Marco Levytsky, NP-UN National Affairs Editor.
Canada and Ukraine will soon be signing a co-production agreement for film-making.
Arif Virani, Parkdale – High Park MP and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage (Multiculturalism, told New Pathway – Ukrainian News in Kyiv, August 23, that an agreement in principle was already in place and the two parties are ironing out the details at this point in time.
He added that he can’t predict when it will be concluded, but “we are proceeding with this as a priority and want to have this approved expeditiously.”
This agreement has the backing of Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez, Virani noted.
Earlier that day, Virani and Canada’s Ambassador to Ukraine Roman Waschuk visited the studio of FILM.UA. which is currently working on two animated features with Canadian producers.
“The FILM.UA Group excels at creating original movies, series, TV shows, and new media content for all genres and audiences, relying on our superior production capacity and expertise. Each company in our group specializes in a particular area, offering comprehensive, streamlined production processes,” states their website.
Waschuk told-NP-UN that the old Soviet-style film studios were no longer sustainable, but Ukraine has developed a new film industry with new studios that started out doing advertising and post-production work and have now expanded to become full-spectrum, film producers.
“The kind of people that Canadians want to deal with now are not holdovers. They are new wave industry people who often work with the latest technologies and that explains why these companies want international partnerships and why Telefilm Canada and Heritage Canada have been interested in moving this forward,” he said.
“You’re dealing with the new digital generation, Ukrainians who kind of built themselves up from scratch on a commercial basis,” Waschuk added.
This agreement will provide Canadians and Ukrainians with opportunities in in animation, feature movies, and television shows.
“It’s not just telling our stories to each other… it’s also producing stuff together for global markets,” the ambassador noted.
“This would not be a kind of humanitarian gesture to Ukraine. It’s more a viable commercial partnership.” Waschuk said.