EAVE July News 2018

The International Producers Pooling Programme in Locarno

Dear Producers,

The International Producers Pooling Programme is a new opportunity for experienced producers who want to improve their skills in audiovisual project development in small self chosen pools of peers.

IPPP places producers at the centre of a collaborative learning process that promotes skills of management, communication and marketing, and positioning of their projects within a fast-evolving landscape of digital technologies and platforms.

The budget allocated per Pool amounts to €60'000 up to €100'000 depending on the number of production companies involved.

An information spot where you can meet the IPPP initiators is organised on Sunday 5 August from 14:30 to 16:00 at the Hotel Arcadia (Lungolaga G. Motta), Sala Angolo.

IPPP takes place from January to December 2019.
Registration deadline is 30 October 2018.
All details and the application form can be found in the attached flyer and at

IPPP is proposed by FOCAL resource, in consultation with ACE Producers and EAVE, and is supported by ten national film funding agencies.

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Call for applications: EAVE/BMS Script Development Lab - deadline: August 31, 2018

Cairo Industry Days in partnership with EAVE ON DEMAND and Birthmark Scenario is offering a 4 days Development Lab for selected teams of writers and producers. EAVE/BMS Script Development Lab objective is to cover all aspects of the development stage of Arabic feature film projects including script development strategies, the role of the producer, marketing and international sales, budgeting and financial planning as well as pitching.

EAVE/BMS Script Development Lab couples international and regional experts to ensure the delivery of information and content in a relevant and tailored manner to meet the specific needs of each project.

EAVE/BMS Script Development Lab OBJECTIVES

 1. Prepare regional producers and writers for the development stage
2. Support the writers as a stand alone profession
3. Emphasize on the creative role of the producer
4. Highlight available and realistic cooperation and financing opportunities


 1. Script Development Strategies
2. Marketing and International Sales
3. Role of the Producer
4. Budget & Financing
5. Pitching

EAVE/BMS Script Development Lab STRUCTURE


– 1.5-2 hours delivered by the experts for each topic

Group sessions:

– 2 – 5 Hours Daily for 4 days
Will cover
– Challenges facing the writers and producers through the writing process
– Sharing knowledge and case studies between the experts and the participants
– Discussions of the group’s projects from both perspectives
– Setting a plan for following steps of each of the projects

One-on-One consultancy

– A one hour individual consultancy between the experts and each project team


Roshanak Behesht Nedjad – In Good Company (DE)
Roshanak began working in the film industry as a festival coordinator and production manager. In 1999, she started her first production company Flying Moon, together with Helge Albers and Konstantin Kröning. Until 2014 they produced arthouse films, with over 30 international awards, among them the German Film Award in Gold and the Prix Europe Iris. In 2012, Roshanak ventured into Serious Games with LudInc and in 2014 she teamed up with Jani Thiltges and Claude Waringo, starting In Good Company in Berlin. The focus of IGC is on international coproductions, with an emphasis on European features, aiming to entertain on a smart level. Roshanak also works as an expert and consultant for various institutions and training organisations such as EAVE. She is a member of the German Film Academy as well as the European Film Academy, an EAVE graduate and group leader.


Clare Downs – Script executive (UK)
Consultant, Script Executive, Fund Evaluator, Lecturer, Producer – The Dress (BAFTA), High Season (San Sebastian, Best Screenplay). Clare Downs has extensive international script consulting and workshop experience. She was Director of International Creative Affairs at The Ladd Company. Founding member of the EAVE script analyst team since 1989. Head of Studies for Regional Programmes in Greece, Ireland and Scotland. Script Expert for EAVE on Demand, and for the EAVE International Programmes -Ties That Bind, B’EST. Also Head of Studies of the Southern African producer training programme, AVEA; Head of Script for FOCAL’S South Caucasian Film Project (IFSCA); Script Consultant for the Jerusalem International/Sam Spiegel Film Lab.  Recent Cannes and Berlin prize winners: The Kindergarten Teacher, The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki, United States of Love, Mellow Mud, also including Wajib (Locarno, Toronto).

