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Working in a circle - an exclusive Interview with EAVE graduate Jussi Rantamäki

Jussi Rantamäki about winning the Grand Prix in Cannes, shooting Compartment No 6 in moving trains and smuggling film material over the Russian border.

photo: © Arsen Sarkisiants

EAVE: Congratulations for the Grand Prix in Cannes! Winning in Cannes is nothing new for you, you won already the Un Certain Regard award with The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki, but the Grand Prix is certainly something different. How do you feel?

Jussi Rantamäki: Well, it has now been one and a half weeks since we won, and I think I am starting to settle from the clouds back to the earth. Even though we won with the same director Un Certain Regard 5 years ago, and the Cinéfondation section 11 years ago, but it’s still always surprising. I think for us the first win was that we actually got into the Competition, because we realized that we might have a chance after winning Un Certain Regard. After being there in Competition and having the standing ovation for 10 minutes and the great reviews, we had the feeling to have it all, and this prize was just the cherry on the top.

What do you think, does the Grand Prix make your future work easier or is it getting more complicated?

I think in a way easier…. Juho Kuosmanen, the director, has had the biggest pressure when he had won the Cinéfondation section and he knew that his debut feature would be in the official selection somewhere. Then he had about a year when he couldn’t write and when he was thinking that nothing is good enough for Cannes and that whatever he now does will be a disappointment. But after he lived through that and actually made a film about it, The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki, which was about these expectations and pressure, after that everything became easier.

In a way it’s never easy because making films is not like building houses, once you’ve made a house, you can just build the same one again, or maybe change it a little bit or make it a little better. Of course we all know in the film industry that even though how great a film you’ve made, you’ll always start again from the beginning and in the beginning there is nothing. And you just have to come up with a gut feeling or an idea. In any case the artistic process is always the same: even though you won the prizes, in the beginning there is nothing. You learn that there will be those difficult moments when you doubt the film, but you will get over it. Something like that you can learn, but otherwise not much.

And how is it from the producer’s point of view?

I think, we will now have so many good and solid distribution partners after these two films all over the world, which will make distributing the next film easier. Financing might also be easier, but we have already good long-term partnerships in a couple of countries, collaborations like with ARTE Germany. ARTE has been part in both feature films that we’ve made with this director. It’s more about continuing that collaboration.

You have co-produced the film with EAVE graduates Riina Sildos, Natalia Drozd and Jamila Wenske. Was that a natural choice for you to work with these three?

Yes, Jamila was an old partner. We did The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki also with her, so it was a good match and we wanted to continue. That was kind of reward of the history. The other partners came because the film takes place in Russia and I didn’t know anything about co-producing with Russia or shooting in Russia. But I knew that Riina knows quite a lot about it, so we started with Riina and the screenwriters also came from Estonia. And then through Riina, because I knew that she had lots of organized meetings at Baltic Event with Russian producers and with producers from other parts of Europe, so she was the match for us to hook up with Natalia Drozd. Riina felt she was the only option for this kind of film. So with Jamila we have a history and the other 2 co-producers came because they were right for this project.

… because the film takes place in Russia?

Yes, the film takes place in a Russian train and we wanted to shoot the film in Russia, so we needed the right people to help us do that.

And your co-producers were in the project from very early on?

Riina was there really early. Riina actually called me because a friend of her from Finland read the novel by Rosa Liksom – the film is the adaptation of her novel – and he had called Riina so that Riina should option this book, that she should make a movie about it. Riina had asked for tips for good Finnish books. So Riina tried to option it, but she heard that we have already optioned it. And then she called me – we knew each other actually from EAVE. She was not yet a group leader back then, in 2013, but she was one of the professionals there, she took part in one or two workshops.

She thought that Natalia Drozd would be the best option as a producer from Russia, because she knew her?

Yes, she knows many Russian producers and for this kind of film and for European arthouse she felt that Natalia is the first option. They have co-produced together – they have a history together (Riina and Natalia have been working on EAVE’s programme B’EST together). We met Natalia at the Berlin Co-production Market and she was the last producer to come on board.

Unfortunately, I haven’t seen the film, so I don’t know too much about it… but the film is shot on a train. How did you manage that? I learned that you rented trains?

When you read the script or the novel, you see that it takes place in a train all the time. But in our film the train actually stops quite many times and a part of the action also takes place outside the train. The third act is set in Murmansk, where they have already left the train. So less than half of the film is actually in the train, in the cabin. But this is still quite much. We had 3 train wagons: one with the compartments, one open compartment with beds, and then the restaurant car. We shot a lot in the moving train, mostly in St. Petersburg, in this train yard where we could drive around. Up north we also had a train (in the story they go up north from Moscow to Murmansk) so that we could shoot also those snowy sceneries. And sometimes the train had stopped, so that in some scenes it isn’t moving, because it is quite difficult to shoot in a moving train. But when you do the basis right in the first couple of scenes and you see that the train is actually really moving, after that when you set it up, it’s easy to do night shots without the train even moving. Just move the lamps outside and have some snow in the windows, etc. But in the first scene in the train, it is actually moving!

So the viewer doesn’t realise that it doesn’t move?

Many people said: I thought you were crazy when you said that you were shooting in a moving train. But I realized that it was the only option. And actually it was not being shot completely on a moving train… – it’s just set up in the beginning.

I read somewhere that it is the third biggest amount of employees in the Russian railroad, I mean it’s a huge company! To get the right person on the phone or in the email…. And when you drive from St Petersburg to Moscow, they are different regions, with different people to give permission to the trucks, different people who give permissions to the train wagons… our Russian line producer had to work for hours and hours on it or even days. And when we started shooting, we had no price of how much it’s going to cost. The gap was from something decent into something astronomic… at a time we were prepared to pay more than we had thought. In the end it was expensive, but it wasn’t as expensive as we have feared.

You said you had some difficulties with shooting in Russia, with the production in Russia – was it mainly because of the train or were there other problems?

The crew was super professional; they do Hollywood films and all that stuff. Of course there is a bit of a language barrier, so we had to have some people who speak English. In the end it went well, there was nothing difficult with that, but of course when you are constantly moving and changing the city, always going to a new location, to a new hotel, that’s not easy in any production.

Have you been to Russia before?

Yes, it is our neighbouring country. Not in Murmansk, but in Moscow or in St Petersburg.

So Russia was not so new for you?

No. But they have this strange old legislation from the KGB era, accordingly you cannot take film material across the border, from Russia to another country. We did the whole film development in Russia’s MosFilm, but in the end we needed some special development for the film, we had to smuggle the film material with us to Finland. And it was also the time when COVID had just hit the fans. Borders were already closed, and we had a trunk full of illegal film material… I don’t know if people actually care about it, but it is illegal.

You shot on 35 mm material?

Yes, it was really material that had to be sent.

Sounds like the former iron curtain times with spies and agents… How important were your co-producers from EAVE for the project?

From these co-producers, Riina is the only one that I met actually at EAVE. All of them have done EAVE, but we’ve met through other routes. But of course, Riina was crucial because she provided the screenwriter and she provided immediate contacts to Russia. The previous film, The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki was co-produced by Nicklas Wikström Nicastro from Sweden who was with me in my EAVE group.

But knowing that they are all from EAVE, was that something that has brought a basic understanding?

Yes, I think it’s always like a stamp of approval of this certain community. Of course, it’s useful. In the end it’s about personal contact, what kind of people they are, what are their strengths and weaknesses, what they can bring to the table for the project. It’s not only money, it’s more the network and expertise and what are they good at, to make a good combination.

… or just knowing a country very well because they come from there.

Definitely. This film could not have been made without a Russian producer. Of course, there are production service companies in Russia, but it was clear that with Natalia we managed to get the best one. There was also this back up from a Russian producer who knew the service providers. And there is also this personal connection to them which is I think crucial.

Do you have a new project in mind? Are you working on a new project?

I work with 4 fiction directors, actually we know each other from teen age, and we are from the same town. With Juho Kuosmanen we have something in development, nothing yet to be announced, but surely it could be shot in two years. Then I am in post-production with Mikko Myllylahti. He participated at EAVE with me because he was the screenwriter of The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki – which was my EAVE project. We are now in post-production with his debut as a director: The Woodcutter Story. Jamila Wenske is also a co-producer in that one. It will be ready perhaps by the end of the year or early next year.

The other 2 directors are now developing. Hamy Ramezan premiered at Berlinale this year, after his fresh film he is now developing a new one. Hannaleena Hauru‘s film premiered last year in Venice. With these 4 we are heavily on premiering and in post-production and then starting again development.

So you are working in a circle?

Yes. But it means that we won’t shoot anything in a half a year or in a year.

When did you shoot Compartment no. 6? During COVID time?

Just before covid, we started in February. When we ended the shooting, the Finnish-Russian border had already been closed for maybe 8 days. It was the first heavy hitting of COVID when no one knew how long it would last, when there was this shock of closing the borders. So, we just managed to shoot the film.

You were lucky, so to say.

We were lucky and we were also patient. The crew was patient and not panicking. The situation in Murmansk and in North Russia wasn’t there yet. It was more in the big cities in the south, in Central Europe… Later on, with the statistics we knew that we were quite safe but it’s difficult to feel calm when borders are closing and people start locking themselves in their homes everywhere in Europe. But we still managed to shoot the film and come back home. Then everything went really quiet.

How was it in Finland? Were you working in home office for a long time?

We’ve had a lockdown from March until summer, summer was open and autumn went quite well, then we’ve had half a lockdown this winter and spring, but cinemas hadn’t opened completely yet even though the infection numbers have been good all the time. A couple of times numbers have gone up but then down straightaway. We haven’t had many deaths on this disease. Of course, everyone is really anxious on getting the cinemas open and lots of films are waiting to get released.

In Germany the cinemas have opened and I have been to cinema lately twice… that was nice.

It was also crazy with Compartment No. 6… For the last 15 months I have been to cinemas maybe five times and there were about 8 people or less because of restrictions. And then the first time you go to cinema with your own film, Cannes premiere, and there are 2300 bookings, people sitting side by side, and the reactions and the standing ovations, it was a lot of emotion… already being in a real full house cinema after 15 months was overwhelming.

 

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TTB project WHETHER THE WEATHER IS FINE receives funding

World Cinema Fund

The World Cinema Fund (WCF) jury has made their selection out of 201 submissions and awarded production funds. Two of the selected films are produced by EAVE graduates.

WCF Production Funding

  • REAS by Lola Arias, producers: EAVE graduates Gema Juárez Allen, Ingmar Trost

WCF Europe

  • OLFA’S DAUGHTERS by Kaouther Ben Hania, producer: EAVE PCP DUBAI graduate Habib Attia

www.berlinale.de

 

Netherlands Film Fund

The Netherlands Film Production Incentive supports 35 productions including 22 feature films, 5 documentaries, 1 animated feature film, 6 drama series and 1 documentary series, as well as 22 international co-productions. Among them:

  • APOLLO by Aaron Rookus, producers: EAVE graduates Laurette Schillings, Arnold Heslenfeld, Frans van Gestel
  • BIGMAN by Ineke Houtman, producers: EAVE graduates Reinier Selen, Marcel Lenz, Guido Schwab
  • CLOSE by Lukas Dhont, producer: EAVE graduate Jacques-Henri Bronckart, co-producers: EAVE graduates Laurette Schillings, Arnold Heslenfeld, Frans van Gestel
  • DROPPING by Diederik van Rooijen, producer: EAVE graduate Leontine Petit
  • FORTRESS by Jessica Woodworth, producer: EAVE graduate Peter Brosens, co-producers: EAVE graduate and group leader Diana Elbaum, EAVE graduate Denis Vaslin
  • HET HERRIEHOFJE by Meikeminne Clinckspoor, producer: EAVE graduate Leontine Petit
  • SWEET DREAMS by Ena Sendijarivic, producer: EAVE graduate Leontine Petit
  • TOTEM by Sander Burger, producer: EAVE graduate Denis Vaslin, Fleur Knopperts
  • UNDER THE NAKED SKY by Lilian Sijbesma, producer: EAVE graduate Ellen de Waele

www.filmfonds.nl

 

Hubert Bals Fund

The Hubert Bals Fund (HBF) of International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) announced the recipients of the HBF+Europe: Minority Co-production Support scheme for 2021:

  • HORIZONTE by César Acevedo, producer: EAVE graduate Diana Bustamante
  • PIERCE by Nelicia Low, producer: EAVE participant Anna Stylinska
  • THANK YOU FOR BANKING WITH US by Laila Abbas, producer: EAVE graduate and group leader Roshanak Behesht Nedjad
  • ZE by Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir, producer: Interchange graduate Charlotte Vincent

https://iffr.com

 

Moin Film Fund

The Moin Film Fund (formerly Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein) supports two films made by EAVE graduates:

  • BORA BORA by Albert Serra, producer: EAVE graduate Dirk Deckert
  • FRISCH by Damian John Harper, producer: EAVE graduate and German National Coordinator, TTB group leader and EAVE National Coordinator for Germany Jonas Weydemann 

www.ffhsh.de

 

Wallimages

Wallimages supports THE PERFECT GIRLFRIEND by Sam Gabarski, producers: EAVE graduate Sebastien Delloye, EAVE+ Head of Studies and group leader Jani Thiltges

www.wallimage.be

 

Lithuanian Film Centre

The- Lithuanian Film Centre has announced production and development grants for its first Session in 2021. Among them:

  • MÜZA by Agne Marcinkeviciute, producer: EAVE graduate Zivile Gallego 
  • NUTIRPUSIO LEDO LYGA by Emilija Petkunaite, producer: EAVE graduate and Lithuanian National Coordinator Dagne Vildziunaite

www.lkc.lt/en

 

Wallonia-Brussels Federation Commission

The first 2021 session of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation Commission gave its support to 56 film projects, including 21 features.

  • LARGO WINCH: LE PRIX DE’ARGENT by Olivier Masset-Depasse, producer: EAVE graduate Henri-Jaques Bronckart
  • INTEGRATION INCH’ALLAH by Pablo Munoz Gomez, producer: EAVE graduate Henri-Jaques Bronckart
  • JARDIN EN LLAMAS by Valentina Maurel, producer: EAVE graduate Benoit Roland
  • CLOSE by Lukas Dhont, producer: EAVE graduate Jacques-Henri Bronckart, co-producers: EAVE graduates Laurette Schillings, Arnold Heslenfeld, Frans van Gestel
  • MALDOROR by Fabrice du Welz, producer: EAVE graduate Jean-Yves Roubin
  • PARRICIDE by Bilall Fallah and Adil El Arbi, producer: EAVE graduate Benoit Roland
  • GARIBOU by Cissé Seydou, producer: EAVE graduate Aurelien Bodinaux
  • SLIP by Elodie Beaumont, producer: EAVE graduate Julie Esparbes
  • A LA RECHERCHE DE LA BITE MAGIQUE by Nina Vanspranghe, producer: EAVE graduate Annabella Nezri
  • KIKA by Alexandrine Jan, producer: EAVE graduate Benoit Roland
  • LA VERRIERE by Sung-A Yoon-Borgeaud, producer: EAVE graduate Isabelle Truc
  • LE CHAMP DE BATAILLE by Olivier Masset-Depasse, producer: EAVE graduate Henri-Jaques Bronckart
  • MARGUERITE by Sophie Muselle, Guérin van de Vorst, producer: EAVE graduate Benoit Roland
  • UN CONTE MERVEILLEUSE by Ann Sirot, Antoine Cuypers, producer: EAVE graduate Jean-Yves Roubin
  • SUNSHINE by Chloé Léonil, producer: EAVE graduate Anton Iffland Stettner, EAVE participant Eva Kuperman
  • ALLAH N’EST PAS OBLIGÉ by Najjar Zaven, producers: EAVE graduates Anne-Laure Guegan, Geraldine Sprimont
  • LES DAMNÉS NE PLEURENT PAS by Fyzal Boulifa, producer: EAVE graduate Jean-Yves Roubin
  • DUST by Anke Blondé, producer: EAVE graduate Valérie Bournonville
  • FROM SCREEN TO CANVAS by Nina Degraeve, producer: EAVE graduate Isabelle Truc
  • L'AMAZONE by Emilie Marechal, producer: EAVE graduates Anne-Laure Guegan, Geraldine Sprimont
  • LE PARADOXE DU STRESS by Marie Mandy, producer: EAVE graduate Isabelle Truc
  • RASHID, JEUNESS À SINJAR by Jasna Krajinovic , producer: EAVE graduate Julie Esparbes

https://audiovisuel.cfwb.be

 

TorinoFilmLab

The TorinoFilmLab has announced its 4 winners of the 2021 TFL Funds, among them:

TFL Co-production Fund

  • PUAN by Maria Alché and Benjamin Naishtat, producers: EAVE graduates Barbara Sarasola Day, Giovanni Pompili

