I really love that it was like the ordinary people and their experience of what the war is doing and all these different places at sort of different stages. I just thought they really captured this thing that you don’t see. It’s not what’s playing on the news about Ukraine. – 2/24/24 Buffalo, NY.

Spark Filmmakers Collaborative is a United States-registered 501c3 charity. Your tax-deductible donation can make a meaningful difference in the lives of Ukrainian filmmakers and the global reach of their powerful stories. By contributing to our initiative, you will help us compensate participating filmmakers and fund the ongoing work of event production, promotion and building a collection of Ukrainian short films for future programming worldwide.

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“Full circle is what Ukrainians want for their country: to go through challenges and come out on the other side better and stronger. Safe and free. And have the pre-war topics return to the surface again, becoming the most critical agenda like as in times of peace.”  Anastasia Kirii, Program Curator

Believe in Ukraine Short Film Program: A 52-minute, 10-film experience by contemporary Ukrainian filmmakers providing a comprehensive narrative for a deeper understanding of the personal impacts of the war in Ukraine, often overlooked by mass media.

The program begins as filmmakers share their self-recorded reflections on how February 24th, 2022, has impacted their lives.

The 47-minute short film program starts with pre-war stories depicting day-to-day Ukrainian life, transitions into the harsh realities of war from various perspectives, and concludes with themes of rebirth.

The films included in the Believe in Ukraine film program – a circular short film experience,  have been provided for use without compensation. This program has been produced without financial support.

Curated by Ukrainian filmmaker Anastasiia Kirii, the Believe in Ukraine short film program features short films by self-identifying Ukrainian filmmakers to bring more understanding and appreciation of Ukraine and the Ukrainian experience to the world.

The worldwide “Believe in Ukraine” campaign begins on February 24 and runs throughout 2024,  launching with events in 180+ cities across the globe to show solidarity with the brave Ukrainian people as we face the second anniversary of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

The Believe in Ukraine film program will assemble a slate of films and film programs by Ukrainian creators for screening events throughout 2024.

Filmmakers are invited to submit films of any genre created since 2019 that are up to 10 minutes long and speak about their experience of being Ukrainian.

Submissions are currently closed but will reopen soon. Follow this program on FilmFreeway or Instagram for notifications.

The films included in the Believe in Ukraine film program – a circular short film experience,  have been provided for use without compensation. This program has been produced without financial support in collaboration with the Klych.org Believe in Ukraine initiative. A small stipend has been supplied for curation. Learn more about the Believe in Ukraine campaign and Klych at https://klych.org/believe-in-ukraine.