EAVE September News 2020

EAVE Producers Workshop virtually in Ireland

The second session of this year’s EAVE Producers Workshop will take place online “in Ireland” in September-October 2020, bringing together 52 participants and their scriptwriters from 38 countries with a selection of 20 top industry experts.

The EAVE workshop “virtually in Ireland” is organized in co-operation with Fís Éireann / Screen Ireland, Greasán na Meán, Screen Skills Ireland, BAI, TG4, Creative Europe Desk Ireland – MEDIA Office Galway and Danú Media.

This session is the second out of the three workshops of the year-long EAVE training for independent producers. The participants of this year were selected from a total of 249 applicants, and come from all over the world. In addition to most of the European member states, many other countries are represented as well, such as Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Ethiopia, Gabon, India, Israel, Mauritius, Moldova, Qatar, South Africa, Tunisia and Ukraine.


Experts & sessions

EAVE’s 2020 pedagogical core team includes EAVE Head of Studies Lise Lense-Møller (Magic Hour Films, DK), the four group leaders Diana Elbaum (Beluga Tree , BE), Ankica Jurić Tilić (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 (Quiddity, IL), and documentary expert Sylvia Stevens (Faction Films, UK).

They are supported by the specialized experts for Pitching: Sibylle Kurz (DE), Finance: Linda Beath (Ideal Filmworks, IT) and Legal Issues: Pierre-Emmanuel Mouthuy (BE). They are joined by sales expert Hédi Zardi (Luxbox, FR).

Script consultant Anita Voorham (Bravado Film, NL) will share her insight with the producers on how to make creative collaboration work, while script consultant Martin Daniel (USA) will discuss with the scriptwriters how to deal with feedback.

Renowned producer Eilon Ratzkovsky (Quiddity, IL) will give a masterclass on writing for TV series.

Sergio Garcia de Leaniz (Eurimages, FR) will give an insight into the rules and regulations of Eurimages and share concrete tips for preparing your application.

Michael Comyn (Fearless Organization, IE) will prepare the EAVE participants for individual meetings during which he will work during the third workshop week of the year with the participants on resilience.


Spotlight on Irish film industry

The Irish film industry presents itself to the EAVE participants in a special panel session on Producing in and with Ireland by Cian McElhone from Screen Ireland, Prionsias Ní Ghráinne from TG4, documentary producer John Murray from Crossing the Line and drama producer, EAVE National Coordinator in Ireland Katie Holly from Blinder Films. The panel is moderated by EAVE graduate, producer Paddy Hayes from Magamedia (Galway, Ireland).

In addition, EAVE organises various special plenary sessions designed specially for the Irish film industry professionals. EAVE Finance Expert Linda Beath gives an overview of European Film Financing and EAVE Head of Studies Lise Lense-Møller shares her long experience on the producer’s role from development to audience. EAVE Marketing Expert Sarah Calderon (The Film Agency, ES) shares her recent experience on trends and new models in marketing and distribution that have been evolving in the 2020 pandemic.


Also the plenary sessions of the whole workshop are open for Irish industry professionals.


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.

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Call for EAVE Producers - Busan International Film Festival

Dear EAVE Producers,

For the upcoming online edition of the 23rd BUSAN International Film Festival - Asian Contents & Film Market 2020, which will take place from October 26 – 28, we are offering free accreditations to 10 EAVE alumni from Asia and Europe.

If you are interested, please send us your company profile by September 30, 2020.  

The selected producers will have the opportunity to meet with the APM projects and set their other meetings at the digital market with all registered industry participants. They will also be invited to attend the EAVE TIES THAT BIND Online Pavilion featuring industry circles on recent co-productions with Asia and few other events to facilitate access to Asian content and decision makers.

If you are interested, please contact Tanika by SEP 30:

More information:

Asian Contents & Film Market (Oct.26-28, 2020)

BUSAN International Film Festival (Oct.21-30, 2020)

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How to run sustainable film companies: EAVE+ is kicking off in Luxembourg!

The 10th edition of EAVE+, takes place from September 22-27, 2020 at the hotel Parc Belle-vue in Luxembourg. We are thrilled to be able to hold the event physically in Luxembourg with a slightly reduced size and with reinforced sanitary safety measures.

8 experienced producers from 6 countries and 6 seasoned industry professionals will gather for 4 days to discuss the structure of their companies, best management practices and new business models.  Find the full list of participants at the end of the press release.

«EAVE+ was a ground breaking step in the shaping of the future of our company.»

Santiago Gallelli, Rei Cine, Argentina, EAVE+ 2019

During immersive design thinking exercises, group work, plenary sessions, one-to-one meetings and through an interdisciplinary approach, the EAVE+ workshop will tackle the business requirements of running an effective film company.