TFL Audience Design Fund

  • BASTARD. THE LEGACY OF A CRIMINAL by Pepe Rovano, producer: EAVE graduate Stefano Tealdi
  • DAUGHTER OF RAGE by Laura Baumeister, co-producer EAVE graduate Dag Hoel
  • TTB project WHETHER THE WEATHER IS FINE by Carlo Francisco Manatad, producer: TTB group leader, EAVE graduate and German National Coordinator Jonas Weydemann

www.torinofilmlab.it

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EAVE project DALVA by Emmanuelle Nicot is in production

  • LAST DANCE by Delphine Lehericey, co-producers: PUENTES graduate Géraldine Sprimont, EAVE graduate Anne-Laure Guégan started shooting. The feature is produced by Box Productions and co-produced by Need Productions. Germain, a 75 year old man living a contemplative retirement, enjoying an indecent idleness fed by a slight misanthropy. Lise, his wife of 50 years, takes care of everything at home, and happily fills her diary with artistic and charitable activities. The day Lise suddenly dies, Germain’s life is invaded by his family, who imposes on him a surveillance that he would gladly do without. 

www.needproductions.com

 

  • CLOSE by Lukas Dhont, producer: EAVE graduate Jacques-Henri Bronckart, co-producers: EAVE graduates Laurette Schillings, Arnold Heslenfeld, Frans van Gestel is in production. CLOSE follows the disruption of two 13-year-old boys’ friendship, which makes one seek comfort with the other’s mother. Dhont’s brother Michiel Dhont is producing for Belgium’s Menuet in co-production with France’s Diaphana Films, the Netherlands Topkapi Films and Belgium’s Versus Production, with support from The Flanders Audiovisual Fund, the Belgian Federal Government’s Tax Shelter Programme, Eurimages, the Netherlands Film Fund (NL) Le Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (BE) VTM and RTBF.

www.versusproduction.be

 

  • EAVE project DALVA by Emmanuelle Nicot, producer: EAVE graduate Julie Esparbes, PUENTES graduate Delphine Schmit is shooting. The film follows the twelve-year-old Dalva. One evening, the police burst into her home which she shares with her father and take him away. Dazed and confused, Dalva defends the man tooth and nail, but to no avail. Abruptly deposited in a home for teenagers, Dalva forges a friendship with her roommate Samia and slowly places her trust in youth worker Jayden. Thanks to them, she will learn why she was torn away from the father she loves so much… DALVA is produced by Hélicotronc in co-production with Tripode Productions (France), ARTE, Canal+, RTBF, Proximus and Shelter Prod, with the support of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, the Brussels-Capital region, Europe Creative Media, Eurimages and the Gan Foundation. Having kicked off on Monday 19 July, shooting will proceed until 24 September in Brussels, the Braine-L’Alleud municipality and in France’s Grand Est region.

www.helicotronc.com

 

  • EAVE project ORDINARY FAILURES by Cristina Grosan, producers: EAVE graduates Marek Novak, Marica Stocchi is in production. The film tells a story of three women of different generations, connected by an apocalyptic dream. Production started on June 28th, will last until August 17th and it's eventually a Czech-Hungarian-Italian-Slovak co-production, with national minority funding support from these territories. Support comes from Eurimages in collaboration with ARTE G.E.I.E. Co-producers are Judit Stalter from Laokoon Filmgroup (Hungary), Marica Stocchi from Rosamont, and Monika Lostakova, Zuzana Jankovicova from Super Film (Slovakia).

www.xovafilm.cz

 

  • KAYMAK by Milcho Manchevski, co-producer: EAVE graduate Sinisa Juricic started shooting in Skopje. KAYMAK (meaning buttercream) is a taboo-busting black comedy of haves and have-nots: when a rich couple and a poor couple who live too close to each other get involved in separate threesomes, the consequences are tragic. Personal desires, family secrets and class relations are all exposed on the journey into the unconventional. The film is produced by Jane Kortoshev through Banana Film. Meta Louise Foldager Sørensen and Mette Børch are co-producing through Danish Meta Films, Dutch co-producers are Isabella Depeweg and Els Vandevorst of N279 Entertainment. Sinisa Juricic is co-producing through Croatian Jaako dobra produkcija, and Ivan Doykov through Bulgarian Dare Films. The team also includes filmmakers from England, Italy and Serbia. The co-production between North Macedonia, Denmark, the Netherlands, Croatia and Bulgaria is supported by the North Macedonia Film Agency, as well as by the Danish Film Institute, the Netherlands Film Fund, Bulgarian National Film Center and Croatian Audiovisual Centre. Macedonian Radio Television is also co-producing. The film received support from Eurimages.  

www.nukleus-film.hr

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EL HOUB by Shariff Nasr is now in post-production

  • DAUGHTER OF RAGE by Laura Baumeister, producer: EAVE graduate Dag Hoel is in post-production. A mother/daughter story set in a garbage dump in Managua, Guatemala, the film follows eleven-year-old Maria, full of rage because her mother has abandoned her. Strong of will, the girl learns to care for herself and joins a gang of other abandoned children. Already backed by a four-way production partnership spanning Nicaragua, Mexico, the Netherlands and Germany, Baumeister’s debut feature project swept three of the four prizes on offer at San Sebastian’s 8th Europe-Latin America Co-production Forum. The film is produced by Nicaragua (Felipa Films), Mexico (Martfilms), the Netherlands (Halal), France (Promenades Films), Germany (Heimatfilm – EAVE+ graduate Bettina Brokemper) and Norway (Dag Hoel). Baumeister is the first Nicaraguan woman to have shot a feature film in her country.

www.cineuropa.org

 

  • EL HOUB by Shariff Nasr, producer: EAVE graduate Joram Willink is in post-production. The Amsterdam-based company is producing this social drama about a Moroccan-Dutch family dealing with the taboo of a same-sex love affair. The main protagonist, Karim, is brave enough to tell his parents about his homosexuality, and is then confronted with his own feelings and insecurities. EL HOUB is a BIND production, in co-production with VPRO. It is being supported by the Netherlands Film Fund, the Netherlands Film Production Incentive, CoBO and NPO-fonds. Among the other projects being handled by the production company are the brand-new THE JUDGEMENT by Sander Burger and MASCOT by Remy van Heughten. In Cannes Docs, Willink’s BIND also presented the feature-length documentary and EAVE project A THOUSAND FIRES by Saeed Taji Farouky, producers: EAVE graduates Estelle Robin You, May Odeh and Palmyre Badinier about a family in Myanmar who try to build a better future for themselves by working in oil extraction. Moreover, the company is presently working on the debut by Eelko Ferwerda, JACOB’S WAY, as a co-producer. The firm’s line-up thus reveals a particular area of interest for the producer: social topics and stories that inspire social change. Furthermore, the titles in the company’s repertoire have been screened at international film festivals and won a string of awards.

www.bindfilm.com

 

  • SMILING GEORGIA by Luka Berdadze, co-producer: EAVE graduate Eva Blondiau is in post-production. The elderly population of a village of “No Name” was left toothless as a result of a failed 2012 pre-election campaign “Smiling Georgia”. The documentary looks at whether the villagers' lives change as the cycle repeats and new promises and guarantees are made to them in sight of the approaching elections of 2020. The film is produced by Nino Chichua and Anna Khazaradze (1991 Productions) in co-production with Sophio Bendiashvili and Bacho Meburishvili’s Enkeny Films and Eva Blondiau’s (Color of May). The project was supported by the Georgian National Film Center and received support from Cut Thru Noise Award at East Doc Platform.

www.colorofmay.com

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TITANE wins Palme d’Or in Cannes

Cannes Film Festival

EAVE graduates scoop 19 awards the at the Cannes Film Festival:

Palme d’Or

  • TITANE by Julia Ducournau, producer: EAVE + graduate Jean-Yves Roubin

Grand Prix

  • COMPARTMENT NO. 6 by Juho Kuosmanen, producer: EAVE graduate Jussi Rantamäki  - Read the EAVE Interview here! (link)

Best Director

  • ANNETTE by Leos Carax, co-producer: EAVE graduate Benoit Roland

Best Actress

  • THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD by Joachim Trier, producers: PUENTES graduate Katrin Pors, TTB graduate Mikkel Jersin, EAVE + graduate Mattias Nohrborg, executive producers: EAVE graduates Dyveke Bjørkly Graver, Andrea Berentsen Ottmar

Jury Prize (ex aequo)

  • AHED’S KNEE by Nadav Lapid, producer: EAVE graduate Jonas Dornbach, Interchange graduate Judith Lou Levy
  • MEMORIA by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, producer: PUENTES graduate Diana Bustamante, co-producers: EAVE graduate Dan Wechsler, Myriam Sassine 

Camera d’or

  • MURINA by Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic produced by EAVE graduates Danijel Pek and Katarina Prpic, co-produced by EAVE graduates Jozko Rutar, Miha Cernec and Zdenka Gold

CST Artist-Technician Prize

  • PETROV’S FLU by Kyril Serebrennikov, co-producer: EAVE graduate Dan Wechsler

 

Un Certain Regard 

Jury Prize

  • GREAT FREEDOM by Sebastian Meise, producer: EAVE graduate Oliver Neumann

Courage Prize

  • PUENTES project LA CIVIL by Teodora Ana Mihai, producer: EAVE graduate Hans Everaert, co-producer: PUENTES graduate Irina Andreea Malcea 

Prize for Originality

  • EAVE MW project LAMB by Valdimar Johansson, producer: EAVE graduate Hrönn Kristinsdottir

Special Mention

  • NOCHE DE FUEGO by Tatiana Huezo, producer: PUENTES graduate Nicolas Celis Lopez, co-producers: EAVE graduates Rachel Daisy Ellis, Dan Wechsler 

 

Directors' Fortnight

  • A CHIARA by Jonas Carpignano, co-producers; EAVE graduate Katrin Pors, TTB graduate Mikkel Jersin won the Europa Cinemas Label award for best European Film.
  • MAGNETIC BEATS by Vincent Maël Cardona, co-producer: EAVE graduate Tanja Georgieva-Waldhauer wins the SACD Prize for best French-language feature.

 

Critics' Week

Nespresso Grand Prize

  • FEATHERS by Omar El Zohairy, co-producers: EAVE graduates Derk-Jan Warrink, Verona Meier, EAVE+ graduate Giorgos Karnavas

Louis Roederer Foundation Rising Star Award

  • AMPARO by Simon Mesa Soto, co-producers: EAVE graduates David Herdies, Martin Heisler

Gan Foundation Award for Distribution

  • OLGA by Elie Grappe, producer: EAVE+ graduate Tom Dercourt

SACD Award

  • ZERO FUCKS GIVEN by Emmanuel Marre and Julie Lecoustre, producer: EAVE graduate Benoit Roland

 

FIPRESCI Award 

  • FEATHERS by Omar El Zohairy, co-producers: EAVE graduates Derk-Jan Warrink, Verona Meier, EAVE+ graduate Giorgos Karnavas

www.festival-cannes.com

 

Mons International Film Festival

  • I NEVER CRY by Piotr Domalewski, producer: EAVE graduate Jan Kwiecinski won the Grand Prix and the Cineuropa Prize at the Mons International Film Festival.

www.festivaldemons.be

 

Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival

  • BOYS FROM COUNTY HELL by Chris Baugh, producer: EAVE graduate Yvonne Donohoe, executive producers: EAVE graduates Katie Holly, Leslie McKimm won the Silver Méliès for Best European Fantastic Feature Film at the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival.

www.niff.ch

 

Pula Film Festival

Six awards for EAVE group leader Ankica Juric Tilic at the Pula Film Festival

  • THE DAWN by Dalibor Matanic, producer: EAVE group leader and National Coordinator Croatia Ankica Juric Tilic won the Golden Arenas for Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Music, Best Sound Design
  • MURINA by Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic produced by EAVE graduates Danijel Pek and Katarina Prpic, co-produced by EAVE graduates Jozko Rutar, Miha Cernec and Zdenka Gold won the Golden Arena for Best Actress in a Supporting Role as well as the Danica Curcic Breza Award for Best Debutant, and the Golden Gate of Pula (Audience Award)
  • BAD LUCK BANGING OR LOONY PORN by Radu Jude, producers: EAVE graduate and Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon, EAVE group leader and Croation National Coordinator Ankica Juric Tilic, EAVE graduates Paul Thiltges, Jiri Konecny won the Golden Arena for Best Croatian Minority Co-Production and the Golden Arena for Best Croatian Contribution to a Minority Co-Production
  • LIMBO by Ben Sharrock, producer: EAVE graduate Angus Lamont FIPRESCI Award
  • GAMES PEOPLE PLAY by Jenni Toivonemi, producers: EAVE graduate and Finnish National Coordinator Elli Toivoniemi and EAVE graduate Venla Hellstedt won a Special Mention for Directing.

https://pulafilmfestival.hr

 

Palic Film Festival

  • THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD by Joachim Trier, producer: PUENTES graduate Katrin Pors, TTB graduate Mikkel Jersin, EAVE + graduate Mattias Nohrborg, executive producers: EAVE graduate Dyveke Bjørkly Graver, Andrea Berentsen Ottmar won the Golden Tower for Best Film and the FIPRESCI Award at the Palic Film Festival.
  • BAD BLOOD by Milutin Petrovic, producer: EAVE graduate Snezana van Houwelingen won the Audience Award.

www.palicfilmfestival.com

 

Gopo Awards

Eight prices for EAVE graduates at the Romanian Gopo Awards:

  • COLLECTIVE by Alexander Nanau, producer: EAVE graduate and Luxembourgish National Coordinator Bernard Michaux won Best Film, Best Director and Best Editing
  • ACASA, MY HOME by Radu Ciorniciuc, producer: EAVE graduate Monica Lazurean-Gorgan was awarded Best First Feature, Best Documentary, Best Sound
  • UPPERCASE PRINT by Radu Jude, producer: EAVE graduate and Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon won Best Art Direction, Best Make-up and Hairstyling

https://premiilegopo.ro

 

Cinedays Festival of European Film

  • HIVE by Blerta Basholli, producer: EAVE graduate Valon Bajgora, co-producer: EAVE+ graduate Britta Rindelaub won the Golden Star, the main prize in the Official Competition of the Cinedays Festival of European Film.

http://cinedays.mk

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Jussi Rantamäki among Variety’s Producers to Watch

Variety Producers to Watch

Among Variety’s 10 producers to watch are the following EAVE graduates:

  • Hans Everaert 
  • Hrönn Kristinsdottir
  • Jussi Rantamäki

https://variety.com/lists/10-producers-to-watch-2021

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BAD LUCK BANGING OR LOONY PORN in Dutch and German cinemas

 In French cinemas

 

  • ANNETTE by Leos Carax, co-producer: EAVE graduate Benoit Roland. July 7.

www.entrechienetloup.be

 

  • KUESSIPAN by Myriam Verreault, producer: EAVE graduate Félize Frappier. July 7. 

www.maxfilmsmedia.ca

 

  • TITANE by Julia Ducournau, producer: EAVE + graduate Jean-Yves Roubin. July 14.

www.frakas.be

 

  • ONODA – 10 000 NIGHTS IN THE JUNGLE by Arthur Harari, co-producer: EAVE+ graduate Jean-Yves Roubin. July 21.

www.frakas.be

 

  • DIGGER by Georgis Grigorakis, co-producer: EAVE+ graduate Fenia Cossovitsa. July 21.

www.blonde.gr

 

  • THIS IS NOT A BURIAL, IT’S A RESURRECTION by Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese, producers: EAVE graduates Cait Pansegrouw, Elias Ribeiro. July 28.

www.urucumedia.com

 

 

In Belgian cinemas

 

  • KUESSIPAN by Myriam Verreault, producer: EAVE graduate Félize Frappier. July 7.  

www.maxfilmsmedia.ca

 

  • SWEAT by Magnus von Horn, producer: EAVE graduate Mariusz Wlodarski. July 28.

www.lavafilms.pl

 

  • THE MACALUSO SISTERS by Emma Dante, producer: EAVE graduate Marica Stocchi. July 28.

www.rosamont.com

 

  • TITANE by Julia Ducournau, producer: EAVE + graduate Jean-Yves Roubin. July 28.

www.frakas.be

 

  • MONOS by Alejandro Landes, producer: EAVE graduate Fernando Epstein. July 1.

www.mutantecine.com

 

 

 In UK cinemas

 

  • DRUK (ANOTHER ROUND) by Thomas Vinterberg, co-producers: EAVE graduates Lizette Jonjic, Arnold Heslenfeld, Laurette Schillings & Frans van Gestel. July 2.

www.topkapifilms.nl

 

  • JUMBO by Zoé Wittock, producers: EAVE graduates Anaïs Bertrand, Pascaline Saillant, Annabella Nezri, Gilles Chanial. July 9.

www.insolenceproductions.com

 

