EAVE May News 2020

EAVE EXCLUSIVE Interview with Sofie Palage

Photo: © Drago Prvulovic


- In an incredibly short time you have developed a feature film on a topic that affects us all: social distancing due to the COVID 19-crisis. Could you describe the film in a few words?

The film written and directed by Josephine Bornebusch has the working title ORCA and is about eleven different characters who are all living in isolation. They communicate with their loved ones digitally via Skype or phone or any other web conferencing platform like we do now. It’s a relationship drama, so after some time we understand that the characters are all connected with each other in some way. There is a mother and a daughter and there is someone falling in love...

- And the viewers are seeing only on-screen scenes?

We have a small crew with let’s say normal film cameras, so it’s not only on-screen scenes. We have five people on set and we are shooting in a quite a big apartment. so while the actor is in one room, in something like a seperate holding area, the crew will set up the cameras in set points in the room where the shooting takes place. And then the crew leaves and goes to a seperate room with monitors and headphones and the actor comes in. Sometimes there will be a computer or a smartphone for chatting or a video-talk. They will do their scene in one or more takes and then when they are done they go back to their room and the crew comes in and sets up for the next scene.

- That sounds quite challenging. Why did you choose this approach?

At first we were talking about making it only with on-screen scenes but it was too complicated to only do it like this. When we started we were talking should no-one be on set, should there only be cameras and computers and phones? But we felt it wouldn’t be very interesting visually and it would also be technically very difficult. To get the actors to do it all by themselves.  

- Would you say this the first film on the topic of the COVID crisis?

In Sweden it is the first film with this subject. And then we’ll see, if there are more ideas. But we went from idea to production in a month. So I think we will be the first ones definitely. It takes place during this kind of isolation but the topic is relationships and love and other themes. So if somenone wants to make a film about the pandemic they can do that of course. I mean, to see a love story in isolation is one thing, but I don’t know if the audience will want to see a film on a pandemic and disease...

- Are there any restrictions or guidelines under which shooting is allowed in Sweden?

The guidelines in Sweden are very lean compared to other countries. We have it quite easy compared to everyone else in Europe. The only restriction is that you are not allowed to be more than 50 people at a place. And you should practice distancing – if you can. It’s not a rule. So in Sweden at the moment there are still, let’s say, normal productions going on. We are one of the few countries where not everything had to stop. We could just continue.
I have another production that we had to stop, but that was because it is a road movie – the story is about a couple doing a tour in Europe. And that’s why we had to stop. Because we needed actors from the UK, from Belgium, from Denmark and we were going to shoot abroad. So we had to postpone this production for the moment. We will try to do it later. But otherwise you are allowed to have shooting in Sweden. We decided to do this minimal setting just for not to be so vulnerable. I mean, if we have to cancel a shooting day because one of the actors or the actor for that day is sick, so we’ll just cancel and we shoot two weeks later. So we did it to do this super-quick production.    

- So the reason for your shooting in this careful way is that you wouldn’t lose money if something happened?

Yes, and of course we as a company put in our own restrictions: Every morning everyone in the crew and every actor will take their temperature, everyone washes their hands when they arrive and when they leave. So we have these kind of guidelines but it’s not coming from the government. We just decided that we as an employer want to take responsibility and try to keep everyone as safe as possible.

- Is there something like a union or a producer’s alliance that puts up guidelines?

The only thing is that the producer’s association and the union have agreed to a seperate agreement for this period where it is set that how much we would pay if we take a pause so that producers can calculate the risk of going into production. So there is a lower fee than it would normally be for a production to stop. If you’d normally stop you’d have to pay a lot of money, but in this situation we have a seperate agreement. If you stop because of COVID 19, then you’re allowed to pay less.
But we don’t have any official guidelines of how to get along the daily work with taking temperature and similar measures. But a lot of us producers talk to each others and I called around to the ones who just never stopped shooting like these big TV series. They started in January and they are still going. They never stopped. I called and checked what they did and how they handled the guidelines they put in place. So everyone is sharing the knowledge we have and helping each other.

- I read in a German newspaper about the production of a German Telenovela. They started shooting again recently, but they have a problem because the actors are not allowed to kiss on set. Is that similar in Sweden?

No. We are allowed to kiss at work. We don’t have those rules. In this film we set up our own rules with the characters being isolated so we shoot one actor at a time. We don’t need a kiss because it’s not in the script. In Sweden we haven’t put in these kinds of rules that you have in Germany, Belgium etc. So if you need a kiss in a scene, you can send the actors to Sweden and they can kiss here, we shoot it and then they can go back to Germany.

- That sounds like a very good idea! But do you consider it sensible that everything lies in the responsibility of the individual?

It’s kind of weird because Sweden is the country that’s known to be like the good student in class compared to the rest of Europe. Normally we are always doing the correct and very square thing. And now we are these anarchists during the crisis compared to all our neighbours – Denmark closed, Finland closed, they don’t even want to open up to Sweden. We’ll just see how things come along. We have more COVID cases than our neighbouring countries. But then again our economy may not be as affected. But noone knows. As the regulations from the government now the film industry is of course
everyone who has a co-production with other countries – all of those productions of course stopped. The small 100 percent Swedish productions they can still continue. So that’s good for the industry because it’s not a complete halt. If this stays for a year, I think a lot of Swedish production will still go ahead.

- Do you think Sweden with its leaner regulations during the COVID crisis could it be an example for other countries, too?

In some ways, because the government didn’t put in that many restrictions, but the people and the companies put in their own. Almost everyone does more than the government asks of them. So I think that’s a good example for other countries when they open up more. For example I am working from home right now. I could work from the office, I’m allowed to, but still everyone takes their own responsibility. I think that’s a good thing for everyone when they start resuming production or work, that’s try to minimize in the ways you can. Do not just go back to what was before, try to find what the new normal can be.  

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National measures taken to mitigate the consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak strongly impacts the audio-visual industry. National Film and Audio-visual Funds across Europe are already fully mobilised to take all necessary measures to mitigate the negative consequences for everybody working in the sector.
They are busy reorganising their internal functioning and procedures in order to continue to operate and award support, adjusting existing schemes to introduce more flexibility or creating specific ones to address the difficulties the audio-visual industry already faces.

