EAVE January News 2019

Call for Applications: PUENTES – Europe / Latin America Co-Production Workshop 2019

PUENTES – Europe / Latin America Co-Production Workshop 2019:


Apply now and until February 20, 2019 for the PUENTES 2019 edition!

PUENTES is the most relevant and successful training programme for developing European-Latin American co-production as the track record of successful production shows: THE SHARKS (LOS TIBURONES), by Lucia Garibaldi & produced by Pancho Magnou (Montelona Cine, Uruguay) will premiere in Sundance World Cinema Dramatic Competition.

Some other recent examples of films developed at PUENTES are for example I DREAM IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE (SUEÑO EN OTRO IDIOMA), by Ernesto Contreras (Best Picture & Best Original Screenplay & Best Cinematography & Best Original Score & Best Sound & Best Actor at Mexico's 60th Ariel Awards 2018), THE HEIRESSES (LAS HEREDERAS) by Marcelo Martinessi (Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize & Silver Bear Best Actress & FIPRESCI Award & Teddy Readers’ Award at the Berlinale 2018, Premio Netflix Ópera Prima, Best Director at Latin America Fénix Film Awards 2018. The film has been nominated to represent Paraguay at Foreign Language Academy Awards race 2019), UN TRADUCTOR by Sebastián & Rodrigo Barriuso (Golden Goblet for Best Director at Shangai Film Festival 2018), and many more.

The above mentioned projects had been selected for the PUENTES – Europe / Latin America Co-Production Workshop, where the projects were developed over one year by the attending producers under the guidance of top notch consultants, working on the script development, the financial, co-production, marketing and distribution strategies and where the producers extended their professional network meeting key players of the industry in Europe and Latin America.

PUENTES is targeted at Latin American & European producers focusing on project development, 10 of which will be selected for the workshop. We are also open to receive the applications of other European professionals interested in working with Latin America (sales agents, financiers, distributors, festival programmers, co-production market representatives) or European producers focusing on career development (not bringing a specific project) . 4-5 of them will be selected to be an active part of the group.

The 14-15 selected participants attend 2 workshops. The first one will be held in Lazio Region, Italy (June 10-14, 2019) in partnership with FVG Audiovisual Fund, with the support of MIBAC (Ministero dei Beni Ambientali e Culturali). Workshop 2 will be held in Montevideo, Uruguay in November 2019, just before Ventana Sur in partnership with Mutante Cine, with the support of ICAU (Instituto de Cine y Audiovisual del Uruguay), Egeda, Montevideo Socio Audiovisual and Centro Cultural España. For 2019, PUENTES has received support from IBERMEDIA PROGRAMME that will allow us to provide scholarships to participants from Latin America, Spain, Portugal and Italy.  

Thanks to a special partnership, all participants are able to attend VENTANA SUR (December 2019 – dates TBC, in Buenos Aires) after workshop 2.

Find out all about the target group, the application criteria and regulations on the EAVE website:

The DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS is Februray 20, 2019.

The selection will be made by a selection committee and will be published by April 10, 2019.

Selection interviews might be held via SKYPE.

If you wish to have further information, please contact:

The PUENTES workshop is made possible with the support of the Creative Europe - MEDIA Programme of the European Union and with the recognition of the Directorate-General for Cinema of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism.

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EAVE+ reloaded – apply for the April edition!

Applications are now open until January 25, 2019 for the ninth edition of EAVE+

EAVE+ gathers 15 producers during 4 days to discuss their company structures and management practices together with high-profile industry experts.

In immersive role-plays, design thinking and scenario planning exercises, group work, individual coaching and through an interdisciplinary approach, the EAVE+ workshop will tackle the business side of running a film company.

Top-notch business and management coaches will explore topics such as cashflow management, leadership, company strategies, negotiation with financiers and partners, and raising finance from investors.

EAVE+ will take place during April 3-7, 2019 at the Légère Hotel in Luxembourg.

«Very excellent compressed professional training with high level experts, experienced participants, that gives you opportunity to understand where you are in your professional life. »
Gints Grube, Mistrus Media, Latvia, EAVE+ 2018

Applications are open for independent producers with a solid track record and international experience from Europe and the rest of the world until January 25, 2019.

Led by EAVE+ Head of Studies Jani Thiltges (Samsa Film, LU), the workshop will tackle topics such as: How to grow as a company? How to reinvent yourself after failure? How to sustain a viable business? What kind of leader am I? How to improve my team management? How to achieve a better life work balance?

