EAVE April News 2019

Special for EAVE Producers - Industry Pass at Biografilm Festival

Dear EAVE Producers,

Biografilm Festival | International Celebration of Lives, one of the European leading festivals for documentary and long feature film, this year reaches its 15th edition in Bologna from June 7th to 17th.

In the framework of the festival, Bio to B | Doc & Biopic Business Meeting, the business-to-business networking event for industry professionals aims to support European documentary and fiction biopic productions.

Biografilm Festival would like to offer to you the possibility to buy the Industry Pass, in order to take part to Bio To B, at a reduced discount.

EAVE producers can buy the Industry pass online at the special price of € 40, available only until the 2nd of May, using the promo code EAVE2019.

Here some advantages of the Industry Pass:

  • entry to BIO TO B | DOC & BIOPIC Business Meeting (June 13th-15th) events, the industry event dedicated to business-to-business networking for professionals;
  • 50% discount on tickets to film screenings of Biografilm Festival | International Celebration of Lives (June 7th-17th) ;
  • the possibility to reserve one-to-one meetings with sales agents, film festival directors, international producers and international commissioning editors registered, in the limits of available places and with modalities that will be given on May;
  • access to exclusive events reserved for industry professionals; 
  • networking lunches;
  • networking meetings with international Festival guests including producers, distributors, international film festival directors and commissioning editors;
  • research seminars on current themes relating to film production and distribution; 
  • Entry to the awards ceremony of BIO TO B | DOC & BIOPIC Business Meeting;
  • The possibility to be published in the Catalogue BIOTOB 2019;
  • The possibility to stay in hotels and structure with special discounts.

This year the owners of the Industry Pass can be published in the Bio To B catalogue.

You can find here a description of Bio To B.

More information:,

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Shoot the book! Days in Cannes

Dear EAVE producers,

You are invited to attend the Shoot the book! Days organized by the Institut français and the SCELF (Civil Society of French Language Publishers), with the support the Marché du Film and EAVE on Monday May 20th and Tuesday May 21st during the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

Due to limited access and high demand, all events are on registration only.

Monday, May 20th

Location: Hôtel Windsor – Adosom (16 avenue Windsor, 06400 Cannes)

3 pm to 6.30 pm (In English only without translation):

3 pm – 5 pm: Masterclass “Financing adaptations” by Linda Beath

A detailed discussion of the financing of a film, from its development stages, through to the elements involved in packaging the film for production and its marketing for the release to the audience.

5.15 pm - 6.30 pm: Panel discussion: “What is a good book for adaptation”

with Vera Peltekian, Canal Plus Fiction, Marie Darrieussecq, author and head of the CNC “advance on receipts” commission. Further speakers TBC.

On registration only! Register before Friday, May 10th:

Tuesday, May 21st  

10.30 am to 12.30 pm: Shoot the Book pitch session: Ten publishers will pitch brand new content selected by an international jury. The session is followed by a cocktail.
Location: Salon des Ambassadeurs - Palais des Festivals / 1, boulevard de la croisette, 06400 Cannes

Registration before Friday, May 10th:

3 pm to 6 pm: One-to-one meetings between publishers and registered producers. 41 French and international rights managers will present rights catalogue and new opportunities. Discover the publishers’ catalogue attached.
Location: Salon des Ambassadeurs - Palais des Festivals / 1, boulevard de la croisette, 06400 Cannes

Take appointments with publishers before Friday, May 10th:

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TIES THAT BIND takes off in Udine for the 11th time!

This year’s edition of THAT THAT BIND (TTB), the leading workshop programme connecting professionals from Asia and Europe, will start again in Udine in a few days.
We are proud to announce the selection of 15 participants out of 59 applications from 31 countries!
Please see the list below.

TIES THAT BIND has become the reference for developing European-Asian co-productions in the past decade, combining producer training, project development and co-production meetings, and focusing on co-operation between European producers and their Asian counterparts.

The participants’ group is led by EAVE graduates Jonas Weydemann (Weydemann Bros., DE) and Fran Borgia (Akanga Film Asia, SG).
Jonas recently produced SYSTEM CRASHER by Nora Fingscheidt, winner of the Silver Bear Alfred-Bauer-Preis at the 2019 Berlinale, and Fran has produced A LAND IMAGINED by YEO Siew Hua, winner of the Golden Leopard at the 2018 Locarno Festival.
The two group leaders will guide the participants’ discussion and analysis of each others’ projects from both the Asian and European perspective.

