Five projects awarded at the ‘UKRAINIAN FILMS NOW’ event in Cannes

The ‘Ukrainian Films Now’ fundraising & networking event promoted by EAVE, First Cut Lab, and When East Meets West, in cooperation with EFAD and CineRegio and under the patronage of the Marché du Film, took place at the Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes on the 22nd of May 2022 to support a portfolio of 9 Ukrainian films in post-production.

The works-in-progress selection, curated by Matthieu Darras (First Cut Lab), Marge Liiske (Baltic Event), and Alessandra Pastore (WEMW), has been presented in front of an audience of about 200 film professionals attending Cannes Film Festival with the aim to provide financial and practical support to the films, as well as to connect the Ukrainian teams with potential co-producers and partners.

The ‘Ukrainian Films Now’ Award & Post-prodoction Awards

Debut feature Stepne by Maryna Vroda received the  Ukrainian Films Now Award.

In the film, an old man goes back reluctantly to his small home village to the bedside of his dying mother. The director, also producer of the film, won the prestigious Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival with her short Cross back in 2011.

The international jury consisting of Clément Cogitore, Elena Lopez Riera, and Agnieszka Smoczyńska – all filmmakers having their new films selected at the current Cannes Film Festival, was called upon to decide the winners of Ukrainian Films Now Award, a cash prise of € 30.000, made by the contributions of Estonian Film Institute, Film i Skåne, Fondo Audiovisivo FVG, Film Fund Luxembourg, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (MDM), ALCA/Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Slovak Audiovisual Fund, Hessen Film und Medien and Wallimage.

Thanks to the partnership with First Cut Lab, the project U are the Universe, directed by Pavlo Ostrikov and produced by Vladimir and Anna Yatsenko, was awarded the First Cut Lab Award, that will provide editing consultancy.

The Ciclic/Région Centre-Val de Loire Award, consisting in 15.000 € in post-production services, went to Company of Steel, the documentary about young Ukrainian war veterans returning home directed by Yulia Gontaruk and produced by Ivanna Khitsinska and Alexandra Bratyshchenko.

Tonia Noyabrova’s Do you love me? portrays a girl, whose world is crushing because her parents are getting divorced at the exact same time of the USSR collaps, was awarded with the IDM Film Commission Südtirol Award, consisting in 20.000 € in post-production facilities.

Screen Brussels granted a 20.000 € award for post production activities to the debut film When We Were Fifteen, directed by Anna Buriachkova and produced by Natalia Libet and Vitalii Sheremetiev. The film is a a vivid and edgy coming of age drama about 15-year old Tonya, the new girl at school, facing questions of her ex-boyfriend abuse and dealing with her sexuality.

Several funds have moreover officially committed to identify films from the ‘Ukrainian Films Now’ label as priorities for their upcoming Minority Co-Production schemes.



 Ukrainian Films Now Award
Stepne (debut)
Dir./prod. Maryna Vroda

First Cut Lab Award
U Are the Universe (debut)
Dir. Pavlo Ostrikov
Prod. Vladimir Yatsenko, Anna Yatsenko

Ciclic/Région Centre-Val de Loire Award
Company of Steel (doc.)
Dir. Yulia Gontaruk
Prod. Ivanna Khitsinska, Alexandra Bratyshchenko

IDM Film Commission Südtirol Award
Do you love me?
Dir. Tonia Noyabrova
Prod. Anastasiia Bukovska

Screen Brussels Award
When We Were Fifteen (debut)
Dir. Anna Buriachkova
Prod. Natalia Libet, Vitalii Sheremetiev
Matthieu Darras – First Cut Lab

Alessandro Gropplero & Alessandra Pastore – WEMW &

Kristina Trapp – EAVE