EFAD Members’ measures

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The Polish Producers Alliance (KIPA) in cooperation with Netflix announces the creation of a new Film and TV Emergency Relief Fund to help the hardest hit workers in the television and cinema industry due to the productions shut down in Poland caused by the Coronavirus crisis. The fund will operate under the slogan: “Producers help the Crews”.
Netflix will donate 2.5 million z? to KIPA to help launch the fund. The grant is available to the most vulnerable crew members in the TV and film  sector – professionals whose craftsmanship is crucial to the quality of production and who, often being freelancers, are unable to work due to the almost complete suspension of production. The aid will be directed to all film divisions – set designers, make-up artists, sound operators, DOPs, camera assistants, grippers, focus pullers, storyboard makers, gaffers and many more representing below-the-line professions.
The Polish Producers Alliance is the only chamber of commerce in the Polish audiovisual industry with 20 years of experience, which associates over 140 members, production companies, independent producers and regional film funds. One of the main objectives of KIPA is to represent and protect the economic interests of its members and to support sustainable development of the entire audiovisual sector. Therefore, KIPA has proved to be the ideal partner for Netflix to create a fund to support the sustainable development of the whole audiovisual sector.
Alicja Grawon-Jaksik, President of the Chamber said: “The funds will help us maintain emergency support we have put in place for the most fragile workers from the cultural industries. One of KIPA’ core values is solidarity, and we understand that since Netflix implements projects in Poland it feels as part of our market. Therefore for us this is a natural move that Netflix is contributing to support freelancers from TV and cinema industries in these difficult times for the media and culture at large. It’s a noble gesture.”
“We’re grateful to be able to work with KIPA to support the hardest hit crew members in the TV and film production, who are a part of the internationally admired Polish creative industry. In addition to the support we give to the crews, casts and technical partners involved in our productions, we also want to help those who most need financial assistance in the sector more broadly, especially freelancers hit by the current crisis.” adds Anna Nagler – Director, Local Language Originals, CEE at Netflix.
The creation of this fund is part of an announcement Netflix made March 20th to set up a $100 million fund for creatives whose jobs have been affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which has since been increased to $150M. Most of those funds will go towards support for the hardest hit workers on Netflix’s own productions in Poland and around the world. Netflix’s donation to KIPA, as well as to other organisations around the world (US, Canada, UK, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands, India, Brazil, Mexico and Colombia), is part of the $30 million of the hardship fund that will be dedicated to providing emergency relief to out-of-work crew across the broader film and television industry in the countries.

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Wallonia-Brussels Federation Film and Audiovisual Centre

The Wallonia-Brussels Federation Film and Audiovisual Centre’s Film Selection Committee supports the following films by EAVE graduates in its first session of 2020.

  • EN FIN DE CONTE by Zoé Arene, producer: EAVE graduate Benoit Roland
  • SUR LE RIVAGE by Camille Mol, producer: EAVE graduate Julie Esparbes
  • LA CHALEUR DU FOYER by Joël Curtz, producer: EAVE graduate Benoit Roland
  • AU BORD DU MONDE by Amélia Nanni, producer: EAVE graduate Isabelle Truc
  • BAGARRE by Ann Sirot and Catherine Cosme, producer: EAVE graduate Julie Esparbes
  • SUNSHINE by Chloé Léonil, producer: EAVE graduate Anton Iffland Stettner
  • LE VENTRE IDÉAL by Thomas Gunzig and Adeline Dieudonné, producer: EAVE graduate Diana Elbaum
  • L’ENFANT BÉLIER by Marta Bergman, producer: EAVE graduate Jean-Yves Roubin
  • EAVE project L’ÎLE DE LA DEMOISELLE by Micha Wald, producer: EAVE graduate Anton Iffland Stettner
  • BRUXA by Cristèle Alves Meira, producer: EAVE graduate Sebastien Delloye
  • DODO by Panos H. Koutras, producer: EAVE graduate Valerie Bournonville
  • EARWIG by Lucile Hadzihalilovic, producer: EAVE graduate Jean-Yves Roubin
  • FORTERESSE by Jessica Woodworth, producer: EAVE graduate Diana Elbaum
  • SALE PUTTE by Myriam Leroy et Florence Hainaut, producer: EAVE graduate Annabella Nezri
  • SUR LE FIL DE ZÉNITH by Yveline Nathalie Pontalier, producer: EAVE graduate Aurélien Bodinaux
  • IRAK, LES BÉBÉS DE LA HONTE by Pascale Bourgaux, producer: EAVE graduate Isabelle Truc
  • UNE HISTORIE DE FRANC CFA by Katy Lena N'Diaye, producer: EAVE graduate Aurélien Bodinaux

Sundance Institute Documentary Fund

The following projects produced by EAVE graduates receive support by Sundance Institute Documentary Fund:

  • ALIS directed and produced by EAVE and PUENTES graduate Nicolas van Hemelryc
  • CHOCOBAR by Lucrecia Martel, producer: PUENTES graduates Benjamin Domenech, Santiago Gallelli
  • OUR LITTLE PALESTINE by Abdallah Al Khatib, producer: EAVE graduate Jean-Laurent Csinidis
  • REAS by Lola Arias, producer: EAVE graduate Gema Juarez Allen


The Norwegian Sørfond has granted support for six international co-productions with Norwegian minority producers. Among them:

  • EAVE project COSTA BRAVA, LEBANON by Mounia Akl, producer: EAVE graduate Myriam Sassine  
  • CU LI NEVER CRIES by Pham Ngoc Lan, co-producer: EAVE graduate Verona Meier
  • DAUGHTER OF RAGE by Laura Baumeister, co-producer EAVE graduate Dag Hoel
  • MOTHERHOOD by Meryam Joobeur, producer: EAVE graduate Sara Ben Hassen, co-producer: EAVE graduate Khalid Maimouni
  • NEW DAWN FADES by Gürkan Keltek, co-producer: TTB graduate Fernanda Renno

Romanian Film Centre

The Romanian Film Centre announced the grants for the first half of 2020. Among the funded productions are the following films by EAVE graduates:

  • FAMILIAR by Calin Peter Netzer, producer: EAVE graduate and Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon
  • CRISEEA IV by Vladimir Dembinski, producer: EAVE graduate Tudor Giurgiu
  • STARSEED by EAVE graduate Anca Damian

Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation

The Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT SA) has announced the 12 Greek and international co-productions of its latest round of financing.

