We, European Women's Audiovisual Network, strongly condemn the criminal actions of Putin's regime.
We stand for all filmmakers who are opposing the criminal regime in Russia regardless of their nationality, because we are one nation: the film nation, the freedom of expression nation.
This is a crucial moment in history when we have to stay united in our fundamental credo in order to survive.
Any filmmaker in need of anything is welcome to reach out to EWA Network ewa(at)ewawomen(dot)com and we will react instantly.
If there is any financial support you would like to offer, we encourage you to direct it towards the following organisation indicated by our friends at Molodist Film Festival in Kyiv:
International Charitable Foundation “Come Back Alive”: https://savelife.in.
We will keep you updated on other direct ways to support the innocent victims of this horrible war.
United we survive,
Initiatives the EWA Network is endorsing in support of the Ukrainian Film Industry
Support the Ukrainian Women in Film and TV community - UFFI by helping their filmmakers to find a job abroad and support them with financial aid.
DocuDays UA support – Ukraine’s DocuDays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival has had to cancel its 2022 edition, and is fundraising to support the festival team, many of whom are still in Ukraine. You can donate here.
Come Back Alive - Following this initiative and donating is very important and trustworthy: https://www.comebackalive.in.ua/
Institute of Documentary Film’s organization list - Support channels listed on the following website are considered trustworthy:
Ukrainian journalist/activist Serhiy Prytula (https://lnkd.in/eAvzFwCz) is important to be supported:
BENEFICIARY: PRYTULA SERHIY
BANK OF BENEFICIARY: PRIVATBANK, 1D HRUSHEVSKOGO STR., KYIV, 01001, UKRAINE
SWIFT CODE: PBANUA2X
Correspondent bank : Commerzbank AG Frankfurt am Main Germany
SWIFT CODE: COBADEFF
Beneficiary bank’s account with Correspondent bank: acc No 400 8867004 01
Book Ukrainian film screenings without rights clearance fees
New Europe Film Sales has renounced the right to any commission on Valentyn Vasyanovych’s Ukrainian Venice 2021 Competition title Reflection. For any distributors, exhibitors or festival programmers looking to book the film, New Europe will also assist with deliverables at no cost; all revenues will go to the film’s Ukrainian producers. For more information, click here.
Alina Gorlova screenings - European sales companies Filmotor and Square Eyes have teamed up to offer screenings of Ukrainian filmmaker Alina Gorlova’s anti-war features This Rain Will Never Stop and No Obvious Signs. All proceeds will go to a support fund for filmmakers on the ground in Ukraine. To book screenings, contact Wouter Jansen at Square Eyes here and/or Michaela Cajkova at Filmotor here.
Volunteering & helping initiatives
Border Crossing Film Festival – A film festival is holding free screenings for children and families at official refugee reception centres both at the Polish-Ukrainian border and throughout Poland. Translators and volunteers are required; for further information click here and/or email here.
Filmmakers-for-Ukraine - Production network platform Crew United has launched Filmmakers-for-Ukraine, an information website to provide assistance for Ukrainian filmmakers and their families. The site also aims to assist disadvantaged groups and minorities; it includes information on transport, shelter, work, medical assistance, food, clothing, plus psychological and legal aid. To help with the efforts, contact Filmmakers-for-Ukraine here; and visit the site here.
Pitch the Doc Showroom - Pitch the Doc has launched a special SHOWROOM dedicated to Ukrainian documentary projects, aimed at ensuring their continuous visibility on the professional market, as well as providing them a little better discoverability. Currently there are over 30 projects and just completed films. But we hope this number may grow.
EWA Network will help by distributing information about it:
- within EWA network, members, professional community - to give those projects some interest and visibility
- among Ukrainian filmmakers connected with EWA, to invite them to join it with their projects.
PROJECTS from UKRAINE showroom:
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information about the showroom: https://pitchthedoc.com/UA-projects
information for filmmakers on how to join: https://pitchthedoc.com/ua-projects/join-UA-showroom
19 April 2022 - Klondike screening with director Maryna Er Gorbach in Brussels. If you are interested, ask for a personal invitation from: secretariat@
From May 2-6, 2022, SOFA (School of Film Advancement) will hold a digital workshop for their alumni from Ukraine. They will be joined by their Belarusian alumni who are living in exile. Besides connecting, strengthening their worldwide community, and developing projects, the main goal is to provide specific information by experienced experts and fund representatives of various support schemes, as the continuation of their cultural work is needed more than ever. The one-week workshop will offer an overview of tangible possibilities to professionally settle in new territories as well as methods and strategies for project development in this challenging situation. Now the SOFA team is helping their alumni with needed practical advice on navigating through the bureaucracy and the provision of high-level industry contacts. The workshop will be open to new participants from these countries, who plan to realize a structural project in the field of film/AV. For those interested in joining SOFA in the future, there is an open consultation on April 27. For participation, please check the website and send an email.