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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

12 European film funds join forces for Ukrainian Films Now
Do You Love Me? by Tonia Noyabrova

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.

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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:
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interview: Clément Cogitore
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, Critics’ Week), Elena López Riera (The Water [+see also:
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interview: Elena López Riera
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, Directors’ Fortnight) and Agnieszka Smoczyńska (The Silent Twins [+see also:
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interview: Agnieszka Smoczynska
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, 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 DaySimon Mozgovoy
Producers: Artem Koliubaiev, Alex Chepiga and Daryna Zakharova

Company of SteelYulia Gontaruk (documentary)
Producers: Ivanna Khitsinska and Alexandra Bratyshchenko

DissidentStanislav Gurenko and Andriy Alferov
Producer: Oleksandr Omelyanov

Do You Love Me?Tonia Noyabrova
Producer: Anastasiia Bukovska

The Editorial OfficeRoman Bondarchuk
Producer: Darya Bassel

La PalisadaFilip Sotnychenko
Producers: Halyna Kryvorchuk, Valeria Sochyvets and Sashko Chubko

StepneMaryna Vroda
Producer: Maryna Vroda

U Are the UniversePavlo Ostrikov
Producer: Vladimir Yatsenko

When We Were FifteenAnna Buriachkova
Producers: Natalia Libet and Vitalii Sheremetiev

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