KMW CoProduction Meetings: new platform to coproduce with Ukraine

KMW CoProduction Meetings, networking and B2B platform for producers interested in any kind of cooperation with Ukraine, will take place in Kyiv during KYIV MEDIA WEEK, on September 18-19.

Ukraine is reinforcing its position as an attractive destination for international content producers thanks to a range of loud projects, that were shot in Ukrainian locations, used local production services or dealt with Ukrainian history or modernity. The local government meets the interest, implementing incentives for filming in the country. At the same time, local film industry representatives are looking for the ways to attract international partners, building up platforms for international co-production. A new co-production event KMW CoProduction Meetings will be held within the framework of annual media forum KYIV MEDIA WEEK.

KMW Co-Production meetings serves the only practical goal — to facilitate co-production with Ukraine. No matter, whether a producer is just being curious about the peculiarities of the local market or looking for Ukrainian partners for a specific project — the event covers it all, relying on personal communication between participants. The organizers of the event are convinced, that co-production with Ukraine is mutually beneficial both for development of Ukrainian film industry and for international partners and here’s why.

There is a number of recent successful cases of international co-production or cooperation with Ukraine, many of them gained festival success. Among them this year’s Berlinale main competition entry Mr. Jones (2019) by Agnieszka Holland, Cold Blood (2019) starring Jean Reno and shot by Thierry Arbogast, last year’s participant of Cannes Semaine de la critique Woman at War by Benedikt Erlingsson, and, finally, Donbas by Serhiy Loznitsa, honored by Best Director Award of Certain Regard program of Cannes film festival in 2018. This year’s hit series Chernobyl produced by Sky and HBO not only dealt with a tragic theme, strongly connected with Ukraine, but also worked with Ukrainian film services: Postmodern and Radioaktive Film (the owner of Shorts Awards 2018).

Ukrainian State Film Agency (aka Derzhkino), a central governmental body for execution of state policy on cinema support, fosters co-production a lot. The 11th pitching held by Derzhkino had special sections for co-production films, granting financial support to 19 projects in total. Another source of governmental support in Ukraine is Ukrainian Cultural Foundation (UCF), a state-owned institution created in 2017, aiming to facilitate development of culture and arts in Ukraine. UCF distributes financial support on a competition bases and so far had founded over 200 audiovisual projects at the stage of development, including feature films, documentaries, animation and series. With that said, we may conclude that co-production with Ukrainian partners already looks compelling, as they have access to sustainable sources of funding.

Ukrainian government keeps making efforts to create comfortable conditions for the film industry in the country, starting with reserving part of the budget of the Ministry of Culture for national film production (separate from Derzhkino found). Besides founding production at different stages, the state helps with international distribution of Ukrainian films via Ukrainian Institute. A law on state support of cinematography in Ukraine was adopted in 2017. Since then Ukraine introduced cash rebates of 16.67% for the eligible costs and signed bilateral audiovisual co-production treaty with Canada and working on signing a similar document with China. In general, the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine stands on the solid ground of protection and support of national cinematography and favores co-production as a way of promotion and strengthening Ukrainian film industry.

The local industry representatives are very active at international content markets and forums. However, Ukrainian media forum KYIV MEDIA WEEK attracts many world-known audiovisual professionals to Ukraine. Since 2011 it combines international content market, a range of conferences and B2B events, highlighting the business and innovations components of audiovisual industry. The forum has earned its reputation for being not only one of the biggest professional events in the region, but also one of the few bridges, connecting markets of Western World, Central and Eastern Europe, and Middle East. No wonder, that the organizers of the forum decided to compliment it with a big co-production event.

The program of KMW Co-Production meetings consists of presentations of potential co-production projects from invited foreign producers, panel discussion on pros and cons of co-production with Ukraine and lots of face-to-face meetings with Ukrainian producers.
The organizers hope to see the fruits of this year’s KMW Co-Production meetings pretty soon and make the project annual for those interested in co-production with Ukraine to come and join it the next year.

The event is supported by Ukrainian Cultural Foundation.