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EAVE March News 2020


EAVE EXCLUSIVE Interview with Roberto Olla

Eurimages Executive Director Roberto Olla – EAVE graduate and EAVE legal expert - on how the fund can help European film producers

Interrupted shoots, cancelled or postponed festivals, closed cinemas – European film has been hit hard by the measures taken against the COVID-19 virus. How has the Eurimages fund itself been affected?

Eurimages is an international fund, even if the team is based in France. Decisions are taken during plenary meetings, where representatives of the 41 Member States of the Fund meet 4 times a year to take the decisions of support. The measures to limit the spread of the covid-19 virus adopted by a great majority of the Member States made it impossible for the Fund to function as usual. If no alternative operating measures are taken, the Fund would be paralysed….until such time as the borders are reopened.

How can Eurimages help the European film industry in these difficult times?

By having the Eurimages team (tele)working despite the lockdown, with the view to keep on processing the projects already supported (issuing contracts, authorising payments etc), moving forward with the implementation of the reform of the Fund, establishing a certain number of written procedures / videoconferencing tools to obtain the Member States agreement on how to keep on operating etc. We coordinate our work through mail, phone, videoconferencing and we of course are constantly in contact with all the Member States to take the necessary decisions.

Does Eurimages plan measures specially designed for the support of European film producers?

For the projects already supported by the Fund, which should have been theatrically released in this period where cinema theatres are closed, we apply the “force majeure” clause already included in our support agreements. That is, availability of the film on VoD (or similar digital distribution tool) is considered to be equivalent to a theatrical distribution.

The “force majeure” clause will also apply in case the shooting had to stop because of the confinement measures. If principal photography had already started and then shooting was interrupted, we keep on processing the first payment of the support to give the necessary oxygen to the production companies. On the other hand, if the production is abandoned, the Board of Management of the Fund must decide on how to handle these very difficult cases (especially when production costs had already been borne and salaries to the crews must be paid).

Before the backdrop of the current measures – are there any intentions to support European film entrepreneurs in the medium term?

We were not able to decide upon the projects yet, which were submitted for support during the first call of the year. The Board of Management meeting was supposed to take place during the third week of March….but the lock-down and the inevitable travel restrictions have made this impossible. We are working on a double scenario now: either we assess the projects in June, during the meeting of the Board for the second call of the year, or we assess them by written procedure as soon as possible.

Today, we do not even know if the travel bans and the confinement measures will be lifted by the time the Board of Management is supposed to meet in June. And if these measures are lifted, will people feel safe enough to travel? For these reasons, we are working hard to establish a procedure for the assessment of the projects online and then a written procedure for the final support decisions. We sincerely hope this scenario obtains all the necessary green lights to be able to move on as quickly as we can.

Do you have a personal advice for the European film producers for the time of the cultural lockdown?

I wish this nightmare would be over soon. I have no advice to give, I can only express my full solidarity to all the film profession who is seriously affected by these terrible events.

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Actions to support local film and TV industries during COVID-19

German Producers Call For Shooting Ban as Film Funders Offer Help

As the coronavirus crisis continues to devastate Germany’s entertainment industry, calls are growing ever louder for an official ban on shooting. The German producers union (EAVE graduate Erwin Schmidt) are asking for a German-wide restraint of fictional film & TV shootings to contain coronavirus.
At the same time, the country’s film funders have come together to finance an industry rescue package, while leading TV broadcasters are promising to bear a share of the costs of shuttered productions.
The crisis has already resulted in cancellations of some major film and TV productions across the country. Yet many producers have been forced to continue working or face financial ruin.
In an open letter to government leaders and health authorities published by trade publication Blickpunkt Film, filmmaker Markus Goller asks to stop all shooting permits in Germany. „If the authorities do not immediately put a stop to it, all producers who are currently filming will find themselves in an absolute moral and existential disaster.”
For its part, the Federal Film Board (FFA) has announced plans for a joint rescue package currently being developed with federal and regional funders to help the film and theatrical sectors.
The plan, which is also backed by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM), includes an aid fund whose total amount has yet to be determined.
“The effects of the corona pandemic pose an unprecedented threat to the German film and cinema industry,” said FFA president Bernd Neumann. “The consequences for cinemas, production and distribution companies — and thus for all the people in this country who work in film — are unforeseeable. In this extreme situation, the industry must stand together; the federal government, the states and the FFA must find and implement solutions together as quickly and unbureaucratically as possible.”
The measures, introduced retroactively from March 1, include a waiver for repayments of grants for productions that have been terminated by the pandemic, as well as a deferment of repayments that are already due.
Film distributors will also be able to defer repayment of subsidies while theater owners will be allowed to postpone loan payments and the film levies that help finance the funding system.
Germany’s main broadcasting companies, ARD, ZDF, RTL and ProSiebenSat.1, are likewise offering a helping hand by sharing in the costs of wide-spread production stops. Depending on the individual case assessment, ProSiebenSat.1 said it would share the “unavoidable costs” of up to or over 50% related to shuttered or postponed productions.
www.variety.com

€50 Billion aid package rolled out in Germany

The German federal government is stepping in with a sweeping aid package for the country’s creative and cultural sectors. According to a press release shared by the ministry of culture and reports in the German press, a staggering €50 billion ($54 billion) in backing will be provided specifically to small businesses and freelancers, including those from the cultural, creative, and media sectors. Read more here.

The most prominent Nordic film organisations have announced a series of provisions to limit the economic damage caused by the global spread of the coronavirus. Read more here.

The BFI and The Film and TV Charity have partnered to create the Covid-19 Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund in a bid to help support the UK creative community during the coronavirus pandemic. Netflix has donated £1 to offer support to the fund. Read more here.



