Ukrainian producers at the European Film Market of Berlinale
Five Ukrainian producers presented their projects to the international professional community at the European Film Market in Berlin.
16.-22. Februar 2023
About the European Film Market
Annually, The European Film Market gathers around 10,000 representatives of the international film and media industries – primarily producers, buyers and sales agents, distributors, and financiers. They come together to network, exchange, inform themselves and do business. The film market is held simultaneously with The Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale).
The 2023 participants from Ukraine were selected by the festival’s organizers from the long list made by the Ukrainian Institute. On 16 to 22 February, the selected producers presented their projects to the international professional community, as well as established valuable professional contacts.
Presentation of the Ukrainian Films
During the presentation, the producers presented to the international professional community their projects of feature films and documentaries that are at different stages of production.
“All clear!” (“Сигнал відбою!”), dir. Dmitry Golumbevsky, prod. Maxim Asadchiy
“PTSD” (“ПТСР”), dir. Maxim Ksyonda, prod. Maxim Asadchiy
“Behind the Scenes” (“За кадром”), dir. Marina Stepanska, prod. Yulia Sinkevych
“Kai” (“Кай”), dir. Oleh Sentsov, prod. Denis Ivanov
“Demons” (“Демони”), dir. Natalka Vorozhbyt, prod. Denis Ivanov
“The State“ (“Стан”), dir. Nikon Romanchenko, prod. Victoria Khomenko
“Days I’d Like to Forget” (“Дні, які я хотів би забути”), dir. Alina Gorlova, Elizabeth Smith, Maksym Nakonechnyi, Simon Mozgovyi, dir. Yevhen Rachkovsky, Maksym Nakonechnyi, Karina Kostina
The presentation was moderated by Natalie Movshovych, head of the film department of the Ukrainian Institute, and Barbara Wurm, member of the Berlinale selection committee.
Participants from Ukraine 2023
Film producer (JS Films), festival curator, co-founder and member of the Supervisory Board of the Ukrainian Film Academy, and member of the European Film Academy. From 2010 to 2020 Julia worked as a general producer for the Odesa International Film Festival. Julia recently produced Lucky girl by Marysia Nikitiuk, co-produced a documentary film Close relations by Vitaliy Mansky (2016), and Heatsingers (2019) by Nadia Parfan. Julia is currently working on feature films It’s not a full picture (development), a documentary by Maryna Stepanska, and the fiction film Lesia (development) by Nana Janelidze.
Film producer (Moon Man). A House Made of Splinters (2022) by Simon Lereng Wilmont (Award in the World Cinema Documentary Competition at Sundance 2022) – co-producer (minority co-production); Outside (2022) by Olha Zhurba (The Willy Brandt Documentary Film Award for Freedom and Human Rights at Human Rights Film Festival Berlin 2022) – producer; Stop-Zemlia (2021) by Kateryna Gornostai (Crystal Bear at Berlinale 2021) – producer.
Ongoing projects: State (working title) by Nikon Romanchenko, Antonivka (working title) by Kateryna Gornostai.
Film producer (Pronto Film), among others, produced Dad’s Sneakers by Olha Zhurba (2021, Short), Locarno Official selection. Film in Ukrainian distribution – Toloka (2020), Foxter & Max (2019), Povodyr (2014), etc. Projects in production – Utopia by Yuri Rechinskiy (Odesa IFF WiP), All clear signal! by Andrii Negreskul, and PTSD by Maksym Ksyonda
Ukrainian producer, film distributor, cultural manager, head of the Arthouse Traffic film company, member of the European Film Academy and National Union of Cinematographers of Ukraine, founder of the Odesa International Film Festival and Children Kinofest. Among others produced The Tribe by Myroslav Slaboshpytskyi, Donbas by Sergei Loznitsa, Cenzorka by Peter Kerekes, and Rhino by Oleh Sentsov. Now he is working on the new film by Oleh Sentsov called Kai, finishing Demons by Nataliia Vorozhbyt.
Co-founder of the independent production company Tabor with his friends, which now makes documentaries, fiction films, theatre plays, commercial and social videos, and cultural volunteering projects. Maksym has completed several fiction shorts as a director and regularly produces documentary films. His films have screened widely on the international festival circuit and received both broadcast and theatrical releases. Maksym’s directorial feature debut Butterfly Vision is included into the Uncertain regard competition at Cannes 2022.