Ukrainian film “The Tribe”, has received three awards at the 53rd edition of Cannes Critics' Week (Semaine de la Critique) . “The Tribe” is one of the winners of the 6th Directors Across Borders (DAB) Regional Co-Production Forum in 2012.


The jury of the Cannes Critics' Week awarded the young Ukrainian director's debut feature with the main prize the Nespresso grand prize, as well as France 4 Visionary award (awarded by young film critics) and Gan foundation support for distribution supporting promotion and distribution of the film in france.


The director of “The Tribe” is Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy. The film tells a story of a deaf-mute teenager struggling to fit into the boarding school system. The film was shot in real boarding schools with real deaf-mute actors. The language of the film is entirely sign language.

The 53rd edition of Semaine de la Critique was on 15-23 May, 2014.


After being awarded at DAB Forum 2012, “The Tribe” was selected for CentEast Market last year, and presented as a work-in-progress in October 2013 in Warsaw and Moscow, and in April 2014 also at the Beijing Film Market as a part of CentEast in Beijing.

The Tribe took the first prize of GOLDEN APRICOT Yerevan International Festival  in July 2014.

The DAB project is funded by the European Union through the Eastern Partnership Culture Programme and implemented by the GOLDEN APRICOT Fund for Cinema Development in Armenia and its partners: INTERNEWS (Ukraine), Cinema Art Centre Prometheus (Georgia),  and Media Initiatives Center (Armenia).