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PUENTES project BLANQUITA receives funding

ERRATUM:
PARRICIDE has been included by mistake in the February newsletter, this project is not associated with director Rachel Lang and producer Benoit Roland. Our apologies!

CNC

The French CNC label Aide aux cinémas du monde has published its first funding decisions for 2020. Among them:

  • LOBA by Kiro Russo, producer: EAVE graduate Alexa Rivero
  • PANOPTICON by George Sikharulidze, producer: EAVE graduate Guillaume de Seille
  • PUENTES project BLANQUITA by PUENTES graduate Giancarlo Nasi
  • KADIR by Selman Nacar, producer: EAVE graduate Guillaume de Seille

www.cnc.fr

Finnish Film Foundation

The Finnish Film Foundation supports 20 new projects, among them 9 fiction features, 7 feature-length documentaries, 3 short films, and one series.

  • BOY FROM HEAVEN by Tarik Saleh, producers: EAVE graduates Kristina Åberg, Mark Lwoff, Misha Jaari
  • COMPARTMENT NUMBER 6 by Juho Kuosmanen, producers: EAVE graduates Jussi Rantamäki, Jamila Wenske, Natalia Drozd, EAVE graduate, group leader and Estonian National Coordinator Riina Sildos
  • FRIDAY by Alli Haapasalo, producer: EAVE graduate Leila Lyytikäinen
  • FRAGMENTS OF HUMANITY by Elli Rintala, producer: EAVE graduate Ari Matikainen
  • KIDS CUP by Line Hatland, co-producer: EAVE graduate Ari Matikainen
  • NEXT OF KIN – THE UNBORN by Akseli Tuomivaara, producers: EAVE graduates Misha Jaari, Mark Lwoff
  • OMERTA 6/12 by Antti J. Jokinen, producers: EAVE graduates Mikko Tenhunen, Evelin Penttilä
  • REUNION 3 by Renny Harlin, producer: EAVE graduate Jukka Helle
  • THE LIGHT SNATCHER by Charlotte Airas, producer: EAVE graduate Kaarle Aho
  • THE REPTILIAN BRAIN by Elisabeth Marjanovic Cronvall, co-producer: EAVE graduate Jussi Rantamäki
  • TOVE by Zaida Bergroth, producer: EAVE graduate and Finnish National Coordinator Aleksi Bardy
  • WEDDING OF THE CENTURY by Marja Pyykkö, producer: EAVE graduate and Finnish National Coordinator Aleksi Bardy

http://ses.fi/en

Film Fund Luxembourg

The Film Fund Luxembourg has announced the recipients of its latest slate of development and production funding.

  • 208 by Loïc Tanson, producer: EAVE graduate and EAVE+ Head of Studies Jani Thiltges
  • AND HE SAID YES! by Gintaré Parulyte, producer: TTB graduate Nadine Chaussonière
  • BILLIE & ZOTEL by Eileen Byrne, producer: EAVE graduate Paul Thiltges  
  • CERTAINS D’ENTRE NOUS by Jean-Charles Mbotti Malolo, producer: EAVE graduate Marion Guth
  • CULT by Bernard Michaux and Remy Solomon, producer: EAVE graduate and EAVE+ Head of Studies Jani Thiltges
  • HOOPED, produced and directed by EAVE MW graduate Adolf El Assal
  • LA VIE DANS LES BOIS by François Pirot, producers: EAVE graduates Valerie Bournonville, Donnato Rotunno
  • LES INTRANQUILLES by Joachim Lafosse, producer: EAVE graduate Anton Iffland Stettner, producer: EAVE graduate and EAVE+ Head of Studies Jani Thiltges
  • MARET by Laura Schroeder, producer: TTB graduate Nadine Chaussonière
  • MAZES by Anastasia Pierucci, producer: EAVE graduate and EAVE+ Head of Studies Jani Thiltges
  • OLLMILL CITY FOOTBALL GAMES by Enzo D’Alò, producer: EAVE graduate Paul Thiltges  
  • SIDI KABA by Rony Hotin, producer: EAVE graduate Paul Thiltges  
  • SWEET DREAMS by Robin McNicholas, co-producer: EAVE graduate Marion Guth
  • THE WALL by Philippe Van Leeuw, producer: EAVE graduate Gilles Chanial
  • WHERE IS ANNE FRANCK by Ari Folman, producer: EAVE graduate and EAVE+ Head of Studies Jani Thiltges

www.filmfund.lu

screen.brussels

In its first session of 2020, screen.brussels has selected 13 co-productions to receive funding. The projects include 5 feature films, 2 documentaries and 5 television series. Among them are three films by EAVE graduates:

  • CARNET D’ÉPICES by Massimo Donati, producer: EAVE graduate Valérie Bournonville
  • COOL ABDOUL by Jonas Baeckeland, producers: EAVE graduate Peter De Maegd, EAVE graduate and group leader Diana Elbaum
  • EARWIG by by Lucile Hadzihalilovic, producers: EAVE graduates Jean-Yves Roubin, Jean des Forêts
  • LA CORDE by Dominique Rocher, producer: EAVE graduate Jacques-Henri Bronckart
  • MATCH by Gregory Beghin, producer: EAVE graduate Sébastien Delloye
  • PUENTES project CLARA SOLA by Nathalie Alvarez, producer: PUENTES graduate Nima Yousefi, co-producer: PUENTES graduate Géraldine Sprimont
  • RITUEEL by Hans Herbots, producer: EAVE graduate Peter Bouckaert

www.screen.brussels/fr/fund

Polish Film Institute

  • DETEKTYW BRUNO by Mariusz Palej, Magdalena Niec, producer: EAVE graduate Johanna Szymanska receives support from the Polish Film Institute for the production and development of film projects for young viewers and family audiences.

