48:e festivalen 24 jan - 2 feb, 2025

Göteborg Film Festival initiates a residency programme for Ukrainian filmmakers

"We hope that our residencies can give at least a few filmmakers the opportunity to continue their work in a peaceful environment", Camilla Larsson, fund manager, Göteborg Film Festival.

48:e festivalen
24 Jan -
2 Feb, 2025

Göteborg Film Fund is an initiative from Göteborg Film Festival to support films and filmmakers in regions where filmmaking is difficult, due to economic or political reasons. During 2021 Ukraine was one of the four countries where Göteborg Film Fund was active. 

Since the war broke out in Ukraine, Göteborg Film Festival has been working to find ways to keep supporting Ukrainian filmmakers who have been displaced due to the war. In cooperation with The University of Gothenburg and Region Västra Götaland Göteborg Film Fund 2022 is now opening the call for three residencies with a duration of three months each.

–We hope that our residencies can give at least a few filmmakers the opportunity to continue their work in a peaceful environment, whether they want to develop scripts or new projects or finish existing ones. Since we already had a strong connection to the Ukrainian film community we are happy to be able to provide this possibility for Ukrainian filmmakers to keep working from Sweden, until they can do it at home again, says fund manager, Camilla Larsson

– The solidarity with the Ukrainian people is widely expressed in Sweden. We are happy to provide facilities for the artists and filmmakers to continue their important creative work and cultural expression. I am also convinced that they will contribute to the creative development in West Sweden, says Conny Brännberg, regional councilor, Region Västra Götaland.

The three Residencies consist of:

– Three months of stay in Göteborg: Apartment (with room for family members if needed) and per diem (SEK 10 000/month)
– Travel costs to and from Göteborg
– Workspace at the offices of Göteborg Film Festival
– Introduction to different industry networks in the region. 
The residencies are open from June to August, 2022, although the dates can be adjusted if needed. The call is open to feature fiction or feature documentary projects, at any stage of production, made by Ukrainian filmmakers (directors, producers, screenwriters, editors etc.).
The residencies are organised with financing from Region Västra Götaland and in cooperation with HDK-Valand at the University of Gothenburg.

More information: 
Camilla Larsson, Manager Göteborg Film Fund

How to apply for the residencies
The application should contain: 
Short description of the project you would like to work with during the residency. 
CV of filmmaker (can be director, script writer, producer, editor, etc)
Personal letter
Send the application to: application.fund@goteborgfilmfestival.se
The selection will be made on an ongoing basis.

During 2021 Göteborg Film Fund selected eight Ukrainian projects for development and postproduction support. One of them, Pamfir, by Dmytro Sukholytkyy Sobchuk, produced by Alexandra Kostina for Bosonfilm, together with with Les Films D’Ici, Madants and Quijote, will be screened in the Directors’ Fortnight section at the festival in Cannes next week, where also no less than four of the producers selected for support from Göteborg Film Fund – Denis Ivanov, Sashko Chubko, Darya Bassel and Natalia Libet – will attend the Ukrainian focus at Marché de Cannes. Read more about the work of Göteborg Film Fund 2021 here.

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