Top-notch business and management coaches will explore topics ranging from cash management tools, leadership skills, long term company strategies, negotiations with financiers and partners, distribution models and revenue streams, to raising corporate financing from private investors.

Marketing strategist and business development consultant AC Coppens (The Marketing Catalysts) will introduce a special innovative workshop supporting the producers in their entrepreneurial effort - as company founders, leaders or managers. With strategic scenario development tools and exercises specifically designed for their individual purposes, we will explore strategy options to sustain and develop their company in a challenging and competitive context.

EAVE Finance Expert Linda Beath (Ideal Filmworks, IT) and Marc Bordure (FR), General and Financial Manager of the French production company AGAT FILMS & Cie / Ex Nihilo, will explore the topic of how to develop an efficient slate of projects. Marc Bordure will also tackle questions related to company finance, and Linda Beath will address the topics of company formats and platforms today.

Management coach Michael Comyn (Fearless Organization, IE) will work with the producers on team leadership and management skills.

Questions related to working with banks will be addressed by  Christophe Vidal (Natixis Coficiné, FR).

EAVE+ Head of Studies Jani Thiltges (Samsa Film, LU), will lead group discussions following each plenary session.

Additionally, participants will be able to go into more detail into the topics which are most urgent and most important to them and to their particular companies, during one-to-one meetings with the EAVE+ pedagogical team and with each other.

Some comments from previous editions:

«EAVE+ is THE workshop for you when you feel that your production company needs an upgrade.»

Francine Lusser / Tipi’mages Productions, Switzerland

« It is a fantastic opportunity to gain some perspective on your business. I learnt to be more strategic and less reactive. »

Elias Ribeiro / Urucu Media, South Africa


The selected participants for the 10th edition of EAVE+ are:

Alva Film Production: Britta Rindelaub, Germany/Switzerland

Akka Films: Palmyre Badinier, France/Switzerland

Akka Films: Philippe Coeytaux, Switzerland

Fidelio Films: Mauro Mueller, Mexico

Kaléo Films: Olivier Charvet, France

Storyhouse: Maarten Schmidt, Belgium

Tangaj Production: Anamaria Antoci, Romania

Tangaj Production: Anda Ionescu, Romania


EAVE+ takes place once a year in Luxembourg with different experts and curates the most urgent, contemporary topics for each session according to industry needs. 

EAVE+ is supported by the Creative Europe - MEDIA sub-programme of the European Union and the Luxembourg Film Fund.

More information on: 

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EAVE on Demand Russia 2020

EAVE in partnership with ROSKINO, launches an educational programme in co-production among Russian producers - EAVE ON DEMAND IN RUSSIA.

ROSKINO is announcing the start of the competition to participate in the workshop, EAVE ON DEMAND IN RUSSIA, which will be held in November 2020. The project has been developed specifically for Russian feature film producers wishing to work in international markets, in cooperation with a leading European organization engaged in professional education and development of production training, EAVE (European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs), with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation. Selected participants will have the opportunity to take part in the program, which includes training masterclasses, individual sessions with international experts. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to present their projects at the Industry @ Tallinn & BalticEvent business platform.

ROSKINO considers the development of co-production to be one of the most important areas contributing to the integration of Russian projects into the international markets. The first online market for Russian content, Key Buyers Event, which took place in June 2020, showed the rapid growth in the number of producers and projects focused on international co-production. More than 90 projects were submitted to participate in the Key Buyers Event co-production section.

“One of the tasks of ROSKINO is to help raise the level of Russian projects in the international scene. Observing the growth in the number and quality of co-production projects, we considered it necessary to address this request and initiated an educational program in Russia for Russian specialists working in the co-production segment. The training was developed jointly with one of the main European associations - EAVE (European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs), which has been doing similar programs around the world for many years. We believe that it is extremely important not only to give theoretical and practical skills to producers but also to help films find their way. Therefore, the culmination of the program will be the presentation of the most successful projects at the BALTIC EVENT in Tallinn”, said CEO of ROSKINO Evgenia Markova. 

The curator and ideologist of the EAVE ON DEMAND IN RUSSIA project is Natalia Drozd, a successful co-production producer. The selection of projects will be carried out by an authorized commission: Chairman of the Board of the Association of Producers - Sergei Selyanov, CEO of ROSKINO - Evgenia Markova, Head of the Department of State Support for the Production of Non-Feature and Animated National Films of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation - Leonid Demchenko, General Producer of Metrafilms - Artem Vasiliev, General producer of the film company "Koktebel" - Roman Borisevich and Natalia Drozd.