TIES THAT BIND will partner again with FOCUS ASIA, the Industry Section of the Udine Far East Film Festival, organising public sessions for more than 100 film professionals from Europe and Asia, such as Vincenzo Bugno’s (World Cinema Fund, DE) session “It’s not only about Money, let’s talk about Cinema”.  
The participants will also have the opportunity to join round tables with leading Asian and European buyers, sales agents and festival programmers, and will meet them individually in one-to-one meetings, which will be organised together with other projects selected for the FOCUS ASIA – All Genres Project Market.
This year’s selection of Focus Asia features projects of the TTB graduates Hoang Diep Nguyen, Eiko Mizuno-Gray and Stefano Centini.

TTB Head of Studies Christophe Bruncher (Ici et Là Productions, FR) has put together a team of top-notch industry professionals from Europe and Asia.
Clare Downs (Script Consultant, UK) will introduce the main script development tools to strengthen the participants’ understanding of narrative principles. Sibylle Kurz (Pitching Consultant, DE) will be coaching the participants how to fine-tune their pitches and embrace pitching as a development tool. Roger Garcia (Hong Kong Int. Film Festival, HK) and Marco Müller (Pingyao Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon Int. Film Festival, CN) will give insight into Asian cinema in an interview conducted by Mathew Scott (Cool Hand Media, HK). Patrick Mao Huang (Flash Forward Entertainment, TW) will focus his session on Co-Producing with China and Taiwan. TTB will also tackle the latest distribution trends in Asia with Mitch Mallon (Stadium Media, US) who will elaborate on A-B-C of Digital Distribution and Monetization.

Also on the programme: Individual coaching sessions on marketing strategies with Constanza Arena (CinemaChile, ES), festival strategies with Thierry Jobin (Festival Int. de Films de Fribourg & Visions Sud Est, CH) and financing opportunities in Asia with Justin Deimen (Aurora Media Holdings, SG). In his meetings Sten-Kristian Saluveer (Storytek, EE) will advise on how to build sustainability and your career through projects and how to apply new business models to film production.

The first TTB workshop will take place in Udine (Italy) from April 29 – May 3, 2019 within the framework of the 21st edition of the Udine Far East Film Festival (April 26 – May 4, 2019).
The second TTB workshop will be organised in Singapore from December 2 - 6, 2019, during the Southeast Asian Film Financing Forum (SAFF).

TIES THAT BIND is organised by Friuli Venezia Giulia Audiovisual Fund, EAVE, Udine Far East Film Festival and Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association (SAAVA), and supported by the Creative Europe - MEDIA sub-programme of the European Union and Aurora Media Holdings.

The following 10 Participants focusing on project development with feature films in development and 5 Participants focusing on career development wanting to extend their knowledge and network towards Asia have been selected to participate in TTB 2019:

Nathalie Dennes, The Living, France

Maria Drandaki, Homemade Films, Greece
       Project: Titanic Ocean by Konstantina Kotzamani
Fei Ling Foo, Ghost Grrrl Pictures, Malaysia
    Project: Tiger Stripes by Amanda Nell Eu
Sunhee Han, Plain Pictures, South Korea
    Project: The Final Print by Woojin Jang
Anda Ionescu, Alien Film, Romania
    Project: Simin Dona by Igor Cobileanski
Chi-an Lin, Coolie Films, China
    Project: Uncharted by Hongsong Zhang
Siska Raharja, Elora Films, Indonesia
    Project: Mayday by Eden Junjung
Fernanda Renno, Fidalgo Film Production, Norway

Nancy Schoesetters, TM Media Productions, Belgium

Radu Stancu Mihalcea, deFilm, Romania
    Project: To the North by Mihai Mincan

Joanna Tatko, Staron-film, Poland

Supatcha Thipsena, Mobile Lab Project, Thailand
    Project: Babylon by Keith Deligero
Raymond van der Kaaij, Revolver Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Project: Blood of Ghost by Michael Sewandono

BoĊĦtjan Virc, Studio Virc, Slovenia
Xinyu Zhou, Alcatraz Films, France
    Project: Children by Yifan Shi

