A directing and scriptwriting programme for filmmakers from Ukraine

Are you a citizen of Ukraine? Are you looking to develop your own feature film or documentary project?
Check out the programme run by the Wajda School and Gdynia Film School co-financed by the Polish Film Institute. Applications deadline: 25 October 2023.

Film Bridge – Ukraine is a proprietary programme which aims to develop the film projects of Ukrainian filmmakers. The programme is open both to people who are still waiting to make their directorial debut and also creators who have already made their first full-length feature or documentary films. During the selection process, in addition to your current film experience, the most important thing will be the idea you have for the film you would like to develop during the programme.

For a few months creators will work on the development of their own projects – both fiction and documentary films – together with experienced Polish filmmakers.

The programme is based on group activities, practical workshops and individual work on your own project under the supervision of a tutor. During online sessions and on-site workshops, under the supervision of lecturers from the Wajda School and Gdynia Film School, you will work on your treatment, learn how to work with an actor and shoot a selected scene from your feature film project, which you will then edit and analyse during classes. Programme participants will also take part in the shooting of a short documentary project.

The intended final result of the fiction part of the programme is a detailed treatment or first draft of a feature film script, as well as a shot scene from the resulting text.

Our assumption is that each participant completes the programme with a package they can use to look for a producer and attempt to get their project off the ground. With the documentary projects, the result will be a short exercise or documentary.

Participation in the programme is free of charge.

Last year's edition of the program was attended by: Tonia Noyabrova (director and screenwriter, awarded at this year's International Festival of Independent Cinema OFF CAMERA in Krakow, the Andrzej Wajda Grand Prize in the International Competition Making Way for the film “Do you love me”), Yuriy Dunay (working as a cinematographer with Valentyn Vasyanovych on his most important films as well as with Polish directors – Maciej Sobieszczański “Zgoda” – and Maciek Hamela “From where to where?”), Olga Gibelinda (experienced producer and screenwriter), Solomiya Tomaschuk (director and screenwriter) and Vitalii Havura (director), his project “Trap” – developed as part of the FBU programme – will be realized by Wajda Studio.


The lecturers will be experienced filmmakers associated with the Wajda School and Gdynia Film School: Wojciech Marczewski, Robert Gliński, Denijal Hasanović, Marcin Borchardt, Udayan Prasad, Jerzy Rados, Joanna Malicka, Irena Banat and the originator and programme coordinator – Filip Marczewski.

Who is it for?

It’s for feature film and documentary directors, as well as scriptwriters, cinematographers or actors who are looking to become active in the field of directing. Applicants for admission to the programme must have Ukrainian citizenship and speak English or Polish.


The application must include: a feature film treatment that will be developed during the programme (max. 5 typewritten pages); one fully laid-out dialogue scene (the most important scene from your feature film project); a documentary treatment – related to a protagonist and based on your own experiences or on any topic (max. 1 typewritten page). The materials must be prepared in English or Polish.

Applications deadline: 25 October 2023

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The Wajda School has been educating young generations of filmmakers for twenty years. We create optimal conditions for the preparation of a professional debut. Experienced cinema people (directors, scriptwriters, documentary makers, producers) work with students on the best artistic vision of their own projects – from the script development stage, through documentation, photography, production and post-production, to the presentation of the film on the market.

Gdynia Film School was founded in 2010. The mission and main goal of the school's activity is the reliable, solid and professional education of future film and documentary filmmakers who are aware of what the profession of director involves. The teaching of major subjects is based on practical classes, while the necessary theoretical lectures are the starting point for a series of exercises, workshop rehearsals and the creation of film scenes and etudes. Classes in small groups enable individual work and direct, substantive contact with the lecturer.

The FILM BRIDGE – UKRAINE programme is co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.