  • MNIMOSYNI by Christos Dimas, producer: EAVE graduate Ioanna Bolomyti
  • QUICKSAND by Margot Schaap, producer: EAVE graduate Ellen Havenith, co-producers: EAVE graduate Katrin Kissa, Maria Dandraki
  • SUNDAYS by Alethea Avramis, producers: EAVE graduate Konstantinos Kontovrakis, EAVE + graduate Giorgos Karnavas
  • WINDOW TO THE SEA by Migual Angel Jimenez, producers: EAVE graduate Konstantinos Kontovrakis, EAVE+ graduate Giorgos Karnavas

DON’T GO FAR by EAVE graduate Garret Daly is in pre-production. Five-time Oscar-nominated producer Frank Marshall (INDIANA JONES) has boarded Mixed Bag Media’s project DON’T GO FAR, which tells the amazing true story of two young Irish stowaways. In 1985, two boys from Dublin, Keith Byrne aged 10 and Noel Murray aged 13, set out on a transatlantic adventure of a lifetime with far-fetched notions and little or no money. The close friends sneaked onto a ferry bound for Holyhead, took a train to Heathrow airport before eventually evading security to board an Air India flight destined for New York. Their only goal was to meet their hero, B.A. Baracus of the A-Team. The Irish schoolboys made headlines around the world when then were intercepted by police outside JFK airport igniting an investigation that involved authorities across several continents. Producer Garret Daly of Mixed Bag Media secured the rights to the story a number of years ago and has been working closely with Keith and Noel to develop the feature film ever since. The project has now caught the attention of legendary Hollywood producer Frank Marshall at The Kennedy Marshall Company, who has joined forces with the Irish production team to bring this captivating true story to the big screen. “We're delighted to be working to develop Don’t Go Far into a feature film,” said Marshall. “Not only is the story of Keith and Noel's stowaway adventure almost too incredible to believe, but it's also just the kind of uplifting and inspiring tale I think we could all use a bit more of right now.” EAVE graduate Garret Daly: “Our ambition from the start was to give this story the cinematic canvas it deserves to entertain a global audience.” The screenplay was written by Limerick-based screenwriter Conor Ryan and the project is in receipt of development support from Screen Ireland.

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SAVING ONE WHO WAS DEAD now in production

SAVING ONE WHO WAS DEAD by Vaclav Kadrnka, producer: EAVE graduate Katarina Krnacova finishes shooting after the Czech Republic lifted the strict preventive measures and enabled film productions to restart. Kadrnka’s latest project has been called a semi-autobiographical intimate family drama based on the director’s diaries written during summer and autumn 2016, when his father suffered a haemorrhagic stroke. The chamber drama follows an adult son and his mother taking care of the comatose father. SAVING ONE WHO WAS DEAD will round off the director’s “Absence of a Loved One” trilogy, which includes his award-winning feature, LITTLE CRUSADER, as well as his feature-length debut, EIGHTY LETTERS. SAVING ONE WHO WAS DEAD is being staged by Czech production outfit Sirius Film and co-produced by Slovakian company Silverart. The film has been supported by the Czech Film Fund, Slovak Audiovisual Fund and Czech Television.

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Marketing Workshop project THE GREAT FREEDOM now in post-production

COMPARTMENT NUMBER 6 by Juho Kuosmanen, producers: EAVE graduates Jussi Rantamäki, Jamila Wenske, Natalia Drozd, EAVE graduate and Estonian National Coordinator Riina Sildos is in post-production. The Finnish helmer managed to wrap filming in March, despite the impending COVID-19 outbreak. The project, shot in Saint Petersburg, Murmansk and other Russian cities, was penned by Estonian writers Livia Ulman and Andris Feldmanis. The story is set in 1996 and revolves around Laura, a Finnish student who leaves Moscow with loss in her heart and a mess in her head. She decides to take a train to Murmansk to see some 10,000-year-old rock paintings. During her journey, she is forced to share her train with Vadim, a Russian miner. The vulgar company of the man and the desolate reality of the Russian towns she passes through start to dissolve Laura’s romanticised ideas about her trip. Later on, Laura arrives in Murmansk only to realise that she is not allowed to see the rock paintings, and so she seeks help from Vadim.

SKIING IN SCARVES by Haidy Kancler, co-producer: EAVE graduate Sabine Gruber is in post-production. The film follows a group of local girls who challenge cultural stereotypes in the mountains of central Afghanistan. Under the guidance of Slovenian instructor Ana Tasic, they aim for a breakthrough between professionals.The film is produced by Boštjan Virc through Studio Virc in coproduction with Austrian Flair Film and Finnish Kinocompany. The project is supported by the Slovenian Film Center and has received the support for development from Creative Europe MEDIA. The shooting was successfully completed on locations in Afghanistan, India, Austria, Finland and Slovenia in 2019.

EAVE Marketing Workshop project THE GREAT FREEDOM by Wendla Nölle, producer: EAVE MW graduate Mathieu Dolenc, EAVE graduate Andrea Schütte is in post-production. A love story of a couple in its sixties that has to cope with disappointed expectations and postponed hopes that are linked the illnes of the wife. In January was one of four projects to participate in the First Cut Lab in Trieste, where they received 2 days of exclusive editing advice.

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THE TROUBLE WITH BEING BORN wins Best Feature film at Austrian Romy Awards

Dokfest München

  • ACASA, MY HOME by Radu Ciorniciuc, producer: EAVE graduate Monica Lazurean-Gorgan won the VIKTOR Main Competition at the Dokfest München.

