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

Експерти обрали три проєкти, міжнародні промоційні кампанії яких будуть підтримані у розмірі до 8 тисяч євро. 


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:     

  • The Editorial Office,” directed by Roman Bondarchuk, produced by Darнa Bassel, Darнa Averchenko, Tanja Georgieva-Waldhauer  

The plot revolves around Yura, a young researcher at a local museum, who witnesses a forest fire. The protagonist brings photos of the perpetrators to the local newspaper’s editorial office with the intention of exposing them. 

  • Fragments of Ice,” directed by Maria Stoianova, produced by Alina Gorlova, Maxim Nakonechny 

This documentary film consists of archival footage shot by the director’s father, a figure skater from the famous “Ballet on Ice” ensemble. The film explores the history of Ukraine’s maturation between the illusion of the “Western paradise” and the hardships of the Soviet era. 

  • “A Picture to Remember ,” directed by Olga Chernykh, produced by Regina Maryanovska-Davidzon, Olexo Gladyshevskyuy, Laurence Ubersfeld, Flavia Oertwig 

This documentary essay takes the viewer on a journey through the trials and tribulations of a Ukrainian family originally from Donetsk. Forced to leave their home during the war in 2014 and again in 2022 when the enemy knocked on their door in Kyiv, the director immerses herself in a kaleidoscope of memories and chronicles her own and collective experiences. 

In 2023, the Ukrainian Institute will implement the proMOTION programme in collaboration with Eurimages, the cultural support fund of the Council of Europe. Competitions are to be held to allow producers to apply with film projects to be promoted at the main festivals throughout the year. Seven film projects have been selected to receive up to 8,000 euros each for promoting their films abroad. The first competition identified two winning projects, and the second competition commission chose two more winning projects.