After having condemned the invasion of Ukraine and expressed its solidarity with the Ukrainian people (here), the EFAD association, as well as its members, have taken concrete steps to provide support to Ukrainian film professionals either in Ukraine or in the countries where they found refuge.
- Donations were made by the EFAD association as well as the CNC, German film funding bodies including the FFA, the Netherlands Film Fund and the Film Fund Luxembourg to the International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk that has set up a special "Emergency Fund for Filmmakers" for film practitioners directly in danger due to the ongoing war in Ukraine.
- The platform Filmmakers for Ukraine that is helping Ukrainian to relocate and find jobs in the industry will also benefit from a donation from the EFAD and the Film Fund Luxembourg.
EFAD and its members are also in regular contact with the Ukrainian State Film Agency.
Other supporting initiatives were launched by EFAD members, such as:
- The Polish Film Institute has created a fund supporting Polish-Ukrainian film and cultural initiatives, offers legal assistance for Ukrainian filmmakers and is publishing job offers for Ukrainian film professionals here.
- The Estonian Film Institute and the Estonian Cinema Union are collecting the job adds here.
- The Lithuanian Film Centre collects information on the job opportunities in Lithuania here. It also accepts applications for grants from Ukrainian citizens, film culture or art creators. The amount of the grant is 1800€, for a period of 3 months, and it is aimed at adult citizens of Ukraine, film culture or art creators, who have been granted temporary protection in the Republic of Lithuania (here).
- In partnership with the BFI, UK cinemas are uniting in support of Ukraine with a series of preview charity screenings of Olga, a new film about a young female Ukrainian gymnast forced to train in exile. From each ticket sold, a donation will be made to support Ukraine via the Disasters Emergency Committee.
- The Italian Minister of Culture allocated 2M€, divided into parts of 100K€, equally assigned to 20 Italian Cultural Foundations to create artist-in-residence programs for Ukrainian artists in their respective sectors of activity, including cinema (here).