EAVE July News 2014

British Council Scholarship For EAVE European Producers Workshop 2015



British Council Scholarship For EAVE European Producers Workshop 2015


The British Council will offer a new scholarship for one Palestinian participant for EAVE’s European Producers Workshop 2015

The scholarship will cover a student's participation fee with a project (feature or documentary) for the workshop, the accommodation fees and part of the travel costs.

Alan Smart, Director of the British Council Palestine said: "The British Council is delighted to be working with EAVE on this further exciting expansion of our work together in Palestine. This builds on excellent work already undertaken between our two organisations and outstanding Palestinian scriptwriters and producers. There is a wealth of talent in Palestine and the creative interaction between the UK and Palestinian artists will I’m sure produce fascinating and relevant works." 

EAVE is a leading training and development providers for producers in Europe, renowned for its European Producers Workshop. 

Who is the European Producers Workshop for?

EAVE is aimed at producers, both fiction and documentary, who are already working in the film and television industries who wish to begin to operate on a European wide basis by increasing their knowledge of producing and co-producing in Europe and beyond, by building up a pan European professional network. EAVE welcomes applications from associated branches of the industry – e.g. commissioning, funding, legal and finance, festivals & markets, media administration. Each year, 50 participants are selected from most of the EU countries and beyond and partake in three one-week workshops.

Timeline: interviews with a pre-selection of candidates in autumn 2014; selection is announced in December 2014; in 2015 three workshops take place March 9-16 in Luxembourg; June in Belgium; and October/November in Strasbourg.  The applications deadline is 19 September 2014.

For more information about the programme and application procedure, please visit:

About the British Council:

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. We create international opportunities for the people of the UK and other countries and build trust between them worldwide.  

We work in more than 100 countries and our 7000 staff – including 2000 teachers – work with thousands of professionals and policy makers and millions of young people every year by teaching English, sharing the Arts and delivering education and society programmes. 

We are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter. A core publically-funded grant provides less than 25 per cent of our turnover which last year was £781m. The rest of our revenues are earned from services which customers around the world pay for, through education and development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisations. All our work is in pursuit of our charitable purpose and supports prosperity and security for the UK and globally. 

For more information, please visit: You can also keep in touch with the British Council through and

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The call for the 3rd edition of  Baltic Bridge East by West (B’EST), a producer's workshop organized in cooperation with EAVE (European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs) and with the support from Creative Europe MEDIA Programme, is now open for 12 participants - 8 with feature film projects from the European Union (4 participants) and the CIS countriesGeorgia and Ukraine (4 participants), and 4 participants without projects - 3 from the EU and 1 from the CIS countries, Georgia and Ukraine.

B’EST consists of two workshops, which will take place on November 24-28, 2014, in Tallinn, within the framework of Baltic Event, and in June 2015 in Moscow within the framework of Moscow Business Square. The workshop will offer the selected participants:

  • workshop-training, which includes plenaries on the script development process, financing in the Eastern and Western Europe, legal aspects of co-production, marketing strategies, as well as individual meetings with script, pitching and finance/marketing consultants 
  • meetings with experts, decision-makers and potential co-production partners during Baltic Event in Tallinn, Estonia 
  • online sessions with the producers and tutors concerning the development of the scripts and the projects during the 6-month gap between the workshops 
  • follow-up session regarding the development of the projects and the final preparation for pitching at Moscow Business Square
  • presentation of the projects at Moscow Business Square and meetings with potential financiers, co-producers, sales agents, and distributors 

Target group: 

  • experienced feature film producers and representatives of audiovisual industry wishing to work on an international scale and create long-term creative and business relationships between Western and Eastern Europe 
  • interested producers should apply with a feature film project in development stage 
  • individuals who wish to participate without projects must present their track record and letter of motivation

Project criteria (only for applicants with projects):

  • full-length feature film with potential for theatrical distribution
  • suitable for an international co-production and looking for co-producers
  • preferably national support in place
  • projects from the European Union and Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan are accepted
  • projects should have a link to the other region (thematic, cultural, technical) and the producer should be motivated to work with / in the other region 

Special conditions:

  • participation includes an accreditation fee of 200 Euros for participants with projects and 100 Euros for participants without projects
  • once the selection is confirmed, the participant should be present at both workshops
  • the programme covers accommodation and part of the travel expenses
  • finalized films must mention their participation at B’EST in the credits
  • all documents have to be sent in English – the working language of the workshop is English
  • submission of the application is considered as acceptance of special conditions 

Requested materials for submission:

With projects:

  • completed application form (please downlaod here)
  • synopsis (1 page) in English
  • treatment in English
  • screenplay in English (first draft)
  • director’s note on aesthetics and structure (1-2 pages)
  • biography/filmography of the director
  • biography/filmography of the producer
  • production company profile (max. 300 words)
  • budget outline in English
  • financing plan
  • motivation letter from the producer

Without projects:

  • completed application form (please downlaod here)  
  • biography/filmography of the applicant
  • company profile (max. 300 words)
  • motivation letter


The selection will be made by a selection committee and will be published by the end of October 2014. 
Please send all the requested materials to

For applications from the European Union: Riina 

For applications from the CIS countries and Georgia: Natalia

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Dorothy Viljoen scholarship For EAVE European Producers Workshop

Dorothy Viljoen scholarship announced


Pact and EAVE will jointly offer a new scholarship for one UK participant each year for EAVE’s European Producers Workshop.