www.shipsboy.com

Croatian Audiovisual Centre

The Croatian Audiovisual Centre announced new grants for production, minority coproduction, development and international cooperation. Among them:

  • EKSKURZIJA by Una Gunjak, producer: EAVE graduate Sinisa Juricic
  • LEKCIJE MOG TATE by Dalija Dozet, producer: EAVE graduate Miljenka Cogelja
  • MJESCARI by Radu Jude, producer: EAVE graduate and group leader Ankica Juric Tilic
  • VUK EUROPSKE UNIJE by Jadran Boban, producer: EAVE graduate Miljenka Cogelja
  • PORED MENE by Stevan Filipovic, producer: Sinisa Juricic

www.havc.hr

IDM Film Fund

  • NON MI UCCIDERE by Andrea De Sica, producer: Interchange graduate Marta Donzelli receives production support by the IDM Film Fund & Commission during its first round of 2020 funding.

www.film.idm-suedtirol.com

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EAVE project SOLE wins Best director at Mons

Berlinale Awards

Special Jury Award in the Encounters Competition

  • THE TROUBLE WITH BEING BORN by Sandra Wollner, producer: EAVE graduate David Bohun

Best Director in the Encounters Competition

  • MALMKROG by Cristi Puiu, co-producers: EAVE graduates Milan Stojanovic, Anamaria Antoci, Labina Mitevska, Dan Wechsler

GWFF Best First Feature Award

  • LOS CONDUCTOS by Camilo Restrepo, co-producer: EAVE graduate Arek Gielnik

Compass-Perspektive-Award

  • WALCHENSEE FOREVER by Janna Ji Wonders, producer: EAVE graduate Martin Heisler

Ecumenical Jury Award

  • FATHER by Srdan Golubovic, producers: EAVE graduates Danijel Hocevar, Adis Djapo, EAVE graduate and National Coordinator Bosnia-Herzegovina Amra Baksic Camo

CICAE Art Cinema Award

  • DIGGER by Georgis Grigorakis, co-producer: EAVE graduate Fenia Cossovitsa

Label Europa Cinemas

  • HOPE by Maria Sødahl, producers: EAVE graduates Lizette Jonjic, Peter Possne

Teddy Award Best Documentary

  • IF IT WERE LOVE by Patric Chiha, producer: Interchange graduate Charlotte Vincent

AG Gilde Kino Award

  • JUMBO by Zoé Wittock, producers: EAVE graduates Anaïs Bertrand, Annabella Nezri, Gilles Chanial

Panorama Audience Award

  • FATHER by Srdan Golubovic, producers: EAVE graduates Danijel Hocevar, Adis Djapo, EAVE graduate and National Coordinator Bosnia-Herzegovina Amra Baksic Camo

Tagesspiegel Reader’s Jury Award

  • WINDOW BOY WOULD ALSO LIKE TO HAVE A SUBMARINE by Alex Piperno, co-producers: EAVE graduates Frank Hoeve, Rachel Ellis  

Heiner Carow Award

  • GARAGE PEOPLE by Natalija Yefimkina, producer: EAVE graduate Dirk Decker

www.berlinale.de

Polish Film Awards

  • CORPUS CHRISTI by Jan Komasa, co-producer: EAVE graduate Patrice Nezan won 10 prizes at the Polish Film Awards - The Eagles, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Script.
  • THE FAVOURITE by Yorgos Lanthimos, producer: EAVE graduate Ed Guiney was awarded Best European Film.

www.filmneweurope.com

Norwegian Kanon Awards

Seven prizes for EAVE graduates at the Norwegian Kanon Awards:

  • EAVE project PSYCHOBITCH by Martin Lund, producer: EAVE graduate Ruben Thorkildsen won the Kanon Award for Best Producer at the Kosmorama, the Norwegian film industry’s award ceremony in Trondheim, Norway.
  • HOPE by Maria Sødahl, producers: EAVE graduates Lizette Jonjic, Peter Possne won Best actress (Andrea Bræin Hovig) and Best supporting actress (Gjertrud L Jynge), Best production design
  • OUT STEALING HORSES by Hans Petter Moland, co-producer: EAVE graduate Lizette Jonjic was awarded Best cinematography and Best sound design
  • UN FILS by Mehdi M Barsaoui, producer: EAVE graduate Myriam Sassine won the New directors award

www.nordiskfilmogtvfond.com

CPH:DOX

  • SONGS OF REPRESSION by Marianne Hougen-Moraga, Estephan Wagner, producer: EAVE graduate Signe Byrge Sørensen has won DOX:Award and Danish:DOX award at fully online CPH:DOX this year.

www.cphdox.dk


Luxemburg City Film Festival

  • COLLECTIVE by Alexander Nanau, producer: EAVE graduate Bernard Michaux won the Documentary Award at the Luxemburg City Film Festival.

www.luxfilmfest.lu

Belgrade International Film Festival

  • TWO OF US by Filippo Meneghetti, producer: EAVE graduate Donato Rotunno won the Best Debut Award at the Belgrade International Film Festival.
  • IVANA THE TERRIBLE by Ivana Mladenovic, producer: EAVE graduate and Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon won Best film in the Focus programme
  • FATHER by Srdan Golubovic, producers: EAVE graduates Danijel Hocevar, Adis Djapo, EAVE graduate and National Coordinator Bosnia-Herzegovina Amra Baksic Camo won the FEDEORA Award and the Stella Artois Most Wanted Movie Award

www.fest.rs

Festival International de Film de Mons

  • EAVE project SOLE by Carlo Sironi, producers: EAVE graduates Giovanni Pompili and Aga Wasiak was awarded Best director at the Festival International de Film de Mons.