  • MARTIN EDEN by Pietro Marcello, producer: EAVE graduate Anastasia Michelagnoli. July 9.

www.itc2000.it

 

  • TOVE by Zaida Bergroth, producer: EAVE graduate Aleksi Bardy. July 9. 

www.helsinkifilmi.fi

 

  • NIGHT OF THE KINGS by Philippe Lacôte, producer: EAVE + graduate Yanick Létourneau. July 18.

www.peripheria.ca

 

  • I NEVER CRY by Piotr Domalewski, producer: EAVE graduate Jan Kwiecinski. July 23.  

www.aksonstudio.pl

 

  • SCHOOLGIRLS by Pilar Palomero, producer: EAVE+ graduate Valérie Delpierre. July 24.

www.iniciafilms.com

 

  • LIMBO by Ben Sharrock, producer: EAVE graduate Angus Lamont. July 30.

www.idealworldproductions.com

 

 

 In Dutch cinemas

 

  • QUO VADIS‚ AIDA? by Jasmila Zbanic, producer: EAVE graduate Cristian Nicolescu. July 1.

www.digitalcube.ro

 

  • THE MACALUSO SISTERS by Emma Dante, producer: EAVE graduate Marica Stocchi. July 15.

www.rosamont.com

 

  • NIGHT OF THE KINGS by Philippe Lacôte, producer: EAVE + graduate Yanick Létourneau. July 8.

www.peripheria.ca

 

  • BAD LUCK BANGING OR LOONY PORN by Radu Jude, producers: EAVE graduate and Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon, EAVE group leader and Croation National Coordinator Ankica Juric Tilic, EAVE graduates Paul Thiltges, Jiri Konecny. July 1.

www.hifilm.ro

 

 

 In Luxemburgish cinemas

 

  • MICHEL MAJERUS - NEXT STEP by Anne Schiltz, producer: EAVE graduate and EAVE + Head of Studies Jani Thiltges. July 9.

www.samsa.lu

 

 

 In Austrian cinemas

 

  • DRUK (ANOTHER ROUND) by Thomas Vinterberg, co-producers: EAVE graduates Lizette Jonjic, Arnold Heslenfeld, Laurette Schillings & Frans van Gestel. July 16.

www.topkapifilms.nl

 

 

 In German cinemas

 

  • BAD LUCK BANGING OR LOONY PORN by Radu Jude, producers: EAVE graduate and Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon, EAVE group leader and Croation National Coordinator Ankica Juric Tilic, EAVE graduates Paul Thiltges, Jiri Konecny. July 7.

www.hifilm.ro

 

  • LOS REYES by Bettina Perut, Ivan Osnovikoff, producer: EAVE graduate Maite Alberdi. July 7.

www.micromundo.cl

 

  • IM FEUER by Daphne Charizani, producer: EAVE graduate Martin Hampel. July 14.

www.twentytwentyvision.eu

 

  • DRUK (ANOTHER ROUND) by Thomas Vinterberg, co-producers: EAVE graduates Lizette Jonjic, Arnold Heslenfeld, Laurette Schillings & Frans van Gestel. July 21.

www.topkapifilms.nl

 

  • ANAMNESIS by Chris Wright, Stefan Kolbe, producer: EAVE graduate Heino Deckert. July 22.

www.majade.de

 

  • HOME by Franka Potente, producer: EAVE graduate Jonas Katzenstein. July 29.

www.augenschein-filmproduktion.de

 

 

 In Irish cinemas

 

  • LIMBO by Ben Sharrock, producer: EAVE graduate Angus Lamont. July 30.

www.idealworldproductions.com

 

 

 

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EAVE project THE WHITE FORTRESS selected for Palic IFF

Revelations Perth Film Festival  (July 7 – 17)

  • JUMBO by Zoé Wittock, producer: EAVE graduates Anaïs Bertrand, Annabella Nezri & Gilles Chanial
  • MISS MARX by Susanna Nicchiarelli, producer: Interchange graduate Marta Donzelli, TTB graduate Valérie Bournonville

www.revelationfilmfest.org

 

Galway Film Fleadh (July 20 – 25)

  • BOYS FROM COUNTRY HELL by Chris Baugh, producer: EAVE graduate Yvonne Donohoe
  • DEATH OF A LADIES’ MAN by Matt Bissonnette, producer: EAVE graduate Martina Niland
  • FAITH AND BRANKO by Catherine Harte, producer: EAVE graduate Snezana Van Houwelingen
  • FOSCADH (SHELTER) by Seán Breathnach, producer: EAVE graduate Paddy Hayes
  • LIKE THE ONES I USED TO KNOW by Annie St-Pierre, producer: EAVE graduate Fanny Drew
  • NOTHING TO DECLARE directed and produced by EAVE graduate Garret Daly
  • THE CLUB OF ANGELS, producer: PUENTES graduate Barbara Defanti, EAVE+ graduate Pandora da Cunha Telles
  • THE CRIMINALS by Serhat Karaaslan, producer: EAVE graduate Laure Dahout
  • UNE VIE DEMENTE by Ann Sirot, Raphaël Balboni, producer: EAVE graduate Julie Esparbes
  • WHO WE LOVE by Graham Cantwell, producer: EAVE graduate Edwina Forkin

www.galwayfilmfleadh.com

 

Festival International du Film de Mons (July 9 – 16)

  • I NEVER CRY by Piotr Domalewski, producer: EAVE graduate Jan Kwiecinski
  • SWEAT by Magnus von Horn, producer: EAVE graduate Mariusz Wlodarski
  • IO STO BENE by EAVE graduate Donato Rotunno, producer: EAVE graduate Valérie Bournonville 
  • JUMBO by Zoé Wittock, producer: EAVE graduates Anaïs Bertrand, Annabella Nezri & Gilles Chanial
  • UNE VIE DEMENTE by Ann Sirot, Raphaël Balboni, producer: EAVE graduate Julie Esparbes
  • THE MACALUSO SISTERS by Emma Dante, producer: EAVE graduate Marica Stocchi

www.festivaldemons.be

 

Pula International Film Festival (July 17 – 24)

  • BAD LUCK BANGING OR LOONY PORN by Radu Jude, producers: EAVE graduate and Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon, EAVE group leader and Croation National Coordinator Ankica Juric Tilic, EAVE graduates Paul Thiltges, Jiri Konecny
  • EDEN by Agnes Kocsis, producer: EAVE graduate Oana Giurgiu
  • FOX IN A HOLE by Arman T. Riahi, producers: EAVE graduates Arash T. Riahi, Karin C. Berger
  • GAMES PEOPLE PLAY by Jenni Toivonemi, producers: EAVE graduate and Finnish National Coordinator Elli Toivoniemi and EAVE graduate Venla Hellstedt
  • LIMBO by Ben Sharrock, producer: EAVE graduate Angus Lamont
  • MURINA by Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic produced by EAVE graduates Danijel Pek and Katarina Prpic, co-produced by EAVE graduates Jozko Rutar, Miha Cernec and Zdenka Gold
  • QUO VADIS‚ AIDA? by Jasmila Zbanic, producer: EAVE graduate Cristian Nicolescu
  • THE DAWN by Dalibor Matanic, producer: EAVE group leader and National Coordinator Croatia Ankica Juric Tilic
  • WHY NOT YOU (HOCHWALD) by Evi Romen, producer: EAVE+ graduate Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu

www.pulafilmfestival.hr

 

FID International Film Festival of Marseille (July 19 – 25)

  • MEMORIA by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, producer: PUENTES graduate Diana Bustamante, co-producers: EAVE graduate Dan Wechsler, Myriam Sassine

www.fidmarseille.org

 

Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (July 2 – 10)

  • BOYS FROM COUNTY HELL by Chris Baugh, producer: EAVE graduate Yvonne Donohoe
  • SON by Ivan Kavanagh, producer: EAVE graduate Anne Marie Naughton

www.nifff.ch

 

Fribourg International Film Festival (July 16 – 25)

  • NIGHT OF THE KINGS by Philippe Lacôte, producer: EAVE+ graduate Yanick Létourneau
  • QUO VADIS‚ AIDA? by Jasmila Zbanic, producer: EAVE graduate Cristian Nicolescu
  • YELLOW CAT by Adilkhan Yerzhanov, producer: EAVE graduate Guillaume de Seille

https://www.fiff.ch/fr

 

International Film Festival Palic (July 17 – 23)

  • AFERIM! by Radu Jude, producer: EAVE graduate & Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon
  • AFTER THE HUNT by Urska Djukic, producer: EAVE graduate Marina Gumzi
  • BAD BLOOD by Milutin Petrovic, producer: EAVE graduate Snezana van Houwelingen
  • BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ by Burhan Qurbani, producers: EAVE graduates Léontine Petit, Derk-Jan Warrink, Marleen Slot
  • CHILD’S POSE by Calin Peter Netzer, producer: EAVE graduate and Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon
  • CORPORATION by Matej Nahtigal, producer: EAVE graduate Sinisa Juricic
  • CORPUS CHRISTI by Jan Komasa, co-producer: EAVE graduate Patrice Nezan
  • DON’T FORGET TO BREATHE by Martin Turk, producer: EAVE graduate Ida Weiss
  • DRUK (ANOTHER ROUND) by Thomas Vinterberg, co-producers: EAVE graduates Lizette Jonjic, Arnold Heslenfeld, Laurette Schillings & Frans van Gestel
  • EAVE project THE WHITE FORTRESS by Igor Drljaca, producers: EAVE graduate Adis Djapo, EAVE graduate and National Coordinator Bosnia-Herzegovina Amra Baksic-Camo
  • FRANCE by Bruno Dumont, producer: EAVE graduate Dorothe Beinemeier
  • I NEVER CRY by Piotr Domalewski, producer: EAVE graduate Jan Kwiecinski
  • IN THE MIRROR by Laila Pakalnina, producer: EAVE graduate Dagne Vildziunaite
  • MY LAST YEAR AS A LOSER by Ursa Menart, producer: EAVE graduate Danijel Hocevar
  • NATURAL LIGHT by Dénes Nagy, co-producers: EAVE graduates Viktoria Petranyi, EAVE participant and EAVE+ graduate Gints Grube
  • ONLY HUMAN by Igor Ivanov, producer: EAVE graduate Miroslav Mogorovic
  • PETROV’S FLU by Kyril Serebrennikov, co-producer: EAVE graduate Dan Wechsler
  • THE SHIFT by Reinis Kalvins, producer: EAVE participant Gints Grube
  • THE ISLAND WITHIN by Ru Hasanov, producer: EAVE graduate Guillaume de Seille
  • THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD by Joachim Trier, producer: PUENTES graduate Katrin Pors, TTB graduate Mikkel Jersin, EAVE + graduate Mattias Nohrborg, executive producers: EAVE graduate Dyveke Bjørkly Graver, Andrea Berentsen Ottmar
  • TONY ERDMANN by Maren Ade, producer: EAVE graduate Jonas Dornbach

www.palicfilmfestival.com

 

Durban International Film Festival (July 22 – August 1)

  • DOWNSTREAM TO KINSHASA by Dieudo Hamadi, producer: EAVE graduate Aurélien Bodinaux
  • THE LAST SHELTER by Ousmane Samassekou, producer: EAVE graduate Estelle Robin You

http://ccadiff.ukzn.ac.za

 

Transilvania International Film Festival Cluj-Napoca (July 23 – August 1)

  • APPLES by Christos Nikou, producer: B’EST graduate Ales Pavlis, co-producer: EAVE graduate Mariusz Wlodarski, associate producer: EAVE graduate Antoine Simkine 
  • ASYMMETRY by Masa Neskovic, producer: EAVE graduate Snezana Penev
  • BAD LUCK BANGING OR LOONY PORN by Radu Jude, producers: EAVE graduate and Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon, EAVE group leader and Croation National Coordinator Ankica Juric Tilic, EAVE graduates Paul Thiltges, Adrien Chef, Jiri Konecny, associate producer: EAVE graduate Dan Wechsler
  • DRUK (ANOTHER ROUND) by Thomas Vinterberg, co-producers: EAVE graduates Lizette Jonjic, Arnold Heslenfeld, Laurette Schillings & Frans van Gestel
  • MISS MARX by Susanna Nicchiarelli, producers: Interchange graduate Marta Donzelli, TTB graduate Valérie Bournonville
  • NIGHT OF THE KINGS by Philippe Lacôte, producer: EAVE+ graduate Yanick Létourneau
  • OASIS by Ivan Ikic, producers: EAVE graduate and Serbian National Coordinator Milan Stojanovic & EAVE graduate Marija Stojanovic, co-producers: EAVE graduates Miha Cernec, Derk-Jan Warrink, Adis Djapo, EAVE graduate and National Coordinator Bosnia and Herzegovina Amra Baksic-Camo
  • THE FLOOD WON’T COME by Marat Sargsyan, producer: EAVE graduate Ieva Norvieliene

https://tiff.ro/en/

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EAVE Yoga Corner

Dear EAVE Yogis!

Finally, we could meet in person in Orleans in France!

It was such a pleasure to practice each morning with you during the EAVE Producers Workshop!

Here comes my NEW schedule for ONLINE yoga from August 9:

THURSDAYS: 08:15 – 08:55 CEST

THURSDAYS: 19:30 – 21:00 CEST

 

My schedule for IN PERSON yoga in BERLIN Neukölln from August 9:

MONDAYS: 18:30 – 20:00 CEST

MONDAYS: 20:30 – 22:00 CEST

 

Discounted price for the EAVE graduates:

  • 50 Euro for a 10-class card (40 min)
  • 100 Euro for a 10-class card (90 min)

 

Please register by email: yogatanika@gmail.com Thanks!

 

Hope to see you on the yoga mat soon!

Enjoy the rest of the summer!

Namaste,

Tanika

 

More info:

https://www.yogatanika.de/

https://www.facebook.com/yogatanika/

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Polish Film Institute and EAVE continue with a successful partnership - LAST DAY TO APPLY!

Polish Film Institute and EAVE (European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs), one of the leading professional training, project development and networking organizations for audiovisual producers, are happy to announce the continuation of their successful partnership that will again and for the fourth time offer a scholarship for one Polish producer for the EAVE 2022 Producers Workshop.

>>> DEADLINE TO APPLY: July 23, 2021


The award of 7.800 EUR, sponsored by the Polish Film Institute towards the costs of the participation with a project in the EAVE 2022 workshop, will be granted to one Polish producer during the Polish Days (August 15 - 17, 2021), the most important industry event in Poland, held in the framework of the New Horizons International Film Festival in Wroclaw.

The award will be presented during the Polish Days awards ceremony by EAVE’s Head of Studies Lise Lense-Moller.

Last year`s beneficiary of the PISF/EAVE award has been Anna Stylinska (Harine Films), who is now participating to EAVE Producers Workshop 2021.

To name just some Polish projects and producers developed at EAVE: The Mute by Bartosz Konopka – producer: Anna Wydra (Best Cinematography Award at Gdynia FF 2018), United States of Love by Tomasz Wasilewski – producer: Piotr Kobus (Silver Bear at Berlinale 2016), The Here After by Magnus von Horn – producer: Mariusz Włodarski (Directors Fortnight in Cannes FF 2015), Other People by Aleksandra Terpińska – producer: Beata Rzeźniczek; I Fear Fine by Julia Marcell – producer: Natalia Grzegorzek, The Great Match by Filip Syczynski – producer: Anna Różalska, TAM by Sonja Orlewicz – producer: Anna Stylinska.

EAVE could not imagine a better platform for this cooperation than the New Horizons International Film Festival, renowned for presenting uncompromising, innovative and original cinema from all over the world.

Please click here for more information about EAVE, PISF and New Horizons IFF.

To submit your project, please visit PISF webpage for the call for applications.

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A hybrid EAVE Producers Workshop happening in Orléans!

After a year of online sessions, Orléans (France) will host the second session of the EAVE Producers Workshop 2021 from July 19-26, bringing together onsite and online thanks to the hybrid format 51 participants from 37 countries and 19 scriptwriters with a selection of 21 top industry experts.

This session is the second out of the three workshops of the year-long EAVE training for independent producers. The participants of this year were selected from a total of 220 applicants from all over the world.

Workshop 2 is organized right after Cannes where EAVE has a strong presence with 50 films produced and co-produced by EAVE alumni.

The partners of the workshop week in Orléans reunite the 3 French region of Centre-Val de Loire, Bretagne and Pays de la Loire and include: Ciclic Centre-Val de Loire, Regional Agency for Books, Image and Digital Culture; Région Centre-Val de Loire; Région Bretagne; Région Pays de la Loire; Institut Français; Orléans Métropole; Orléans Convention; Comité Régional du Tourisme Centre-Val de Loire and Alter Ego Production.