The Pact / EAVE (European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs) scholarship is in the name and memory of Dorothy Viljoen, who passed away earlier this year.

Dorothy Viljoen was widely considered one of the most influential figures in media business affairs.  She worked for organisations including the Independent Broadcasting Authority, Central TV and Pact.  In 1991, she authored 'Art of the Deal', regarded as the definitive handbook for business affairs.

The scholarship will cover a student's participation fee for the workshop and part of the accommodation fees.

EAVE is a leading training and development providers for producers in Europe, renowned for its European Producers Workshop. The process for selection starts in autumn 2014.  More information here

Alan Fountain, EAVE President, said: "Dorothy offered generous support and expertise over many years to numerous EAVE and Pact producers and this scholarship is a wonderful way to assist a producer in her name. I can feel her warm smile of approval."

John McVay, Chief Executive at Pact, described Dorothy as a key part of Pact’s negotiating team in the first round of the terms of trade negotiations with broadcasters.

“Dorothy will be missed by all who knew her and I am pleased that Pact is able to honour Dorothy’s memory in this way," said John McVay. "We will all miss Aunty Dot, the nickname she was fondly given by Pact staff."

Dorothy was always ready to advise Pact and its members and always tried to sort out what seemed intractable problems with a twinkle in her eye and an endless enthusiasm.  There are many independent producers still around today who owe Dorothy an enormous debt of gratitude."


About EAVE

* European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs, EAVE, is a professional training, project development and networking organisation for audiovisual producers.

* Working with a worldwide network of partners we are involved in programmes for producers in Europe, Russia, Latin America, the Arab world, Asia and Africa.

Who is the European Producers Workshop for?

EAVE is aimed at producers, both fiction and documentary, who are already working in the film and television industries who wish to begin to operate on a European wide basis by increasing their knowledge of producing and co-producing in Europe and by building up a pan European professional network.  EAVE welcomes applications from associated branches of the industry – e.g. commissioning, funding, legal and finance, festivals & markets, media administration. Each year, 50 participants are selected from most of the EU countries and beyond and partake in three one-week workshops.

Timeline: interviews with a pre-selection of candidates in autumn 2014; selection is announced in December 2014; in 2015 three workshops take place March 9-16 in Luxembourg; June in Belgium; and October/November in Strasbourg.  The applications deadline is 19 September 2014.

About Pact

* Pact is the trading name for the Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television.

* Pact is largest trade association covering the UK film, television, digital and interactive media sectors.

* Pact works to ensure British independent producers have opportunities for domestic and global business success.

* Pact offers a range of business services to its members and it actively lobbies government at local, regional, national and European levels.

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From Producers to Producers: invitation for a peer-to-peer exchange

Dear EAVE producers,

EAVE is delighted to continue its partnership with From Producers to Producers taking place on August 11, 2014 during the Locarno Film Festival (August 6-16, 2014).

Monday, 11 August 2014, 15.00 - 18.00
From Producers to ProducersThe Swiss producers' annual invitation for a peer-to-peer exchange with producers from other countries at the Locarno Film Festival.

Creative Experience in Producers' Pools

This year’s meeting is looking at the benefits to producers of a collective approach to handling the challenges of our digital times, the emergence of another generation of producers, new forms of storytelling, changes in audiences’ taste and behaviour, new trends and technologies.

Swiss producers and international experts will present their experience over the last four years within a unique training programme of self-organized pools addressing such shared topics as financing and co-producing projects in the arthouse sector, communication and networking, the choice of appropriate forms to best convey winning stories between the big screen and transmedia, new promotion and marketing tools, etc.

Thus, a wide range of themes to be shared and discussed, in a moderated presentation and debate for the first half of the meeting, and a second part featuring a cocktail reception for the informal continuation of the discussions.


Swiss Producers: Christian Davi (Hugofilm, Zurich), Alexandre Iordachescu (Elefant Films, Geneva), Patrick Müller (Docmine, Zurich), Tiziana Soudani (Amka Film, Lugano) 

International Experts: to be announced

Chairwoman:  Carola Stern

Date and venue: Monday 11 August 2014, from 15.00 to 18.00, at the Hotel Belvedere in Locarno. Welcome from 14.30


Registration deadline: 30 July 2014. The event is free of charge but registration is compulsory at

Languages: English without simultaneous interpretation

Organisation Carola Stern, Christos Dervenis

proposed bySFP, GARP, IG

at the invitation of : FOCAL, FIFL

in partnership with: MEDIA Desk Suisse

in co-operation with: ACE, EAVE

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CINELINK: special opportunity for EAVE producers

CINELINK: Open Call for EAVE producers

Dear EAVE producers,

We are happy to let you know that thanks our partnership with CineLink, we are again able to offer EAVE producers the unique possibility to have privileged access to the CineLink Co-production Market  in order to meet regional filmmakers and discover their projects.