“There is a great potential for international co-production in Russia at the moment. After a successful first cooperation between EAVE and ROSKINO for the KEY BUYERS EVENT, we are delighted to continue our partnership, training Russian producers and preparing their projects for the international market in a specially designed EAVE ON DEMAND session in Russia. Leading EAVE experts will work with a group of selected Russian producers to develop their feature films in development in terms of script development, production, packaging, sales and distribution", comments EAVE CEO Kristina Trapp

“The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation actively supports projects related to coproduction. In 2019, we announced the first competition for the distribution of minority support for Russian film producers to participate in the creation of co-production projects. The development of the educational vector, despite all the challenges of this year, is a priority task for us and a stable foundation for the development of the industry. We are glad to start working in this direction with ROSKINO and colleagues from EAVE,” notes the Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation Olga Lyubimova.

After submission of projects and selection of the best by the authorized commission, participants will participate in a 2-day workshop, which includes master classes on project development, packaging, financing in Europe, legal aspects of co-production, marketing strategy and festival distribution. Participants will also be able to hold one-on-one meetings with international finance, marketing and legal advisors. In addition to the workshops, there will be one-to-one online sessions with instructors to discuss and develop scripts. At the final stage, producers will be able to present their finished projects at the Industry @ Tallinn & BalticEvent business platform and meet with potential financiers, co-producers, global sales agents and distributors.


Terms of participation in the project:

5 to 7 producers from Russia will participate in the training.

Participants will be chosen from the feature film producers with experience in the field and desire to work in international markets and create long-lasting business and cultural relations between Russia and Europe. Producers interested in the training should provide a project of a feature film in the development stage. 

Criteria for the project selection

A project of a full-length feature film suitable for international co-production and with a potential for release in cinemas. 

National financial support is desirable for the project.

Personal motivation of the producers to work in different countries and create projects with cultural or technical connections with other regions. 

Participation in the program is completely free

Terms of participation include the attendance of seminars and lessons and the acknowledgement of the participation in the EAVE ON DEMAND IN RUSSIA project in the film credits. 

English is the official language of the seminar

All the documents and applications should be submitted in English. 



October 11th, 2020, 23:00. 



End of October 2020





For participants – Anna Ryasik / Head of International

For media – Natalia Armaganova/ Head of PR

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In the framework of Capitals of Culture Galway and Rijeka 2020, EAVE has selected a group of 5 Irish producers and 5 Croatian producers to join workshops 2 and 3 of EAVE Producers Workshop 2020 to develop their projects and skills further, to build professional relationships with each other and to network with the EAVE 2020 participants.

Some of the Irish and Croatian join with a project, some as participants focusing on career development. During the workshops, they join the EAVE plenary sessions as well as work on their projects, company structures and careers in group work.

The selected producers for the EAVE Special for Irish and Croatian participants 2020 are:

David Burke, Dot Television, Ireland

Ciaran Charles, Rockal Films, Ireland

Ben Evans James, Ireland

Nikolina Hrga, Kome, Croatia

Morana Ikić Komljenović, Little Red Dot, Croatia

Zoran Krema, Okodoko, Croatia

Sabina Krešić, Fade In / Okodoko, Croatia

Borko Novitović, Filmaktiv, Croatia

Darach Ó Tuairisg, Fíbín Media, Ireland

Clifford Parrott, Magpie 6 Media, Ireland

The Irish and Croatian participants work together as a group led by experienced producer and EAVE group leader Titus Kreyenberg (unafilm, DE) and under the guidance of several EAVE experts on script analysis, development and production financing, legal aspects of co-production, marketing, pitching, packaging and other relevant topics.

At workshop 3, 60-70 international Decision Makers (commissioning editors, national and regional media funds, sales agents, etc.) will meet the participants in pre-scheduled one-to-one meetings, which offers unique access to Europe's key Decision Makers.

The workshops take place in September-October 2020 (online version in collaboration with Galway, Ireland) and December 2020 in Opatija/Rijeka, Croatia.

The workshop partners:

Ireland: Fís Éireann /Screen Ireland, Greasán na Meán, Screen Skills Ireland, BAI, TG4, Creative Europe Desk Ireland – MEDIA Office Galway and Danú Media.

Croatia: Croatian Audiovisual Centre, City of Rijeka, CED – MEDIA Office Croatia.

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.

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Join EAVE Yoga online on THURSDAYS

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"During the EAVE Producers Workshop, we have been offering morning yoga sessions to our participants for many years. Thanks to Tanika, it is now also possible online. Tanika’s wonderfully calm, positive, and radiant energy and her careful and professional guidance are a wonderful way to start or end any day. Her restorative yoga classes help you to be focussed, restore body and mind in stressful times and give you an energy boost."