 

Workshop sessions & experts

The special sessions of the workshop include plenaries on Asymmetrical  / “fair trade” co-production by EAVE Head of Studies Lise Lense-Møller (Magic Hour Films, DK) and EAVE Group Leader Ankica Jurić Tilić (Kinorama, HR), as well as Lobbying Strategies for Producers by EAVE Head of Studies Lise Lense-Møller (Magic Hour Films, DK) and EAVE Group Leader Didar Domehri (Maneki Films - Full House, FR).

The EAVE participants will be joined for two days by 34 producers from the 3 partner regions. The special session designed for both groups together addresses different aspects of the relationship between Producers and Streamers, starting with an overview of the key players by EAVE finance consultant Linda Beath (Ideal Filmworks, IT) and the different types of deals by EAVE legal expert Katrine Schlüter Schierbeck (The Law Factory, DK). These are complemented by mini-case studies by producers Jani Thiltges (EAVE group leader, Samsa Film, LU) and Mike Connolly (State of Grace Films, UK) as well as rounded up by an update of the ongoing policy conversations regarding the streamers and public funding by Petri Kemppinen (Aurora Studio, FI).

In addition, the local producers will join the EAVE sessions on Building Digital Awareness Strategies during Launch Stage by Raquel Cabrera (The Film Agency, ES) and International film sales or the importance of human dialogue by Hédi Zardi (Luxbox, FR), as well as tailor-made sessions on topics such as Company Development & Company Sustainability, the Producer’s Role and Co-production Strategies.

The local film industry presents itself to the EAVE participants in a special session on Producing in and with the regions of Centre Val de Loire, Bretagne and Pays de la Loire by Pierre Dallois (Ciclic Centre-Val de Loire, Regional Agency for Books, Image and Digital Culture); Guylaine Hass (Région Pays de la Loire) and Anne-Cécile Rolland (Région Bretagne).

EAVE’s 2021 pedagogical core team includes EAVE Head of Studies Lise Lense-Møller (Magic Hour Films, DK), the four group leaders Didar Domehri (Maneki Films - Full House, FR), Ankica Jurić Tilić (Kinorama, HR), Michael Kitzberger (NGF Geyrhalterfilm, AT) and Jani Thiltges (Samsa Film, LU); the script consultants Clare Downs (UK), Jacques Akchoti (FR), Martin Daniel (USA), TV series consultant Ossi Nishri (IL), and documentary expert Sylvia Stevens (Faction Films, UK).

They are supported by the specialized experts for Pitching: Sibylle Kurz (DE), Finance: Linda Beath (Ideal Filmworks, IT) and Marketing: Raquel Cabrera (The Film Agency, ES). They are joined by Sales expert Hédi Zardi (Luxbox, FR).

Because of the hybrid format of the July workshop, some sessions were offered already in advance in May-June, such as Legal Issues of Co-Production by Pierre-Emmanuel Mouthuy (Mouthuy Avocats, BE), Creative Collaboration by script consultant Anita Voorham (Bravado Film, NL), Key Tools – the Synopsis by Michael Arnon (Wolf Consultants, DE) and Tips for Eurimages Applications by Sergio Garcia de Leaniz (Eurimages, FR).

EAVE is supported by the Creative Europe - MEDIA sub-programme of the European Union, Film Fund Luxembourg, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée, Fondo Audiovisivo Friuli Venezia Giulia, PACT – the Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television, the Polish Film Institute, Doha Film Institute, Telefilm Canada, SODEC, IDM Südtirol Alto Adige, Projeto Paradiso, TRT - Turkish Radio and Television Corporation, French Institute of South Africa, Berlinale Co-Production Market and the partners who have hosted the workshops since 1988.

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EAVE joins Anti-Racism Taskforce for European Film

“The system of white supremacy was not created by anyone who is alive today. But it is maintained and upheld by everyone who holds white privilege.”

Layla F.Saad, Me and White Supremacy: How to recognise your privilege, combat racism and change the world (2020).

 

In the Summer of 2020, a group of European film industry professionals gathered to form ARTEF = Anti-Racism Taskforce for European Film.

EAVE is proud to be part of ARTEF, whose main aim is to dismantle racist structures and combat all forms of racism in the European film industry.

Our goal is to become a task force for change: by raising awareness, by offering education and insights, by suggesting revisions to regulations and practices, as well as to weather opposition from the industry — especially from those who habitually benefit from institutionalised racism.

To help dismantle the structural racism that has been existing in our industry since its very start ARTEF requires the active participation of our community. 

Everyone in the European Film Industry who wants to be part of the change they want to see is welcome to join ARTEF to participate and support its work. Its members are film institutes, networks, companies and organisations. 

​ ARTEF welcomes interest of new members who strongly believe in doing the work to actively create a strictly anti-racist, more gender equal, diverse, and inclusive European Film Industry. We are committed to a culture that is accountable with intersectionality at the basis of the work we do. 

 

Read more about ARTEF here and on Screen Daily.

Get involved: https://www.artef.org/join-artef

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EAVE in Cannes 2021

EAVE is happy to announce a record selection of 50 films produced and co-produced by EAVE graduates in the OFFICIAL & SIDEBAR SECTIONS OF THE FESTIVAL, 10 projects at CINÉFONDATION ATELIER, 3 at ACID, 3 at LA FABRIQUE CINÉMA, 2 at the FRONTIÈRES PLATFORM, 13 out of 20 PRODUCERS ON THE MOVE and 41 EAVE PRODUCERS at the PRODUCERS NETWORK!

Competition

  • AHED’S KNEE by Nadav Lapid, producer: EAVE graduate Jonas Dornbach, Interchange graduate Judith Lou Levy, sales: Kinology
  • ANNETTE by Leos Carax (opening film), co-producer: EAVE graduate Benoit Roland, sales: Kinology  
  • BENEDETTA by Paul Verhoeven, co-producers: EAVE graduates Arnold Heslenfeld, Laurette Schillings, Frans van Gestel, sales: Pathé
  • COMPARTMENT NO. 6 by Juho Kuosmanen, producer: EAVE graduate Jussi Rantamäki, co-producers: EAVE graduates Jamila Wenske, Natalia Drozd, EAVE graduate and Estonian National Coordinator Riina Sildos, sales: Totem Films
  • FRANCE by Bruno Dumont, producer: EAVE graduate Dorothe Beinemeier, sales: Indie Sales
  • LINGUI by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, co-producer: EAVE graduate Melanie Andernach, EAVE graduate and group leader Diana Elbaum, sales: Films Boutique
  • MEMORIA by Apichatpong Weerasethakul, producer: PUENTES graduate Diana Bustamante, co-producers: EAVE graduate Dan Wechsler, Myriam Sassine, line producer: Paola Andrea Pérez Nieto, sales: The Match Factory 
  • PETROV’S FLU by Kyril Serebrennikov, co-producer: EAVE graduate Dan Wechsler, co-producer: EAVE graduate Yohann Comte, sales: Charades
  • THE RESTLESS by Joachim Lafosse, producers: EAVE+ Head of Studies Jani Thiltges, EAVE graduates Alexandre Gavras and Anton Iffland Stettner, EAVE participant Eva Kuperman, co-producer: EAVE graduate Antonio Lombardo, sales: Luxbox
  • THE STORY OF MY WIFE by Ildiko Enyedi, producer: EAVE graduate Jonas Dornbach, co-producer: TTB graduate Flaminio Zadra, sales: Films Boutique
  • THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD by Joachim Trier, producer: PUENTES graduate Katrin Pors, TTB graduate Mikkel Jersin, EAVE+ graduate Mattias Nohrborg, executive producers: EAVE graduate Dyveke Bjørkly Graver, Andrea Berentsen Ottmar, sales: MK 2 Films
  • TITANE by Julia Ducournau, co-producer: EAVE+ graduate Jean-Yves Roubin, sales: Wild Bunch International

 

Out of competition

  • WHERE IS ANNE FRANK? by Ari Folmann, producer: EAVE+ Head of Studies Jani Thiltges, sales: Wild Bunch International    

 

Cannes Premiere

  • BELLE by Mamoru Hosoda, associated producer: EAVE graduate Yohann Comte, sales: Charades
  • EVOLUTION by Kornel Mundruczo, producer: producer: EAVE graduate and Hungarian National Coordinator Viktoria Petranyi, co-producer: EAVE graduate Julia Berkes, sales: The Match Factory

 

Special screenings

  • MARINER OF THE MOUNTAINS by Karim Aïnouz, producer: EAVE graduate Jennifer Sabbah, associate producer: EAVE graduate Christopher Zitterbart, sales: The Match Factory

 

Cinema for the Climate

  • INVISIBLE DEMONS by Rahul Jain, producer: EAVE graduate Heino Deckert

 

 

EAVE Marketing Workshop project LAMB © Go to Sheep 2021

Un Certain Regard

  • EAVE Marketing Workshop project LAMB by Valdimar Johansson, producer: EAVE graduates Hrönn Kristinsdottir, participant developing the project at Marketing Workshop: EAVE MW graduate Ewa Bojanowska, sales: New Europe Film Sales
  • GREAT FREEDOM by Sebastian Meise, producer: EAVE graduate Oliver Neumann
  • HOUSE ARREST by Alexey German Jr., line producer: EAVE graduate Artem Vasilyev, sales: MK 2 Films
  • NOCHE DE FUEGO by Tatiana Huezo, producer: PUENTES graduate Nicolas Celis Lopez, co-producers: EAVE graduate Rachel Daisy Ellis, Dan Wechsler
  • ONODA – 10 000 NIGHTS IN THE JUNGLE by Arthur Harari (opening film), co-producer: EAVE+ graduate Jean-Yves Roubin
  • PUENTES project LA CIVIL by Teodora Ana Mihai, producer: EAVE graduate Hans Everaert, producer in development stage: PUENTES graduate Irina Malcea-Candea, sales: UDI
  • REHANA MARYAM NOOR by Abdullah Mohammad Saad, producer: TTB graduate Jeremy Chua
  • THE INNOCENTS by Eskil Vogt, producers: EAVE graduates Mark Lwoff, Misha Jaari, co-producers: EAVE graduates Lizette Jonjic, Katrin Pors, TTB graduate Mikkel Jersin, sales: Protagonist Pictures 
  • TTB project MONEYBOYS by C.B.Yi, producers: EAVE graduates Barbara Pichler, Gabriele Kranzelbinder, TTB graduate Guillaume de la Boulaye, sales: Totem Films
  • WOMEN DO CRY by Mina Mileva, EAVE and TTB graduate Vesela Kazakova, producer: EAVE and TTB graduate Vesela Kazakova, TTB Head of Studies Christophe Bruncher, sales: MK 2 Films 

PUENTES project LA CIVIL © Menuetto, photo: Agustin Paredes

 

Directors‘ Fortnight

  • A CHIARA by Jonas Carpignano, co-producers; EAVE graduate Katrin Pors, TTB graduate Mikkel Jersin, sales: MK 2 Films
  • A NIGHT OF KNOWING NOTHING by Payal Kapadia, producer: EAVE INDABA graduate Thomas Hakim
  • EAVE project OUR MEN (MON LÉGIONNAIRE) by Rachel Lang (closing film), producers: EAVE graduates Jeremy Forni and Benoit Roland, sales: Bac Films
  • INTREGALDE by Radu Muntean, executive producer: EAVE graduate Oana Iancu, sales: Voodoo Films
  • MAGNETIC BEATS by Vincent Maël Cardona, co-producer: EAVE graduate Tanja Georgieva-Waldhauer, sales : Indiesales
  • MURINA by Antoneta Alamat Kusijanovic produced by EAVE graduates Danijel Pek and Katarina Prpic, co-produced by EAVE graduates Jozko Rutar, Miha Cernec and Zdenka Gold, sales: The Match Factory
  • RE GRANCHIO by Alessio Rigo de Righi and Matteo Zoppis, producers: PUENTES graduates Agustina Costa Varsi, Ezequiel Borovinsky, sales: Shellac
  • THE EMPLOYER AND THE EMPLOYEE by Manuel Nieto, producer: PUENTES graduates Barbara Francisco, Georgina Baisch, Paola Wink, Interchange graduate Nathalie Trafford, sales: BAC Films
  • THE BRAVES (ENTRE LES VAGUES) by Anaïs Volpé, producer: EAVE graduate Caroline Nataf, sales: MK2 Films
  • THE SEA AHEAD by Ely Dagher, producers: EAVE graduates Myriam Sassine, Benoit Roland, sales: The Party
  • THE SOUVENIR PART II by Joanna Hogg, producer: EAVE graduate Ed Guiney, sales: A24
  • TSUGUA DIARIES by Maureen Fazendeiro, Miguel Gomes, producer: EAVE graduate Filipa Reis, sales: The Match Factory

PUENTES project CLARA SOLA © Hobab, Resolve Media, Need Productions, Pacifica Grey, Laidka Films, Esteban Alvarado

 

Critics' Week

EAVE graduate and group leader Didar Domehri is member of the international jury.

  • AMPARO by Simon Mesa Soto, co-producers: EAVE graduates David Herdies, Michael Krotkiewski, Martin Heisler, sales: The Match Factory
  • FEATHERS by Omar El Zohairy, co-producers: EAVE graduates Derk-Jan Warrink, Verona Meier, Konstantinos Kontovrakis, EAVE+ graduate Giorgos Karnavas, sales: Heretic
  • LIBERTAD by Clara Roquet, producer: EAVE graduate and Spanish National Coordinator Maria Zamora and EAVE graduate Sergi Moreno, co-producer: EAVE graduate Katleen Goossens, sales: Playtime
  • OLGA by Elie Grappe, producer: EAVE+ graduate Tom Dercourt, sales: Pulsar Content
  • SMALL BODY by Laura Samani, producer: EAVE graduate Nadia Trevisan, co-producer: EAVE group leader Danijel Hocevar, sales: Alpha Violet
  • THE GRAVEDIGGER’S WIFE by Khadar Ayderus Ahmed, producers: EAVE graduates Misha Jaari, Mark Lwoff, Martin Hampel, sales: Orange Studio
  • ZERO FUCKS GIVEN by Emmanuel Marre and Julie Lecoustre, producer: EAVE graduate Benoit Roland, sales: Charades

 

Short Films in Critics' Week

  • BRUTALIA, DAYS OF LABOUR by Manolis Mavris, co-producer: TTB graduate Valérie Bournonville, sales: Radiator IP Sales
  • INHERENT by Nicolai G.H. Johansen, producer: EAVE graduate Katrin Pors, TTB graduate Mikkel Jersin, sales: MANIFEST
  • INTERCOM 15 by Andrei Epure, producer: EAVE graduate Alexandru Teodorescu, sales: SAGA FILM

 

ACID 

  • GHOST SONG by Nicolas Peduzzi, producer: EAVE graduate Carine Ruszniewski
  • LITTLE PALESTINE: DIARY OF A SIEGE by Abdallah Al-Kathib, producer: EAVE graduate Jean-Laurent Csinidis, sales: Lightdox
  • SOY LIBRE by Laure Portier, co-producers: PUENTES graduate Géraldine Sprimont, EAVE graduate Anne-Laure Guegan

 

Cinéfondation Atelier 

  • CARAVAN by Zuzana Kirchnerova, producer: EAVE participants Jakub Viktorin, Dagmar Sedlackova, co-producer: EAVE+ graduate Carlo Cresto Dina
  • CORA by Evi Kalogiropoulou, producer EAVE graduate Amanda Livanou
  • EAVE project NOT A WORD by Hanna Slak, producer: EAVE graduate Michel Balagué, co-producer: EAVE TTB Head of Studies Christophe Bruncher
  • FIDELIDAD by César Diaz, producer: PUENTES graduate Mauricio Escobar
  • JILAH AND THE MAN WITH TWO NAMES by Yosep Anggi Noen, producer: TTB graduate Yulia Evina Bhara
  • LANDSCAPES OF FEAR by Lukas von Rinner, producer: EAVE graduate and group leader Michael Kitzberger
  • THE OTTER by Srdan Vuletic, producer: EAVE + graduate Ivan Djurovic
  • TTB project MANDAI RIVER by Michael I. Serwandono, producer: EAVE, PUENTES and TTB graduate Raymond van der Kaaij
  • VIET AND NAM by Minh Quy Truong, producers: TTB graduate Bradley Liew, TTB group leader and National Coordinator Asia Bianca Balbuena
  • WHITE ROAD by Ella Manzheeva, producer: EAVE graduate Victoria Lupik

 

Cinéfondation Selection

  • FONICA M-120 by Olivér Rudolf, co-producer: EAVE participant Petra Ivanyi

 

Les cinémas du monde | La Fabrique Cinéma de l’Institut Français

  • ALIS by Clare Weiskopf and EAVE graduate Nicolas van Hemelryck, producer: EAVE graduate Nicolas van Hemelryck, co-producer: EAVE graduate Radu Stancu
  • EAVE project LES FRESQUES DES OUBLIÉS (FRESCOS OF THE FORGOTTEN) by Amédée Pâcome Nkoulou, producer: EAVE graduate Samantha Biffot 
  • TTB project DANCING THE TIDES by Xeph Suarez, producer: TTB graduate Alemberg Ang

 

Frontières Platform

  • FINGERNAIL by Boaz Armoni, producer: EAVE + graduate Yoav Roeh
  • THE OCCUPANT by Hugo Keijzer, producer: EAVE, PUENTES and TTB graduate Raymond van der Kaaij

 

Producers on the Move  

EFP (European Film Promotion), the network of 37 European film promotion institutions, has selected 20 European producers for its networking and promotion platform, among them the EAVE and PUENTES graduates:

  • EAVE graduate Annabella Nezri, Kwassa Films (Belgium)
  • EAVE graduate Bojan Kanjera, Peglanje snova (Croatia), 
  • EAVE graduate Marek Novak, Xova Film (Czech Republic)
  • EAVE graduate Maite Woköck, Telescope Animation (Germany)
  • EAVE graduate Sara Laszlo, Campfilm (Hungary)
  • EAVE graduate Ruth Treacy, Tailored Films (Ireland)
  • EAVE graduate Marica Stocchi, Rosamont (Italy)
  • EAVE graduate Gary Cranner, Chezville (Norway)
  • EAVE graduate Beata Rzezniczek, Madants (Poland)
  • PUENTES graduate Tathiani Sacilotto, Persona Non Grata Pictures (Portugal)
  • EAVE graduate Katarína Tomkova, Kaleidoscope (Slovak Republic)
  • PUENTES graduate Nima Yousefi, HOBAB (Sweden)
  • EAVE graduate Sarah Born, Catpics (Switzerland)

 

EAVE @ Producers Network

Network EAVE is proud to be partner of the Cannes Producers Network! In the framework of this partnership 8 EAVE 2020 graduates have been selected.

