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Last year, the Ukrainian Film Academy and House of Europe, a programme funded by the European Union, partnered with Netflix to help Ukrainian professionals in the film and TV industry impacted by the full-scale Russian invasion. In 2023 this partnership, supported by Netflix’s Fund for Creative Equity, continues with two new partners - the European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs (EAVE) and the New York Film Academy - providing additional access to knowledge and training to hundreds of professionals in various industry roles.

As part of this partnership, applications are now open for a series of digital masterclasses for producers and line producers prepared by EAVE’s network of international experts, providing a comprehensive understanding of all stages of a project life-span from a co-production point of view, tailor made to the Ukrainian AV industry. Eligible Ukrainian creators can apply through the House of Europe website until May 12.

EAVE will also engage with a cohort of professionals who received script development grants  last year. They will continue to receive support through a group session to discuss the shape of the industry landscape plus 1:1 script doctoring and project development sessions covering financing, co-producing, marketing, distribution and festival strategies, delivered by EAVE.

The 2022 programmes supported 100 creative professionals with stipends, over 400 received access to digital education, as well as 48 two-person creative teams who received script development grants and online sessions with international industry experts. Out of those projects, 9 have already found foreign partners and co-producers, 4 have found international donor funding. More have been selected for presentations at various film festivals across the world, including Berlinale, Göteborg Film Festival and WATCH DOCS International Film Festival. Among last year's supported participants, EAVE graduate Dmytro Sukhanov from Toy Cinema (Ukraine) has recently won "Best Project Award” at the Series Mania co-pitching session with the project UNSPOKEN, co-produced by EAVE graduate Anna Rozalska from Match&Spark (Poland).

“Thanks to the script development grant from the Ukrainian Film Academy, in partnership with Netflix, we now have the script of the first 3 episodes and the Bible. And of course the series deck. It was an honor for us to present the first Ukrainian high-concept series in co-production with Poland at the highest-profile TV industry event in Europe" - said Dmytro.


EAVE, is one of the leading producers’ training programmes in Europe with a unique global network of over 2600 producers to date. Working with a worldwide network of partners we are involved in programmes for producers in Europe, Latin America, the Arab world, Asia and Africa. Founded in 1988, our objectives are to provide professional training opportunities and to bring producers from different regions of the world together with the aim of facilitating co-production relationships. We believe that the support of independent voices, creative imagination and culturally driven companies within the global media industries is an urgent necessity in the 21st century. Through our work we aim to contribute towards the creation of strong networks of producers and to encourage the exchange of knowledge and skills which will strengthen independent production across the world.


Ukrainian Film Academy is a Ukrainian association of experts and professionals in the field of cinema and film production. It was founded in 2016 to support and develop modern Ukrainian cinema. As of 2022, the Ukrainian Film Academy includes more than 500 film professionals. Since 2017, the Ukrainian Film Academy has been holding the prestigious annual event Golden Dzyga Film Awards”, a Ukrainian national film award given for professional achievements in the development of Ukrainian cinema. The main symbol of the National Film Award is the “Golden Dzyga” statuette, which symbolizes the rapid and relentless development of Ukrainian cinema.


House of Europe is an EU-funded programme fostering professional and creative exchange between Ukrainians and their colleagues in EU countries and the United Kingdom. The programme focuses on different professional fields: culture and creative industries, education and youth, social entrepreneurship, and media. This encompasses 20+ separate programme lines enabling people to go for conferences, professional events, internships, and networking in the EU, or to enroll in study tours, residencies, trainings, and other forms of support. House of Europe funds cultural coproductions and cooperations between Ukrainian and EU organizations and the development of cultural infrastructure in Ukraine. Following Russia’s all-out war against Ukraine, the House of Europe put together a war response worth EUR 1.5 mln, including for the safeguarding of cultural heritage. Implementation of the House of Europe programme is led by Goethe-Institut Ukraine.


New York Film Academy (“NYFA”) is a leading film, media, and performing arts college that offers hands-on intensive undergraduate and graduate degree programs, certificates, and workshops across a multitude of areas of study in New York City, Los Angeles, South Beach/Miami, Gold Coast (Australia), Florence (Italy), and more. Its programs are accelerated and NYFA students can complete a four-year BFA degree in three years. Online program offerings are available and continue to expand with more programs being offered now more than ever. For more information, please visit


Netflix is one of the world's leading entertainment services with 231 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, films and games across a wide variety of genres and languages.


Page published 27 April 2023. Updated 28 April 2023.

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