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Roland Franko: the world must get to know Ukraine!

He was born in Lviv, studied in Kyiv, worked in the UK. He changed his place of residence (through the forced eviction of his family from Lviv), he was forced to become a technician, however, he did not cease to be a Ukrainian and praise the greatness of his grandfather. Roland Franko not only managed to master new environment, but also created the Ivan Franko International Fund. Ukrinform journalists had a talk with Ivan Franko’s grandson about the fund projects and challenges facing the popularizer of creative heritage of Ivan Franko.

– The idea of ​​the Fund creation – how did it arise and how much time and resources it took to launch it?

-I have worked my whole life to make the Ukrainians get to know the greatness of Ivan Franko, so that they did not consider him to be just the Great Stonemason, because he was the mind and the heart of our people, he is ahead of us today and opens our eyes to our present life. I dreamed that a full-scale monument to Ivan Franko was erected in Kyiv, but, that turned out to be not so easy. My colleagues convinced me that in my grandfather’s memory, I have to do something greater and more fundamental than a monument, and then I came up with the idea of ​​creating the Ivan Franko International Fund. We established the fund in June 2015, whose main activity is aimed at disseminating positive information about Ukraine in the world and creating a positive image of Ukraine beyond its borders, as well as promotion and popularization of Ivan Franko’s scientific and creative work.

Currently our Ivan Franko Fund runs four projects. Last year we launched the All-Ukrainian Student Literary and Artistic Contest “Stezhkamy Kameniara” (Along the Stonemason’s Tracks) for children, the Ivan Franko Apartment-Museum was opened in Kyiv in 2016, we hold an exhibition of paintings by Taras Franko (my father), and the most important project is the Ivan Franko International Prize. In addition, the fund advises the creative team that shoots the feature film Zakhar Berkut!

– That is, you started this project with your friends, like-minded people, with those who, in fact, shared your interests and united…

– Actually, yes. I am a co-founder and a chair of the board of the fund. You know that I am already 86, so all the current work is carried out by the Fund’s management. My friends, with whom we decided to create this organization, Ihor Kurus and Olha Nyzhnyk, assumed responsibility and carry out the major part of the work. Individual people run other projects. However, we are all inspired by one idea and do that all for the sake of Franko and for the sake of Ukraine.

Please, tell me more about the Prize.

– Ivan Franko International Prize was founded on the model of Nobel Prize. The fact is that in 1916, my grandfather applied for this honorary scientific award, but his death did not allow him to get it. Therefore, we, in order to pay tribute to Ivan Franko, are looking up to Nobel. However, like Franko himself, the prize in his name is aimed at humanitaristics. The Ivan Franko Prize is awarded in two nominations: “For Significant Achievements in the Field of Ukrainian Studies” and “For Significant Achievements in the Field of Social and Human Sciences”.

Are there winners already?

– Yes, we already have five winners of the Prize. Our first winner in 2016 was His Beatitude Lubomyr Husar, a Major Archbishop-emeritus, former head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, won with his monograph “Andrey Sheptytsky, Metropolitan of the Galicia (1901-1944), a Precursor of Ecumenism”. There were two winners in 2017. Professor of the Institute of Slavic Studies at the University of Vienna, Michael Moser, won in the nomination “for significant advances (achievements) in the field of Ukrainian studies” with his monograph «New Contributions to the History of the Ukrainian Language”, and an honored professor of the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, academic Oleh Shabliy, won in the nomination “for significant advances (achievements) in the field of social and human sciences” with his scientific work “Social Geography” in 2 volumes. This year, on June 22, during the meeting of the international jury at the University of Vienna (Austria), we learned the names of this year’s winners. This is a Finnish professor Johannes Remy from the University of Helsinki and the work about Franko by the Doctor of Philology Yaroslava Melnyk, who works at the Ukrainian Catholic University.

This is really an international prize, because the winners are foreigners. What is the reward for their work?

– This prize is international not only because the winners are professors from other countries. We receive scientific works from different countries annually. This means that the prize named after my grandfather is gaining recognition in the world, and the scientific world will get to know Ukraine on the positive side. In addition, an international jury, sitting annually at the University of Vienna (where Ivan Franko defended his doctoral dissertation), consists of 12 members. Each year 12 doctors of sciences from different countries of the world elect the winners. The geography of expert representation is also wide, for example 49 scholars from 11 countries around the globe, including from Columbia University in the USA, Canada, Great Britain, Germany, Austria, Israel, Croatia, Italy, Poland and Slovakia, were presented at the expert council this year.