  • Tamara Dawit, Gobez Media, Ethiopia/Canada
  • Christopher Zitterbart, Watchmen productions, Germany
  • Natalia Grzegorzek, Koskino, Poland
  • Fredrik Lange, Vilda Bomben, Sweden
  • Felicitas Raffo, Cepa Audiovisual, Argentina/Spain
  • Sergiu Cumatrencu, YOUBESC, Moldova
  • Kobi Mizrahi, KM Productions, Israel
  • Dmitry Sukhanov, TOY Cinema, Ukraine

Also participating in the Cannes Producers Network:

Ahmed Amer A. A. FILMS * Alemberg Ang DALUYONG STUDIOS * Constanza Arena CINEMACHILE * Bianca Balbuena EPICMEDIA PRODUCTIONS * Yulia Evina Bhara KAWANKAWAN MEDIA * Samantha Biffot PRINCESSE M PRODUCTIONS * Agustina Costa Varsi VOLPE FILMS * Jean-Laurent Csinidis FILMS DE FORCE MAJEURE * Valérie Delpierre INICIA FILMS * Mauricio Escobar LA DANTA FILMS * Barbara Francisco PASTO * Zoran Galic VIZART FILM * Katleen Goossens BULLETPROOF CUPID * Michael Kitzberger NGF – NIKOLAUS GEYRHALTER FILMPRODUKTION * Marta Lewandowska FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS STUDIO * Ingrid Lill Hogtun BARENTSFILM * Amanda Livanou NEDA FILM * Viktoria Lupik ANNIKO FILMS * Eiko Mizuno-Gray LOADED FILMS * Nikos Moustakas BAD CROWD * Marja Pihlaja TEKELE PRODUCTIONS * Elisa Fernanda Pirir MER FILM * Barbara Sarasola Day PUCARA CINE * Anna Shalashina WISH MEDIA * Fani Skartouli FANI SKARTOULI * Adrijana Sofranic Sucur SET SAIL FILMS * Marteinn Thorsson TENDERLEE MOTION PICTURES COMPANY * Ryohei Tsutsui TRIXTA * Raymond Van der Kaaij REVOLVER AMSTERDAM * Nicolas van Hemelryck CASATARANTULA * Dagne Vildziunaite JUST A MOMENT * Joram Willink BIND * Vladimir Yatsenko FOREFILMS

 

EAVE session @ Cannes Producers Club*

Situated in the heart of the Palais des Festivals, The Producers Club is the perfect meeting place to connect with other producers, benefit from insightful workshops and attend industry networking events.

Add-on Producers Network to your accreditation today!** https://marchedufilm.com/accreditation

*The Producers Club is open to Producers Network badge holders and partnering organizations.

**The Producers Network is intended for active producers with at least one feature film with a commercial release within the past three years.

One Masterclass will be held during the virtual Marche du Film’s Producers Club (closed session, on invitation only):

  • Sunday 11th, 11:00-12:30 - BRANDING YOURSELF by EAVE graduate and group leader Roshanak Behesht Nedjad

 

Rencontres Professionelles

EAVE CEO Kristina Trapp will be one of the panelists of the Rencontres Professionelles organised by Région Sud:

  • Sunday 11th, 11:00-13:00 - Roundtable on international co-production, at the stand n° 106 of Village International Riviera

 

Marché du Film

  • 8 VIEWS OF LAKE BIWA by Marko Raat, producer: EAVE graduate Dora Nedeczky
  • AHED’S KNEE by Nadav Lapid, producer: EAVE graduate Jonas Dornbach, Interchange graduate Judith Lou Levy, sales: Kinology
  • ALIS by Clare Weiskopf and EAVE graduate Nicolas van Hemelryck, producer: EAVE graduate Nicolas van Hemelryck, co-producer: EAVE graduate Radu Stancu
  • AMERICAN NIGHT by Nele Wohlatz, producer: PUENTES graduate Georgina Baisch
  • ANNETTE by Leos Carax, co-producer: EAVE graduate Benoit Roland, sales: Kinology
  • BETWEEN THE WAVES by Anaïs Volpé, producer: EAVE graduate Caroline Nataf
  • CAGED BIRDS by Oliver Rihs, producer: EAVE graduate Ivan Madeo, sales: The Playmaker
  • CASA DE ANTIGUIDADES (MEMORY HOUSE) by Joao Paulo Miranda Maria, producers: EAVE graduate Paula Cosenza, EAVE graduate and group leader Didar Domehri, sales: Celluloid Dreams
  • CITIZEN SAINT by Tinatin Kajrishvili, producers: EAVE graduates Denis Vaslin & Boris Chouchkov
  • COMPARTMENT NO. 6 by Juho Kuosmanen, producer: EAVE graduate Jussi Rantamäki, co-producers: EAVE graduates Jamila Wenske, Natalia Drozd, EAVE graduate and Estonian National Coordinator Riina Sildos, sales: Totem Films
  • DEATH OF A LADIES MAN by Matthew Bissonnette, producer: EAVE graduate Martina Niland, sales: Celluloid Dreams
  • DOGWATCH by Gregoris Rentis, producers: EAVE graduate Vicky Miha, Clément Duboin
  • EAVE Marketing Workshop project LAMB by Valdimar Johansson, producer: EAVE graduates Hrönn Kristinsdottir, participant developing the project at Marketing Workshop: EAVE MW graduate Ewa Bojanowska, sales: New Europe Film Sales
  • EAVE project A THOUSAND FIRES by Saeed Taji Farouky,  producers: EAVE graduates Estelle Robin You, Palmyre Badinier, Joram Willink, May Odeh
  • EAVE project BEHIND THE HAYSTACKS by Asimina Proedrou, producer: EAVE graduate Ioanna Bolomyti
  • EAVE project MARIA'S SILENCE by Davis Simanis, producer: EAVE participant and EAVE+ graduate Gints Grube
  • EAVE project OUR MEN (MON LÉGIONNAIRE) by Rachel Lang, producers: EAVE graduates Jeremy Forni and Benoit Roland, sales: Bac Films
  • ETERNAL ADOLESCENT by Eduardo Esquivel, producer: PUENTES graduate Julia Cherrier
  • FEARS by Łukasz Ronduda & Łukasz Gutt, producer: EAVE graduate Kuba Kosma
  • FRANCE by Bruno Dumont, producer: EAVE graduate Dorothe Beinemeier, sales: Indie Sales
  • FUCKING BORNHOLM by Anna Kazejak, producer: PUENTES and EAVE PW graduate Marta Lewandowska
  • HOUSE ARREST by Alexey German Jr., line producer: EAVE graduate Artem Vasilyev, sales: MK 2 Films
  • I AM ZLATAN by Jens Sjögren, producer: EAVE graduate Mattias Nohrborg, sales: TrustNordisk
  • IMAGO by Olga Chajdas, producers: EAVE graduate Izabela Wójcik & EAVE+ graduate Violetta Kamińska
  • INTO THE LAND OF ICE AND FIRE by Dimitra Zirou, producer: EAVE graduate Nikos Moustakas
  • JACOB’S WAY by Eelko Ferwerd,  producer: EAVE graduate Joram Willink
  • LIPSTICK ON THE GLASS by Kuba Czekaj, producer: EAVE graduate Arek Gielnik
  • LITTLE PALESTINE: DIARY OF A SIEGE by Abdallah Al-Kathib, producer: EAVE graduate Jean-Laurent Csinidis, sales: Lightdox
  • MALMKROG by Cristi Puiu, co-producers: EAVE graduate and Sebian National Coordinator Milan Stojanovic, EAVE graduates Anamaria Antoci, Labina Mitevska, Dan Wechsler, sales: Shellac
  • MARIONETTES by Arianne Hinz, producer: EAVE graduate Reinier Selen
  • MISS MARX by Susanna Nicchiarelli, producer: Interchange graduate Marta Donzelli, TTB graduate Valérie Bournonville, sales: Celluloid Dreams
  • OLGA by Elie Grappe, producer: EAVE+ graduate Tom Dercourt, sales: Pulsar Content
  • OMERTA 6/12 by Aku Louhimies, producer: EAVE graduate Mikko Tenhunen
  • ONODA – 10 000 NIGHTS IN THE JUNGLE by Arthur Harari, co-producer: EAVE+ graduate Jean-Yves Roubin, sales: Le Pacte
  • PETROV’S FLU by Kyril Serebrennikov, co-producer: EAVE graduate Dan Wechsler, co-producer: EAVE graduate Yohann Comte, sales: Charades
  • PUENTES project CLARA SOLA by Nathalie Alvarez Mesén, producer: EAVE graduates Nima Yousefi, co-producers: PUENTES graduates Géraldine Sprimont, Anne-Laure Guegan,  sales: Luxbox
  • PUENTES project LA CIVIL by Teodora Ana Mihai, producer: EAVE graduate Hans Everaert, producer in development stage: PUENTES graduate Irina Malcea-Candea
  • SAVE SANDRA by Jan Verheyen, Lien Willaert, producer: EAVE graduate Peter Bouckaert
  • TASTY by Egle Vertelyte, producer: B'EST graduate Lucas Trimonis
  • THAT WEEKEND by Mara Pescio, producer: PUENTES graduates Gergina Baisch, Tathiani Sacilotto
  • THE BLACK HOLE by Moonika Siimets, producer: EAVE graduate and group leader Riina Sildos
  • THE GRAVEDIGGER’S WIFE by Khadar Ayderus Ahmed, producers: EAVE graduates Misha Jaari, Mark Lwoff
  • THE INNOCENTS by Eskil Vogt, co-producers: EAVE graduate Lizette Jonjic, Mark Lwoff, Misha Jaari, EAVE graduate Katrin Pors, TTB graduate Mikkel Jersin, sales: Protagonist Pictures 
  • THE JUDGEMENT by Sander Burger, producer: EAVE graduate Joram Willink, sales: Picture Tree International
  • THE LAST TEMPTATION OF THE BELGIANS by Jan Bucquoy, producer: EAVE graduate Anton Iffland-Stettner, EAVE participant Eva Kuperman
  • THE RESTLESS by Joachim Lafosse, producers: EAVE+ Head of Studies Jani Thiltges, EAVE graduates Alexandre Gavras, Anton Iffland Stettner, EAVE participant Eva Kuperman, co-producer: EAVE graduate Antonio Lombardo, sales: Luxbox
  • THE SALT IN OUR WATERS by Rezwan Shahriar SUMIT, producer: EAVE+ graduate Ilann Girard
  • THE SEA AHEAD by Ely Dagher, producer: EAVE graduate Benoit Roland, sales: The Party
  • THE STRONG ONES by Omar Zuniga, producer: EAVE on Demand graduate Dominga Sotomayor, sales: Meinkincine Entertainment
  • THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD by Joachim Trier, producer: PUENTES graduate Katrin Pors, TTB graduate Mikkel Jersin, EAVE + graduate Mattias Nohrborg, executive producers: EAVE graduate Dyveke Bjørkly Graver, Andrea Berentsen Ottmar, sales: MK 2 Films
  • TTB project MONEYBOYS by C.B.Yi, producers: EAVE graduates Barbara Pichler, Gabriele Kranzelbinder, TTB graduate Guillaume de la Boulaye, sales: Totem Films
  • TTB project MOTEL ACACIA by TTB graduate Bradley Liew, producers: TTB graduate and group leader Bianca Balbuena and TTB graduate Jeremy Chua, co-producers: by EAVE graduates Bostjan Virc and Sinisa Juricic, sales: Picture Tree International 
  • UNE VIE DÉMENTE by Ann Sirot and Raphael Balboni, producer: EAVE graduate Julie Esparbes, sales: Be for Films
  • VAURIEN by Peter Dourountzis, producer: EAVE graduate Sebastien Haguenauer, sales: Kinology
  • WHERE IS ANNE FRANK? by Ari Folmann, producer: EAVE+ Head of Studies Jani Thiltges, sales: Wild Bunch International   
  • WHISPERS OF WAR by Florian Hoffmann, producer: EAVE graduate Alexander Wadouh
  • WOMEN DO CRY by Mina Mileva, EAVE and TTB graduate Vesela Kazakova, producer: EAVE and TTB graduate Vesela Kazakova, TTB Head of Studies Christophe Bruncher, sales: MK 2 Films

TIES THAT BIND project MONEYBOYS © KGP 2021

Marché du Film Online

  • EAVE project BEHIND THE HAYSTACKS by Asimina Proedrou, producer: EAVE graduate Ioanna Bolomyti
  • BOSCO by Alicia Cano, producer: PUENTES graduate and group leader Agustina Chiarino
  • WHISPERS OF WAR by Florian Hoffmann, producer: EAVE graduate Alexander Wadouh
  • CAGED BIRDS by Oliver Rihs, producer: EAVE graduate Ivan Madeo, sales: The Playmaker
  • CITIZEN SAINT by Tinatin Kajrishvili, producers: EAVE graduates Denis Vaslin & Boris Chouchkov
  • DOGWATCH by Gregoris Rentis, producers: EAVE graduates Vicky Miha & Clément Duboin
  • FEARS by Lukasz Ronduda & Lukasz Gutt, producer: EAVE graduate Kuba Kosma
  • FINGERNAIL by Boaz Armoni, producer: EAVE + graduate Yoav Roeh
  • GHOST SONG by Nicolas Peduzzi, producer: EAVE graduate Carine Ruszniewski
  • IMAGO by Olga Chajdas, producer: EAVE graduates Izabela Wojcik & EAVE+ graduate Violetta Kaminska
  • THE LAST HILLBILLY by: Diane Sara Bouzgarrou & Thomas Jenkoe, producer: EAVE graduate Jean-Laurent Csinidis
  • THE OCCUPANT by Hugo Keijzer, producer: EAVE graduate Raymond van der Kaaij
  • UP THERE by Bartolomeo Pampaloni, producer: EAVE graduate Enrica Capra
  • WIKA! by Agnieszka Zwiefka, producer: EAVE graduate Heino Deckert

 

EAVE TEAM IN CANNES

At the European Pavillon No. 118, International Village

At the Producers Club, Riviera, J.

during July 9-13

  • EAVE CEO Kristina Trapp
  • EAVE Programme Manager Europe Satu Elo

Contact: satu@eave.org

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TIES THAT BIND goes hybrid in Udine

The hybrid edition of TIES THAT BIND’s second workshop is in full swing in Udine (IT), in parallel to FOCUS ASIA from June 30 to July 2.

TTB participants, Focus Asia industry guests & Far East Film Festival guests either have the opportunity to gather on-site in Udine, or to connect online via the specially designed Focus Asia platform, featuring all panel sessions and individual meetings between project representatives and decision makers, as well as informal chats in the virtual Café. All the guests of Focus Asia also have access to the films selected for FEFF on the platform.

The rich programme of the plenary sessions for the TTB workshop is prepared in collaboration with FOCUS ASIA. It features a co-production case study of TTB project MONEYBOYS by C.B. Yi, which will premiere in Un Certain Regard in Cannes. The film is produced by EAVE graduate Barbara Pichler (KPG Filmproduktion, AT), in co-production with the TTB graduate Guillaume de la Boulaye (Zorba Production, FR) and TTB expert Patrick Mao Huang (Flash Forward Entertainment, TW), and Panache Productions (BE). World sales are handled by TTB graduate Bérénice Vincent (Totem Films, FR).