For more information please contact:
EAVE Coordinator, Tanika Sajatovic:
FVG Audiovisual Fund, Alessandro Gropplero:,

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Europe / Latin America co-production workshop
Fiuggi (Frosinone) - 11/13 giugno 2019

Deadline: 3 maggio 2019

Dopo il successo della prima edizione del 2018, EAVE Puentes, il principale workshop di co-produzione tra Europa e America Latina, annuncia per quest’anno una nuova collaborazione con Fondo per l’Audiovisivo del Friuli Venezia Giulia, Roma Lazio Film Commission e MiBAC.
All’interno della prima sessione europea del workshop, EAVE organizzerà PUENTES ITALIA, un programma speciale dedicato a produttori italiani interessati ad approfondire le opportunità di collaborazione con l’America Latina.


PUENTES ITALIA si terrà a Fiuggi (Frosinone) e offrirà a tutti i partecipanti la possibilità di:
- prendere parte alle diverse sessioni plenarie dedicate alle opportunità di co-produzione con l’America Latina, ai finanziamenti privati e alle strategie di marketing e festival;
- organizzare incontri individuali con i tutor di EAVE Puentes;
- accedere a un unico network di professionisti provenienti da Europa e America Latina.
Il workshop inizierà martedì 11 giugno e terminerà giovedì 13 nel pomeriggio.
Tra gli esperti confermati: Fernando Epstein, Aranka Matits, Nicolas Celis and Jean des Forêts.  

Target group:

- produttori italiani che stiano sviluppando un nuovo progetto di finzione o documentario con un potenziale di co-produzione internazionale, preferibilmente con l’America Latina.


- lettera di motivazione riguardo alla partecipazione al workshop
- profilo società e profilo personale del produttore
- sinossi di 1 pag. del progetto che si desidera approfondire durante il workshop (in italiano e inglese)
- piano finanziario e budget di produzione

Costi di partecipazione:

La partecipazione a PUENTES ITALIA è gratuita e ad ogni partecipante verranno offerte 2 notti di ospitalità.

Deadline per l’iscrizione:

Tutti i documenti devono essere inviati via email entro venerdì 3 maggio 2019 all’indirizzo:  La selezione finale verrà annunciata entro il 15 maggio 2019.

Per ulteriori info su programma e modalità di iscrizione vi preghiamo di contattare:  

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Special for EAVE Producers: Galway Film Fair - Call for Applications

Dear EAVE producers,

The successful EAVE partnership with Galway Film Fair continues!

Up to 6 EAVE producers from outside of Ireland and UK will be selected for the Galway Film Fair 2019 (11th-14th July 2019). Priority will be given to low production capacity countries (European countries other than France, Germany, Italy, Spain).

Our partner will cover the cost of accommodation for 3 nights each and waive the entry fee for the Marketplace at the Galway Film Fair.

The projects can be in development or completed documentaries or fiction.

If you are interested, please download the application form here  and send it to before April 29, 2019 at the very latest!

Please find further information here.  


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How to run sustainable film companies: EAVE+ is coming up!

The 9th edition of EAVE+, takes place from April 3-7, 2019 at the hotel Légère Premium in Luxembourg.

15 experienced producers from 10 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+ is THE workshop for you when you feel that your production company needs an upgrade.»
Francine Lusser / Tipi’mages Productions, Switzerland

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 topic of hiring and firing in a successful way.

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:
«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

« 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 9th edition of EAVE+ are:

2Pilots Filmproduction: Harry Flöter, Germany
2Pilots Filmproduction: Jörg Siepmann, Germany
Arsam International: Ilann Girard, France
Catbird Productions: Katarina Soukup, Canada
CognitoFilms: Dario Schoch, Switzerland
Heretic: Giorgos Karnavas, Greece
Heretic: Konstantinos Kontovrakis, Greece
Inicia Films: Valerie Delpierre, Spain
Join Motion Pictures: Anton Máni Svansson, Iceland
Rampante Films – Quijote Fiilms: Giancarlo Nasi, Italy/Chile
REI CINE: Benjamin Domenech, Spain/Argentina
REI CINE: Santiago Gallelli, Argentina
Staragara: Miha Cernec, Slovenia
Tamtam Film: Dirk Decker, Germany
Tamtam Film: Andrea Schütte, Germany

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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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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