Written by Joe Jackson on May 5, 2022. Posted in Awards and Festivals

The Location Guide, Filmmakers for Ukraine and EUFCN join forces for fundraiser at Cannes 2022

The Location Guide, Filmmakers for Ukraine and EUFCN are organising a fundraising campaign at this year’s Cannes Film Festival in support of the Ukrainian filmmaking community. Ukrainian lapel pins will be sold during Cannes Film Festival at events and pavilions, and a minimum donation of EUR10 is required by scanning a QR code.


“I am pleased to join forces with Filmmakers for Ukraine and EUFCN as we wanted to support an initiative that directly assists Ukrainian filmmakers in a swift and transparent manner,” says Clara Le, The Location Guide’s commercial director. “We are reaching out to the international filmmaking community at Cannes and will be aiming to raise as much money as possible during the festival.”


Filmmakers for Ukraine is an independent European group of filmmakers that gathered after the start of the war in Ukraine. Launched by Crew United, the group created an online platform - an information hub with different kinds of support (accommodation, legal assistance, work, education) - for all those affected by the war, paying special attention to the country’s film community alongside people from socially marginalised groups (LGBTQ+, BPOC, women, children and national minorities). The team is in daily contact with many people who turn to them for help.


"Our actual mission is to connect people to make films together,” details Crew United’s managing partner Oliver Zenglein, “but right now it is just more important to bring people together to help those affected by the war.”


EUFCN - the European Film Commissioners Network - is a non-profit association that supports the European film industry and culture. The organisation aims to develop the exchange of information between its members, improving location research and shooting possibilities while supporting and encouraging the establishment of new Film Commissions.


"The European Film Commissions Network is part of our mission to create and join initiatives to actively support the film industry in Europe,” emphasises EUFCN’s managing director Angelica Cantisani. “In these sad and difficult times, we look to connect even stronger and to raise engagement in the support of Ukrainian filmmakers and Ukraine.”


Filmmakers for Ukraine - Fundraising Statement

The most important elements of our campaign are:

  • supporting filmmakers
  • helping quickly (for example, sending money by PayPal directly to individual filmmakers in need)
  • avoiding unnecessary formalities, minimalising administrative costs, and maintaining full transparency

Our Ukrainian lapel pins will be available at the following Cannes locations:

  • The American Pavilion
  • Austria Pavilion
  • Belgium Pavilion
  • Croatian Audiovisual Centre Pavilion
  • CST (Higher Technical Commission for Sound and Images)
  • German Pavilion
  • Film Centre of Montenegro Pavilion
  • Film France
  • CNC (National Center for Cinema)
  • Film USA Pavilion
  • FOCUS London and makers & shakers Awards mixer
  • UK Pavilion
  • UPC (French Producers Cinema)
  • Le SPI (French Producers TV & Cinema)
  • Lithuania Pavilion
  • Southern Sweden at Members Lounge Long Beach
  • North Macedonia Film Agency Pavilion
  • The Members Lounge Long Beach


More locations will be added soon. If you have a pavilion or an event at Cannes, and would like to get involved in this fundraiser, then please contact: clara.le@thelocationguide.com


In solidarity,

The Location Guide, Filmmakers for Ukraine and EUFCN


Featured photo by Volodymyr Tokar on Unsplash


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