Ukraine in Focus

Ukraine in Focus

The Marché du Film program that aims to support Ukrainian filmmakers, industry professionals & entrepreneurs!

The Marché du Film is pleased to announce a newly revamped 2023 Ukraine in Focus program complete with a series of events tailored to support Ukrainian filmmakers, industry professionals and entrepreneurs and to celebrate the country’s creativity and cinema amidst turmoil in the territory. Conferences, pitching sessions, networking events and innovative experiences will invite Ukrainian industry professionals to present their projects, expand their networks and help them find new co-producing partners and financing opportunities.

The Ukraine in Focus program will shift the spotlight of the Marché du Film’s key market programs towards Ukraine.

The Ukraine in Focus program is comprised of the following events:

The Producers Network, in collaboration with the Göteborg Film Fund and Ukranian Institute, will Spotlight five emerging Ukrainian producers : Karina Kostyna (TABOR), Andrii Kotliar (Babylon’13), Olha Matat (EVOS Film), Dmytro Sukhanov (Toy Cinema) and Zlata Yefimenko (EF Pictures).

More information about producers network

Cannes Docs will have two Ukrainian docs in the making included to its selection of Spotlighted Projects, in partnership with the Ukrainian Institute: Dad’s Lullaby, by Lesia Diak, and Silent Flood, by Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk. Additionally, for the first time, Docudays UA is one of Cannes Docs’ 2023 Festival Partners, alongside a prestigious list of other international doc film fests.


Cannes Next will offer a wide range of events with the focus on Innovative Ukraine. This one-of-a-kind program will present Ukrainian individuals, companies, and leaders who are disrupting and defining the future of the industry in Europe and on the global stage.


Pitching Session: Ukraine in Focus

📆 Monday 22 May | 16:00-17:15 (Pavillon Les Cinémas du Monde)

In partnership with the European Solidarity Fund for Ukrainian Films, CNC, EFAD Association, Göteborg Film Fund, Institut Français, LIM | Less is More, Movies that Matter, Tatino Films and Ukrainian Institute, the Marché du Film will host a pitching session to present ten Ukrainian feature film projects in development to potential co-producers, and financiers. The projects have been selected in collaboration with Göteborg Film Fund, LIM | Less is More and Pop Up Film Residency. One of the projects selected will be awarded a prize given by the Pop Up Film Residency.


Pitching Session Moderator

Margje de Koning | Artistic Director (Movies that Matter)

After directing documentaries for 12 years, Margje apart from teaching at the University of Amsterdam, was commissioning editor over 17 years. Also she became head of TV, Radio and NM of IKON (public Broadcaster), before become artistic director of Movies that Matter, she was head of Documentary at EO (Dutch Public Broadcast).