Igor Iankovskyi Foundation and Ukrainian State Film Agency Held Business Lunch at 69th Berlin Film Festival
On 11 February 2019, Igor Iankovskyi Foundation and Ukrainian State Film Agency organized and successfully held the Second Business Lunch for Ukrainian and foreign film producers as part of the Co-Production Market at the world’s greatest 69th Berlin Film Festival.

More than 130 film producers from 50 countries came to the Lounge Hall of the Berlin House of Representatives, located in the historic building of Prussian Landtag (Parliament) near the famous Potsdamer Platz, to meet their Ukrainian colleagues. Co-Production Market is a special production event within Berlin Film Festival that annually brings together 600 film producers who have experience in international film co-production.

Commenting on this event, Igor Iankovskyi noted that his Foundation has been promoting Ukrainian film industry abroad for seven years in a row.

 “A couple of years ago, we established a good tradition to hold Meet Ukrainian Producers receptions every year at Cannes International Film Festival in France, which proved to be a great success. And now Germany, where we have organized a meeting of professionals at the world’s largest Berlin Film Festival on behalf of Ukraine the second year in a row. In the past, we provided funding to Ukrainian national stand on the European Film Market, held Ukrainian parties, brought young film makers to Berlinale. Organization of business lunches at the Co-Production Market is a new step towards development of the Ukrainian film industry that has shown a significant growth recently”, said Igor Iankovskyi, a businessman and a patron.

Iankovskyi Foundation has held a business lunch at Berlinale for the second year in a row. The main purpose of such events is to shine a spotlight on Ukraine and build on ties between Ukrainian and foreign film producers. Since Ukraine has hosted a business lunch for the second time in a row, Pylyp Illienko, Head of Ukrainian State Film Agency, was able to present Ukrainian film industry at the Country Session. In this format, representatives of four selected countries present capabilities of their countries and answer specific questions about the production of films and explain the peculiarities of granting state funding. This year, two such meetings have been scheduled at the Film Market. Representatives from Ukraine, Canada, Norway and Germany were invited to speak at the event.

Last year, after the first Ukrainian business lunch initiated by Iankovskyi Foundation, the Co-Production Market managers met with representatives of Ukrainian film industry to discuss the ways to increase the representation of our country at this platform.

Now, thanks to the commitment and consistency of Iankovskyi Foundation and Ukrainian State Film Agency, 9 famous Ukrainian producers were accredited to participate in all activities of the Co-Production Market this year. This gave them access to all industrial events in the film market – training seminars, workshops, round tables and multilateral meetings where they could network to find partners for joint film production.

“We are happy to work with international co-production teams. This provides filmmakers with so many opportunities. And we have been cooperating with Ukrainian film producers for several years already”, said Martina Blais, curator of the Co-Production Market.

Considering the unprecedented activity of Ukrainian film makers at the 69th Berlinale, Pavlo Rozenko, Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, and Yevhen Nyshchuk, Minister of Culture of Ukraine, visited the capital of Germany. In addition to the opening of Ukrainian-Polish-British film Mister Jones by the famous director Agnieszka Holland that was selected for participation in the main contest of the film festival, they also visited Ukrainian national stand on the European Film Market and attended Ukrainian business lunch at the Co-Production Market.

In addition to the co-production film about the Holodomor in the main contest, Ukraine was represented at the 69th Berlin Film Festival on the European Film Market by the extended national stand #UkraineISYourDestination organized by the State Film Agency of Ukraine and Film Industry Association of Ukraine (FIAU) with support from Ukrainian film producers. There was also a traditional Ukrainian party at Berlinale attracted a lot of attention of the festival visitors.

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