Producers interested in co-producing with Southeastern Europe can now apply through EAVE for participation at CineLink 2014 (August 20-23, 2014).

CineLink, the backbone of the festival's Industry Section, is a development and financing platform for carefully selected local feature projects destined for European co-production. With average conversion rate of its selected projects from development to production of over 60% in the past 10 years, CineLink grew into one of the most successful development and financing platforms in Europe. Films developed through CineLink are now part of prestigious festivals selections and distribution catalogues around the world. Selection and diversification in development are central to this success, while focus on local productions with international potential, emerging talent and modern cinematic language proved essential to the program's raising profile in the film industry.

You can find the 2014 CineLink selection and further information under

Please let us know by July 18 if you are interested and send us by e-mail ( and a short motivation statement, so that the selection of EAVE producers participating can be made.

The selected producers will be invited by CineLink and the Sarajevo Film Festival who will provide accreditation and accommodation during the market. EAVE will cover the transport up to a maximum of 400 EUR.

Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

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Screen Leaders, EAVE & The Galway Film Fleadh: The Creative Producer and the Development Process

Screen Leaders, EAVE & The Galway Film Fleadh Present: The Creative Producer and the Development Process

Date: Friday the 11th of July, 2.00-3.30pm

Venue:  Conference Centre,  Radisson Hotel, Galway

Topics to be discussed

* Sourcing material (original ideas, options, writers with spec scripts etc.)

* Approaching development commissioners

* How to build a slate (and manage it)

* The producer's role in script development

* The art of letting (scripts) go

* The producer’s leading role in project development

* Managing talent relationships - writer, director (and later lead cast)

* How to stay in the picture (and keep hold of the talent)


Steen Bille, Film Commission, Danish Film Institute

Steen Bille (film commissioner, dramaturg and writer - Copenhagen, DK) has an MA in dramaturgy from Aarhus University Bille worked from 1986 at the Danish Broadcasting Association as a host and editor on radio programmes on current culture. Steen Bille co-wrote Niels Arden Oplev's internationally award-winning movie "We Shall Overcome" and "Worlds apart". Since April 2010 Steen Bille has been working as feature film commissioner at the Danish Film Institute and is the Danish representative to the Board of Management of Eurimages. Together with his wife he has written two novels and a third will be published in September 2014.

Helena Danielsson, Hepp Film International

Helena Danielsson established Hepp Film International in 2003, Danielsson has produced more than 30 films and in 2012 she was awarded with a EUROPEAN FILM ACADEMY AWARD – PRIX EURIMAGES for her successful work with her international co-productions and in the same year shortlisted for an Oscar with the film KIRUNA-KIGALIDanielsson focused early on international co-productions which many of those films have reached both wider audiences as well as international acclaim and awards worldwide including titles by highly acclaimed talents like BEYOND by Pernilla August, CALL GIRL by Mikael Marcimain,  A RATIONAL SOLUTION by Jens Jonsson /Jörgen Bergmark, DAY & NIGHT by Simon Staho/Peter Asmussen, CARGO by Cliwe Gordon/Paul Laverty , WHAT NO ONE KNOWS by Sören Kragh Jacobsen , as well as working with visual artists Simone Aaberg Kaern with SMILING IN A WARZONE and Nicolas Provost´s STARDUST and THE INVADER. She´s currently in preproduction of the feature debut by American actor/writer/director Brady Corbet´s THE CHILDHOOD OF A LEADER", starring Juliette Binoche, Tim Roth and Robert Pattinson.  She is a board member of The European Film Academy since 2012. She was a board member of the Swedish Producers Association between 2007-2009, is a member of France based European producers´ network Ateliér Cinema Europeén (participant 2003) and EAVE (participant 2002) and is acting as the Swedish National coordinator for EAVE.


Lenny Crooks, Killer Films

Lenny Crooks is the former Head of UK Film Council’s New Cinema Fund, a fund dedicated to backing innovative filmmakers and challenging material. Lenny’s investments included Lynne Ramsay’s WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN, Paddy Considine’s TYRANNOSAUR and Ben Wheatley’s KILL LIST. Lenny is currently a New York based consultant advising European producers on transatlantic co-production opportunities and working with Killer Films on its development slate.Killer Films is in its busiest ever production cycle with Todd Haynes’ CAROL starring Cate Blanchett and STILL ALICE starring Julianne Moore both in post-production. Lenny is also active in developing Killers’ new Faculty of Digital Filmmaking at Stony Brook University. Killer has successfully adapted to a changing landscape and remains committed to new ideas as the basis of an eclectic slate.Lenny was an expert contributor to the inaugural Berlinale Residency in 2012 and continues to support emerging European producers as a regular contributor to “Screen Leaders” run by Screen Training Ireland.

Application process:  Places are limited and pre-selected please apply online at  

Deadline for applications: Friday 4th of July 2014.  

For further details contact   

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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 in 2016. 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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