European Solidarity Fund for Ukrainian Films
The European Solidarity Fund for Ukrainian Films (ESFUF)
is an initiative proposed by the CNC to the other EFAD members during the Cannes General Assembly in May 2022.
After having supported various actions for Ukraine → at national and European level, EFAD and its members wanted to unite forces to launch a dedicated support for Ukrainian filmmakers, to help them completing their films or developing new projects, while fostering coproductions. ESFUF brings together 16 partners from 13 different countries, the EFAD association and some of its members as well as Culture Ministries.
the partner authorities:
- Belgium: Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF), Cinema and Audiovisual Centre of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation (CCA)
- Cyprus: Ministry of Culture
- Croatia: Croatian Audiovisual Center
- Estonia: Ministry of Culture
- France: CNC and the Ministry of Culture
- Germany: Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media
- Greece: Greek Film Centre
- Ireland: Screen Ireland
- Italy: Ministry of Culture
- Lithuania: Lithuanian Film Center
- Luxembourg: Film Fund Luxembourg
- Netherlands: Netherlands Film Fund
- Portugal: Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual
- EFAD (Europe): European association of national film agencies
The CNC acts as coordinator of ESFUF, managing the fund together with the Steering Committee composed of all the partner authorities.
Description and eligibility criteria
ESFUF will provide support to cinematographic works by an Ukrainian director, at the development or FINALISATION stage.
The eligible projects are long-length cinematographic works intended to be first released in theaters, belonging to the genres of fiction, documentary or animation.
Beneficiaries are production companies established in the ESFUF contributing countries having a coproduction contract with an Ukrainian production company.
- The budget of the scheme in 2023 is 1 051 000 €
- The amount of the development support is capped at 25 000 € for documentaries and at 50 000 € for fiction or animation. Finalisation support is capped at 75 000 €.
The first call was open on 20 February 2023.
Applications can be submitted until 17 March 2023.
The results of this first selection round will be announced during the Cannes festival in May.
The selection of projects will be decided by the ESFUF jury, composed of 5 experts of the European film industry. The names will be announced soon.
Manon Duverger, Project manager
A new European initiative to support Ukrainian cinema is launched during the Berlinale
After months of preparation, the EFAD, the film agencies and Culture Ministries from 13 countries launched, in presence of Culture Ministers Claudia Roth (Germany), Rima Abdul-Malak