Crew United’s Filmmakers for Ukraine platform launches online charity screenings




– The initiative aims to support the country’s film industry and encourage moviegoers to discover the history of Ukraine and its people through the art of cinema

Some of the films available as part of the Online Charity Screenings

Crew United’s Filmmakers for Ukraine platform will bring Ukrainian films closer to international audiences through online charity screenings. The initiative, which started on July 14, aims to support the local film industry and encourage the international film-loving community to discover the history of Ukraine and its people through the art of cinema.

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The screenings come after a few months of intense work by Crew United. Filmmakers for Ukraine was created during the early days of the Russian invasion. Together with a team of volunteers from across Europe – including representatives from professional associations, institutions and industry – the platform has succeeded in providing Ukrainians in need with useful information and practical assistance. The project has helped people find housing, jobs and the tools they need to keep going.

In early April, Filmmakers for Ukraine published a call for Ukrainian filmmakers, asking them to submit their titles for Charity Screenings.

The funds raised through the initiative will provide concrete assistance to filmmakers in dire or life-threatening situations. On this occasion, Filmmakers for Ukraine has partnered with Pantaflix, a German VoD service that previously served as an online platform for several international film festivals, such as DOK.fest Munich and Filmfest Oldenburg. All funds will be administered by the new NGO Filmmakers for Refugees, and a committee of international film professionals will be responsible for allocating donations.

The effort received an endorsement from the Polish director and president of the European Film Academy Agnieszka Holland“We want to understand what is happening in Ukraine, and cinema is very useful because it opens doors to deeper knowledge and emotional experience. So, watching Ukrainian cinema on the Filmmakers for Ukraine charity screening platform is a win-win situation: you can watch wonderful films and support Ukrainian filmmakers. They need to be seen and supported, and this is an opportunity [for them] continue their work. »

danish filmmaker Simon Lereng Wilmontthe award-winning documentary The distant barking of dogs [+see also:
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(2017) opens the program. The selection of online screenings available on the platform includes films from established directors as well as nuggets helmed by the latest generation of filmmakers and international titles that show Ukraine from the perspective of a foreign observer. The first titles announced are Andrew Liulkoit is Not now (2020), Daria Onyshchenkoit is the forgotten (2019), Marina Stepanskait is Fall [+see also:
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(2017), Oleg Chornyit is The Rain Project (2016), and Jan Hinrik Drevs and Rene Harderit is Mr. Pilipenko and his submarine (2006). New movies will be added every week.

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