International co-production TASTE by Lê Bảo, which was awarded at Berlinale Encounters this year, is the focus of the second case study held by producers Weijie Lai (E&W Films, SG) and EAVE graduate Marie Dubas (Deuxième Ligne Films, FR), who share their co-producing experiences between Europe and Asia.

Patrick Mao Huang (Flash Forward Entertainment, TW) and Vincent Wang (House on Fire, FR) elaborate on the opportunities for co-production funding in Greater China. Patrick Mao Huang shares his expertise on how to deal with equity investors together with TTB group leader Bianca Balbuena (Epicmedia Productions, PH).

Furthermore, the TTB participants have the opportunity to receive feedback on the marketing and distribution potential of their projects in both territories from Asian distributors such as Vincent Quek (Anticipate Pictures, SG), Kana Koido (The Klockworks, JP), Pamela Lingyan Bai (Beijing Hugoeast Media, CN), Shaoyi Chen (Screenworks Asia, TW), and European distributors such as TTB graduates Stephan Holl (Rapid Eye Movies, DE) and Fernanda Renno (Fidalgo Film Distribution, NO), and Claire Marty (Terracotta Distribution, UK). The Asian distributors also highlight the opportunities for distribution in their respective countries – Singapore, Japan, China, Taiwan - in Focus Asia panel dedicated to the latest trends of distribution in Asia.

This year we have organised for the first time a series of curated meetings with industry professionals giving advice on specific project needs and advising the participants regarding their next career steps. These meetings involved top-notch experts such as Todd Brown (XYZ Films, US), Gabor Greiner (Films Boutique, DE), Quentin Bosschaert (m-appeal, DE), Claire Lajoumard (Acrobates Films, FR), Sergina Stavroulaki (Heretic, GR), Pamela Bai (Beijing Hugoeast Media, CN), Wonsun Shin (Hanmac Culture Group, KR), Frédéric Pittoors d'Haveskercke (Series Mania, FR), Lucas Schmidt (Studio Zentral, DE), Annick Mahnert (Screen Division, ES), EAVE graduate Mathivanan Rajendran (Stray Factory, IN), Deepti DCunha (Film Programmer, IN), Phang Dang Di (DNY Productions, VN), Joyce Tang (TAICCA, TW), Toshifumi Makita (VIPO, JP), among others.

In the new ASIAN GATES section of Focus Asia which is aimed at European film professionals who want to deepen their knowledge of the opportunities offered by the Asian market, TTB & EAVE graduate Raymond van der Kaaij (Revolver Amsterdam) targets his session to producers, while Matteo Lovadina (Reel Suspects, FR) dedicates his session to sales agents, in collaboration with the EFP.

In addition to the plenary sessions which are moderated by Christophe Bruncher (TTB Head of Studies), the TTB participants have individual meetings with key industry professionals of Focus Asia, to foster new collaborations between European and Asian professionals.

TIES THAT BIND is organised by the 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. TIES THAT BIND is held in conjunction with Asia TV Forum & Market and ScreenSingapore.

 

For more information please contact:

EAVE Coordinator - Tanika Sajatovic: tanika@eave.org

www.eave.org, www.tiesthatbind.eu

 

 

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A spaceship from Germany - an exclusive Interview with EAVE+ graduate Jonas Katzenstein

EAVE+ graduate Jonas Katzenstein (augenschein Filmproduktion, DE) produced Stowaway by Joe Penna, the film about a blind passenger on a spaceship, which is available on Netflix and in cinemas in Germany and France. They just recently also set up an in-house world sales and financing division at augenschein, which will be one of the company case studies featured in the ‘Transforming Companies’ section of the next edition of EAVE+.

Harald Olkus: What is the last German science fiction film that you can remember? Maybe Raumschiff Orion from the 1960s?

Jonas Katzenstein: Well, maybe it was really Raumschiff Orion, but I think it was rather Roland Emmerich’s film Das Arche Noah Prinzip, a film made in the beginning of the 1980s…But I think this is exactly the problem – and what it makes so tough to produce German genre movies. There is a huge genre movie audience in Germany, but of course they are so used to English language films and Hollywood standards. And they are also used to Hollywood actors starring in these films. So, it’s tough for German filmmakers to make a German language genre movie and still be able to compete. This is probably why both of us cannot remember any German science fiction movie from the last few years.

 

And German co-productions with the US are rare also. How did it happen that you have produced this project?

Jonas Katzenstein: We had originally been in contact about another movie we produced, 7500, which takes place completely in a cockpit. It was a German production in co-production with Austria and mainly shot at the MMC sound stage in Cologne, so we were already experienced with the technical challenges of shooting a “flying” motive on a soundstage combining VFX, Virtual production and classical set construction.

We didn't do 7500 together in the end but it was due to this knowledge and production experience why XYZ approached us for co-producing STOWAWAY. XYZ were also the sales partner on Joe Penna’s previous movie Artic. So, there was a natural link between us, XYZ and Joe Penna. For us it was perfect to have a partner who could be our sales and production partner. And for them we brought the production experience and the access to German financing. 

Since producing 7500 my company partner Max (Maximilian Leo) and I regularly were in LA - until the pandemic we traveled at least every two months to LA - so we could do personal meetings with XYZ and also the director which always make things a lot easier especially in the early stages of a project.

 

How did it come that you shot in Germany, when you have all these great studio possibilities in the US?

I’d say it was a combination of our knowledge, track record, the German funding sources and the highly skilled crew in Germany. Joe Penna is a Brazilian born director who lives in the US, and he shot his previous movie Artic in Iceland. He is not coming from the studio system in the US, so he is not used to blast hundreds of millions US Dollars on movies. He is more driven by real experience, so there was an approach to build Stowaway not like the most fancy or biggest spaceship but more like a really realistic one. He always wanted to create an experience for the audience that would feel like being in space with them together. He also liked our European approach, so he was happy about our collaboration.

We also have such a great system of German funding sources allowing for a lot of creative choices and with the spotlight US talent brings to the project you can have a much bigger impact and reach a wider worldwide audience. Combining US talent with German production teams and sources gave us much more opportunities for a director driven approach on the movie. If there’s one studio giving you 20 million, then they are the guys who make all decisions. This creates a big risk of adversity and you get a lot of restrictions and obligations with it. The funds in Germany are much more open and they have a different approach, which is much more filmmaker friendly.

@augenschein Filmproduktion GmbH / Klemens Becker

 

You managed to sell the film not only to Netflix that shows it in many regions of the world, but it’s also shown in cinemas. How did you achieve this and why was it important for you?

When we got the script, it felt immediately like this movie deserves a real cinematic experience. Especially if you see all the effort we put in all the spacewalks and the zero gravity scenes. This was always meant for the big screen. To be honest, we started the distribution strategy much more focused on a worldwide theatrical release, because we pre-sold the movie to Sony International. Also for US domestic plans were to have a big screen release. And we had Wild Bunch on German and French side for the theatrical release that was pre-negotiated before.

Afterwards Netflix came on board and bought it for the US and the remaining open territories. They fell in love with the movie, so Netflix approached all attached distributors and bought the rights back. And this is why the film is available now on Netflix worldwide save for Germany and France.

We also had good offers from other US theatrical distributors, but Netflix simply made the strongest offer and the way the financing was structured it wasn’t our decision. Now we think it is a really good deal. We can experience the movie here in Germany on the big screen and all the US financiers got their invested money back. And it was a major Netflix release with a lot of press and really good critics. So it is a big success for all parties. 

 

And are you happy with Netflix?

Yes. Considering that the decision was in the height of the pandemic it was the guarantee to reach the widest audience. And to be honest, it has a great impact to show the movie everywhere. It’s possible to watch this movie in India, South America or New York whenever you want. This is really important for us and the filmmakers. In the first week we were the number 1 movie in the US and in the UK, so you get a lot of attention from the media. Anna Kendrick was in the Tonight Show, there were great critics in the LA Times and in the New York Magazine, and generally the critics were really good.

This helps also now for the German theatrical release (June 24th), but it is of course a very difficult time. There is a real jam of movies going to be released while cinemas are yet not all open and have limited seats available. Wild Bunch’s strategy was to go out ahead of the big studio movies and it might work since this is a movie for a Genre audience - but we will see. Hopefully people coming out of months at home due to Covid-19 aren`t less motivated to go into any room…

 

Maybe the audience wants to see films on the big screen and in open space.

Well, it’s a question of weather, or how successful is the European Football cup, or how successful is the German team - so there are a lot of elements that we don’t know. But we could offer a real theatrical experience, so the people might decide that they want to watch it on a big screen now. Let's hope that the rules will allow all screenings.

@augenschein Filmproduktion GmbH / Klemens Becker

 

Your company has launched augenschein sales, an in-house worldwide sales and financing division. Why did you decide to take this step and what do you expect with this diversification?

I founded the company together with my partner Max 13 years ago. We started really from scratch as two absolute beginners. I was an audio engineer and he was a director graduating from film school - this is maybe the worst combination for a production company ;-) We didn’t have any experience, but from the beginning we were very focused on international co-productions with the potential to reach A-Festivals. So out of our 30 movies we have produced so far only a handful are in German language.

We went to festivals and co-production markets for producers and started doing international co-productions. 2017 maybe was a peak year in this set up. We had one German movie which premiered in Sundance and a Romanian co-production that won the Silver Bear in Berlin. We had a Chilean movie that was in Cannes and 3 movies in Venice in the same year - and one won the Critics’ Week. So it was really a major year for us. We, the broadcasters, the distributors and the funds were happy with these films because we got awards at major festivals and the red carpet, but we still had only a very limited potential to reach audiences and in the end this is who we make the films for. But 2017 marked also the year, in which we produced our first English language movie 7500 starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and this changed our company’s focus.

 

And after several links to the English language market came Stowaway

Stowaway came to us like a perfect scenario and it was a win-win situation for everybody involved. We could combine the best elements out of Germany, creative freedom, great crews and talents, marvellous facilities, together with the spotlight of an English language project starring a Hollywood cast - the perfect fit for our work. Our goal was and is to produce director driven movies in a boutique style. It can be Elevated Genre movies or dramas with a special edge - always with the potential to attract A level actors and crossover to a worldwide audience. The idea is to produce 2 of these movies per year, so we could be very hands-on and close with our directors. We put a lot of heart, effort, sweat and blood into our projects. And our films can still travel to big festivals but there is much more awareness afterwards.

In order to keep this creative freedom with the talents, it’s also good to be a sales entity. When you are doing so much during the development, financing, pre-production, production and post-production, the distribution part is really important. In order to have a strategy on how to combine these elements and make sure that there are no binding elements in the contract that we have to fulfil. With all the relationships that we have established over the past 13 years it is a logical step to also combine it with doing the sales.

But we don’t want to become a sales company in the classical style. Our sales division is more like a new-boutique-very-streamlined-sales-company and it will focus on financing the company’s production slate through access to equity, market pre-sales and film funds in order to retain creative and financial control over projects. We have a new marvellous colleague Jonathan Saubach who is very experienced and who has worked for Telepool for the past ten years.

In the changing industry we want to focus on the global deals for our movies, and we have established relationships with the US distributors. We can team up at an early stage and we can start developing together and selling it afterwards. So we don't want to compete with the traditional sales agent model like the big players in the field. On the contrary there will be many cases where we will continue to work together with them, especially if we decide for a multi territory strategy. This is also why we teamed up with a strategic partnership with Protagonist.    

 

So you think that you will have more freedom for your work with having the sales?

Yes, this is the main idea to keep the creative freedom with the director. We don’t want to compete with big studio movies. We think that in the US you either have these big studio films like Star Wars or small 1-5 million range movies, but in between there is a gap. And this is something that we wish to come in with great German financing behind us, so it’s a win-win for everyone. It’s not like 20 years ago when you had the expression of “stupid German money”, now we would like to establish a new expression of “smart German money”.

There is a big advantage in Germany, because we are already used to dubbed versions. So for the funds it could be a benefit to support an English language movie because there is the impact of a star like Brad Pitt which the international and also the German audience would like to watch. Sometimes it can be a co-production like on Stowaway and sometimes it’s just an augenschein project. With this we keep the money in Germany and enable the careers of filmmakers and crews to become more established, so they can work on better projects next time. It’s a long-term plan for the next 10 or 20 years.

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TTB Project FRUIT GATHERING by by Aung Phyoe receives funding

Eurimages

Europe's Eurimages Fund supports 49 feature film projects, including 6 documentaries and 3 animation films. Among them 30 projects - including 2 projects developed at EAVE Producers Workshop - produced & co-produced by EAVE graduates:

  • A CUP OF COFFEE AND NEW SHOES ON by Gentian Koçi, co-producer: EAVE graduate Konstantina Stavrianou
  • ANXIETY by Slawomir Fabicki, producer: EAVE graduate Karsten Stöter, EAVE+ graduate Violetta Kaminska
  • BACHMANN & FRISCH by Margarethe Von Trotta, producers: EAVE+ graduates Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu, Bettina Brokemper
  • BANZO by Margarida Cardoso, producer: EAVE graduate Filipa Reis
  • BLACK BOX by Aslı Özge, producer: EAVE graduate Ivan Madeo
  • CLOSE by Lukas Dhont, producers: EAVE graduates Laurette Schillings, Jacques-Henri Bronckart
  • EAVE project L'AMOUR SELON DALVA by Emmanuelle Nicot, producer: EAVE graduate Julie Esparbes
  • EAVE project THE LOST DREAM TEAM by Jure Pavlović, producer: EAVE graduate Bojan Kanjera
  • DANDELION NECTAR by Anna Kuznetsova, producer: EAVE graduate Natalia Drozd, co-producer: EAVE graduate Jussi Rantamäki
  • DARK PARADISE by Triin Ruumet, co-producer: EAVE graduate Jérémy Forni
  • MOTHERHOOD by Meryam Joobeur, producer: EAVE graduate Sara Ben Hassen, co-producer: EAVE graduate Khalid Maimouni
  • LE PARADIS by Zeno Graton, producer: TTB graduates Valérie Bournonville, Judith Nora
  • HELLO by Stephan Komandarew, producer: EAVE graduate Katya Trichkova
  • INFINITY POOL by Brandon Cronenberg, producer: EAVE graduate Karen Harnisch
  • IRAQ, CHILDREN OF SHAME by Pascale Bourgaux, producer: EAVE graduate Isabelle Truc
  • MAY LABOUR DAY by Pjer Žalica, co-producer: EAVE graduate Miha Cernec
  • MISTY - ERROLL GARNER by Georges Gachot, producer: EAVE+ graduate Harry Flöter
  • MR. K by Tallulah H. Schwab, producers: EAVE MW graduate Sanne Sandaert, EAVE graduate Sinisa Juricic
  • RED by Camiel Schouwenaar, co-producer: EAVE graduate Marcel Lenz
  • RIFT IN THE ICE by Maja Milos, producers: EAVE graduate Denis Vaslin, co-producer: EAVE group leader Danijel Hocevar
  • SEA SPARKLE by Domien Huyghe, producer: EAVE graduate Marleen Slot
  • STRANDZHA by Pepa Hristova, producer: TTB graduate Julia Cöllen
  • THE BOOK OF EVERYTHING by Ineke Houtman, producer: EAVE+ graduate Maarten Swart
  • THE EDITORIAL OFFICE by Roman Bondarchuk, producers: EAVE graduates Darya Bassel, Tanja Georgieva
  • THE HAPPIEST MAN IN THE WORLD by Teona Strugar Mitevska, producer: EAVE graduate Labina Mitevska
  • THE INVISIBLE FIGHT by Rainer Sarnet, producer: EAVE graduate Katrin Kissa
  • THE MAN FROM ROME by Jaap van Heusden, producer: EAVE graduate Maria Tsigka
  • THE MAN WITHOUT GUILT by Ivan Gergolet, producer: EAVE graduate Miha Cernec
  • THEY SHOT THE PIANO PLAYER by Fernando Trueba, executive producer: EAVE participant Fabien Westerhoff
  • UNDER THE NAKED SKY by Lilian Sijbesma, producer: EAVE, PUENTES and TTB graduate Raymond van der Kaaij
  • WINDLESS by Pavel G. Vesnakov, producers: EAVE graduate Veselka Kiryakova, EAVE graduate Alessandro Amato

 

Institut Français – Aide aux cinémas du monde

Funded by l’Aide aux cinémas du monde:

  • TTB project FRUIT GATHERING by Aung Phyoe, producer: TTB graduate Thaiddhi
  • PUMA by Marcela Said, producer: EAVE graduate Sophie Erbs

www.if.institutfrancais.com

 

IDFA Bertha Fund

  • ALIS by Clare Weiskopf and EAVE graduate Nicolas van Hemelryck, producer: EAVE graduate Nicolas van Hemelryck, co-producer: EAVE graduate Radu Stancu is one of six films that receive backing from the IDFA Bertha Fund Europe-International Co-production funding scheme.

www.idfa.nl

              

Finnish Film Foundation

The Finnish Film Foundation has granted production support to 7 feature films and documentaries made by EAVE graduates.

