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In 2019, at the end of November, 10 documentary projects from Ukraine visited the largest platform for documentary films in Amsterdam. For the first time, such a large delegation of Ukrainian documentary filmmakers was introduced at IDFA.
Delegation members were producers and directors who work on first and second full-length films. They joined the festival industry events, visited the forum market and got advice from international experts. All 10 selected projects entered the list of the most anticipated Ukrainian documentaries in the coming years.
“Docudays UA organized three events for Ukrainian filmmakers. In particular, a networking dinner with representatives of international festivals, funds, and sales agencies was held on 25 November,” says the head of Docudays UA industry platform and delegation coordinator Darya Bassel. “The next day, four Ukrainian projects were presented within the framework of the Ukrainian showcase. Moderator of the event was Brigid O'Shea, one of the world's leading creative documentary experts and the Head of DOK Co-Pro Market in Leipzig. Among the audience were the Hot Docs' director of programming, Visions du reel programmers, RIDM, DOKLeipzig, producers from Latvia, France and Canada, as well as Docudays UA permanent partners — Current Time Broadcasters."
The presentation of 4 selected documentary projects was held within "Ukraine: Here We Go!". During the event, the following upcoming films were presented: the project Expedition 49 by director Alisa Kovalenko and producer Stephane Siohan, the story Fragile Memory by director Igor Ivanko and producer Mariia Ponomaryova, the upcoming film Fragments of Ice, director Maria Stoianova, the project Between Two Wars by director Alina Gorlova and producer Maksym Nakonechnyi.
On 27 November, the Ukrainian delegation met guests at the IDFA FORUM LUNCH, held with the support of the Ukrainian Institute. This is the event that brings together all participants of the festival industry market. This year, the lunch was held under the slogan "Ukraine: Here We Go!" and attracted more than 300 guests from all over the world.
The work of the Ukrainian delegation was made possible through cooperation between Docudays UA, Ukrainian State Film Agency and the Ukrainian Institute.