David di Donatello Awards

  • THE FORTUNE GODESS by Ferzan Ozpetek, producer: EAVE graduate Tilde Corsi won Best Lead Actress (Jasmine Trinca) and Best Original Song at the Italian David di Donatello Awards
  • 5 IS THE PERFECT NUMBER by Igort, producer: EAVE graduate Peter De Maegd won Best Supporting Actress (Valeria Golino)

Thessaloniki Documentary Festival

  • ACASA, MY HOME by Radu Ciorniciuc, producer: EAVE graduate Monica Lazurean-Gorgan won the Special Jury Award at the Online 22nd Thessaloniki Documentary Festival
  • WALCHENSEE FOREVER by Janna Ji Wonders, producer: EAVE graduate Martin Heisler won the Golden Alexander Newcomers Award
  • LADY TIME by Elina Talvensaari, producer: EAVE graduate Jussi Rantamäki received the Special Jury Award

Visions du Réel

  • OFF THE ROAD by José Permar, producer: EAVE graduate Wendy Muniz won the Interreligious Award - Feature film at Visions du Réel.

International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival - Docudays

  • THE EARTH IS BLUE AS AN ORANGE by Iryna Tsilyk, producer: EAVE graduate Giedre Zickyte won the Main Prize at the Docudays, International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival.

Brazil International Film Festival

  • CORPUS CHRISTI by Jan Komasa, co-producer: EAVE graduate Patrice Nezan won the Grand Jury Award and the Critics’ Award at the Brazil International Film Festival (BIFF).

Austrian Romy Awards

  • THE TROUBLE WITH BEING BORN by Sandra Wollner, producer: EAVE graduate David Bohun won Best feature film at the Austrian Romy Awards.

International Short Film Days Oberhausen

  • BELLA by Thelyia Petraki, producer: PUENTES graduate Kostas Tagalakis has won the e-flux-Prize at the International Short Film Days Oberhausen.

D’A Barcelona International Auteur Film Festival

  • A WHITE, WHITE DAY by Hlynur Palmason, producer: EAVE graduate Anton Mani Svansson, co-producers: PUENTES graduates Katrin Pors and Nima Yousefi, TTB graduate Mikkel Jersin has won the Talents prize for best movie at the D’A Barcelona International Auteur Film Festival, awarded to directors with fewer than three features in their filmography.

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EAVE project BLACK DELTA selected for CineLink Drama

Producers on the Move

EFP (European Film Promotion), the network of 37 European film promotion institutions, has selected 20 producers from 20 different European countries for its networking and promotion platform Producers on the Move, among them 13 EAVE graduates:

  • Olmo Figueredo González-Quevedo, La Claqueta (Spain)
  • Tanja Georgieva-Waldhauer, Elemag Pictures (Germany)
  • Marina Gumzi, Nosorogi (Slovenia)
  • Marta Habior, No Sugar Films (Poland)
  • Monica Hellström, Final Cut for Real (Denmark)
  • Aleksi Hyvärinen, Don Films Oy (Finland)
  • Vesela Kazakova, Activist38 (Bulgaria)
  • Marie Kjellson, Kjellson & Wik (Sweden)
  • Mikulas Novotny, Background Films (Czech Republic)
  • Danijel Pek, Antitalent (Croatia)
  • Giovanni Pompili, Kino Produzioni (Italy)
  • Marija Razgute, M-Films (Lithuania)
  • John Wallace, Cowtown Pictures (Ireland)

CineLink Co-Production Market Selection 2020

  • CAPTURING SAMI by Adi Voicu, Writer, producer: EAVE graduate Marcian Lazar
  • FLAME by György Mor Karpati, producer: EAVE graduate and Hungarian National Coordinator Viktoria Petranyi
  • MELTING OF THE RULER by Ivan Salati, producer: EAVE participant Jelena Angelovski
  • SPITE by Andrijana Stojkovic, producer: EAVE graduate Mirko Bojovic
  • THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO KIMON by Neritan, producer: EAVE graduate Vasilis Chrysanthopoulos

CineLink Drama Selection 2020

  • EAVE project BLACK DELTA by Dorian Boguta, producer: EAVE participant Cristian Nicolescu
  • MATTER by Blaz Zavrsnik, producer: EAVE graduate Bojan Mastilovic
  • THE ABYSS by Mladen Dizdar, producer: EAVE graduate Sinisa Juricic


Selected for EUROPE! VOICES OF WOMEN IN FILM a co-operation between European Film Promotion (EFP) and Sydney Film Festival (SFF) are two films by EAVE graduate. Ten European films and their women directors will be presented alongside Australian works at the 67th Sydney Film Festival: Virtual Edition and Awards from 10 to 21 June, 2020.
The selected films are:

  • FORCE OF HABIT by by Kirsikka Saari, Elli Toivoniemi, Anna Paavilainen, Alli Haapasalo, Reetta Aalto, Jenni Toivoniemi, Miia Tervo, producer: EAVE graduate Elli Toivoniemi
  • KIDS RUN by Barbara Ott, producer: EAVE graduate Martin Heisler

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CORPUS CHRISTI in Norwegian cinemas

In Norwegian cinemas

  • CORPUS CHRISTI by Jan Komasa, co-producer: EAVE graduate Patrice Nezan. May 15

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THE BRIDGES OF SARAJEVO selected for We Are One: A Global Film Festival

Festivals online:

  goEast Filmfestival Wiesbaden (May 5 – 11)