As for the reward, the solemn ceremony of awarding the Ivan Franko International Prize is held annually in the city of Drohobych on August 27, on Ivan Franko’s day of birth. Winners in each of the nominations receive a monetary award and a golden sign. The prize fund constituted UAH 500 thousandin 2016 and 2017.

– Does the state help you to implement such a grand project?

– There are Ivan Franko International Fund and Ivan Franko Prize. We do not have any state support. It is good that they do not interfere (laughs – Ed.). We cover all the expenses and the prize fund content mostly at our own expense, but we also have financial support from sponsors and “friends” of the Fund. We can safely say that the prize is completely independent and the selection criteria are completely objective, and the winners of the prize are uncontested.

– Why do you look up to the Nobel Prize?

– Firstly, Ivan Franko was the first Ukrainian contender for the Nobel Prize. I have already spoken about this. Secondly, the Nobel Prize is the most desired scholarly prize of the world. We want the Ivan Franko International Prize to gain the same popularity among humanitarian scientists. Thirdly, we are doing everything to ensure that the evaluation of the works of scientists, which are submitted for the Prize,was objective! We are for honesty and transparency in the selection of laureates. Certainly, we still need to grow to the Nobel money reward, but I hope that in the near future we will all be able to raise the prize fund and encourage more scientists from Ukraine and the world to participate in the prize. Today, we are doing our best to show the world an intellectual and smart Ukraine.

– What are your plans till the end of the year? Perhaps there are certain points that are important to implement?

– At the moment we are working on the arrangement of the third ceremony of awarding prizewinners. It will be held in Drohobych on August 27. Together with the Drohobych City Council, the Lviv Regional State Administration and the Ivan Franko Drohobych State Pedagogical University we are working to ensure that the winners of the prize are honored at the highest level. Activity of the Ivan Franko Fund does not stop there. We continue to make excursions to the Ivan Franko’s family apartment museum in Kyiv, where archival documents,photographs from the family archiveare preserved. We plan to announce the All-Ukrainian Contest for Schoolchildren “Stezhkamy Kameniara” in December and we are working on the release of the catalog of my father’s paintings.

– What advice could you give to those who want to join your initiative?

– We need Ivan Franko today, because his wise word can influence a person, make him/her better and understand his/her purpose in a century. Ivan Franko was, is and will forever remain the genius of Ukrainian national-cultural self-awareness. Do not forget his words: “We have to learn to feel ourselves Ukrainians – not Galician, not Bukovynian Ukrainians, but Ukrainians without official borders” – because they are still relevant. We invite everyone to join our work.

 

The names of Laureates of Ivan Franko International Prize of 2018 have been announced

A jury session of Ivan Franko International Prize took place Today, on June 22, 2018, at the Institute for Slavic Studies at the University of Vienna (Austria), and the winners of this year were determined.

The laureate in the nomination “For significant achievements in humanities and social sciences” of Ivan Franko International Prize in 2018 became Johannes Remy. His work “Brothers or Enemies: The Ukrainian National Movement and Russia, from the 1840s to the 1870s”, scored the majority of jury points and was found to be the best.

The monograph reviewer, Professor of University of Naples Federico II, Simone Attilio Bellezza emphasized that Remy’s book is a very well-documented study of the mechanism of censorship and repression of the Ukrainian movement in the tsarist empire. “An extremely detailed and colorful portrait of the evolution of the Ukrainian national movement and the Ukrainian-Russian relations in the 19th century,” said Professor Bellezza.

The monograph “…And the last part of the way. Ivan Franko in 1908-1916” authored by Yaroslava Melnyk has become the winner in the nomination “For significant achievements in the Development of Ukrainian Studies”.

As the monograph reviewer, Professor Borys Bunchuk, noted: “The outstanding scientific achievement of Yaroslava Melnyk serve as an all-encompassing understanding of the genius of Franko”.

“The research is very important for the cognition of Franko himself and the time being described in the book! I as if turned out to be near Ivan Franko,” – said the jury member, Yevhen Bystrytsky.