  • FOUR LITTLE ADULTS by Selma Vilhunen, producers: EAVE graduate and Finnish National CoordinatorElli Toivoniemi, EAVE graduate Venla Hellstedt
  • DANDELION NECTAR by Anna Kuznetsova, co-producer: EAVE graduate Jussi Rantamäki
  • SISTERS by Mika Gustafson, co-producers: EAVE graduate and Finnish National CoordinatorElli Toivoniemi, EAVE graduate Venla Hellstedt
  • THE INVISIBLE FIGHT by Rainer Sarnet, co-producer: EAVE graduate Aleksi Bardy
  • SUPERPOSITION by Karoline Lyngbye, producer: EAVE graduate Leila Lyytikäinen
  • THE LAST OF THE SEAGULLS by Tonislav Hristov, producer: EAVE graduate Kaarle Aho
  • WIND BLOW ME AWAY by Sunna Nousuniemi, producer: EAVE graduate Joonas Berghäll

http://ses.fi/en

 

Netherlands Film Fund

  • THE NIGHTS STILL SMELL OF GUNPOWDER by Inadelso Cossa, producer: INDABA graduate Thomas Kaske, co-producer: EAVE graduate and Dutch National Coordinator Frank Hoeve is backed by Netherlands Film Fund and IDFA Bertha Fund Co-Production Scheme.

www.filmfonds.nl

 

Hubert Bals Fund

Projects selected for Hubert Bals Fund’s HBF Script & Development:

  • IN THE SHADOW OF THE HORNS by Ognjen Glavonic, producer: EAVE graduate Dragana Jovovic

Projects selected for the NFF+HBF Co-production Scheme by the Netherlands Film Fund and HBF:

  • THE CITY IS A BATTLEFIELD by Mouly Surya, co-producers: TTB goup leader and National Coordinator Asia Bianca Balbuena, TTB graduate Bradley Liew, EAVE graduate Denis Vaslin
  • THE STATION by Sara Ishaq, co-producer: EAVE graduate Derk-Jan Warrink

www.iffr.com

 

screen.brussels

screen.brussels supports five films by EAVE graduates:

  • LAST DANCE by Delphine Lehericey, producers: EAVE graduates Géraldine Sprimont, Anne-Laure Guégan
  • EAVE project L’AMOUR SELON DALVA by Emmanuelle Nicot, producer: EAVE graduate Julie Esparbes
  • LE PARADIS by Zeno Graton, producers: TTB graduate Valérie Bournonville, EAVE graduate Hans Everaert
  • THE WALL by Philippe Van Leeuw, producers: EAVE participant Maria Møller Christoffersen, EAVE graduate Gilles Chanial
  • THE SILENT TREATMENT by Caroline Stubbe, producers: EAVE graduate Tomas Leyers, Denis Vaslin, Fleur Knopperts

https://screen.brussels

 

Croatian Audivisual Centre

The Croatian Audiovisual Centre supports the production of the following films by EAVE graduates:

  • BE REALISTIC, DEMAND IMPOSSIBLE by Vanja Juranic, producers: EAVE graduates Vanja Jambrovic, Tibor Keser
  • DOMACINSTWO ZA POCETNIKE by Goran Stolevski, producer: EAVE group leader and Croation National Coordinator Ankica Juric Tilic
  • GOD WILL NOT HELP by Hana Jusic, producer: EAVE group leader and Croation National Coordinator Ankica Juric Tilic
  • ILLYRICUM by Simon Bogojevic Narath, producer: EAVE group leader and Croation National Coordinator Ankica Juric Tilic
  • LEARNING TO WALK 2 by Jelena Novakovic, producers: EAVE graduates Vanja Jambrovic, Tibor Keser
  • POD SRETNOM ZVIJEZDOM by Peter Kerekes, producers: EAVE graduates Vanja Jambrovic, Tibor Keser

www.havc.hr

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POWER OF LOVE is in production

  • EXODUS by Abbe Hassan, producer: EAVE graduate Mattias Nohrborg is shooting in Greece. The script has been described as “a warm-hearted story of survival and friendship” and is inspired by the director’s own experience as a refugee who left war-torn Beirut for Sweden as a child. In particular, the film will follow young Amal fleeing Syria. In a Turkish harbour, she meets the refugee smuggler Sam. Amal wants to travel to Greece where her sisters are, and then join her parents in Sweden. The quick-witted but traumatised young girl and the older, jaded Sam travel together through Europe in search of freedom, gradually developing a father-daughter relationship that will mean both their survival and awakening. EXODUS is produced by Mattias Nohrborg, Anna-Clara Carlsten and Olle Wirenhed for Swedish studio B-Reel Films. Co-producer is by Film i Väst and SVT, and backinf comes from the Nordisk Film & TV Fond.

https://brf.co

 

  • POWER OF LOVE by Jonas Rothlaender, producers: EAVE graduates Mark Lwoff and Misha Jaari is currently filming. A couple navigating their respective roles during a trip to the Turku archipelago, Jonas Rothlaender’s second feature will try to answer some pretty fundamental questions. “When I started the project, I was wondering: is it really possible to be equal in a relationship? For this couple, it certainly changes: sometimes one is more dominant and the other more submissive. It excites them, too,” Rothlaender says. Produced by by Julia M Müller, Luis Singer and Dennis Schanz for StickUp Filmproduktion, as well as Finland’s Mark Lwoff and Misha Jaari from Bufo.

www.bufo.fi

 

  • ALCARRAS by Carla Simon, producers: EAVE graduate and Spanish National Coordinator Maria Zamora, Giovanni Pompili is in production. The perfect state of ripeness of a certain type of fruit has completely governed the progress of a film production – in this case, that of the eagerly awaited second effort by Catalonian director Carla Simon. The shoot had been scheduled to start exactly one year ago, but the health crisis brought on by the coronavirus pandemic delayed filming by months. For the shoot, it was vital that the peaches, which are so important in the storyline would be hanging from the trees, ready to be picked during the summer. The cast of the film is made up of non-professional actors from the Lleida area and farm workers, who were chosen following a long casting process that lasted over a year, given that it had to be put on hold and happen all over again owing to the pandemic. In the words of the director: “This is a story about belonging to the soil, to a place, but it’s also a drama about the perpetual clashes between the generations, moving on from old traditions and the importance of the family unit in times of crisis." ALCARRAS is a production by Spanish outfits Avalon PC and Vilaut Films, in co-production with Kino Produzioni (Italy). It has secured support from the ICAA, ICEC, MEDIA, Eurimages, MiBACT and the Lleida provincial government. Furthermore, TVE, Movistar+ and TV3 are involved. At the project stage, the project won several prices, f.e. the CNC Award for Best Project, handed out at at the TorinoFilmLab (2018), the Eurimages Co-production Development Award, which it obtained at the 2019 Berlin Co-Production Market and the Special Mention at the 2019 pitch at the Cinéfondation Residence in Cannes. The shoot will continue until the end of July in various rural locations within the province of Lleida.

www.avalonproductions.es

 

  • DES GENS BIENS by Matthieu Donck, Benjamin d'Aoust and Stéphane Bergmans, producer: PUENTES graduate Anthony Rey started shooting. The series tells the story of Tom and Linda Leroy, a couple of thirty-somethings in debt who decide to set up a life insurance scam in order to get the money and start a new life in the sun. The series also follows Philippe, a cop who could have stopped everything, and Cathy, an insurance broker who will investigate come hail or high water; their small border community, left aside by modernity, that refuses to see the evil that is gnawing at it; these good people who didn’t mean to hurt anybody. Carried by Hélicotronc in Belgium and Unité in France is the first co-production between the RTBF and Arte.

www.helicotronc.com

 

  • NOBODY LIKES ME by Tomas Weinreb and Petr Kazda, co-producers: EAVE graduates Guillaume de Seille and Dan Wechsler is shooting. Following a similar thematic thread to the filmmaker’s previous effort I, OLGA HEPNAROVA, NOBODY LIKES ME revolves around characters that do not fit into society. The main character is loner Sara, who works as a secretary at the army headquarters in Prague. Sara unexpectedly falls in love with a mysterious man called Martin. When Sara wants to move their relationship to a physical level, Martin’s deep secret emerges. “A significant source of inspiration for the script was the classic Greek drama Antigone. However, from the very beginning, we wanted the story to take place in the present,” says Kazda. “Both of the main characters are different. Despite this, and notwithstanding their doubts, they are strong personalities and do not give up easily. Their pursuit of happiness goes beyond ordinary everydayness,” says Weinreb about the story, which will touch upon the topic of intersexuality and tolerance. The first clapperboard slammed in March in the Slovak capital, and shooting will continue in Pilsen and Prague before returning to Bratislava. NOBODY LIKES ME is being produced by Czech outfits Black Balance and love.FRAME and Slovak company ARYTMIA, and co-produced by Arizona Productions (France), Bord Cadre Films (Switzerland) and Czech Television. The Czech Film Fund, Slovak Audiovisual Fund and Creative Europe – MEDIA have supported the film.

https://bordcadrefilms.com

 

  • DANGEROUS GENTLEMEN by Maciej Kawalski, producer: EAVE graduate Agnieszka Dziedzic is in production. The film follows Tadeusz Boy-Żeleński, Witkacy, Joseph Conrad and Bronisław Malinowski, four famous bohemians from Zakopane, who wake up after a bibulous all-night party. Their heads are bursting from a hangover, no one remembers anything and the situation is not improved by the corpse of an unknown man found on the floor. In addition, law enforcement officers are knocking on their door. Produced by Agnieszka Dziedzic from Koi Studio in co-production with Leszek Bodzak and Aneta Hickinbotham from Aurum Film, as well as WFS Walter Film Studio and TVN, the film received a production grant from the Polish Film Institute.

www.koi-studio.pl

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SMOKE SAUNA SISTERHOOD by Anna Hints is now in post-production

  • THE UNCLE by Andrija Mardesic and David Kapac, producer: EAVE graduate and Serbian National Coordinator Milan Stojanovic is in post-production. The film appears to be set in Yugoslavia in the late 1980s, as a family welcomes their beloved uncle, who has returned home from Germany for the holidays. The reunited family enjoys the traditional Christmas lunch until a smartphone starts ringing. It’s a sign that it is not the 1980s after all, and it soon becomes clear that it’s not quite Christmas time either, and that it is not just the served turkey that can be cut with a knife – the tension can, too. Set almost entirely in one location, THE UNCLE manoeuvres between the grotesque, terror and black humour, telling a story similar to “a Christmas film in which something has gone terribly wrong”. The film is produced by Milan Stojanovic of Belgrade-based Sense Production as well as Ivan Kelava and Tomislav Vujić, of Zagreb-based Eclectica.

www.senseproduction.rs

 

  • SMOKE SAUNA SISTERHOOD by Anna Hints, producer: EAVE graduate Marianne Ostrat is in post-production. The film looks at womanhood through the rituals of smoke sauna – an ancient tradition from Southeast Estonia that belongs to the UNESCO Representative Life of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. In the darkness of the smoke sauna, women share their innermost secrets and intimate experiences, wash off the shame trapped into their bodies and regain their strength. SMOKE SAUNA SISTERHOOD is produced by Marianne Ostrat through Estonia’s Alexandra Film in co-production with Juliette Cazanave and Pierre Jestaz through the French Kepler 22 Productions and Hlin Johannesdottir through Ursus Parvus (Iceland). The film has recently received production support from the Sundance Institute Documentary Fund. The Estonian Film Institute and the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, as well as the Tartu Film Fund and CNC (France) also support the film.

marianne@alexandrafilm.ee

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EAVE project SPACEBOY wins at Molodist Kyiv International Film Festival

LUX Audience Award

  • COLLECTIVE by Alexander Nanau, producer: EAVE graduate and Luxembourgish National Coordinator Bernard Michaux won the first edition of the LUX Audience Award. The ceremony was held on 9 June, during the Plenary Session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

www.samsa.lu

 

CPH:FORUM

  • TATA (FATHER) by Lina Vdovii & Radu Ciorniciuc, producer: EAVE graduate Monica Lazurean-Gorgan from the Romanian company Manifest Film won the Eurimages Co-Production Development Award dedicated to documentaries and presented at CPH:FORUM. The jury consisted of EAVE graduate Monica Hellström (Final Cut for Real), Xavier Henry-Rashid (CEO Film Republic) and Nino Kirtadze (Eurimages National Representative for Georgia).

https://cphdox.dk

 

Tribeca Film Festival

  • BRIGHTON 4TH by Levan Koguashvili, producer: EAVE graduate Olena Yershova won best film, best actor (Levan Tediashvili) and best script awards at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. The film also received an award from Netflix, which will contribute to its distribution.

https://uk.linkedin.com/in/olena-yershova

              

Krakow Film Festival

  • WALK WITH ANGELS by Tomasz Wysokinski, producer: EAVE graduate Piotr Kobus was the winner of the Krakow Film Festival receiving the highest award – the Golden Hobby-Horse for best film – as well as the Polish Producers Alliance Award for Piotr Kobus and Agnieszka Drewno (Mañana) and the Best Music award (Pawel Mykietyn). The film also received the Krakow Film Festival’s recommendation for the European Film Award.

www.krakowfilmfestival.pl/en

                    

Austrian Diagonale Awards

EAVE graduates win 8 awards at Austria’s Diagonale:

  • WHY NOT YOU (HOCHWALD) by Evi Romen, producer: EAVE + graduate Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu won the Grand Diagonale Prize for Best Feature Film and the Costume Design award
  • FOX IN A HOLE by Arman T. Riahi, producers: EAVE graduates Arash T. Riahi, Karin C. Berger was awarded Best Fiction Feature Film Editing
  • EPICENTRO by Hubert Sauper, producer: EAVE graduate Gabriele Kranzelbinder won Best Documentary Film Editing
  • IF IT WERE LOVE by Patric Chiha, producer: Interchange graduate Charlotte Vincent was awarded Best Documentary Feature Cinematography
  • SOLDAT AHMET by Jannis Lenz, producer: EAVE graduate David Bohun won Best Documentary Feature Sound Design
  • ME, WE by David Clay Diaz, producer: EAVE graduate Antonin Svoboda was awarded Best Actor (Lukas Miko)
  • THE TROUBLE WITH BEING BORN by Sandra Wollner, producer: EAVE graduate David Bohun won the Prize for Outstanding Production Services

www.diagonale.at

 

Berlinale

  • MIGUEL’S WAR by Eliane Raheb, producer: EAVE graduate Felipe Lage Coro won second place of the Panorama Audience Award in the summer edition of the Berlinale.

www.berlinale.de

 

Italian Nastri d‘Argento

  • THE MACALUSO SISTERS by Emma Dante, producer: EAVE graduate Marica Stocchi wins big at Italian’s Nastri D’Argento: the film won Best Film, Best Producer, Best Director, Best Editing, Best Sound.
  • MISS MARX di Susanna Nicchiarelli, producer: Interchange graduate Marta Donzelli, TTB graduate Valérie Bournonville was awarded Best Film of the Year.
  • NON MI UCCIDERE by Andrea de Sica, producer: Interchange graduate Marta Donzelli won the 'Guglielmo Biraghi' Prize for Young Filmmakers.

www.nastridargento.it

 

Greek Iris Awards

  • DIGGER by Georgis Grigorakis, co-producer: EAVE+ graduate Fenia Cossovitsa dominated the Hellenic Film Academy (Helfiac) Iris awards, winning 10 of the 14 awards for which it was nominated, including best film, director, first film and screenplay and cinematography.
  • SOW THE WIND by Danilo Caputo, producers: EAVE graduates Marianne Dumoulin, Konstantina Stavrianou was awarded Best feature film, fiction (Greek minority co-production).

www.screendaily.com

 

Annecy International Animated Film Festival

  • FLEE by Jonas Poher Rasmussen, producers: EAVE graduates Monica Hellstrøm, Signe Byrge Sørensen won the Crystal for Best Feature Film at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival.

www.annecy.org

 

Art Film Fest Kosice

  • OASIS by Ivan Ikic, producers: EAVE graduate and Serbian National Coordinator Milan Stojanovic & EAVE graduate Marija Stojanovic, co-producers: EAVE graduates Miha Cernec, Derk-Jan Warrink, Adis Djapo, EAVE graduate and National Coordinator Bosnia and Herzegovina Amra Baksic-Camo won the Blue Angel for Best Director at the Art Film Fest Kosice
  • PLEASURE by Ninja Thyberg, co-producer: EAVE graduate Leontine Petit was awarded Best Film and Best Actress (Sofia Kappel)
  • SWEAT by Magnus von Horn, producer: EAVE graduate Mariusz Wlodarski received a Special Mention

https://cinepass.sk

 