  • A DARK, DARK MAN by Adilkhan Yerzhanov, producer: EAVE MW graduate Olga Khlasheva, co-producer: EAVE graduate Guillaume de Seille
  • A HORROR FILOZOFIAJA (PART I-III) by Peter Lichter, Bori Mate, producer: EAVE graduate Dora Nedeczky
  • AFERIM! by Radu Jude, producer: EAVE graduate and Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon
  • ALEXANDRA by Radu Jude, producer: EAVE graduate and Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon
  • ANDREY TARKOVSKY. A CINEMA PRAYER by Andrey A. Tarkovsky, co-producer: EAVE graduate Peter Kropenin
  • ATLANTIS by Valentyn Vasyanovych, producer: EAVE graduate Vladimir Yatsenko
  • AUF STREIFE by Stephan Komandarev, producers: EAVE graduates Stephan Komandarev, Katya Trichkova
  • CELE DOUĂ EXECUȚII ALE MAREȘALULUI by Radu Jude, producer: EAVE graduate and Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon
  • DAS GLÜCKLICHSTE MÄDCHEN DER WELT by Radu Jude, producers: EAVE graduate and Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon, EAVE graduate Stienette Bosklopper
  • DIE DIENER by Ivan Ostrochovsky, co-producers: EAVE graduates Oana Giurgiu, Tudor Giurgiu
  • DIE TOTE NATION by Radu Jude, producer: EAVE graduate and Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon
  • DIMINEAŢA by Radu Jude, producer: EAVE graduate and Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon
  • IVANA THE TERRIBLE by Ivana Mladenovic, producer: EAVE graduate and Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon
  • LAMPA CU CĂCIULĂ by Radu Jude, producer: EAVE graduate and Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon
  • MAREK EDELMAN...UND ES GAB LIEBE IM GHETTO by Jolanta Dylewska, Andrzej Wajda, producers: EAVE graduates Martin Hampel, Anna Wydra
  • MIR IST ES EGAL, WENN WIR ALS BARBAREN IN DIE GESCHICHTE EINGEHEN by Radu Jude, producer: EAVE graduate and Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon
  • NUMBERS by Oleg Sentsov, producers: EAVE graduates Violetta Kaminska, Isabela Wojcik
  • NOVA LITUANIA by Karolis Kaupinis, producer: EAVE graduate Marija Razgute
  • OLEG by Juris Kursietis, producers: EAVE graduate and Latvian National Coordinator Aija Berzina, EAVE graduates Isabelle Truc and Guillaume de Seille, B’EST graduates Alise Gelze, Lukas Trimonis
  • ONCE UPON A TIME IN SHANGHAI by Leyli Gafarova, producer: EAVE graduate Veit Helmer
  • TOATĂ LUMEA DIN FAMILIA NOASTRĂ  by Radu Jude, producers: EAVE graduate and Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon, EAVE graduate Stienette Bosklopper
  • TRECE ȘI PRIN PERETE by Radu Jude, producer: EAVE graduate and Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon
  • UMBRĂ DE NOR by Radu Jude, producer: EAVE graduate and Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon
  • UNDERDOG by Kornel Mundruczo, producer: EAVE graduate and Hungarian National Coordinator Viktoria Petranyi
  • UPPERCASE PRINT by Radu Jude, producer: EAVE graduate and Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon
  • WESTERN by Valeska Grisebach, producers: EAVE graduates Jonas Dornbach, Boris Chouchkov

Schwerin International Film Festival (May 5 – 10)

  • AURORA by Miia Tervo, producer: EAVE participant Max Malka
  • CORPUS CHRISTI by Jan Komasa, co-producer: EAVE graduate Patrice Nezan
  • DOGS DON’T WEAR PANTS by J-P Valkeapää, producers: EAVE graduate Aleksi Bardy, B’EST graduate Helen Vinogradov, co-producers: B’EST graduate Alise Gelze and EAVE graduate and Latvian National Coordinator Aija Berzina
  • GARAGE PEOPLE by Natalija Yefimkina, producer: EAVE graduate Dirk Decker
  • IM FEUER by Daphne Charizani, producer: EAVE graduate Martin Hampel
  • THE HUMAN PART by Juha Lehtola, producesr: EAVE graduates Misha Jaari, Mark Lwoff
  • TOO FAR AWAY (ZU WEIT WEG) by Sarah Winkenstette, producer: EAVE graduate and German National Coordinator Jonas Weydemann
  • WAREN EINMAL REVOLUZZER by Johanna Moder, producer: EAVE graduate Oliver Neumann

International Documentary Film Festival Munich (May 8 – 19)

  • ACASA, MY HOME by Radu Ciorniciuc, producer: EAVE graduate Monica Lazurean-Gorgan
  • BELLA by Thelyia Petraki, producer: PUENTES graduate Kostas Tagalakis
  • DAYS OF CANNIBALISM by Teboho Edkins, producers: EAVE graduates Janja Kralj, Derk-Jan Warrink
  • OVERSEAS by Sung-a Yoon, producer: EAVE graduate Isabelle Truc
  • SOLO by EAVE graduate Artemio Benki, producers: EAVE graduates Artemio Benki, Arash T.Riahi, Sabine Gruber, Karin Berger
  • SONGS OF REPRESSION by Estephan Wagner, Marianne Hougen-Moraga, producer: EAVE graduate Signe Byrge Sørensen
  • THE EARTH IS BLUE AS AN ORANGE by Iryna Tsilyk, producer: EAVE graduate Giedre Zickyte
  • THIS TRAIN I RIDE by Arno Bitschy, co-producer: EAVE graduate Liisa Karpo
  • WINTER JOURNEY by Anders Østergaard, producer: EAVE graduate Mette Heide

LuxFilmFest Home Edition (May 8 – June 18)

  • BABY(A)LONE by EAVE graduate Donato Rotunno
  • ESCAPADA by Sarah Hirtt, producer: EAVE graduate and EAVE+ Head of Studies Jani Thiltges
  • GOOD MANNERS by Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra, producer: EAVE graduate Clement Duboin
  • GRAVE (RAW) by Julia Ducournau, producer: EAVE graduate and French National Coordinator Jean des Forêts, co-producer: EAVE graduate Jean-Yves Roubin
  • GUTLAND by Govinda Van Maele, producer: EAVE graduate Gilles Chanial
  • LA VIE D'UNE AUTRE by Sylvie Testud, co-producers: EAVE graduates Hubert Toint, David Grumbach
  • MAMMAL by Rebecca Daly, producers: EAVE graduates Gilles Chanial, Macdara Kelleher, Reinier Selen
  • POUR VIVRE HEUREUX by Dimitri Linder, Salima Sarah Glamine, producers: EAVE graduates Valérie Bournonville, Donnato Rotunno
  • MELODY by Bernard Bellefroid, producer: EAVE graduate and EAVE+ Head of Studies Jani Thiltges
  • RAMS by Grimur Hakornason, co-produced by EAVE graduate Ditte Milsted
  • STYX by Wolfgang Fischer, co-producer: EAVE+ graduate Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu
  • THE SWALLOWS OF KABUL by Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec, Zabou Breitman, producer: EAVE graduate Stephan Roelants