Summing up the session, Ihor Kurus, Director of Ivan Franko International Foundation, expressed his sincere gratitude to the members of the international jury for their fruitful scientific discussion as well as for the determination of the undisputed winners of Ivan Franko International Prize in 2018.

It should be noted that the international jury included 12 scientists from the universities of Ukraine, Austria, Italy, Slovakia, and Poland.

The winners of Ivan Franko International Prize will receive a monetary reward and a golden laureate’s sign. The ceremony of awarding the laureates of Ivan Franko International Prize will be held on August 27, 2018 at the homeland of I. Franko in Drohobych, Lviv region.

We would like to remind you that Ivan Franko International Prize is awarded in two nominations: for significant advances (achievements) in the field of Ukrainian studies and for significant advances (achievements) in the field of social and human sciences. It is an annual prize, which is awarded on August 27, on the day of Ivan Franko’s birthday. The Prize laureates are presented a monetary award and a golden laureate’s badge.

Prize laureates from previous years:

In 2016, Lubomyr Husar, a Major Archbishop-emeritus, former head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, won with his monograph “Andrey Sheptytsky, Metropolitan of the Galicia (1901-1944), a Precursor of Ecumenism”;

In 2017, a professor of the Institute of Slavic Studies at the University of Vienna, Michael Moser, won in the nomination “for significant advances (achievements) in the field of Ukrainian studies” with his monograph «New Contributions to the History of the Ukrainian Language”;

In 2017, an honored professor of the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, academic Oleh Shabliy, won in the nomination “for significant advances (achievements) in the field of social and human sciences” with his scientific work “Social Geography” in 2 volumes.

Roland Franko became an honorary citizen of Drohobych district

The relevant decision was adopted by the session of the district councilat a plenary meetingtoday.

Drohobych District State Administration informs about this. The decision of the District Council states: “For outstanding achievements in development of the state, patriotism, selfless service to the Ukrainian people, active social and charitable activities, to award the title “Honorary Citizen of Drohobych District”to the Ukrainian scientist, diplomat, public figure, chairman of the Board of the Ivan Franko International Fund, candidate of technical sciences Roland Tarasovych Franko”.

In support of this title, the grandson of Ivan Franko will be awarded the certificate of the Honorary Citizen of Drohobych district and a corresponding breastplate.

 

Ivan Franko International Prize 2018: names of nominees

The International Council of Experts designated the nominees for the Ivan Franko International Prize in 2018.

In the nomination “For Significant Achievements (Accomplishments) in the Field of Social and Human Sciences”, members of the Council of Experts recommend to take into consideration the following: A monograph « Brothers or Enemies:The Ukrainian National Movement and Russia, from the 1840s to the 1870s », by professor J. REMY (Finland), a monograph « Halych in the Political Life of Europe in the XI-XIV Centuries », by professor L. VOYTOVYCH (Lviv), a series of works « A Discourse on Values in Education », consisting of 7 books, by several authors under the leadership of professor V. ANDRUSHCHENKO (Kyiv).

In the nomination “For Significant Achievements (Accomplishments) in the field of Ukrainian Studies” for consideration of the jury were presented: a monograph « The Ukrainians: Unexpected Nation », by professor WILSON (Great Britain), a monograph « Pesni blagogovejnyja (1790/1791)Eine Sammlung geistliche Lieder aus Ukraine » in two volumes, by professor H. ROTHE (FRG) and professor Yu. MEDVEDYK (Lviv), a monograph «…And the Last Part of the Road. Ivan Franko in 1908-1916 », by professor Y. MELNYK  (Lviv).

This year, the International Council of Experts includes 27 scholars from 8 countries: the USA, Canada, Germany, Austria, Poland, Slovakia, Switzerland and Ukraine.

In accordance with the Regulation on the Prize, the members of the Council were guided by their own knowledge in the process of selection of nominees, also, they were comparing the research papers applied for the Prize, according to the following criteria: the presence of innovative and original approaches in the study; conceptuality, systemicity and criticality of research; international context and level of scientific research.

Selected works of the nominees will be submitted to the International Jury, that will meet in Vienna on 22nd-24th June this year. Laureates of Ivan Franko International Prize 2018 will be announced in two nominations on 24th June. The winners ceremony will be held on 27th August, in the homeland of Ivan Franko, in the city of Drohobych.