http://www.festivaldemons.be

FIFDH

  • COLLECTIVE by Alexander Nanau, producer: EAVE graduate Bernard Michaux was awarded the Grand Prix Documentaire at the International Film Festival and Forum for Human Rights (FIFDH), Geneva.
  • PUENTES project MATERNAL by Maura Delpero, producers: PUENTES graduate Alessandro Amato, Interchange graduate Marta Donzelli won the the Grand Prix Fiction
  • KUESSIPAN by Myriam Verreault, producer: EAVE graduate Félize Frappier received a Special Mention

www.fifdh.org

Les Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma

  • KUESSIPAN by Myriam Verreault, producer: EAVE graduate Félize Frappier won three awards at Les Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma: Best director, Best script, and the Prix Gilles-Carles.

https://rendez-vous.quebeccinema.ca

SIGNIS

The prize for Best European Film of the Year 2019 is awarded by SIGNIS-WACC European TV Festival of Religious Programmes to SYSTEM CRASHER by Nora Fingscheidt, producer: EAVE graduate Jonas Weydemann.

http://www.signis.net

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TTB project TIGER STRIPES nominated for Cinefondation Atelier

Cinefondation Atelier

The Cannes Film Festival has unveiled this year’s Cinefondation Atelier selection, comprising 15 promising projects in development. The titles include five films produced by EAVE graduates:

  • ANIMAL by Sofia Exarchou, producer: EAVE and TTB graduate Maria Drandaki
  • CARNAVAL by Mohamed Siam, producer: EAVE graduate Guillaume de Seille
  • DAYAO SWIMS AGAINST THE FLOW by Zhang Tao, producer: PUENTES graduate Estela Valdivieso Chen
  • THE HAPPIEST MAN IN THE WORLD by Teona Strugar Mitevska, producer: EAVE graduate and National Coordinator Macedonia Labina Mitevska
  • THE STATION by Sara Ishaq, producer: Interchange graduate Nadia Eliewat
  • TTB project TIGER STRIPES by Amanda Nell, produced by TTB graduate Foo Fei Ling, co-producers: EAVE graduate Fran Borgia, TTB graduate Yulia Evina Bhara and EAVE graduate Jonas Weydemann.

www.cinefondation.com


Lola Film Awards

The German Film Academy has announced the nominations for the German Lola Film Awards 2020:

  • BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ by Burhan Qurbani, producers: EAVE graduates Léontine Petit, Derk-Jan Warrink, Marleen Slot (11 nominations: Best film, Best director, Best script, a.o.)
  • SYSTEM CRASHER by Nora Fingscheidt, producer: EAVE graduate and German National Coordinator Jonas Weydemann (10 nominations: Best film, Best director, Best script, a.o.)
  • BORN IN EVIN by Maryam Zaree, producers: EAVE graduates Arash T. Riahi, Sabine Gruber, Karin C. Berger (Best documentary)
  • HEIMAT IST EIN RAUM AUS ZEIT by Thomas Heise, producer: EAVE graduate Heino Deckert (Best documentary)
  • O BEAUTIFUL NIGHT by Xaver Böhm, producer: EAVE graduate Jonas Dornbach (Best cinematography)
  • PELICAN BLOOD by Katrin Gebbe, producer: EAVE graduate Vera Gräfe-Höft (Best editing)

The 70th Lola ceremony will be held on April 24 in Berlin and broadcasted by ARD TV.

www.deutscher-filmpreis.de

Hellenic Film Academy Awards

14 nominations for EAVE graduates at the 2020 Hellenic Film Academy Awards:

  • THE MIRACLE OF THE SARGASSO SEA by Syllas Tzoumerkas, producer: EAVE graduate Maria Drandaki
  • ELECTRIC SWAN by Konstantina Kotzamani, producer: EAVE graduate Maria Drandaki
  • INDEX by Nicolas Kolovos, producer: EAVE graduate Olle Wirenhed

https://homemadefilms.gr


Award ceremonies postponed because of COVID-19

  • Jussi Awards ceremony (20 March, postponed)
  • Edda Awards ceremony (20 March, postponed)
  • Sophia Awards ceremony (original date 22 March, postponed)
  • Gopo Awards ceremony (24 March, postponed)
  • Swiss Film Award ceremony (27 March, postponed to Locarno Film Festival, 5-15 August)

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Festivals in the month of worldwide lockdown

FICUNAM Festival Internacional de Cine (March 5 – 15)

  • ATLANTIS by Valentyn Vasyanovych, producer: EAVE graduate Vladimir Yatsenko
  • EAVE MW project WHITE ON WHITE by Théo Court, PUENTES graduates Giancarlo Nasi, Eva Chillón (Marketing Workshop graduate developing the project: Luis Renart)  
  • EAVE project SOLE by Carlo Sironi, producers: EAVE graduates Giovanni Pompili and Aga Wasiak
  • IT MUST BE HEAVEN by Elia Suleiman, producers: EAVE graduates Martin Hampel, Laurine Pelassy
  • I WAS AT HOME, BUT by Angela Schanelec, line producer: EAVE graduate Jana Cisar, co-producer: EAVE graduate Natasa Damnjanovic
  • HEIMAT IST EIN RAUM AUS ZEIT by Thomas Heise, producer: EAVE graduate Heino Deckert
  • SONG WITHOUT A NAME by Melina León, co-producer: EAVE graduate Dan Wechsler
  • THE FEVER by Maya Da-Rin, producer: EAVE graduate Leonardo Mecchi, co-producer: EAVE graduate Jonas Dornbach
  • VIENDRA LE FEU by Oliver Laxe, co-produced by EAVE graduates Donato Rotunno and Elise André

www.ficunam.unam.mx/en


Luxemburg City Film Festival  (March 5 –15)