A new feature for this edition is a special workshop by marketing strategist and business development consultant AC Coppens (The Marketing Catalysts), supporting the producers in their entrepreneurial endeavors—as company founders, leaders or managers with responsibilities and ambitions beyond their creative producing role.

With strategic scenario development tools and exercises specifically designed for their individual purposes, we will explore concrete options for sustaining and developing production companies in challenging and competitive contexts, by

  • Assessing the competitive space (market trends, competition, partners' ecosystem)
  • Considering change (across products and formats, target groups, distribution channels, partners expectation and more)
  • Setting actionable goals at the company level
  • Exploring and designing strategy scenarios (to approach these goals in a structured way, e.g. consolidation, growth, but how?)

Among the experts for this session will be EAVE consultant Linda Beath, who will take the EAVE+ participants to the next level of company management: how to hire and fire, cashflow management, how to structure your business and other burning management issues.

EAVE management coach Michael Comyn (The Fearless Organisation IE) will work on the individual leadership qualities and resilience in private coaching sessions.

Marc Bordure (FR), General and Financial Manager of the French production company AGAT FILMS & Cie / Ex Nihilo, will discuss questions related to the company structure and go into some detail about setting up a production company development fund.

EAVE+ is organised once a year in Luxembourg with support of the Creative Europe - MEDIA sub-programme of the European Union and Film Fund Luxembourg.

More information on:

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EAVE ON DEMAND session in Kosovo

Kosovo Cinematography Center in partnership with EAVE is organizing a four-day long Development Workshop in Prishtina from January 10 to 13, 2019, for producers and writers of 9 selected fiction projects with international co- production potential.

The aim of this workshop is script development and to improve the participants’ (co-)production skills, providing them with the necessary tools to succeed in the international market.
The workshop features high-level experts and will combine EAVE’s experience in training and creating international network with a tailor-made approach to Kosovar producers and each project’s specific needs.

The workshop will consist of Masterclasses, group work sessions and one to one meetings for the participant-producers and their creative teams.

Masterclasses will tackle topics such as: Producing the Screenplay, The Role of the Producer, Sales, Distribution & the International Market.

During the intense group work sessions and individual meetings the EAVE experts and participants will work together on script writing and script development, structural analysis/dramaturgy, relationship producer-writer/producer–director, budgeting and financial management, market and audience awareness, sales and distribution including the principles underlying these practices.

The selected projects are the following:

CROCODILE SKIN, producer: Teuta Krasniqi

DEBORA, producer: Ilinka Iljoska

FAN OF YUGOSLAVIA, producer: Arian Krasniqi

HOTEL SLAVIA, producer: Edona Reshitaj

HUNTING BEARS, producer: Mentor Shala

IKJA, producer: Artur Tahiraj


SILENCE OF SIRENS, producer: Valon Bajgora

THE TINY WALKERS, producer: Jeton Kulinxha

Group leader / Production expert:

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 if 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.

Script consultant:

Jacques Akchoti - (FR)
After his studies at the NYU film school, Jacques Akchoti has worked in different areas of film production with directors such as R.Bresson, JJ. Beineix, L. Von Trier.
He then became a screenwriter, script consultant, and headed the development of many French and international films for cinema and television, which obtained selections and awards at major film festivals. Most recently, “A Screaming Man” by Haroun Mahamat Saleh, recipient of many awards, notably the Jury Prize at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.
He has directed a feature film for television and written several screenplays. One of his latest script, “Don’t Look back”, a film by Marina De Van featuring Sophie Marceau and Monica Bellucci was part of the Official Selection of the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.
Jacques has been teaching writing and directing at the Femis (National French Filmschool) since 1988 and has facilitated many international screenwriting and development workshops, among which EAVE, Sud Ecriture, DV8 films, Vision Cinema, Ekran, Interchange, Jerusalem Film Lab, etc.

Sales & distribution expert:

Gabor Greiner – Films Boutique (DE)
After his studies of Cultural Management in Vienna, Birmingham and Chicago, Gabor worked as journalist and film critic.
In 2003, he moved to Brussels to take charge of the distribution support department of the MEDIA Program at the European Commission's Film Fund, which was created to support the European audiovisual sector.
In 2009, Gabor became acquisitions executive at the international sales agent, The Match Factory, specializing in edgy art house films from all over the world. In August 2010, Gabor moved to Berlin to take over acquisitions of the French-German sales company, Films Boutique, winner of the Golden Bear in 2017 and the Golden Lion in 2011 and 2016.
Gabor is a member of the European Film Academy.

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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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