We would like to remind you that Ivan Franko International Prize is awarded in two nominations:   for significant advances (achievements) in the field of Ukrainian studies and for significant advances (achievements) in the field of social and human sciences. It is an annual prize, which is awarded on August 27, on the day of Ivan Franko’s birthday. The Prize laureates are presented a monetary award and a golden laureate’s badge.

Prize laureates from previous years:

In 2016, Lubomyr Husar, a Major Archbishop-emeritus, former head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, won with his monograph “Andrey Sheptytsky, Metropolitan of the Galicia (1901-1944), a Precursor of Ecumenism”;

In 2017, a professor of the Institute of Slavic Studies at the University of Vienna, Michael Moser, won in the nomination “for significant advances (achievements) in the field of Ukrainian studies” with his monograph «New Contributions to the History of the Ukrainian Language”;

In 2017, an honored professor of the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, academic Oleh Shabliy, won in the nomination “for significant advances (achievements) in the field of social and human sciences” with his scientific work “Social Geography” in 2 volumes.

Ivan Franko International Prize 2018: selection of nominees has began

According to the results of the work of the Nomination Committees, whose task was to establish the conformity of the submitted scientific works to the specified scientific disciplines, the International Council of Experts will evaluate 13 scientific works in two nominations.

In the nomination « For significant advances (achievements) in the field of social and human sciences » the following works are nominated:

  1. A study guide/ textbook: Legal Studies, by professor І. BEHEY (Lviv).
  2. A monograph « Brothers or Enemies:The Ukrainian National Movement and Russia, from the 1840s to the 1870s », by professor J. REMY (Finland).
  3. A monograph « Polyphony of the Culture of Life:Philosophical and Theological Heritage of John Paul II in Contemporary Discourse.The Religious Aspect », by professor S. PRESUKHIN (Kyiv).
  4. A monograph « Halych in the Political Life of Europe in the XI-XIV Centuries », by professor L. VOYTOVYCH (Lviv).
  5. A series of works « A Discourse on Values in Education », consisting of 7 books, by several authors under the leadership of professor V. ANDRUSHCHENKO (Kyiv).

In the nomination « For significant advances (achievements) in the field of Ukrainian studies » the following works are nominated:

  1. A monograph « The Ukrainians: Unexpected Nation », by professor WILSON (Great Britain).
  2. A monograph « Pesni blagogovejnyja (1790/1791)Eine Sammlung geistliche Lieder aus Ukraine » in two volumes, by professor H. ROTHE (FRG) and professor Yu. MEDVEDYK (Lviv).
  3. A monograph “Rutherian” Separatism:Creation of Nations IN VITRO » by professor  BELEY (Uzhhorod).
  4. A monograph «…And the Last Part of the Road. Ivan Franko in 1908-1916 », by professor MELNYK  (Lviv).
  5. A monograph « Apocryphal Code of Ukrainian Writing », by professor MELNYK  (Lviv).
  6. A monograph « Pedagogical Concepts of Ivan Franko », by professor MYKYTYUK  (Lviv).
  7. A monograph « A Century of Non-conformism in the Ukrainian Visual Art », by a candidate of art SMYRNA  (Kyiv).
  8. A monograph « Folklore Prose about Famine-Genocides in Ukraine in the Twentieth Century: The Paradigm of Text », by a doctor of science SOKIL (Lviv).

According to the Regulation, the members of the International Council of Experts within a month, from the date of receipt of documents from the Committee of the Prize, have to identify in each of the nominations no more than three works and submit them to the International Jury. When selecting nominees, members of the board of experts are guided by their own knowledge, and also compare scientific works according to the following criteria: availability of innovative and original approaches in the research; conceptuality, systematic and critical approach to research; international context and level of scientific research. In case of the absence of worthwhile works, when in any of the nominations all scientific papers scored less than 4 positive reviews of members of the Council of Experts, the Prize Committee decides not to award the Award in this nomination. Then, scientific works are submitted for consideration of the International jury in the nomination where the scientific Council of Experts identified the nominees.

 

We would like to remind you that Ivan Franko International Prize is awarded in two nominations:   for significant advances (achievements) in the field of Ukrainian studies and for significant advances (achievements) in the field of social and human sciences. It is an annual prize, which is awarded on August 27, on the day of Ivan Franko’s birthday. The Prize laureates are presented a monetary award and a golden laureate’s badge.

