Ukraine and Canada Go to the Movies | Special from Toronto
A new agreement between the two countries is meant to make it easier for each country's movies and TV shows to be shown in the other. It should also make joint projects easier to do
Get your p0pcorn ready because Ukraine and Canada are ready to go to the movies.
An agreement signed yesterday (July 2) between the two companies will make it easier for Ukrainian movies and TV programs to be shown in Canada and vice versa.
“This is a great event for the film industry and the state as a whole. This is an opportunity to enter the Western market. The cinema has no limits. It is very important for us to reach the new markets and work in co-production with other countries,” Cultural Minister Yevhen Nyshchuk said.
Along with making it easier to screen one another’s film and TV shows, Nyshchuk said that the deal could jumpstart new joint projects.
“Joint projects are very interesting for Canada and for Ukraine because we have a common history. In Canada, many people come from our country. For them, every sip of national culture is very important, ” he said.
Canadian partners are already planning to make TV shows in Ukraine, including potentially at the Odesa Film Studio or Kyiv’s Dovzhenko Film Studio, Nyshchuk said.
Nyshchuk said that he hopes that the countries could jointly release another film about the Holodomor of 1932-1933. He said that Canada was one of the first countries on the international scene to honor the memory of the genocide victims, who perished as a result of Stalin’s artificial famine.
“In addition to this agreement, cultural cooperation between the two countries is on the rise. Canada has recently been featured on the Book Arsenal (Ukrainian Book Fair). We work together on book translation. There are also Days of Ukrainian Cinema in Canada and Days of Canadian Cinema in Ukraine,” Nyshchuk said.