Tuesday 14 July 2015 -
14:00 to 23:59
Odess, Odessa Film Studio, Art Centre of Vera Kholodnaya, Frantsuzky Boulevard, 33

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Be optimists and come to this session, brought to you by the British Council and Docudays UA to let you know about the UK opportunities open to Ukrainian documentary filmmakers.

Sylvia Wroblewska, experienced fundraiser and marketing director of Sheffield Doc/Fest, will tell you about the most inspiring documentary film market in Europe and how you could use its platforms to develop your projects. 

Luke Moody, Film and Distribution Manager BRITDOC Foundation, will talk about funding opportunities, support schemes and new business models available to international filmmakers.

Christine Bardsley, Film Advisor British Council, Darya Bassel, Programmer Docudays UA and (virtual presence) Charlie Phillips, Chief Editor Guardian Docs will announce The Guardian Pitch – an opportunity for Ukrainian documentary filmmakers under 37 to pitch their ideas for Ukrainian stories and win a commission of £5,000 to produce a shortform documentary to be featured by the Guardian online.

Come along to find out more and ask your questions.

Free entrance for industry badge holders.

Sheffield Doc/Fest brings the international documentary family together to celebrate the art and business of documentary making for six intense days in June. With 2016 being our 23rd year, Sheffield Doc/Fest is one of the top three documentary festivals and markets in the world.

BRITDOC is a non-profit founded in 2005 committed to enabling great documentary films and connecting them to audiences globally. BRITDOC is now supported by the Ford Foundation, Channel 4 Television, the Bertha Foundation as well as other European and US Foundations. Has offices in London and New York and runs initiatives all over the world.

Guardian News & Media (GNM) publishes, the third largest English-speaking newspaper website in the world. In 2014 The Guardian launched a weekly slot for new short international documentary stories, produced by the best independent filmmakers.

Christine Bardsley has been a Film Programme Manager at the British Council since 2001 following a varied career including stints working overseas on aid-funded development projects. Christine designs film projects, curates programmes and advises on selection of British short and feature films at international festivals and events. She also leads on British Council work in documentary.

Sylvia Wroblewska is the Business and Marketing Director at Sheffield Doc/Fest. Prior to this, Sylvia worked in documentary film and TV production, beginning her media career as Production Coordinator on the feature documentary The Age of Stupid. She then joined Current TV as an Associate Producer, working alongside the commissioning editor to manage both single and series documentaries from development through to broadcast. 
Luke Moody, Film and Distribution Manager at BRITDOC Foundation. He works across BRITDOC funds including The Bertha BRITDOC Journalism and Connect Fund and leads on UK releases for BRITDOC Films.

Charlie Phillips, Head of Documentary Acquisition and Production at The Guardian. Prior to The Guardian was the deputy director of Sheffield Doc/Fest, UK.

Darya Bassel joined the team of Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival in 2011. She's been working as a production manager and program coordinator. She also works as production manager on independent documentary and fiction projects.