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The Location Guide, Filmmakers for Ukraine and EUFCN join forces for fundraiser at Cannes 2022

Patricia Cruz



The Location Guide, Filmmakers for Ukraine and EUFCN are organising a fundraising
campaign at this year’s Cannes Film Festival in support of the Ukrainian filmmaking
community. Ukrainian lapel pins will be sold during Cannes Film Festival at events and
pavilions, and a minimum donation of EUR10 is required by scanning a QR code.

“I am pleased to join forces with Filmmakers for Ukraine as we wanted to support an
initiative that directly assists Ukrainian filmmakers in a swift and transparent manner,” says
Clara Le, The Location Guide’s commercial director. “We are reaching out to the
international filmmaking community at Cannes and will be aiming to raise as much money
as possible during the festival.”

Launched by Crew United, Filmmakers for Ukraine is an independent European
group of filmmakers that gathered after the start of the war in Ukraine. The group
created an online platform – an information hub with different kinds of support
(accommodation, legal
assistance, work, education) – for all those affected by the war, paying special
attention to the country’s film community alongside people from socially marginalised
groups (LGBTQ+, BPOC, women, children and national minorities). The team is in
daily contact with many people who turn to them for help.

“Our actual mission is to connect people to make films together,” details Crew United’s
managing partner Oliver Zenglein, “but right now it is just more important to bring people
together to help those affected by the war.”

EUFCN – the European Film Commissioners Network – is a non-profit association that
supports the European film industry and culture. The EUFCN aims to develop the exchange

of information between its members, improving location research and shooting possibilities
while supporting and encouraging the establishment of new Film Commissions.

“The European Film Commissions Network is part of our mission to create and join
initiatives to actively support the film industry in Europe,” emphasises EUFCN’s managing
director Angelica Cantisani. “In these sad and difficult times, we look to connect even
stronger and to raise engagement in the support of Ukrainian filmmakers and Ukraine.”

Filmmakers for Ukraine – Fundraising Statement

  • The most important elements of our campaign are:
  • supporting filmmakers
  • helping quickly (for example, sending money by PayPal directly to individual
  • filmmakers in need)
  • avoiding unnecessary formalities, minimalising administrative costs, and
  • maintaining full transparency
  • Our Ukrainian lapel pins will be available at the following Cannes locations:
  • UPC (French Producers Cinema)
  • Le SPI (French Producers TV & Cinema)
  • The American Pavilion
  • Film USA Pavilion
  • Southern Sweden at Members Lounge Long Beach
  • Film France CNC (National Center for Cinema)
  • Croatian Audiovisual Centre at Members Lounge Long Beach
  • CST (Higher Technical Commission for Sound and Images)
  • FOCUS London and makers & shakers Awards mixer
  • German Pavilion
  • Austria Pavilion

More locations will be added soon. If you have a pavilion or an event at Cannes, and would
like to get involved in this fundraiser, then please contact:

In solidarity,

The Location Guide, Filmmakers for Ukraine and EUFCN

About The Location Guide
For over 25 years, The Location Guide has been a world leader in global location filming
production content and contacts. The organisation publishes up-to-date information and
contacts in print, online, via social media and through events and awards ceremonies that
are used by productions for filming on location around the world. The organisation provides
the global screen production industries with unparalleled production resources across a
range of brands: makers magazine, FOCUS and makers and shakers awards.
The Location Guide’s makers magazine features interviews, comments and opinions from
leading figures in production, celebrating the very best in film, commercials and TV
production. FOCUS is a live and digital event aimed at all the creative screen industries. It is
the only UK trade event where attendees can meet with content makers, film commissions,
production services and locations providers from over 80 countries. Held annually at BAFTA,
the makers and shakers awards recognise and honour ground-breaking ideas and initiatives
from players across the spectrum of the global creative screen industries. All entries are
free, and professionals from across the world’s advertising, TV, film, animation, and gaming
sectors are encouraged to enter or nominate their peers. Further information is available at:

About Filmmakers for Ukraine

Established by an independent European group of filmmakers, Filmmakers for Ukraine is a
platform that offers help for filmmakers and minorities from Ukraine and all people are
affected by the war. The group collects and checks important and current information from

across Europe and publishes in via their online hub. The creation of Filmmakers For
Ukraine was made possible thanks to the support of the German networking platform
Crew United, which provided technological support and know-how as well as gigantic
networking in the form of more than 42 thousand contacts to the European
audiovisual industry. Among the more than 40 volunteers from 15 countries who
have been working for 6
weeks on various forms of assistance, there are also Ukrainian filmmakers who are
in exile and those who are still in Ukraine. Further information is available at:


EUFCN nurtures and supports information exchange between its members, alongside
carrying out professional and educational training schemes and generating guidelines for
Film Commissions. The organisation was formed when a group of film commissioners who
wanted to share information and learn from one another’s experiences met in Malaga in

  1. The group voiced their desire to establish the foundations for this organisation, which
    is devoted to the business of facilitating film production activity. In Berlin, in 2005, they
    signed the Berlin Declaration for the constitution of the European Film Commissions
    Network. The association was officially registered in Brussels in March of 2007 and the first
    Board of Directors was elected at the first general assembly in Prague in November of 2007.

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The benefits of practicing mindfulness and how to start

Alice Trout



In today’s fast-paced world, it’s easy to get caught up in the chaos of everyday life. Between work, family, and other responsibilities, we often forget to take care of ourselves. This is where mindfulness comes in. Mindfulness is the practice of being present in the moment, without judgment. In this article, we will explore the benefits of practicing mindfulness and how to start.

Benefits of Practicing Mindfulness

  1. Reduces stress and anxiety

Mindfulness can help to reduce stress and anxiety levels. By focusing on the present moment, you can calm your mind and reduce racing thoughts.

  1. Improves mental clarity

Practicing mindfulness can improve mental clarity and focus. It can help to clear your mind of distractions and increase productivity.

  1. Enhances self-awareness

Mindfulness can increase self-awareness and help you to understand your thoughts and emotions better. By being present in the moment, you can learn to recognize your patterns of thinking and behavior.

  1. Improves relationships

Mindfulness can help to improve relationships by increasing empathy and compassion. By being present with others, you can develop a deeper understanding of their needs and feelings.

How to Start Practicing Mindfulness

  1. Set aside time

Set aside a specific time every day to practice mindfulness. It can be as little as 5-10 minutes per day to start.

  1. Find a quiet space

Find a quiet space where you won’t be disturbed. It could be a quiet corner of your home or a quiet park.

  1. Focus on your breath

Focus on your breath and the physical sensations of breathing. Notice the rise and fall of your chest and the sensation of air moving in and out of your body.

  1. Be present

Allow yourself to be present in the moment without judgment. Let your thoughts and emotions come and go without dwelling on them.

  1. Practice regularly

Make mindfulness a regular practice. It takes time to develop the habit, but the benefits are worth it.

In conclusion, practicing mindfulness can have numerous benefits for our mental and physical well-being. It’s a simple yet powerful practice that can be incorporated into our daily lives. By setting aside a few minutes each day to practice mindfulness, we can reduce stress and anxiety, improve mental clarity, and enhance our relationships. So why not give it a try? Your mind and body will thank you for it.

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How to create a perfect morning routine for a productive day

Alice Trout



Do you ever feel like your day has gotten away from you before it even starts? One way to combat this feeling is to create a perfect morning routine. Establishing a routine can help you start your day off on the right foot, and set the tone for a productive and successful day. Here are some tips on how to create a morning routine that works for you.

Determine Your Priorities

Before you start creating a morning routine, it’s important to determine what your priorities are. What are the things that you want to accomplish in the morning? Do you want to exercise, meditate, or have a healthy breakfast? Once you have a list of your priorities, you can start creating a routine that includes them.