Prize laureates from previous years:

In 2016, Lubomyr Husar, a Major Archbishop-emeritus, former head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, won with his monograph “Andrey Sheptytsky, Metropolitan of the Galicia (1901-1944), a Precursor of Ecumenism”;

In 2017, a professor of the Institute of Slavic Studies at the University of Vienna, Michael Moser, won in the nomination “for significant advances (achievements) in the field of Ukrainian studies” with his monograph «New Contributions to the History of the Ukrainian Language”;

In 2017, an honored professor of the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, academic Oleh Shabliy, won in the nomination “for significant advances (achievements) in the field of social and human sciences” with his scientific work “Social Geography” in 2 volumes.

The applicants to win of the Ivan Franko International Prize in 2018 became know

21 papers were submitted for the Ivan Franko International Prize in the field of social and human sciences and Ukrainian studies. The Prize Committee accepted 18 papers, as the other ones did not comply with the Prize Regulation.

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In the nomination « For significant advances (achievements) in the field of social and human sciences » the following works are nominated:

  1. A study guide/ textbook: Legal Studies, by professor І. BEHEY (Lviv).
  2. A book « Meteniv – the Way Home » , by professor B. ANDRUSHKIV (Ternopil).
  3. A monograph « Brothers or Enemies:The Ukrainian National Movement and Russia, from the 1840s to the 1870s », by professor J. REMY (Finland).
  4. A monograph « Polyphony of the Culture of Life:Philosophical and Theological Heritage of John Paul II in Contemporary Discourse.The Religious Aspect », by professor S. PRESUKHIN (Kyiv).
  5. A monograph « Halych in the Political Life of Europe in the XI-XIV Centuries », by professor L. VOYTOVYCH (Lviv).
  6. A series of works « A Discourse on Values in Education », consisting of 7 books, by several authors under the leadership of professor V. ANDRUSHCHENKO (Kyiv).
  7. A monograph « Skladanje Identytetokh », by professor Yu. TAMASH (Serbia).

In the nomination « For significant advances (achievements) in the field of Ukrainian studies » the following works are nominated:

  1. A monograph « The Ukrainians: Unexpected Nation », by professor WILSON (Great Britain).
  2. A monograph « Pesni blagogovejnyja (1790/1791). Eine Sammlung geistliche Lieder aus Ukraine » in two volumes, by professor H. ROTHE (FRG) and professor Yu. MEDVEDYK (Lviv).
  3. A monograph “Rutherian” Separatism:Creation of Nations IN VITRO » by professor  BELEY (Uzhhorod).
  4. A monograph «…And the Last Part of the Road. Ivan Franko in 1908-1916 », by professor MELNYK  (Lviv).
  5. A monograph « Apocryphal Code of Ukrainian Writing », by professor MELNYK  (Lviv).
  6. A monograph « Pedagogical Concepts of Ivan Franko », by professor MYKYTYUK  (Lviv).
  7. A monograph « A Century of Non-conformism in the Ukrainian Visual Art », by a candidate of art SMYRNA  (Kyiv).
  8. A monograph « Folklore Prose about Famine-Genocides in Ukraine in the Twentieth Century: The Paradigm of Text », by a doctor of science SOKIL (Lviv).
  9. A monograph « Scientific Fundamentals of Ukrainian Studies », by an assistant professor TOKAR  (Kyiv).
  10. A study guide « History of Ukrainian Literature of the First Half of the Twentieth Century », by an assistant professor SHAROVA  (Melitopol).
  11. A monograph « Ivan Vyshenskyi According to the Assessment of Ivan Franko », by professor  SHULSKYI  (Lviv).

Event participants:

Roland Franko, chairman of the board of the Ivan Franko International Fund;

Yaroslav Harasym, member of the board of the Fund, prorector of the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, doctor of philological sciences, professor;

Volodymyr Buhrov, member of the board of the Fund, prorector of the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, candidate of philosophical sciences, professor;

Ihor Kurus, director-manager of the Ivan Franko International Fund.

 

Video of the press conference can be found here.

We would like to remind you that Ivan Franko International Prize is awarded in two nominations:   for significant advances (achievements) in the field of Ukrainian studies and for significant advances (achievements) in the field of social and human sciences. It is an annual prize, which is awarded on August 27, on the day of Ivan Franko’s birthday. The Prize laureates are presented a monetary award and a golden laureate’s badge.

