On March 15 the Göteborg Film Fund is opening a call for submissions for development grants for filmmakers working within Ukraine. This is part of a bigger program for Ukraine, which was initiated in June 2022 with residency filmmakers working in Sweden, continuing with supports for dissemination and promotion of Ukrainian films, and development grants during the autumn.
The program is supported by The Swedish Postcode Foundation, within the frame of their focus on artistic freedom, and by the Swedish Institute and their emergency support for Ukraine.
The development grants, consisting of SEK 75 000 each, are aimed for development of scripts or projects and supports feature length fiction or documentary films, with a director tied to them, who will also be the beneficiary of the grant.
Residency filmmaker Tonia Noyabrova spent time in Gothenburg last summer. One of the results of her stay was that local Common Ground Productions and Film i Väst joined her drama Do You Love Me? as co-producers. The film premiered at this year’s Berlinale Panorama with Noaybrova, lead actress and several team members present.
"Göteborg Film Fund has now been working close to the Ukrainian film industry for two years, one of them during war and full-scale invasion,” said Göteborg Film Fund manager Camilla Larsson. “The filmmakers keep struggling [with] writing, developing, pitching, financing, shooting, editing, post-producing, premiering. The feeling at the gala premiere of Tonia Noyabrovas film in Berlin is difficult to describe, and the importance of it happening cannot be emphasized enough. It is more important than ever to keep supporting the Ukrainian film industry and their struggle."
The call for development grants is open through March 31.
Click here for the guidelines to enter https://goteborgfilmfestival.se/en/goteborg-film-fund/development-grants/