Introducing the new winners of the «Talents for Ukraine» grant program! They are brave, talented and world-famous Ukrainians: the author of the film «20 Days in Mariupol», artist Bob Basset and co-founder of the public organization «CrimeaSOS».

Mstyslav Chernov – director, writer, photojournalist of the Associated Press international agency and founder of the Ukrainian Association of Professional Photographers. Mstyslav is the author of the film «20 Days in Mariupol» and the novel «Times of Dreams». He covered the Euromaidan events, the consequences of the downing of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, and the civil war in Syria. For 20 days, he filmed destruction, shelling, the work of doctors and numerous victims among the civilian population during the siege of Mariupol. For this work, Mstyslav received the Pulitzer Prize for public service and the George Gongadze Prize. «20 Days in Mariupol» was nominated for an «Oscar» award in the «Best International Feature Film» category. Today, Mstyslav is working on a new film and novel. After all, at this historical time, all documentarians should focus on documenting every minute and every event as accurately as possible, Mstyslav notes.

Serhii Petrov – Ukrainian artist of international level, professionally known as Bob Basset. Together with his brother, he founded the «Bob Basset» art studio back in 1989. Later, Serhii became famous thanks to his original leather masks, which were exhibited at major exhibitions around the world. In 2016, Vogue International named Bob Basset one of nine revolutionary Ukrainian designers. Our winner has created masks and other items for Givenchy, Slipknot, Metallica, Korn and many others. Director David Lynch highly praised his works.

Alim Aliiev – journalist, human rights defender, co-founder of the public organization «CrimeaSOS», curator of cultural and educational projects. In 2019 and 2023, Alim gave speeches at the UN Security Council about the changes that took place in Crimea during the occupation of the peninsula. And today he is one of the heads of the Ukrainian Institute. The winner created the digital museum of the deportation of the Crimean Tatars “Tamırlar” and focuses on the topics of occupied Crimea, humanitarian policy, the modern history of the Crimean Tatar people and freedom of speech. In 2018, he initiated the Ukrainian-Crimean Tatar literary project «Crimean Fig» and continues to organize it.

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