Kristina Trapp, EAVE CEO

"When I started with Yoga@EAVE, I never thought I’d be a yoga teacher. When I became a yoga teacher, I never thought I’d be teaching online. Now I’m very happy to connect EAVE yogis online from all over the world!"

Tanika Sajatovic, EAVE Coordinator

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You are most welcome to join the EAVE Yoga on THURSDAYS:

08:15 – 08:55 Berlin time on ZOOM

19:00 – 19:40 Berlin time on ZOOM



FREE online classes on September 17 & 24!

You just need to register to receive a zoom link.


From OCTOBER onwards, all EAVE graduates will have a discounted price:

SINGLE Class: 6 Euro

10X Class Card: 50 Euro


Restorative YOGA classes will connect you to your body and your breath in a gentle way. We will put emphasis on asanas allowing your body to recharge and reenergize, and asanas releasing the tension in the shoulders, back and neck. We will also practise simple breathing exercises to calm your mind and reduce stress. Yoga has the quality of being able to quiet your brain, soothe the nerves, and refresh and pacify your mind.


"Simply addictive! Soothes body and mind and gives you both calm and an energy boost."

Lise Lense-Møller, EAVE Head of Studies

"Yoga class with Tanika is a wonderful way to start a day with new energy and positive mindset. Tanika knows all the back-pains of film producers and the exercises do wonders for desk-chained professionals (like myself), so my muscles are grateful!"

Joanna Szymanska, SHIPsBOY (PL)

"I had never really taken to yoga but working with Tanika has been a revelation. I have so much more energy when I begin the day with Tanika's routines, and under the guidance of her own calm and radiant energy. Richly recommended!"

Elhum Shakerifar, Hakawati (UK)

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"Calm, clear instructions on how to move, stretch and breathe. It is such a pleasure to spend time following Tanika with her great smile, her positive attitude and her profound knowledge of this type of yoga."

Linda Beath, Ideal Filmworks Italia (IT)

"Tanika's yoga classes are an excellent way to start the week! Gentle and deep, she will never let you risk any injury; on the contrary, I would say Tanika's yoga classes are one of the most healing and calming experiences, body, mind and soul. Excellent to cut with the stress and be focused on here and now, connected with your body in a very kind and caring way. Absolutely recommended!"

Constanza Arena, CinemaChile (CL)

Additionally, there are free yoga videos available to practice at home or in the office suitable for all.



Hope to see you at the online EAVE Yoga sessions soon!



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EAVE Producers Workshop 2021 - deadline extension until September 7!


EAVE, European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs, is one of the leading training and development providers for producers in Europe, renowned for its EAVE Producers Workshop.

  Who is it for?

EAVE is aimed at producers, both fiction, documentary and TV series, who are already working in the film and television industries who wish to expand their operation internationally by increasing their knowledge of producing and co-producing in Europe and by building up a pan European professional network. We also welcome applications from associated branches of the industry – e.g. commissioning, funding, legal and finance, festivals & markets, media administration. Each year fifty participants are selected from most of the EU countries and beyond and take part in three one-week long workshops.

  How does it work?

Half the participants attend the course with projects and it is an excellent means of development through intense focus on the project with colleagues and experts throughout the year. The other half come to EAVE in order to focus on developing their companies or careers. Most participants attending with a project also bring their writer for the first two weeks which enables producer and writer to benefit together from one-to-one sessions with script experts.

During the first two workshops, participants work within groups led by experienced producers and with several experts on script analysis, development and production financing, legal aspects of co-production, marketing, pitching, packaging and more. In the third workshop 60-70 Decision Makers (commissioning editors, national and regional media funds, sales agents, etc.) join the participants to discuss the projects, companies and careers of the participants, a process which offers unusual access to Europe's Decision Makers.

EAVE graduates join a unique network of active European producers which forms one of the backbones of the industry. Furthermore, EAVE participants and members benefit from our partnerships with the leading European film festivals and markets where EAVE facilitates graduate participation.

The interviews with a pre-selection of candidates will take place in autumn 2020 and the selection will be announced in December 2020. The 3 workshops take place in March 5-12, 2021 in Luxembourg (LU), June 2021 in Orléans (FR - TBC), and October 2021 in Catalonia (ES - TBC).
EAVE is a residential workshop programme with a strong focus on network building. Should local travel restrictions occur, alternative digital solutions will be proposed.

Check out the EAVE website for more information and the application form or contact us!


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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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