Wake Up at the Same Time Every Day

Waking up at the same time every day can help regulate your body’s natural sleep cycle and make it easier to fall asleep at night. Try to wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends. This can help establish a consistent routine and make it easier to stick to.

Take Time for Yourself

Many people feel rushed and stressed in the morning, but taking some time for yourself can help alleviate this feeling. Whether it’s meditating, reading a book, or simply enjoying a cup of coffee, taking time for yourself can help you start your day feeling calm and centered.


Exercise is a great way to start your day, as it can help increase your energy levels and improve your mood. Whether it’s a quick jog, yoga practice, or weightlifting session, try to include some form of exercise in your morning routine.

Eat a Healthy Breakfast

Breakfast is often called the most important meal of the day, and for good reason. Eating a healthy breakfast can help fuel your body and provide the energy you need to start your day. Try to include protein, whole grains, and fruit or vegetables in your breakfast.

Plan Your Day

Taking a few minutes to plan your day can help you stay focused and productive. Make a to-do list or set priorities for the day, and review your calendar to make sure you’re prepared for any meetings or appointments.

Stick to Your Routine

Once you’ve created a morning routine that works for you, try to stick to it as much as possible. Consistency is key, and sticking to your routine can help establish healthy habits and improve your overall productivity.

In conclusion, creating a perfect morning routine can help set the tone for a productive and successful day. By determining your priorities, waking up at the same time every day, taking time for yourself, exercising, eating a healthy breakfast, planning your day, and sticking to your routine, you can create a morning routine that works for you. Remember, it’s all about finding what works best for you and your lifestyle.

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10 simple yet effective ways to reduce stress in your daily life

Alice Trout



Stress is an inevitable part of our lives, but it can have a negative impact on our mental and physical health if left unchecked. Fortunately, there are several simple yet effective ways to reduce stress in our daily lives. In this article, we will explore 10 such methods that you can easily incorporate into your routine.

Exercise regularly

Physical activity is an excellent way to relieve stress. It helps to release endorphins, which are natural mood-boosters. You don’t have to engage in high-intensity workouts to reap the benefits. Even a brisk walk or light yoga can help reduce stress levels.

Get enough sleep

Lack of sleep can cause irritability, mood swings, and increase stress levels. Make sure you get at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night to feel well-rested and refreshed.

Practice deep breathing

Deep breathing techniques such as diaphragmatic breathing can help to calm your mind and body. Inhale deeply through your nose and exhale slowly through your mouth. Repeat this for a few minutes to feel relaxed.

Spend time in nature

Spending time in nature can have a calming effect on your mind and body. Take a walk in the park or go for a hike in the woods to feel rejuvenated.

Practice mindfulness meditation

Mindfulness meditation involves focusing on the present moment without judgment. It can help to reduce stress and anxiety levels. Set aside a few minutes every day to practice mindfulness meditation.

Listen to music

Music has a soothing effect on our minds. Listening to calming music can help to reduce stress levels. Create a playlist of your favorite relaxing tunes and listen to it when you feel stressed.

Practice yoga or tai chi

Yoga and tai chi are ancient practices that combine physical postures and breathing techniques. They can help to reduce stress levels and promote relaxation.

Connect with loved ones

Talking to friends and family members can help to reduce stress levels. It can provide a sense of comfort and support during challenging times.

Practice gratitude

Focusing on the positive aspects of life can help to reduce stress levels. Make a habit of practicing gratitude by writing down things you are thankful for every day.

Take breaks

Taking short breaks throughout the day can help to reduce stress levels. Go for a short walk, practice deep breathing or simply take a few moments to close your eyes and relax.

In conclusion, stress is a part of life, but it doesn’t have to take over. By incorporating these simple yet effective methods into your daily routine, you can reduce stress levels and improve your overall well-being. Remember, taking care of yourself should always be a top priority.

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