12 European film funds join forces for Ukrainian Films Now
- The fundraising and networking event will unspool at Cannes and aims to back Ukrainian films currently in post-production
Twelve European film funds are joining forces to launch Ukrainian Films Now, a brand-new fundraising and networking event that aims to support Ukrainian titles in post-production. It will take place as part of this year’s Marché du Film (17-25 May), with nine works in progress set to be introduced to an audience of professionals on 22 May. The news was first reported by Screen International.
In detail, the event’s objective is to connect Ukrainian film teams with potential European producers and partners. A cash prize of €30,000 will be awarded to the best project, chosen by a jury of filmmakers who are presenting their work at Cannes: Clément Cogitore (Sons of Ramses [+see also:
interview: Clément Cogitore
film profile], Critics’ Week), Elena López Riera (The Water [+see also:
interview: Elena López Riera
film profile], Directors’ Fortnight) and Agnieszka Smoczyńska (The Silent Twins [+see also:
interview: Agnieszka Smoczynska
film profile], Un Certain Regard).
The 12 partners launching the event are ALCA/Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine (France), Ciclic/Région Centre-Val de Loire (France), HessenFilm (Germany), Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (Germany), Fondo Audiovisivo FVG (Italy), IDM Film Commission Südtirol (Italy), Screen Brussels (Belgium), Wallimage (Belgium), Film i Skåne (Sweden), the Estonian Film Institute, Film Fund Luxembourg and the Slovak Audiovisual Fund.
Ukrainian Films Now will be led by EAVE, First Cut Lab and When East Meets West, in partnership with EFAD and CineRegio. Additional co-production awards will be granted by the regional film funds, along with an editing award from First Cut Lab. Moreover, Film Fund Luxembourg, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung and the Slovak Audiovisual Fund have committed to including some of the titles in upcoming minority co-production schemes.
The selected projects are as follows:
Chrysanthemum Day – Simon Mozgovoy
Producers: Artem Koliubaiev, Alex Chepiga and Daryna Zakharova
Company of Steel – Yulia Gontaruk (documentary)
Producers: Ivanna Khitsinska and Alexandra Bratyshchenko
Dissident – Stanislav Gurenko and Andriy Alferov
Producer: Oleksandr Omelyanov
Do You Love Me? [+see also:
interview: Tonya Noyabrova
film profile] – Tonia Noyabrova
Producer: Anastasiia Bukovska
The Editorial Office – Roman Bondarchuk
Producer: Darya Bassel
La Palisada – Filip Sotnychenko
Producers: Halyna Kryvorchuk, Valeria Sochyvets and Sashko Chubko
Stepne – Maryna Vroda
Producer: Maryna Vroda
U Are the Universe – Pavlo Ostrikov
Producer: Vladimir Yatsenko
When We Were Fifteen – Anna Buriachkova
Producers: Natalia Libet and Vitalii Sheremetiev
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