  • A DARK-DARK MAN Adilkhan Yerzhanov, producer: EAVE graduate Aurélien Bodinaux
  • ADULTS IN THE ROOM by Costa-Gravras, producer: EAVE graduate Alexandre Gavras
  • ATLANTIS by Valentyn Vasyanovych, producer: EAVE graduate Vladimir Yatsenko
  • BINTI by Frederike Migom, producer: EAVE graduate Katleen Goossens, co-producers: EAVE graduates Floor Onrust, Annabella Nezri
  • COLLECTIVE by Alexander Nanau, producer: EAVE graduate Bernard Michaux
  • EMILIE by Olivier Pesch, producer: EAVE graduate Bernard Michaux
  • JUMBO Zoé Wittock, producers: EAVE graduates Anaïs Bertrand, Annabella Nezri, Gilles Chanial
  • LES ÉPOUVANTAILS by Nouri Bouzid, co-producer: EAVE graduate and Head of Studies Jani Thiltges
  • SONG WITHOUT A NAME by Melina León, co-producer: EAVE graduate Dan Wechsler
  • THE FATHER by Kistina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov, producer: EAVE graduate Konstantina Stavrianou
  • THE SWALLOWS OF KABUL by Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec, Zabou Breitman, co-producer: EAVE graduate Stephan Roelants
  • TOO FAR AWAY (ZU WEIT WEG) by Sarah Winkenstette, producer: EAVE graduate Jonas Weydemann
  • TUNE INTO THE FUTURE by Eric Schockmel, producer: EAVE graduates Bernard Michaux, co-producer: EAVE graduate Benoit Roland
  • UN FILS by Mehdi M Barsaoui, producer: EAVE graduate Myriam Sassine
  • YALDA, A NIGHT FOR FORGIVENESS by Massoud Bakhshi, producers: EAVE graduates Jacques Bidou, Marianne Dumoulin, co-producers: EAVE graduate Nicole Gerhards, EAVE+ graduate Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu

www.luxfilmfest.lu/en/films


Mons International Film Festival (March 5 – 13)

  • BRUXELLES – BEYROUTH by Thibaut Wohlfahrt et Samir Youssef, producer: EAVE graduate Jean-Yves Roubin
  • DOGS DON’T WEAR PANTS by J-P Valkeapää, producers: EAVE graduate Aleksi Bardy, B’EST graduate Helen Vinogradov, co-producers: B’EST graduate Alise Gelze and EAVE graduate and Latvian National Coordinator Aija Berzina
  • EAVE project SOLE by Carlo Sironi, producers: EAVE graduates Giovanni Pompili and Aga Wasiak
  • INSYRIATED by Philippe Van Leeuw, co-producers: EAVE graduates Tomas Leyers, Jacques Henri Bronckart
  • JUMBO by Zoé Wittock, producers: EAVE graduates Anaïs Bertrand, Annabella Nezri, Gilles Chanial
  • LOLA VERS LA MER by Laurent Micheli, producers: EAVE graduates Benoit Roland, Sebastien Haguenauer
  • LUCIA IN LIMBO by Valentina Maurel, producer: EAVE graduate Benoît Roland
  • MATRIOCHKAS by Bérangère Mcneese, producer: EAVE graduate Julie Esparbes
  • YOU WILL DIE AT TWENTY by Amjad Abu Alala, producers: EAVE graduates Ingrid Lill Högtun, Hossam Elouan

http://www.festivaldemons.be


International Film Festival On Human Rights Geneva  (March 6 – 15)

  • COLLECTIVE by Alexander Nanau, producer: EAVE graduate Bernard Michaux
  • KUESSIPAN by Myriam Verreault, producer: EAVE graduate Félize Frappier  
  • PUENTES project OUR MOTHERS by César Díaz, producers: EAVE graduates Delphine Schmit, Géraldine Sprimont
  • PUENTES project MATERNAL by Maura Delpero, producers: PUENTES graduate Alessandro Amato, Interchange graduate Marta Donzelli
  • UN FILS by Mehdi M Barsaoui, producer: EAVE participant Myriam Sassine?
  • YALDA, A NIGHT FOR FORGIVENESS by Massoud Bakhshi, producers: EAVE graduates Jacques Bidou, Marianne Dumoulin, co-producers: EAVE graduate Nicole Gerhards, EAVE+ graduate Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu

www.fifdh.org


One World Film Festival Prague  (March 6 – 17) (interrupted, parts moved online)

  • ACASA, MY HOME by Radu Ciorniciuc, producer: EAVE graduate Monica Lazurean-Gorgan
  • COLLECTIVE by Alexander Nanau, producer: EAVE graduate Bernard Michaux
  • THE EARTH IS BLUE AS AN ORANGE by Iryna Tsilyk, producer: EAVE graduate Giedre Zickyte
  • THE HAPPIEST MAN ON EARTH by EAVE graduate Joonas Berghäll, producer: EAVE graduate Joonas Berghäll
  • TRANSNISTRA by Anna Eborn, producer: EAVE graduates David Herdies, Michael Krotkiewski

www.oneworld.cz


Cinéma du Réel (March 13 – 22) (cancelled – parts presented online)

  • COLOSSAL YOUTH by Pedro Costa, producer: EAVE graduate Andres Pfaeffli
  • GEVAR’S LAND by Qutaiba Barhamji, producer: EAVE graduate Karim Aitouna
  • GOLDA MARIA by EAVE graduate Patrick Sobelman, Hugo Sobelman
  • LIMBO by Alexander L. Fattal, producer: PUENTES and EAVE graduate Nicolas van Hemelryck
  • THE YEAR OF THE DISCOVERY by Luis Lopez Carrasco, producer: EAVE graduate Eugenia Mumenthaler

www.cinemadureel.org



CPH:DOX Copenhagen  (March 18 – 29) (online)

