With the portal aktorky-ta-aktory.org, European film associations enhance the visibility of actors from Ukraine
aktorky-ta-aktory.org is Ukrainian for “Actresses & Actors” and digital home for actors from Ukraine. Launched by the Bundesverband Schauspiel BFFS (Federal Association of Acting, Germany) in cooperation with the Produzentenallianz (Producers’ Alliance, Germany), VdA (Association of Talent Agencies for Film, Television and Theatre, Germany), ARDA (Association of French Casting Directors), PCDG (Polish Casting Directors Guild), VOECD (Association of Austrian Casting Directors), Academy of Austrian Film, SSFV (Swiss Syndicate Film and Video), BVC (Association of German Casting Directors), Deutsche Filmakademie e.V. (German Film Academy) and ICDN (International Casting Directors Network) support the initiative. The hashtag #UnitedWeAct underlines the goal of the action: to help integrate Ukrainian actors into the European film family.
“We are pleased to welcome our Ukrainian colleagues with “Aktorky ta Aktory”. With this platform, we are giving them an opportunity to present themselves as actors in their profession, far away from home,” says Antoine Monot, member of the board of the Bundesverband Schauspiel e.V. BFFS.
Ulrich Meinhard, chairman of the VdA, emphasizes the cross-industry character: “The associations help together and pragmatically – directly in the everyday work of all those involved – to integrate the Ukrainian actors into existing structures in the EU.”
Anja Dihrberg -Siebler, member of the Executive Board of the ICDN, explains: “For the members of the ICDN around the Ukrainian casting director Alla Samoylenko, cooperation is the central basis. aktorky-ta-aktory.org enables us to consider actors across-borders and to make them visible beyond Ukraine, to set an example for constructive partnerships.”
aktorky-ta-aktory.org is operated based on Castupload. The profiles of the actors are integrated into the systems of casting directors, production companies and acting databases. The BFFS offers the actors to become guest member of the association, the VdA offers professional representation, and the other partners ensure visibility in the industry. The actors that had to leave their home are matched with actors at their destination as “acting partners”.