International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (May 13 – 18)

  • BELLA by Thelyia Petraki, producer: PUENTES graduate Kostas Tagalakis
  • SHEPHERDS by Teboho Edkins, producer: EAVE graduate Janja Kralj

Thessaloniki Documentary Festival (May 19 – 28)

  • #387 by Madeleine Leroyer, producer: EAVE participant Valérie Montmartin
  • ACASA, MY HOME by Radu Ciorniciuc, producer: EAVE graduate Monica Lazurean-Gorgan
  • AN IMPOSSIBLE PROJECT by EAVE graduate Jens Meurer, producer: EAVE graduate Jens Meurer
  • BIRDS OR HOW TO BE ONE by Babis Makridis, producer: EAVE graduate Amanda Livanou
  • BUDDHA IN AFRICA by Nicole Schafer, producer: EAVE graduate David Herdies
  • COLUMBIA IN MY ARMS by Jenni Kivistö, producer: EAVE graduate Markku Tuurna
  • DAYS OF CANNIBALISM by Teboho Edkins, producers: EAVE graduates Janja Kralj, Derk-Jan Warrink
  • LADY TIME by Elina Talvensaari, producer: EAVE graduate Jussi Rantamäki
  • MEANWHILE ON EARTH by Carl Olsson, producer: EAVE graduate Anne Köhncke
  • OVERSEAS by Sung-A Yoon, producer: EAVE graduate Isabelle Truc
  • ROBOLOVE by Maria Arlamovsky, producer: EAVE graduate and group leader Michael Kitzberger
  • SPOON by Laila Pakalnina, producer: EAVE graduate Dagne Vildziunaite
  • SUNDAYS by Alethea Avramis, producers: EAVE graduate Konstantinos Kontovrakis, EAVE+ graduate Giorgos Karnavas
  • THE EARTH IS BLUE AS AN ORANGE by Iryna Tsilyk, producer: EAVE graduate Giedre Zickyte
  • THE PROPHET AND THE SPACE ALIENS by Yoav Shamir, producer: EAVE graduate Ebba Sinzinger
  • THE YEAR OF THE DISCOVERY by Luis López Carrasco, producer: EAVE graduate Eugenia Mumenthaler
  • THIS IS NOT A MOVIE by Yung Chang, producer: EAVE graduate Ingmar Trost
  • WALCHENSEE FOREVER by Janna Ji Wonders, producer: EAVE graduate Martin Heisler

Docs Barcelona (May 20 – 30)

  • OVERSEAS by Sung-a Yoon, producer: EAVE graduate Isabelle Truc
  • SOLO by EAVE graduate Artemio Benki, producers: EAVE graduates Artemio Benki, Arash T. Riahi, Karin Berger, Sabine Gruber
  • SONGS OF REPRESSION by Marianne Hougen-Moraga, Estephan Wagner, producer: EAVE graduate Signe Byrge Sørensen

Hot Docs Festival (May 28 - June 6)

  • A PLEASURE, COMRADES! by José Filipe Costa, producer: EAVE graduate  Filipa Reis
  • IF IT WERE LOVE by Patric Chiha, producer: B’EST graduate Charlotte Vincent
  • THE EARTH IS BLUE AS AN ORANGE by Iryna Tsilyk, producer: EAVE graduate Giedre Zickyte
  • THE WALL OF SHADOWS by Eliza Kubarska, producer: EAVE graduate Monika Braid
  • WOOD by EAVE graduates Ebba Sinzinger, Monica Lazurean-Gorgan, Michaela Kirst, producers: EAVE graduates Ebba Sinzinger, Monica Lazurean-Gorgan

Krakow Film Festival (May 31 – June 7)

  • ACASA, MY HOME by Radu Ciorniciuc, producer: EAVE graduate Monica Lazurean-Gorgan
  • THE HAPPIEST MAN IN THE WORLD by EAVE graduate Joonas Berghäll, producer: EAVE graduate Joonas Berghäll
  • WINTER JOURNEY by Anders Østergaard, producer: EAVE graduate Mette Heide

We Are One: A Global Film Festival (May 29 – June 7)

  • AIR CONDITIONER by Fradique, producer: EAVE graduate Jorge Cohen
  • ELECTRIC SWAN by Konstantina Kotzamani, producer: EAVE graduate Maria Drandaki
  • NASIR by Arun Karthick, producer: EAVE graduate Reinier Selen
  • THE BRIDGES OF SARAJEVO by Aida Begic, Leonardo di Costanzo, Jean-Luc Godard, Kamen Kalev, Isild Le Besco, Sergei Losnitza, Vincenzo Marra, Ursula Meier, Vladimir Perisic, Chisti Puiu, Marc Recha, Angela Schanelec, Teresa Villaverde, producer: EAVE+ graduate and EAVE group leader Titus Kreyenberg
  • THE DOUBLE STEPS by Isaki Lacuesta, producer: EAVE graduate Dan Wechsler

Festivals cancelled or postponed because of COVID-19

  • Festival International du Film Policier de Liège (original dates 7-10 May, cancelled)

  • Zlín Film Festival (postponed to September 4 – 10)

  • Espoo Cine (postponed)

  • Cannes Film Festival (cancelled)

  • Marché du Film (online June 22 – 26)

  • Southeast European Film Festival Los Angeles (postponed)

  • Seattle International Film Festival (cancelled)

  • Millenium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival, Warsaw (postponed to September 4 – 13)

  • Docaviv – Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival (postponed to September 3 – 12)

  • Transilvania International Film Festival, Cluj-Napoca (postponed)

  • FeCHA-Festival de Cine Hispanófono de Atenas (postponed)

  • Trento Film Festival (postponed to August 27 – September 2)

  •  Udine Far East Film Festival (postponed to June 26  – July 4, online)

  • IndieLisboa – International Film Festival (postponed to August 25 – September)

  • Festival Internacional de Cine de Alicante (postponed to 17-24 october)

  • DocumentaMadrid (postponed)

  • Molodist Kyiv International Film Festival (postponed to August 22 – 30)

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EAVE Producers Workshop additional online module coming up in June!

