Pop Up Film Residency is pleased to partner with the Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes to support Ukrainian filmmakers and celebrate Ukrainian Cinema as part of its UKRAINE IN FOCUS program, along with Groupe Ouest’s Less Is More and Goteborg Film Festival.

On Monday 22nd of May 2023 at 4 pm, Pavilion Cinémas du Monde, Marché du Film will organize a pitching session with the aim to present 10 Ukrainian feature film projects in development to potential co-producers and financiers.


3 of these projects are selected by the Pop Up Film Residency.

Indeed, from July 2022 to March 2023, 3 individual residencies were organized by the Pop Up Film Residency that benefited Ukrainian filmmakers, all taking place in Bratislava (Slovakia) due to the proximity to Ukraine.

They are:

Women Suicide Season, by Anastasiya Gruba – debut feature

In the frame of Munich Film Up!, a program initiated by HFF Munchen, July 2022

Mentor: Ayman El-Amir (Egypt)

Bio: https://popupfilmresidency.org/project/munich-film-up-2/

Fucking Sensitivity, by Tetyana Simon
– debut feature

Mentor: Sonja Tarokic (Croatia)

Pop Up Film Residency Wild Card, December 2022


Consider Vera, by Marina Stepanska

Pop Up Film Residency Wild Card, March 2023


Besides taking part in constituting the line-up of the UKRAINE IN FOCUS program, the Pop Up Film Residency will also award one of the participating projects with a three-week residency to be taking place in Warsaw (Poland) in July 2023.

This residency, financially supported by Eurimages, will be part of the Pop Up Film Residency Visegrad Program – with the financial support of the Visegrad Fund.

The Ukrainian filmmaker selected will have the opportunity to work on her/his project in a creative environment, benefiting from individualized mentorship and mingling with fellow filmmakers from Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia.

See details:


The program is organised in partnership with leading film festivals from Central Europe: Karlovy Vary IFF, New Horizons FF in Wroclaw, Febiofest in Bratislava, and Friss Huss’ Budapest Debut Film Forum. The Platform for screenwriters Terrarium is the Ukrainian partner.


Already back in May 2022, the Pop Up Film Residency was one of the co-organizers of UKRAINIAN FILMS NOW, an event hosted by Cannes’ Marché du Film, and that consisted in showcasing 9 Ukrainian feature films in post-production. The main award of the event was given to Maryna Vroda’s debut feature Stepne.

Thanks to a financial support from Eurimages, Maryna Vroda benefited from a Pop Up Film Residency that took place in September and October 2022 in Bratislava.

The focus of the residency was to work on finalizing the editing of the film, while looking for financial support to cover post-production costs. Thanks to her stay at the Pop Up Film Residency, Maryna Vroda could attach a Slovak producer, Peter Kerekes, and together they successfully applied to a funding of the Slovak Audiovisual Fund aimed at supporting Ukrainian films. The film is now ready to have its world premiere.

*Picture (from left to right): Tetyana Simon, Anastasiya Gruba, Marina Stepanska