals.
DMYTRO TIAZHLOV AND ELLA SHTYKA ARE LAB CURATORS
DMYTRO TIAZHLOV
Dmytro Tiazhlov is a documentary filmmaker and a cameraman. He is an art director of the camera skills course at Kyiv National Karpenko-Kary Theatre, Cinema and Television University and a documentary program curator at the American Independence Film Festival and Indie Lab, the filmmaking laboratory for young artists.

He presented his documentaries at many festivals and various documentary filmmaking and coproduction events. Dmytro currently works on several documentary film projects.
ELLA SHTYKA
Ella Shtyka is a culture manager, a documentary producer, an Indie Lab curator, and a curator of the documentary film program and thematic panels at the American Independence Film Festival. Since 2001, as a team leader of New Kyiv Production Center, she has been developing training programs for young filmmakers, culture managers and activists with the support of the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, EU-UNDP Equal Opportunities and Women's Rights in Ukraine Programme, One Caucasus Interdisciplinary Festival, and Lab Docutoloka. Ella is committed to promoting development through culture, driving social changes through the implementation of new cultural practices and enhancing dialogue and cooperation among various regions of Ukraine.
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