Prize laureates from previous years:

In 2016, Lubomyr Husar, a Major Archbishop-emeritus, former head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, won with his monograph “Andrey Sheptytsky, Metropolitan of the Galicia (1901-1944), a Precursor of Ecumenism”;

In 2017, a professor of the Institute of Slavic Studies at the University of Vienna, Michael Moser, won in the nomination “for significant advances (achievements) in the field of Ukrainian studies” with his monograph «New Contributions to the History of the Ukrainian Language”;

In 2017, an honored professor of the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, academic Oleh Shabliy, won in the nomination “for significant advances (achievements) in the field of social and human sciences” with his scientific work “Social Geography” in 2 volumes.

Acceptance of documents for the 2018 International Ivan Franko Prize is over

The Committee of the Prize has finished acceptance of scholarly papers and supporting documents for the 2018 International Ivan Franko Prize.

This year 26 scholarly papers have been submitted for the Prize in two nominations from 5 countries. These are papers by scholars from Great Britain, Finland, the FRG, Slovakia, and Ukraine.

15 books by 12 authors have been submitted in the nomination ‘for considerable achievements in the field of Ukrainian studies’.

11 books by 11 authors have been submitted in the nomination ‘for considerable achievements in the field of social sciences and the humanities’.

Documents were accepted over the period January 15 – March 1, 2018.

The names of contenders for the 2018 International Ivan Franko Prize will be announced at the press-conference on March 15, 2018.

Under the Regulation on the International Ivan Franko Prize the papers submitted for the prize will be considered, discussed and evaluated in three stages. First, scholarly papers will be considered by the Nomination Committees determining the correspondence of the papers to the nominations outlined. The papers that will be allowed by the Nomination Committees to participate in the competition will be handed over to the International Board of Experts that will select three candidates in each nomination. At the third stage the International Jury will select the Prize laureates from among its nominees.

Let us remind that the Prize Award Ceremony takes place every year on August 27 in the town of Drohobych – on the day of Ivan Franko’s birth.

 

Attention! Deadline expires for the submission of academic works for Ivan Franko International Prize

The submission of the academic works and supporting documents for Ivan Franko International Prize will be completed on March 1, 2018,

For more information on the conditions for submission of the documents for the International Franco Ivan Franko Prize, refer to the Foundation’s website http://frankoprize.com.ua/index.php/en/2016/02/01/603/

Let us remind that the Ivan Franko International Prize is awarded to the researches, whose research papers have been submitted to the Prize Committee by the research institutions and named as the best ones in accordance with the estimation of the International Jury. The prize has two nominations: for significant achievements in the field of Ukrainian Studies and for significant achievements in the field of social and humanitarian sciences.

The Prize is annual and is awarded on August 27 on the birthday of Ivan Franko. Winners of the Prize are awarded with monetary reward (in 2017 prize fund is 500 thousand UAH) and golden symbol of the winner.

The Prize winners of previous years:

in 2016 archbishop emeritus, former head of the UGCC Lyubomyr Huzar with the scientific monograph “Andrei Sheptytsky Galician Metropolitan (1901-1944), a forerunner of ecumenism”;

in 2017 in the nomination “For significant advances (achievements) in Ukrainian Studies” — professor of the Institute for Slavic Studies at the University of Vienna, Michael Mozer with the monograph “New Contributions to the History of the Ukrainian Language”.

in 2017 in the nomination “for significant advances (achievements) in humanities and social sciences” — Honorary Professor of Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, academician Oleh Shabliy with the academic work “Social Geography” in 2 volumes.

Admission of academic works for Ivan Franco International Prize in 2018 has started

On January 15, Ivan Franko International Foundation began accepting academic works and supporting documents for Ivan Franko International Prize.

Ivan Franko International Prize features two nominations: for significant advances (achievements) in Ukrainian Studies, for significant advances (achievements) in humanities and social sciences.

Academic works for the Prize may be submitted by academic institutions, higher educational institutions of Ukraine and countries of the world Ukraine has diplomatic relations with, as well as prize winners of previous years.

The academic work must be accompanied with:

  • a decision of the academic institution, higher educational institution on submission the academic work for the Prize;
  • a reference for the person whose academic work is being submitted for the Prize, with the contact data of the applicant for the Prize;
  • extended abstract to the academic work (in Ukrainian and English);
  • personal written consent of the author of the academic work to participate in the competition for the Prize.

