Ukrainian Institute announces the winners of the proMOTION 2023 first Open Call  

Two films were selected as the winners of the first call within proMOTION 2023 programme. The projects will receive promotional support  in the amount of 8,000 euros.

The selection committee behind the projects evaluation included film critic, director and the head of scientific and programming department at the Dovzhenko Centre Stanislav Bytiutskyi, Head of Film Sales Support (FSS), European Film Promotion Susanne Davis, Project Manager at Eurimages, curator of the Promotion Programme Sergio García de Leániz, Head of Film at the Ukrainian Institute Natalie Movshovych and Film Programme Manager at the Ukrainian Institute Iryna Kyporenko.  

The international promotion of the following projects will be supported within the programme: 

  • We Will Not Fade Away, dir. Alisa Kovalenko, prod. Valerіy Kalmikov, Yana Kalmikova, Oleksіy Kobeliev  

The documentary tells the story of the growing up of teenagers from the East of Ukraine against the backdrop of the war. One day, a well-known adventurer and traveler in Ukraine, Valentyn Shcherbachov, invites them to participate in a unique therapy expedition to the Himalayas and gives them the opportunity to break free for the first time and open new horizons in their lives.  

  • La Palisiada, dir. Philip Sotnychenko, prod. Halyna Kryvorchuk, Valeria Sochyvets, Sashko Chubko  

Ukraine, 1996. 5 months before the moratorium on the death penalty. Two old friends—a police detective and a forensic psychiatrist—are investigating the murder of a colleague whose widow both of them loved when they were young. Immersed in memories of the past, they unconsciously create a future in which their children will have to live, reaping the fruits of their parents’ lost hopes.  

The 2023 edition of the programme is implemented in cooperation with Eurimages, the cultural support fund of the Council of Europe. Three calls for projects are to be held over the course of 2023, to allow producers to apply with film projects to be promoted at the main festivals throughout the year. In total, at least seven film projects will be selected during the year and will receive up to 8,000 euros to promote the film abroad. Film projects not selected in the first call may be submitted to next calls, which are planned for June and October.  

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