Supported project


May 7, 2024

  • DirectorMyroslav Slaboshpytskyi, Yuliia Shashkova, Oleksii Mamedov, Maksym Tuzov, Andrii Lidahovskyi, Sviatoslav Kostiuk
  • ScriptwriterMyroslav Slaboshpytskyi, Yuliia Shashkova, Oleksii Mamedov, Maksym Tuzov, Andrii Lidahovskyi, Sviatoslav Kostiuk
  • Countries: Ukraine / Germany
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Country of shooting: Ukraine, U.S.A.
  • Language: Ukrainian, English
  • Duration: 98 min


According to the creative idea, the film almanac will consist of 6 short films about the horrors of war, the main characters will be animals from the best Ukrainian authors with the participation of international artists.



Ukrainian producer
Kleos Art Productions

Oleksii Makukhin

Producer from a contributing country
Essence Film (Germany)

Igor Dovgal


European Solidarity Fund for Ukrainian Films – Date of the decision : May 7th 2024


    Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi is a Ukrainian filmmaker acclaimed for his unique approach to storytelling. Slaboshpytskyi rose to prominence for his groundbreaking debut feature film “The Tribe” (2014), which garnered international acclaim for its innovative use of sign  language and lack of spoken dialogue.
    Before his filmmaking career, Slaboshpytskyi studied at the Kyiv State Institute of  Theatrical Art and later worked as a journalist and film critic. His background in journalism influenced his keen observational style and attention to detail in his filmmaking.
    “The Tribe” received widespread recognition at film festivals worldwide, including the  Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Nespresso Grand Prize in the Critics’ Week section.  The film’s success established Slaboshpytskyi as a bold and visionary filmmaker. Following the critical success of “The Tribe,” Slaboshpytskyi continued to push boundaries with his work. His second feature film, “Luxembourg” (2019), further showcased his distinctive directorial style and narrative craftsmanship.

    Svyatoslav Kostiuk holds a Master’s degree in Journalism from Ivan Franko National University of Lviv and has demonstrated exceptional storytelling and content creation  skills.
    During his long journalism career spanning 2010-2022, Sviatoslav wrote influential articles for such reputable publications as Day, Literary Ukraine, Saturday Post, Svoboda, and Nova  Ternopilska Gazeta. His dedication to the industry has led to his membership in the  National Union of Journalists of Ukraine (since 2011) and on the board of the NGO You Are  Media (since 2014).
    As a former editor-in-chief of the PenAll publishing platform (2017-2020) and editor/host of the Good Morning program on UA: Lviv (2019-2020), Sviatoslav has demonstrated  strong leadership and editorial skills. From 2021 to 2022, he worked as a PR manager at  Astrolabe Publishing House, and in 2022 he founded the LIGA network of intellectual games.
    In the field of cinema, Sviatoslav has gained recognition as a screenwriter and director. His achievements include being a laureate of the Coronation of the Word International Literary Competition and a finalist in such competitions as 1+1 TV channel’s Next Big Thing and the 5th Kinomedia Film Festival. Participation in the short doctoral educational program at  KIAF 2015 and the Kyiv International Short Film Festival (KIFF 2016) further strengthened his position in the industry.

    Oleksyi Mamedov is a Ukrainian scriptwriter and director. In 2006, he graduated from the Munich Film Academy where he specialized in film directing. Since then, he has worked as a scriptwriter on many projects, including the feature drama “Nemez”, “Afghan Odyssey”, “Red Mafiya”, “Michelangelo”, “The Good Bad Man” and others. In 2023, he wrote and directed the short film “Sonny”.



    Maxim Tuzov graduated from the I. K. Karpenko-Kary Kyiv National University of Theatre, Cinema and Television (KNUTK) with a degree in Television Directing. His talent was  recognized in 2022 when he received the Kyiv City State Administration (KMBA) award for his creative achievements.
    Since 2022, Tuzov has been an active member of the NOVAMEDIA Journalist Association  and accredited journalist for the Armed Forces of Ukraine (ZSU). In the same year, he  embarked on a new academic journey, enrolling in the Department of Dramatic Theatre  Directing at KNUTK I. K. Karpenko-Kary.
    Tuzov has also made a mark in the film industry with notable works like “The Righteous,”  “The Gospel after 24.02,” and “Saltivska Church”.

    Yulia Shashkova graduated from the Karpenko-Kary Kyiv State Institute of Theater Arts with a degree in feature film directing from the workshop of Mikhail Ilyenko. After graduation, she mostly directed commercials and corporate films.
    In 2010, she directed and wrote two short films as part of the project “Mudaky. Arabesky”: short film “Friday” as a scriptwriter and director and “Grandma” as a director;
    In 2012, she worked on the project “ Ukraine, Goodbye” as a scriptwriter and director of the short film “Almost Love”. In 2014, she directed the documentary series  “The Winter That Changed Us” for “1+1” TV channel.
    In 2015, her feature documentary as part of #BABYLON`13, “Stronger than arms”received the prize for Best non-fiction film at the NCCU award and the Bronze prize at Passion For Freedom London.  The next year, she directed a short documentary as part of #BABYLON`13, “Volunteers of war”.
    In 2018, her feature documentary “The First Company” received the audience award at
    Docudays International Film Festival. In 2021, she directed the feature documentary “Uljanenko Uncensored”.

    In 2009, Andrii Lidahovskyi became a student of the Institute of Culture and Arts in Directing. In 2015 starred in the film “It Was Showering In Manchester”, which won the “Best Ukrainian Short” at the Odesa International Film Festival. During the last five years, he directed numerous music videos and commercials.
    Since 2016, worked as an art director for an international creative agency D2D. In 2019, he starred in “My Thoughts Are Silent” which won the Crystal Globe at the Karlovy Vary Film  Festival, and Special Jury Mention for best actor debut at the Odesa International Film Festival. In 2021, he was working as the director of art at Antonio Lukich’s “Luxemburg, Luxemburg” feature, in which he starred as an actor in an episode.


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