  • ACASA, MY HOME by Radu Ciorniciuc, producer: EAVE graduate Monica Lazurean-Gorgan
  • COLLECTIVE by Alexander Nanau, producer: EAVE graduate Bernard Michaux
  • HEIMAT IST EIN RAUM AUS ZEIT by Thomas Heise, producer: EAVE graduate Heino Deckert
  • IVANA THE TERRIBLE by Ivana Mladenovic, producer: EAVE graduate and Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon
  • LITTLE GIRL by Sébastien Lifshitz, co-producer: EAVE graduate Signe Byrge Sørensen
  • ROBOLOVE by Maria Arlamovsky, producer: EAVE graduate and group leader Michael Kitzberger
  • MEANWHILE ON EARTH by Carl Olsson, producer: EAVE graduate Anne Köhncke
  • SUNLESS SHADOWS by Mehrdad Oskouei, producer: EAVE graduate Carsten Aanonsen
  • THE EARTH IS BLUE AS AN ORANGE by Iryna Tsilyk, producer: EAVE graduate Giedre Zickyte
  • WOOD by EAVE graduates Ebba Sinzinger, Monica Lazurean-Gorgan, Michaela Kirst, producers: EAVE graduates Ebba Sinzinger, Monica Lazurean-Gorgan

https://cphdox.dk


Vilnius International Film Festival (March 19 – April 2) (online)

  • ACASA, MY HOME by Radu Ciorniciuc, producer: EAVE graduate Monica Lazurean-Gorgan
  • A WHITE, WHITE DAY by Hlynur Palmason, producer: EAVE graduate Anton Mani Svansson, co-producers: PUENTES graduates Katrin Pors and Nima Yousefi, TTB graduate Mikkel Jersin
  • ANIARA by Hugo Lilja, Pella Kagerman, producer: EAVE graduate Annika Rogell
  • PROXIMA by Alice Winocour, co-producer: EAVE graduate Nina Frese
  • ATLANTIS by Valentyn Vasyanovych, producer: EAVE graduate Vladimir Yatsenko
  • CORPUS CHRISTI by Jan Komasa, co-producer: EAVE graduate Patrice Nezan
  • VIENDRA LE FEU by Oliver Laxe, co-produced by EAVE graduates Donato Rotunno and Elise André
  • GHOST TROPIC by Bas Devos, producers: EAVE graduates Tomas Leyers, Benoit Roland.
  • HOPE by Maria Sødahl, producers: EAVE graduates Lizette Jonjic, Peter Possne
  • IVANA THE TERRIBLE by Ivana Mladenovic, producer: EAVE graduate and Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon
  • NOVA LITUANIA by Karolis Kaupinis, producer: EAVE graduate Marija Razgute
  • OLEG by Juris Kursietis, producers: EAVE graduate and Latvian National Coordinator Aija Berzina, EAVE graduates Isabelle Truc and Guillaume de Seille, B’EST graduates Alise Gelze, Lukas Trimonis
  • PATRICK by Tim Mielants, co-producers: EAVE graduates Jacques-Henri Bronckart, Peter Bouckaert, Frans van Gestel
  • THE WHISTLERS by Corneliu Porumboiu, co-producer: EAVE graduate Jonas Dornbach
  • THIS IS NOT A BURIAL, IT’S A RESURRECTION by Jeremiah Lemonhang Mosese, producers: EAVE graduates Elias Ribeiro, Cait Pansegrouw, Bongiwe Selane
  • TWO OF US by Filippo Meneghetti, producer: EAVE graduate Donato Rotunno
  • UPPERCASE PRINT by Radu Jude, producer: EAVE graduate and Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon
  • YOU WILL DIE AT TWENTY by Amjad Abu Alala, producers: EAVE graduates Ingrid Lill Högtun, Hossam Elouan

 www.kinopavasaris.lt/en/films


Diagonale Graz  (March 24 – 29) (cancelled – parts presented online)

  • 7500 by Patrick Vollrath, producer: EAVE + graduate Jonas Katzenstein
  • BROT by Harald Friedl, co-producer: EAVE graduate Hans-Joachim Ortmanns
  • BUT BEAUTIFUL by Erwin Wagenhofer, producer: EAVE graduate Peter Rommel
  • DER SCHÖNSTE PLATZ AUF ERDEN by Elke Groen, producer: EAVE graduate Arash T. Riahi
  • EIN BISSCHEN BLEIBEN WIR NOCH by EAVE graduate Arash T. Riahi
  • GIPSY QUEEN by Hüseyin Tabak, producer: EAVE graduate and EAVE president Danny Krausz
  • HEIMAT IST EIN RAUM AUS ZEIT by Thomas Heise, producer: EAVE graduate Heino Deckert
  • ROBOLOVE by Maria Arlamovsky, producer: EAVE graduate and group leader Michael Kitzberger
  • SIGMUND FREUD. JUDE OHNE GOTT by David Teboul, producer: EAVE graduate Ebba Sinzinger
  • SOLO by EAVE graduate Artemio Benki, producers: EAVE graduates Artemio Benki, Arash T. Riahi, Karin Berger
  • THE ROYAL TRAIN by Johannes Holzhausen, co-producer: EAVE graduate and Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon
  • THE TROUBLE WITH BEING BORN by Sandra Wollner, producer: EAVE graduate David Bohun
  • WAREN EINMAL REVOLUZZER by Johanna Moder, producer: EAVE graduate Oliver Neumann
  • WIE ICH LERNTE, BEI MIR SELBST KIND ZU SEIN by Rupert Henning, producer: EAVE graduate and EAVE president Danny Krausz
  • WOOD by EAVE graduates Ebba Sinzinger, Monica Lazurean-Gorgan, Michaela Kirst, producers: EAVE graduates Ebba Sinzinger, Monica Lazurean-Gorgan

www.diagonale.at


Series Mania (March 25 – April 7) (Online)

