In the days following Russian President Vladimir Putin’s declaration of war on Ukraine, the Crew United film network team decided to focus on what they normally do for the film industry as a whole, by especially for the Ukrainian people, and it’s bringing people together and providing them with verified information. The online platform “Filmmakers-for-Ukraine” is an information site where Ukrainian filmmakers and their families can find help quickly.
By Romanita Oprea
“Our real mission is to connect people to make movies together, but right now it’s just more important to bring people together to help people,” says Crew United CEO Oliver Zenglein, based on the resources of its extensive support network.
In collaboration with professional associations, institutions and many colleagues from the film industry, Crew United has worked day and night since the first attacks to create an online platform whose stated objective is to inform in a simple and up-to-date way . on offers of help from all European countries. The support is specifically directed towards Ukrainian filmmakers and their families, as well as disadvantaged groups and minorities in Ukraine, such as BIPoC, LGBTQIA+, Roma, people with disabilities, children, sick people and the elderly.
The platform provides people in Ukraine who seek help and people who want to offer support with information on issues of transportation, accommodation, work, medical assistance, food, clothing, etc. as well as contacts for psychological and legal help.Specializing in film industry information, “Filmmakers-for-Ukraine” contains offers of help, fundraising campaigns, petitions and appeals from the film industry. There is also an information page curated by film journalists with sources of important documentaries and feature films about Ukraine. A blog reports, for example, on key cultural activities to help Ukraine and publishes urgent appeals for help from people in need. In addition, the job and accommodation market on Crew United needs to be expanded to allow Ukrainian filmmakers to post job and accommodation offers.
“With “Filmmakers-for-Ukraine“We focus on the work, the offers and the network of initiators in our industry, because we have excellent contacts there,” says Oliver Zenglein. Crew United was established in Germany over 25 years ago. She has been active for a year in the film industry in Poland and France and is preparing launches in Lithuania, Romania, Greece, Italy and Spain. The platform already provides information about support and activities in Poland, Lithuania, Romania and other European countries, and much more information is constantly being added.
Call for help and support
“Filmmakers-for-Ukraine” was created in no time and we are developing it every day. We are always grateful to anyone who wants to help,” comes the plea from the Crew United editorial team. We are looking for industry partners and funders who can provide useful information and inform about planned activities. We urgently need volunteers to help us keep our information well structured and up to date.
If you are interested in helping, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org