Academic papers should be sent in 3 copies to the Foundation’s address: 48a Volodymyrska St, office 15, Kyiv, 01030, supporting documents are to be sent by e-mail to: frankoprize@ukr.net.

The main criterion for selecting applicants for the Prize is the professional competence in the scientific field and the international level of scientific research, regardless of age, gender, religious or political preferences or ethnic background of the author.

Academic works are accepted until March 1, 2018.

For more information on the conditions for submission of the documents for the International Franco Ivan Franko Prize, refer to the Foundation’s website http://frankoprize.com.ua/index.php/en/2016/02/01/603

The prize was founded in 2015. The main objective of the Prize is to promote comprehensive study of Ivan Franko’s creative, scientific, social activities, to encourage scholars from around the world to carry out relevant research in the field of social sciences and Ukrainian Studies.

The Prize winners of previous years:

in 2016 archbishop emeritus, former head of the UGCC Lyubomyr Huzar with the scientific monograph “Andrei Sheptytsky Galician Metropolitan (1901-1944), a forerunner of ecumenism”;

in 2017 in the nomination “For significant advances (achievements) in Ukrainian Studies” — professor of the Institute for Slavic Studies at the University of Vienna, Michael Mozer with the monograph “New Contributions to the History of the Ukrainian Language”.

in the nomination “for significant advances (achievements) in humanities and social sciences” — Honorary Professor of Ivan Franko National University of Lviv, academician Oleh Shabliy with the academic work “Social Geography” in 2 volumes.

The inducement fund in 2016 and 2017 was UAH 500,000.

Ivan Franko International Fund to Serve Partner and Consultant for The Rising Hawk Historical Film

The famous writer’s grandson Roland Franko and project producer Egor Olesov signed a memorandum of cooperation  

The team of Kinorob studio working on creating a historical film The Rising Hawk  met the famous writer’s grandson Roland Franko, head of Ivan Franko International Foundation, and signed a memorandum of cooperation for producing the film based on the Ukrainian classic’s novella with the same title.

“Creation of The Rising Hawk film based on the novel by the great Kamenyar [Stonemason in Ukrainian] is the monument to the Genius which will bring him back to life,” says the Foundation’s director Igor Kurus. “On our part, we’ll put all our efforts into helping the team get immersed in the world of Ivan Franko’s novella, ideas and thoughts so that they could make a great film.” 

The project’s creative team, Foundation’s representatives, experts on Ivan Franko’s original heritage, culture scholars, historians, and ethnographers will join their efforts in working on the future screening. According to the Memorandum, the Foundation will conduct informational support of Kinorob company needed for film production and provide consultations on Ivan Franko’s creative work. Besides, during the whole production period for the film, the partners will conduct joint events to raise the public’s awareness about The Rising Hawk.

One of the main goals for the film is to take the ideas of civil society, unity, self-dedication, and integrity embedded by the classical author in his work, bring them forward to the youngsters and make them understandable for the contemporary audience. We want to show that all these ideas are still relevant,” says film producer Egor Olesov. “We are thankful to Roland Franko and Igor Kurus for their help in our work on the project. And the first step of our cooperation was a research expedition to the Carpathians in late November; we’ll tell about it a bit later.

  

Just a reminder, The Rising Hawk  produced by Kinorob became the winner of the 9th competitive selection for film projects from Ukrainian State Film Agency. The film’s budget is 75 million UAH out of which 30 million in the Agency’s support. Director is Akhtem Seitablayev; producers are Egor Olesov and Yuriy Prylypko. The screenwriter is Yaroslav Voytseshek. The artistic director is Vlad Odudenko. The filming of the historical movie will start in spring 2018.

Synopsis: The year is 1241. The Mongol horde lead by cruel khan Burunda moves west, destroying everything in its path. Reaching the Carpathian mountains, the troops camp right below. However, at night several local hunters, the Berkut brothers, secretly enter the camp and free the hostages. Consumed with rage, the khan decides to take revenge and destroy the Carpathian settlements. A traitor amongst the locals tells the Mongols about a secret passage inside the mountains. Nevertheless, a small group of mountain hunters lead by Zakhar Berkut has its own plan to stop the enemy horde once and for all.



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