  • GOOD PEOPLE by Stephane Bergmans, Benjamin d’Aoust and Matthieu Donck, producer: EAVE graduate Julie Esparbes and PUENTES gradate Anthony Rey
  • LIFE AND FATE by Agnieszka Holland, producer: EAVE graduate Violetta Kaminska
  • TRANSITNIKI produced by EAVE graduate Karsten Stöter
  • TURBO produced by EAVE graduate Milan Stojanovic

https://seriesmaniadigital.com/landing


Festivals, markets and award ceremonies cancelled or postponed because of COVID-19

  • Thessaloniki Documentary Festival (5-15 March, postponed)
  • Bergamo Film Meeting (7-15 March, postponed to 23-31 May)  
  • M:brane Forum (10-12 March, cancelled)
  • Visegrad Film Forum (10-14 March, cancelled)
  • Festival 2 Cinéma de Valenciennes (10-15 March, cancelled)
  • Cartagena International Film Festival  (March 11 – 16, cancelled)
  • Bratislava International Film Festival – Febiofest (11-17 March, cancelled)
  • Human Rights Watch Film Festival in London (12-20 March, cancelled)
  • Oh La Là Festival de Cinema Francòfon de Barcelona (12-21 March, postponed 1-10 October)
  • Sofia International Film Festival (12-31 March) – postponed
  • Festival International de Films de Femmes de Créteil (13-22 March, cancelled)
  • SXSW Festival (13-22 March, cancelled)
  • Málaga Film Festival (13-22 March, postponed)
  • Sguardi Altrove Film Festival (13-21 March, postponed to 7-15 May)
  • ZagrebDox (15-22 March) – postponed)
  • Reggio Calabria Film Fest (16-21 March, postponed)
  • ShoGort Waves Festival (17-22 March, postponed to August)
  • Glasgow Short Film Festival (18-22 March, postponed)
  • Monstra - Lisbon Animated Film Festival (original dates 18-28 March, postponed)
  • Muestra de Cine Francófono de Madrid (19-22 March, postponed)
  • Febiofest – Prague International Film Festival (19-27 March) – cancelled
  • Polish Film Festival Kinoteka (19 March-15 April, postponed)
  • Jussi Awards ceremony (20 March, postponed)
  • Edda Awards ceremony (20 March, postponed)
  • Qumra Qatar(20-25 March, cancelled)
  • Cinélatino, Rencontres de Toulouse (20-29 March, cancelled)
  • 17th Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival (20-29 March, postponed)
  • One World Romania International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival (20-29 March, postponed)
  • Bif&st - Bari International Film Festival (21-28 March, postponed)
  • Festival Cinema Africano, Asia e America Latina - Milano (21-29 March, postponed to 2-10 May)
  • Manchester International Short Film Festival (21-29 March, postponed)
  • Sophia Awards ceremony (original date 22 March, postponed)
  • CineDOC Tbilisi (23-27 April, postponed)
  • Friss Hús Budapest International Short Film Festival (23-29 March, postponed)
  • Gopo Awards ceremony (24 March, postponed)
  • Budapest Debut Film Forum (24-26 March, postponed)
  • Festival du Film Subversif de Metz (25-29 March, cancelled)
  • Season Film Festival (26-29 March, postponed to autumn)
  • New Directors/New Films New York (March 25-April 5) – postponed
  • Swiss Film Award ceremony (27 March, postponed to Locarno Film Festival, 5-15 August)
  • Canneséries Festival (27 March-1 April, postponed to 9-14 October)  
  • FICG Guadalajara International Film Festival (27 March, postponed)
  • Millenium Documentary Film Festival (27 March-4 April) – postponed September-October
  • Sottodiciotto Film Festival & Campus (28 March-3 April, postponed to 5-11 December)
  • BAFF - Busto Arsizio Film Festival (28 March-4 April, postponed)
  • MipTv (30 March-2 April) (cancelled)  
  • MajorDocs Creative Documentary Film Festival (31 March-4 April, postponed)

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EAVE+ 2020 edition postponed to September

The new dates of EAVE+ are September 22-27, 2020.
The workshop will take place in Luxembourg, EAVE+ will offer to the 15 selected producers the opportunity to discuss their company structures and management practices together with high-profile industry experts during 4 days.
EAVE+ selection for the 2020 edition has been closed.
https://eave.org/programmes/eave-10th-edition/

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The EAVE Producers Workshop’s 2020 edition kicked off in Luxembourg!

In partnership with Film Fund Luxembourg, we welcomed the selected 52 producers that have been chosen out of an all-time record number of 249 applications to develop the 28 selected documentary, feature film and series projects and their entrepreneurial skills at the EAVE Producers Workshop 2020.

The first of 3 residential workshops took place from March 6–13 at the Légère Premium Hotel Luxembourg.

Read more: https://eave.org/news/the-eave-producers-workshops-2020-edition-kicks-off-in-luxembourg/

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The EAVE Producers Workshop’s 2020 edition kicks off in Luxembourg!

In partnership with Film Fund Luxembourg, we are thrilled to welcome the selected 52 producers that have been chosen out of an all-time record number of 249 applications to develop the 28 selected documentary, feature film and series projects and their entrepreneurial skills at the EAVE Producers Workshop 2020.

The first of 3 residential workshops takes place from March 6–13 at the Légère Premium Hotel Luxembourg.

Some highlights of the week:

- Content and Strategy – the Producer’s Role from Development to Audience: EAVE Head of Studies Lise Lense-Møller (Magic Hour Films, DK) will devote her plenary session to the specific questions and challenges related to the role of a producer from early development until the release of the film.

