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EFAD support to the Ukrainian film community

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 supported the organization and promotion of event organized in Cannes in 2022 by EAVE, Ukrainian Films Now, to help current Ukrainian Films to get completed.
  • On 19 April, EFAD organized a special screening of the film "Klondike" by Maryna Er Gorbach.

EFAD and its members have been also in regular contact with the Ukrainian State Film Agency, which is now an EFAD member (here).

Other supporting initiatives were launched by EFAD members, such as:

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The Croatian Audiovisual Center and the Representation of the European Commission in Croatia partnered with the Creative Europe Desk - MEDIA Croatia Office to organize the screening of the Ukrainian film Donbass directed by Sergei Loznica on 8 and 9 May 2022, in the occasion of the Europe Day (anniversary of the historic Schuman Declaration of 1950, but also the first official step in the creation of the European Union).

Estonia The Estonian Film Institute and the Estonian Cinema Union collected the job adds here
France To the 1M€ support fund deployed by the French Ministry of Culture for Ukrainian artists and professionals of culture who would like to be welcomed in France will be added 300K€ for the reception of students in 99 schools under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture. The fund is divided into two components: an emergency reception facility and a support system for artistic creation here

German film funding agencies, including the FFA, contributed to the "Emergency Fund for Filmmakers" set up by the International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk (ICFR) with a total amount of 200K€


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

  • The Lithuanian Film Centre collects information on the job opportunities in Lithuania.
  • 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.
  • In May 2022, the Lithuanian Film Centre also organized the "Ukrainian Film Days" event in support of the initiative of the Ukraine relief fund CinemaAid to hold marathons of films by Ukrainian filmmakers around the world. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Ukrainian relief fund CinemaAid, which assists Ukrainian filmmakers and their families affected by the war.
  • The Lithuanian Council for Culture and the Lithuanian Film Centre have allocated 126K€ as grants for Ukrainian artists who fled Ukraine.

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


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.



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