After a first successful residential workshop in Luxembourg during March, EAVE is organising an additional online module for its Producers Workshop 2020 from June 8-15, as the second and third in situ workshops have been moved to autumn/winter due to the coronavirus crisis.
During the online module participants will focus on the development of their projects and have individual script consulting and financial consultancy. In regular group work meetings, they can discuss their projects and the current challenges in detail.
An additional module on company sustainability and the effects on the crisis for the participating producers held by EAVE consultant Linda Beath has also been added to the programme.
The new dates of the upcoming residential workshops are:

  • October 19 - 26 in Galway (IE) TBC
  • December 6 - 13 in Rijeka/Opatija (HR), 2020.

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LA FABRIQUE CINÉMA 2020 invites EAVE Producers to meet the selected projects

Dear EAVE Producers,

EAVE is delighted to continue for the 10th year the successful partnership with La Fabrique Cinéma de l’Institut Français (formerly known as La Fabrique des Cinémas du Monde).

La Fabrique Cinéma de l’Institut Français is a programme helping talented young filmmakers from emerging countries succeed in the international film market. For La Fabrique 2020, ten talented filmmakers from emerging countries and their projects in development have been selected.

EAVE organizes a special networking event at La Fabrique from June 1-5 and from June 22-26 (during Marché du Film) which consists of virtual one-on-one meetings
EAVE producers will be invited to meet the international delegation of project representatives from emerging countries outside Europe.

If you are interested in meeting some of the selected projects, please send a short motivation statement, CV and company profile to and

  • before Thursday, May 28th, 2pm (Paris Time) if you are available for meetings from June 1-5
  • or before Tuesday, June 9th if you are available for meetings from June 22-26

Video pitches are available about the projects in case you would be interested to meet them.

The selected projects are the following:



  • The Nights Still Smell of Gunpowder by Inadelso Cossa – Documentary, second feature film, produced by Inadelso Cossa / 16mmFILMES coproduced by Ida.Ida (France), Kaske Film, (Germany),  Duplacena, (Portugal)


  • Coura + Oulèye by Iman Djionne – Fiction, first feature film, produced by Souleymane Kebe / Sunuy Films  - coproduced buy La Chauve Souris (France)



  • Babylon by Francisco Bahia – Documentary, first feature film, produced by Alice Riff / Sendero Filmes

Dominican Republic / Venezuela: 

  • Without a Name by Valeria Valentina Bolivar – Fiction, first feature film, produced by Fernando Santos Diaz / Guasábara Cine



  • A Pair of Leather Clogs by Olga Korotko – Fiction, second feature film, produced by Olga Korotko / Seven Rivers Cinema coproduced by  Caractères Productions (France)


  • 9 Temples to Heaven by Sompot Chidgasornpongse – Fiction, second feature film, produced by Kissada Kamyoung / Kick The Machine Films


  • Skin of Youth by Ash Mayfair – Fiction, second feature film, produced by Tran Thi Bich Ngoc /An Nam Productions



  • Gina by Sara Stijovic – Documentary, first feature film, produced by Branimir Žugić / LIVE production



  • Seeking Haven for Mr Rambo by Khaled Mansour – Fiction, first feature film, produced by Rasha Hosny / Patchwork Productions


  • Do you know anything about Omid? by Keywan Karimi – Fiction, second feature film, produced by Keywan Karimi / Key film

You can download the brochure of the projects HERE.
Further information on

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Call for EAVE Producers - Galway Film Fair 2020

Dear EAVE producers,

The Galway Film Fair is moving ONLINE in 2020 and applications are now being accepted.

The Marketplace at the Galway Film Fair co-ordinates pre-scheduled meetings between filmmakers with projects in development and/or completed films and invited Film Financiers, Distributors, Sales Agents, Broadcasters, Film Funds and Major Producers.

The Galway Film Fair has a number of unique selling points:

  • Transatlantic Bridge
  • Intimate and informal atmosphere
  • Privileged access to the world’s leading financiers
  • Showcasing new European and International cinema to leading Film Buyers, Distributors and Festival Programmers.

Alongside the online marketplace, many other industry events will take place including the Fleadh Forum, an annual industry conference, Masterclasses, Panel sessions and more, all in virtual form.

Thanks to the successful partnership between EAVE and Galway Film Fair, up to 6 EAVE producers from outside of Ireland and UK will be selected for the online edition of Galway Film Fair 2020.

Priority will be given to low production capacity countries (European countries other than France, Germany, Italy, Spain).

Our partner will waive the entry fee for the Marketplace at the Galway Film Fair for the six selected producers.

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

If you are interested, please complete the online Eventival application  before June 5th the latest and at the same time please notify about your application!

If you have further questions, contact Annette Maye at The Galway Film Fair:

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EAVE ONE-TO-ONE web-series

EAVE IMPACT is the new umbrella for innovative sessions and events / talks / think tanks / videos that EAVE organises beyond our core workshop programmes to analyse the film industry and keep inspiring innovation for the future of it.

We launched the new hub with the EAVE IMPACT ONE-TO-ONE Season 2: a mini-web-series of 5-minutes episodes with deep, personal and informal conversations between important industry players.

The main subject of this second season is financing in the film industry and audiovisual sector.

EAVE IMPACT ONE-TO-ONE Season 2 includes conversations with industry professionals such as Yohann Comte / Charades, Petri Kemppinen / Nordisk Film&TV Fund, Titus Kreyenberg / unafilm and many others.

In partnership with Cineuropa, EAVE launched 8 episodes in the end of 2019.

Season 2 is the continuation of the first part  published in 2018, as part of EAVE’s 30th anniversary, available here:  EAVE ONE-TO-ONE Season 1.