Aranka Matits – Featurette (NL)
Aranka Matits, as the founder of boutique agency Featurette, advises distributors, roadcasters and VOD platforms on their acquisitions, coproductions and strategic planning. At the forefront of the evolving media landscape, she also consults them on the evolving practices of production and distribution, creating opportunities for them to exploit new markets. Current and past clients include a roster of theatrical distributors (France, Germany, the UK, Switzerland, the Benelux, Italy, Spain and Portugal), international sales agents, on-demand platforms and VOD aggregators as well as a multinational broadcaster.
Her acquisitions range from auteur films to crossover fare and include titles like the Oscar-winning Still Alice, Amour and The Secret in Their Eyes, festival hits like Toni Erdmann or Winter’s Bone or breakout debuts such as Wadjda or Mustang.
Previously, Aranka headed acquisitions for French distributor Pretty Pictures and her selections contributed to transforming the company into a key player in the territory. Prior, she worked in international sales where she sold a diverse slate of established directors and new talent. She began her career working in film finance where she was involved in executive producing films by Woody Allen and Werner Herzog, amongst others.
In addition, she teaches workshops on sales, distribution and project marketing across the globe. She is also a regular speaker at events hosted by EAVE, Producers Network or ACE Producers. She serves regularly on project development or festival juries and is a voting member of the European Film Academy.
For nearly two decades Aranka worked in London and New York, where she also obtained a PhD in German Literature & Film Studies. Originally from Cologne, she currently lives in Amsterdam.

Ahmed Sharkawi (Egypt, EG)
Ahmed Sharkawi is a media executive with over 22 years of experience in the media industry in the Middle East and currently serves as Head of Content Development for Shahid at MBC Group. He holds an MA in Production for Film & Television from Royal Holloway, University of London (2009), a diploma in Film Producing from New York Film Academy/Los Angeles (2004) and was Egypt’s representative in the Euro-Med Co-production workshop hosted by Media Business School, Spain (2006).
Sharkawi had overseen the development and production of over 400 scripted drama hours for the region and was among the founding team of Sony Pictures Television (SPT)operation in the Middle East, and headed the scripted development division at SPT Arabia. After SPT, he went on to set up the development division at Iproductions Egypt and later acted as the Scripted Development Consultant for Beelink Productions.
He is credited for the development of both original series and local remakes of international formats; most notably; Layali Eugenie (30 Episodes) an Adaptation of Acacias 38 (BoomerangTV), Halawet ElDonia (30 Episodes) an adaptation of Terminales (Televisa), La Totfe2 ElShams (30 Episodes), Haza El Masaa (30 Eps), Heba Regel ElGhorab (180 Eps) a remake of Betty La Fea (RCN), Elbab fi Elbab (3 Seasons X 30EPS) a remake of Everybody Loves Raymond (WB/SPT) among others.
Previous to working in drama production, Sharkawi have worked with various broadcasters around the region in like OSN (Showtime), Abu Dhabi Media Company and OTV.


– Teams – writer and producer – of projects that are at a very early stage of development and interested in understanding specifically their roles and the nature of the process and how to propel their projects to materialize.
– Projects mean fiction feature length scripts with Arabic as the main language of the film
– The Development Lab also offers post lab optional script counseling after the festival as well as an opportunity to network and build professional relationships with counterparts and experts.


1. Please read all the FAQs section before filling in the application
2. Fill and submit the online form for your project (one application/ writer-producer team)
Please NOTE:
1. Submission PACKAGE has to include
a. Writer’s bio / filmography
b. Writer’s Note of Intention
c. Producer’s Bio / filmography
d. Producer’s Note of Intention
e. Project current status
f. Project development budget and financial plan
g. Project detailed Treatment
2. Package has to be submitted in two language versions; English and Arabic
3. Submission Deadline is August 31st 2018


EAVE – European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs, is one of the leading professional training, project development and networking organizations 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.

Birthmark Scenario – Birthmark Scenario is a script services and development company that aims for scouting and developing talents as well as managing those talents to provide second to none quality scripts for the film and TV market. It’s BMS vision to put Arabic screenwriting development on the international map of screenwriting.

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LAST DAYS TO APPLY:  EAVE@CineLink Industry Days and Sarajevo Film Festival

Dear EAVE producers,

We are happy to let you know that thanks our partnership with CineLink Industry Days, 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 Industry Days 2018, 11 – 16 August.

