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Emergency fund for filmmakers in response to war in Ukraine

The International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk (ICFR) has started a special emergency fund for filmmakers who are directly at risk due to the ongoing war in Ukraine. The Dutch Film Fund supports the emergency fund with 100.000 Euro. Meanwhile Germany and France have also confirmed their support as well as many individual donors. The emergency fund is meant to support filmmakers with small contributions of €500, €1,000 or €1,500 for temporary relocation costs, legal and administrative costs such as visas, and other initial but necessary expenses that are needed in the current situation.

The support applies to Ukrainian filmmakers who are in dire straits, as well as independent, critical filmmakers from Russia and Belarus who are speaking out against the war. ICFR calls on film professionals and organizations to support the fund and put affected filmmakers in touch with the fund to help colleagues in these bleak times. Filmmakers can contact the emergency fund directly at [email protected]. ICFR was previously founded by the European Film Academy, the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) and the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR). The coalition is committed to helping filmmakers at risk as a consequence of war and conflict.

Solidarity declaration

Today, in a letter to the Dutch House of Representatives, the Cabinet announced that the Dutch cultural and creative sector is asked to continue supporting independent, critical organizations and individual thinkers and artists. At the same time, the Cabinet requests that all formal and institutional collaborations with the government in the Russian Federation and Belarus, as well as cultural institutions affiliated with these governments, be suspended. This is in line with the solidarity declaration of European ministers on cultural cooperation. As the Film Fund, we join this effort and continue to support independent critical organizations and filmmakers in Russia and Belarus, in cooperation with international partners. Collaborations with filmmakers and producers affiliated with the government in Russia and Belarus fall outside of this context.


If you would like to support the work of ICFR, you can donate to:
Bank account: ICFR Foundation
IBAN: NL02TRIO0320047040

Please mention in the description: Donation ICFR Emergency Fund for Filmmakers

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