- Become a PMD/marketing expert: Sarah Calderon (The Film Agency, ES) will run a special ‘marketing incubator programme’ in the groups and over the whole year, offering an intense PMD marketing training in cooperation with the EAVE Marketing Workshop.


The participants will start their EAVE journey under the guidance of EAVE Head of Studies Lise Lense-Møller (Magic Hour Films, DK), the four group leaders, Diana Elbaum (Beluga Tree, BE), Ankica Juri? Tili? (Kinorama, HR), Michael Kitzberger (Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion GmbH, AT) and Riina Sildos (Amrion, EE); the script consultants Clare Downs (UK), Jacques Akchoti (FR), Martin Daniel (USA), TV series consultant Ossi Nishri (IL), and documentary expert Sylvia Stevens (Faction Films, UK).

They are joined by the EAVE specialized experts - for Pitching: Sibylle Kurz (DE), Finance and Company Planning: Linda Beath (Ideal Filmworks, IT), Marketing: Sarah Calderon (The Film Agency, ES) and Legal Issues: Katrine Schlüter Schierbeck (The Law Factory, DK), who share their expertise in plenary and group work sessions as well as individual meetings.

We will also offer the EAVE producers the opportunity to learn more about Autobahn, VoD Distribution for European Digital Native Films, an initiative by Under the Milky Way, presented by Muriel Joly.
 
All plenary sessions are open for interested local professionals. For the detailed programme, please contact EAVE Programme Manager Satu Elo satu@eave.org.

EAVE expresses special gratitude for the support of Workshop 1 to:
Film Fund Luxembourg; CREATIVE EUROPE Desk Luxembourg - MEDIA sub-programme; Légère Premium Hotel Luxembourg.

EAVE is supported by the Creative Europe - MEDIA sub-programme of the European Union, Film Fund Luxembourg, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée, Fondo Audiovisivo Friuli Venezia Giulia, PACT – the Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television, the Polish Film Institute, Doha Film Institute, Telefilm Canada, IDM Südtirol Alto Adige, Fonds Jeune Création Francophone, Projeto Paradiso, Berlinale Co-Production Market and the partners who have hosted the workshops since 1988.

Selected participants of EAVE Producers Workshop 2020 are:

ARGENTINA
Felicitas Raffo, CEPA Audiovisual

BANGLADESH
Aadnan Imtiaz Ahmed, Khona Talkies

BULGARIA
Veselka Kiryakova, Red Carpet

CANADA
Coral Aiken, Aiken Heart Films
Fanny Drew, Colonelle films

CROATIA
Katarina Prpic, Antitalent

CZECH REPUBLIC
Tomáš Michálek, MasterFilm
Alice Tabery, CINEPOINT

DENMARK
Heidi Kim Andersen, Made in Copenhagen
Mille Bjørke, Fridthjof Film

ESTONIA
Marge Liiske, Lendkala

ETHIOPIA / CANADA
Tamara Dawit, Gobez Media

FINLAND
Max Malka, EndemolShine Finland

FRANCE
Nathan Fischer, Stray Dogs
Florian Môle, Les Grands Espaces
Valérie Montmartin, Little Big Story

FRANCE / GABON
Samantha Biffot, Princesse M productions

GERMANY
Sebastian Lemke, FRUITMARKET Arts & Media GmbH
Luis Singer, StickUp Filmproduktion
Christopher Zitterbart, Watchmen productions

GERMANY / SWITZERLAND
Sarah Born, Catpics

HUNGARY
Krisztina Gallo, Sony Pictures Television Networks

INDIA
Mathivanan Rajendran, Stray Factory

IRELAND
Steven Davenport, Screen Ireland
Yvonne Donohoe, Blinder Films

ISRAEL
Kobi Mizrahi, KM Productions

ITALY
Moritz Bonatti, Helios Sustainable Films
Francesca Zanza, Asmara Films

KOSOVO
Valon Bajgora, Ikone-Studio

LATVIA
Elina Gedina-Ducena, Mistrus Media

LUXEMBOURG
François Le Gall, a_BAHN

MAURITIUS
Joëlle Ducray, Caméléon Production

MOLDOVA
Sergiu Cumatrenco, YOUBESC

NETHERLANDS
Thomas Den Drijver, New Amsterdam Film Company
Ilse Ronteltap, Netherlands Film Fund
Maarten Van der Ven, Studio Ruba

NORWAY
Mathis Ståle Mathisen, Rein Film
Nicholas Sando, Filmbin

POLAND
Natalia Grzegorzek, Koskino
Anna Rózalska, Match and Spark

PORTUGAL
Luis Campos, BRO Cinema

PORTUGAL / BRAZIL
Eliane Ferreira, Muiraquitã Filmes

QATAR
Koussay Hamzeh, GROUNDGLASS235

ROMANIA
Cristian Nicolescu, Digital Cube & Avanpost Media

SERBIA
Jelena Angelovski, Monkey Production / Meander Film

SOUTH AFRICA
Mmabatho Kau, Raindrop Media

SPAIN
Raquel Cabrera Simón, The Film Agency


SWEDEN
Fredrik Lange, Vilda Bomben Film

TUNISIA
Asma Chiboub, Atlas Vision Productions

UK
Nora Ostler Spiteri, Triongl
Victoria Thomas, Polkadot Factory

UKRAINE
Dmytro Sukhanov, Toy Cinema

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Donate to the EAVE Alan Fountain International Scholarship Fund

A scholarship has been set up to honour the memory of Alan Fountain, former Head of Studies and President of EAVE, who passed away on March 3. Its goal is to enable one producer from outside the EU to participate in all three sessions of the EAVE Producers Workshop each year.

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