The CineLink Co-Production Market (14 – 16) presents the most promising Southeast European feature projects in a development and financing stage. Devised as a co-financing forum, CineLink Drama (12 – 16) present 5 brand-new drama series projects developed by producers from Southeast Europe to assembled regional and key European broadcasters, VoD and SVoD operators, and distributors in open pitch presentations followed by a Q&As and one-to-one meetings on request. Eight feature film projects and five television drama projects in early development have been announced as part of this years CineLink line-up. The focus of the of selection is on projects from first and second time directors from Southeast Europe. Additional projects from the more established authors for the CineLink Co-Production Market will be announced in the following weeks and the final selection will include a project presented in partnership with Doha Film Institute. CineLink Drama also welcomes the Midpoint TV Series launch workshop, presenting additional five projects in the open pitch session.

In addition to the flagship selection of quality projects in development, screenings of fiction and doc works–in-progress and extracts from finished films going into distribution, regional film conference CineLink Talks, CineLink Industry Days will welcome the Jihlava’s Docu Talents from the East as well as Documentary Campus Masterschool workshop.

Please let us know by July 6, if you are interested and send us a short motivation statement by e-mail to and  so that the selection of EAVE producers participating can be made.

The selected producers will be invited by CineLink Industry Days and the Sarajevo Film Festival who will provide accreditation and accommodation (13 – 16) during the market. EAVE and CineLink will cover the travel cost up to a maximum of 400 EUR.

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

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PUENTES: first workshop in Trieste coming up!


EAVE PUENTES Europe/Latin America Co-Production Workshop launches its 9th edition from July 9 – 13, 2018, in Trieste, Italy. 14 producers and professionals (complete list of participants below) have been selected out of a record number of over 68 applications from 17 countries.

PUENTES is a two-part programme taking place in Trieste, Italy, in partnership with FVG Audiovisual Fund and under the patronage of MiBACT,  from July 9 – 13, 2018, and Montevideo, Uruguay, from December 5 – 9, 2018, in partnership with Mutante Cine. Thanks to a special cooperation, all participants will be able to attend VENTANA SUR (December 10-14, 2018), in Buenos Aires.

We are happy to announce the new long-term strategic partnership with MiBACT, Italian Ministry of Culture, the PUENTES participants will be joined by Italian producers and film commissioners for two days of common plenary sessions and professional networking. Aside from the plenary sessions, daily group work sessions will be the core of PUENTES. Participants will discuss and analyze each other’s projects under the guidance of Jean des Forêts (Petit film, France) and Fernando Epstein (Mutante Cine, Uruguay). The esteemed roster of key experts who will meet and guide participants includes Jacques Akchoti (script consultant, FR), Agustina Chiarino (Mutante Cine, UY), Aranka Matits (Featurette, NL), Jan Naszewski (New Europa Film Sales, PL), Tatiana Leite (Bubbles Project, BR), and Alessandro Amato (Dispàrte, IT).

PUENTES is organized by EAVE in partnership with MiBACT, Mutante Cine, FVG Audiovisual Fund , Ventana Sur, and with the support of Creative Europe – MEDIA sub-programme of the European Union.

For more information please contact:

EAVE – Francesca Buffa,Coordinator:

The selected participants for PUENTES 2018 are: 

Carla Altieri, Young Films, Italy

Project: Pablo, director: Enrico Maria Artale. 

Gema Arrieta, Selva Films, Spain / Costa Rica. 

Ezequiel Borowinski, Wanka Cine, Argentina

Project: La Intemperie - The cold within, director: Juan Schnitman. 

Laure Dahout, Tiresias Films, France.  

Maria Carla Del Rio, Marinca Films, Cuba

Project: Shock Labor, director: Marcos Diaz Sosa. 

Beatrice Gulino, Senior Acquisitions Professional, Italy.  

Alice Kharoubi, Festival de Cannes – Marché du Film, France.

Irina Malcea, One For The Road, Belgium /Luna Film, Romania

Project: La Civil, director: Teodora Ana Mihai.

Leonardo Mecchi, Enquadramento Produções, Brazil

Project: Canaan, director: Clarissa Knoll. 

Daniel Méndez Kunschke, Mano Negra Films, Spain

Project: ECO, director: Ainhoa Menéndez. 

Elisa Pirir Ruiz, Mer Film, Norway

Project: Resistir, director: Elvis Caj Cojoc.

Juan Mauricio Ruiz Correa, Malta Cine SAS, Colombia

Project: Job Interview, director: Carlos Osuna.

Estela Valdivieso, House On Fire Productions, France

Project: Rest in La Paz, director: John Hsu.   

Camille Vandenbunder, Canica, Puerto Rico

Project: La Pecera, director: Glorimar Marrero Sánchez.

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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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