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MIA online talk with live Q&A: Back to the Future

Dear EAVE producers,
You can now register for the MIA online talk in cooperation with EAVE After the shutdown: what’s next for film & TV production? with live Q&A: Back to the Future. The live session will take place on Thursday May the 14th at 4.00 pm CET Time.

Five European independent producers meet virtually to share experiences and discuss ways to get back on track and restart production. Insurances issues, talents availabilities, Covid-proof sets’ protocols and much more will be debated.
An overview of the existing emergency funds and the most urgent measures producers need to carry on will also be presented and discussed.

Register HERE


Marta Donzelli (Vivo Film, Italy)
In 2004 Marta Donzelli and Gregorio Paonessa founded Vivo film, an independent production company with a catalogue of films selected and awarded by the most prestigious festivals worldwide. Among them: Michelangelo Frammartino’s Le Quattro Volte (2010 Cannes Directors’ Fortnight); Emma Dante’s Via Castellana Bandiera (2013 Venice Film Festival Competition); Laura Bispuri’s Vergine Giurata and Figlia Mia (2015 and 2018 Berlinale Competition); Susanna Nicchiarelli’s Nico, 1988 (Best film of Orizzonti, 2017 Venice Film Festival); Abel Ferrara’s Siberia (2020 Berlinale Competition).

Jonas Dornbach (Komplizen Film, Germany)
From 2002 to 2009 Jonas has been the CEO of the film production company Kinoherz.
In 2010 he joined Komplizen Film as a producer, since 2014 as a shareholder and managing director.
He produced, among other films, Toni Erdmann by Maren Ade which (Cannes competition in 2016, nominated at the Oscars in the Foreign Film category), Western by Valeska Grisebach (Un Certain Regard, Cannes 2017), A Fantastic Woman by Sebastián Lelio (Oscar in 2018 for Best Foreign Film).
Jonas Dornbach is a member of the ACE Networks and EAVE, as well as of the German, European and BAFTA Film Academy.

Alexandra Lebret (European Producers Club)
Alexandra is the Managing Director of the European Producers Club and a Producer. Appointed in 2002, she has driven the EPC into a new era, and worked at transforming the association into the renowned actor it has become. Today, the EPC represents over 130 film and TV drama producers from all over Europe and Canada. It is the leading organisation of European Independent Producers in Europe and in the world and also a key interlocutor of the European Commission and several other players of the industry. In 2014 she founded the production companies MareNostrum Productions and Halley Production.

Alvaro Longoria (Morena Films, Spain)
Producer, director and currently President of the European Producers Club. He is a founding member of Morena Films in Spain. Over the last 20 years Morena has produced more than 80 feature films, documentaries and series. His latest movies as producer are Campeones by Javier Fesser and Everybody Knows by Asghar Farhadi and in 2019 he directed Sanctuary, a feature Documentary with Javier Bardem on the Greenpeace campaign to create a Marine Sanctuary in Antarctica that premiered at TIFF.
Also, recently he produced Diaries of the Quarantine for TVE. The first series shot within confinement.

Giannandrea Pecorelli (Aurora TV, Italy) 
CEO of Banijay Group’s Aurora TV, Giannandrea has been active since the ‘80s as a film and tv producer and as a manager of leading companies (RCS Film and TV, Istituto Luce, Rai, Endemol, Sony International).
He has co-produced the film La Reine Margot (Palme d’Or for best actress), The Red Violin (Oscar for music in 2000) and Notte prima degli esami, one of the greatest Italian hits in recent years.
Aurora TV is a production company specialized in TV series and docufiction; among others, it produces the long tv series Ladies’ Paradise, broadcasted by RaiUno and now renewed for its fourth season.

Carole Scotta (Haut et Court, France)
Carole Scotta founded Haut et Court in 1992 the same year she won the Fondation Hachette prize as best young producer. In1997 Carole produced Ma Vie En Rose, her first feature film (Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film 1998). Over the past 25 years, films and series produced by Haut et Court have been selected and awarded at countless international film festivals: Palme d’Or for Entre les Murs by Laurent Cantet, International Emmy Award for the series The Returned by Fabrice Gobert. Carole has been copresident of the French Independent Distributor Syndicate DIRE since 2009.

Moderated by Nick Vivarelli (Variety)

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Call for EAVE Producers - Marché du Film 2020

Dear EAVE producers,

As you may know, Marché du Film 2020 will take shape as a virtual market from June 22-26.

Thanks to the cooperation between EAVE and Marché du Film, EAVE graduates have been offered accreditation for free to the online market and all related events.

In case you are interested, please apply here by May 29, 2020.

You will be provided by an individual code to register early. The code is for individual use and untransferable.

The closed industry space of Marché du Film will include the following, and the accreditation will give access to all of them:

  • Visit virtual booths and pavilions & discover exclusive films and projects-in-progress in online dedicated spaces as if you were in Cannes! Sales companies will be able to connect with buyers and institutions from all over the world will present their national cinematography, film commissions and film locations…
  • Organize meetings in a virtual space with professionals from all over the world via the Marché du Film networking app Match&Meet, integrating video calls.
  • Attend online screenings – films / project presentations – in about 15 virtual cinemas & enjoy reruns organized in different time zones to allow time for viewing and negotiation! The platform will be based on Cinando’s technology and with strict security measures incl. DRM, individual watermark and real-time management and monitoring of admissions to screenings.
  • Explore the Marché du Film Online programs & conferences: programs and conferences will for the most part be transported to the digital space: Cannes Docs, Cannes XR, Producers Network, Frontières will be reshaped to this new digital environment.
  • Join Speed meetings around composers, book publishers or producers.
  • Discover VR projects with Cannes XR, our program fully dedicated to immersive entertainment, which will present its projects in an environment where films can be viewed with a VR headset.
  • Producer Network activities, such as:
  1. Possibility to request video meetings with the selected Producers under the Spotlight.
  2. Breakfast Meetings: every morning from 22 to 26 June, you’ll be able to interact with Moderators and Guests of Honor who will share their valuable insight on today’s film industry.

For further questions, please contact: Justine Baillargeon
More information:

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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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