The Content Fund launched a call for ‘War Stories’ in March 2022 in response to the tragic events unfolding in Ukraine following Russia’s cynical and devastating invasion. The funding call was aimed at providing support to Russian-language independent media and content creators to allow them to continue their important work in support of the truth, as well as fostering a plurality of voices, both in the context of this war and beyond.

Based on the feedback of an expert jury panel jury, the Content Fund Board approved for funding 15 submissions from 12 applying media partners.

A long-term partner of the Content Fund, TV8 from Moldova, was the clear overall winner, and was awarded the First Award of EUR 25,000 for its production Ukraine in Flames. Nine other award winners received awards of EUR 10,000 each. Five additional entries received smaller grants.

TV8 created an outstanding observational documentary in terms of content, access and filming. The jury found Ukraine in Flames, shot by Viorica Tataru and Andrei Captarenco, an excellent and dynamic piece of rapid turnaround documentary making.

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