ZagrebDox

  • THE FIRST 54 YEARS by Avi Mograbi, producers: EAVE graduates Elina Pohjola, Leila Lyytikäinen won the My Generation Award at the International Documentary Film Festival ZagrebDox
  • WAKE UP ON MARS by Dea Gjinovci, producer: EAVE+ and PUENTES graduate Britta Rindelaub received a Special Mention of the Young Jury

http://zagrebdox.net/en/2021/home

 

Biografilm

  • FLEE by Jonas Poher Rasmussen, producers: EAVE graduates Monica Hellstrøm, Signe Byrge Sørensen won Best Film and the Audience Award at the Biografilm Festival Bologna.
  • THE MOLE AGENT by PUENTES graduate Maite Alberdi, co-producers: EAVE graduates Fleur Knopperts, Denis Vaslin, Ingmar Trost won the “Bring The Change” award.

www.biografilm.it

 

Crossing Europe Linz

Three awards for EAVE graduates at Crossing Europe Linz:

  • APPLES by Christos Nikou, producer: B’EST graduate Ales Pavlis, co-producer: EAVE graduate Mariusz Wlodarski associate producer: EAVE+ graduate Antoine Simkine won the Audience Award - Best Fiction Film
  • HER MOTHERS by Asia Der, Sari Haragonics, producer: EAVE graduate Sara Laszlo won the Social Awareness Award - Best Documentary
  • FORCE OF HABIT by Reetta Aalto, Alli Haapasalo, Anna Paavilainen, Kirsikka Saari, Miia Tervo, Elli Toivoniemi, Jenni Toivoniemi, producer: EAVE graduate and Finnish National Coordinatior Elli Toivoniemi won the YAAAS! – Youth Jury Award

www.crossingeurope.at

 

Polish Film Awards

  • I NEVER CRY by Piotr Domalewski, producer: EAVE graduate Jan Kwiecinski won Best Cinematography and Best Supporting Actress (Kinga Preis) at the Polish Film Awards.
  • NEVER GONNA SNOW AGAIN by Malgorzata Szumowska and Michal Englert, producer: EAVE graduate Mariusz Wlodarski was awarded Best Cinematography (ex aequo).

http://pnf.pl

 

European Children’s Film Association

  • MARONA’S FANTASTIC TALE, produced and directed by EAVE graduate Anca Damian, co-producer: EAVE graduate Tomas Leyers was awarded Best European Children’s Film of the Year. Instead of during the Berlinale, the annual awards ceremony of the European Children’s Film Association (ECFA) took place at the Zlin Film Festival this year. The award aims to shine a spotlight on European children’s films and call attention to quality movies for a young audience.

www.ecfaweb.org

 

FIPRESCI India

  • NASIR by Arun Karthick, producers: EAVE graduates Mathivanan Rajendran, Reinier Selen was awarded the Grand Prix 2020 for Best Indian Feature Film of 2020 by FIPRESCI India.

http://strayfactory.com/nasir

 

Molodist Kyiv International Film Festival 

  • EAVE project SPACEBOY by Olivier Pairoux, producer: EAVE graduate Annabella Nezri, co-producer: EAVE graduate Katleen Goossens was awarded Best Film in the Teen Screen Competition at Molodist Kyiv International Film Festival in Ukraine.

https://molodist.com/en

 

Hungarian Motion Picture Awards

  • NATURAL LIGHT by Dénes Nagy, producer: EAVE graduate Sára László, co-producers: EAVE graduate Inese Boka-Grube, EAVE graduate and Hungarian National Coordinator Viktoria Petranyi, EAVE participant and EAVE+ graduate Gints Grube was awarded Best Scriptwriter and Best Costume Design at the Hungarian Motion Picture Awards.

www.filmneweurope.com

 

Short shorts Film Festival & Asia

  • MISSION: HEBRON by Ronda Segal, producer: EAVE graduate Kobi Mizrahi wins Oscar qualifying award for best Documentary short film at Short Shorts film Festival & Asia

https://www.facebook.com/MissionHebron/

 

PRIX Italia

  • SWAN LAKE BATH BALLET  by Corey Baker, producer: EAVE graduate Anne Beresford won the Web Fiction award at Prix Italia

https://coreybakerdance.com/dance/swan-lake-bath-ballet/

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5 EAVE graduates with projects selected for the new co-production Forum WEMW Goes to Russia

WEMW Goes to Russia

26 projects in development – nine international and 17 from Russia, spanning various formats – were participating in WEMW Goes to Russia, the new co-production forum organised by When East Meets West and ROSKINO. The selected projects by EAVE graduates:

  • COLD AS MARBLE by Asif Rustamov, producer: EAVE graduate Guillaume de Seille
  • GAMBIT by Konstantin Bojanov, producer: EAVE graduate Katya Trichkova
  • THE GREAT TRAM ROBBERY by Slobodan Sijan, producer: EAVE graduate Marko Paljic, co-producers: EAVE graduates Borislav Chouckov, Artemio Benki, Rut Oplatkova, Sinisa Juricic, Bostjan Virc
  • I WILL NOT STARVE Umberto Spinazzola, producer: PUENTES participant Alessandro Borrelli
  • OUR FATHER by Goran Stankovic, producer: EAVE graduate Snezana van Houwelingen

www.wemw.it

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EAVE project 200 METERS in French cinemas

In French cinemas

  • THE LAST HILLBILLY by Diane Sara Bouzgarrou, producer: EAVE graduate Jean-Laurent Csinidis. June 9.

www.films-de-force-majeure.com

  • EAVE project 200 METERS by Ameen Nayfeh, producer: EAVE graduate May Odeh. June 23.

https://vimeo.com/user3523674

  • VAURIEN by Peter Dourountzis, producer: EAVE graduate Sebastien Haguenauer. June 23.

www.1015productions.fr

  • SHORTA by Anders Ølholm and Frederik Louis Hviid, producer: EAVE graduate Signe Leick Jensen. June 23.

www.toolboxfilm.dk

  • THE FEVER by Maya Da-Rin, producer: EAVE graduate Leonardo Mecchi, co-producer: EAVE graduate Jonas Dornbach. June 30.

www.komplizenfilm.de

  • SOLO by EAVE graduate Artemio Benki, producers: EAVE graduates Artemio Benki, Arash T. Riahi, Karin Berger. June 30.

www.goldengirls.at

 

 

 In Belgian Cinemas 

  • DRUK (ANOTHER ROUND) by Thomas Vinterberg, co-producers: EAVE graduates Lizette Jonjic, Arnold Heslenfeld, Laurette Schillings & Frans van Gestel. June 2.

www.topkapifilms.nl

  • LITTLE GIRL by Sébastien Lifshitz, co-producer: EAVE graduate Monica Hellström. June 16.

www.finalcutforreal.dk

 

 

 In Austrian cinemas

  • EPICENTRO by Hubert Sauper, producer: EAVE graduate Gabriele Kranzelbinder. June 4.

www.kgp.co.at

  • ROSA’S WEDDING by Iciar Bollain, producer: EAVE graduate, National Coordinator Latin America and PUENTES Head of Studies Fernanda del Nido. June 3.

www.setembrocine.com

  • GLORY TO THE QUEEN by Tatia Skhirtladze, producer: EAVE + graduate Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu. June 3.

www.amourfoufilm.com

  • IF IT WERE LOVE by Patric Chiha, producer: Interchange graduate Charlotte Vincent. June 3.

www.aurorafilms.fr

  • THE TROUBLE WITH BEING BORN by Sandra Wollner, producer: EAVE graduate David Bohun

http://www.panama-film.com

 

 In German cinemas

  • THE THIRD WIFE by Ash Mayfair, producer: TTB graduate Tran Thi Bich Ngoc. June 10.

https://m-appeal.com/catalogue/the-third-wife

  • STOWAWAY by Joe Penna, producer: EAVE+ graduate Jonas Katzenstein. June 24.

www.augenschein-filmproduktion.de

  • PROXIMA by Alice Winocour, co-producer: EAVE graduate Nina Frese. June 24.

www.pandorafilm.com

  • ROSA’S WEDDING by Iciar Bollain, producer: EAVE graduate, National Coordinator Latin America and PUENTES Head of Studies Fernanda del Nido. June 30.

www.setembrocine.com

 

 

 In Spanish cinemas

  • NEVER GONNA SNOW AGAIN by Malgorzata Szumowska and Michal Englert, producer: EAVE graduate Mariusz Wlodarski

www.lavafilms.pl

  • SHORTA by Anders Ølholm and Frederik Louis Hviid, producer: EAVE graduate Signe Leick Jensen. June 4.

www.toolboxfilm.dk

  • EAVE project THE PENULTIMATE by Jonas Kærup Hjort, producer: EAVE graduate Rikke Tambo Andersen, co-producer: EAVE graduate Gary Cranner. June 19.

www.chezville.no

 

 

 In Polish cinemas

  • NEVER GONNA SNOW AGAIN by Malgorzata Szumowska and Michal Englert, producer: EAVE graduate Mariusz Wlodarski. June 4.

           www.lavafilms.pl

  • DRUK (ANOTHER ROUND) by Thomas Vinterberg, co-producers: EAVE graduates Lizette Jonjic, Arnold Heslenfeld, Laurette Schillings & Frans van Gestel. June 11.

  www.topkapifilms.nl

  • ADVENTURES OF A MATHEMATICIAN by Thorsten Klein, producer: EAVE graduate Lena Vurma. June 11.

www.dragonflyfilms.de

  • SWEAT by Magnus von Horn, producer: EAVE graduate Mariusz Wlodarski. June 18.

www.lavafilms.pl

  • APPLES by Christos Nikou, producer: B’EST graduate Ales Pavlis, co-producer: EAVE graduate Mariusz Wlodarski associate producer: EAVE+ graduate Antoine Simkine. June 25.

www.lavafilms.pl

 

 

 In Czech cinemas

  • SHORTA by Anders Ølholm and Frederik Louis Hviid, producer: EAVE graduate Signe Leick Jensen. June 4.

www.toolboxfilm.dk

 

 

 In Greek cinemas

  • THE MAN WHO SOLD HIS SKIN by Kaouther Ben Hania, producers: EAVE graduates Annabella Nezri, Martin Hampel

www.kwassa.be

 

 

 In Finnish cinemas

  • FUCKING WITH NOBODY by Hannaleena Hauru, producer: EAVE graduate Jussi Rantamäki. June 11.

www.aamufilmcompany.fi

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17 films by EAVE graduates selected for Shanghai IFF

Krakow Film Festival (May 30 – June 6)

  • INVINCIBLE by Tom Kolinski, producer: EAVE graduate Lukasz Dzieciol
  • THE RED RING by EAVE graduate Joonas Berghäll
  • WALK WITH ANGELS by Tomasz Wysokinski, producer: EAVE graduate Piotr Kobus
  • WHEN WE WERE BULLIES by Jay Rosenblatt, producer: EAVE graduate Stefano Tealdi

www.krakowfilmfestival.pl

 

 Philadelphia Latino Film Festival (May 30 - June 6)

  • A COLOMBIAN FAMILY by Tanja Wol, producer:  EAVE graduate Rikke Tambo Andersen

 

Crossing Europe Festival Linz (June 1 –6)

  • 5 OCTOBER by Martin Kollar, producer: EAVE graduate Jiri Konecny
  • ACASA, MY HOME by Radu Ciorniciuc, producer: EAVE graduate Monica Lazurean-Gorgan
  • ALL-IN! by Volkan Üce, producer: EAVE graduate Emmy Oost
  • APPLES by Christos Nikou, producer: B’EST graduate Ales Pavlis, co-producer: EAVE graduate Mariusz Wlodarski, associate producer: EAVE graduate Antoine Simkine
  • COLLECTIVE by Alexander Nanau, producer: EAVE graduate and Luxembourgish National Coordinator Bernard Michaux
  • EDEN by Agnes Kocsis, producer: EAVE graduate Oana Giurgiu
  • EXILE by Visar Morina, producers: EAVE graduates Jonas Dornbach, Jean-Yves Roubin, Valon Bajgora
  • GARAGE PEOPLE by Natalija Yefimkina, producer: EAVE graduate Dirk Decker
  • HER MOTHERS by Asia Der, Sari Haragonics, producer: EAVE graduate Sara Laszlo
  • KALA AZAR by Janis Rafa, producer: EAVE graduate and Greek National Coordinator Konstantinos Kontovrakis
  • MADE IN ASH by Iveta Grofova, producer: EAVE graduate Jiri Konecny
  • OASIS by Ivan Ikic, producers: EAVE graduate and Serbian National Coordinator Milan Stojanovic & EAVE graduate Marija Stojanovic, co-producers: EAVE graduates Miha Cernec, Derk-Jan Warrink, Adis Djapo, EAVE graduate and National Coordinator Bosnia and Herzegovina Amra Baksic-Camo
  • PARI by Siamak Etemadi, producers: EAVE graduate Konstantinos Kontovrakis, EAVE + graduate Giorgos Karnavas, co-producers: EAVE graduates Borislav Chouchkov, Laurette Schillings, Frans van Gestel, Dan Wechsler
  • PROXIMA by Alice Winocour, co-producer: EAVE graduate Nina Frese
  • RÄUBERHÄNDE by Ilker Catak, producers: EAVE graduates Martin Heisler, Gabriele Simon
  • SWEAT by Magnus von Horn, producer: EAVE graduate Mariusz Wlodarski

www.crossingeurope.at

 

Oslo Pix (June 2 – 6)

  • ACASA, MY HOME by Radu Ciorniciuc, producer: EAVE graduate Monica Lazurean-Gorgan
  • QUO VADIS‚ AIDA? by Jasmila Zbanic, producer: EAVE graduate Cristian Nicolescu  
  • SCHOOLGIRLS by Pilar Palomero, producer: EAVE+ graduate Valérie Delpierre
  • SWEAT by Magnus von Horn, producer: EAVE graduate Mariusz Wlodarski

http://oslopix.no

 

International Film Festival Rotterdam (June 2 – 6)

  • EAVE project LOOKING FOR VENERA by Norika Sefa, producer: EAVE graduate Besnik Krapi
  • FAN GIRL by Antoinette Jadaone, producer: TTB group leader and National Coordinator Asia Bianca Balbuena
  • FARAWAY MA SHADOW WANDERED by Liao Jiekai and Sudhee Liao, producer: TTB graduate Jeremy Chua
  • FUCKING WITH NOBODY by Hannaleena Hauru, producer: EAVE graduate Jussi Rantamäki
  • PALMA by Alexe Poukine, producer: EAVE graduate Benoit Roland
  • QUO VADIS‚ AIDA? by Jasmila Zbanic, producer: EAVE graduate Cristian Nicolescu 
  • THE DINOSAUR by Veikko Aaltonen, producers: EAVE graduates Mark Lwoff, Misha Jaari
  • THE PHILOSOPHY OF HORROR - A SYMPHONY OF FILM THEORY by Peter Lichter and Bori Maté, producer: EAVE graduate Dora Nedeczky

https://iffr.com

 

Sheffield Doc/Fest  (June 4 – 13)

  • JUST A MOVEMENT by Vincent Meessen, producer: EAVE graduate Geneviève de Bauw
  • THE RETURN: LIFE AFTER ISIS by EAVE graduate Alba Sotorra Clua
  • THE WOLRD OF MINDFULNESS by Ying Liang, producer: TTB graduate Jeremy Chua
  • WHEN WE WERE BULLIES by Jay Rosenblatt, producer: EAVE graduate Stefano Tealdi

http://sheffdocfest.com

 

Biografilm Bologna (June 4 – 14)

  • ALL-IN by Volkan Üce, producer: EAVE graduate Emmy Oost
  • ARICA by Lars Edman and William Johansson Kalén, co-producer: EAVE participant Hanne Phlypo
  • FAITH AND BRANKO by Catherine Harte, producer: EAVE graduate Snezana Van Houwelingen
  • GENERATION UTØYA by EAVE graduate Sigve Endresen
  • ONCE UPON A TIME IN VENEZUELA by Anabel Rodriguez Rios, producer: EAVE graduate Arash T. Riahi
  • SI LE VENT TOMBE by Nora Matryosian, producer: EAVE graduate Annabella Nezri
  • THE LAST SHELTER by Ousmane Samassekou, producer: EAVE graduate Estelle Robin You
  • THE MOLE AGENT by PUENTES graduate Maite Alberdi, co-producers: EAVE graduates Fleur Knopperts, Denis Vaslin, Ingmar Trost 

www.biografilm.it

 

Diagonale – Festival of Austrian Film (June 8 – 13)

  • ANOTHER COIN FOR THE MERRY-GO-ROUND by Hannes Starz, producers: EAVE graduates Gabriele Kranzelbinder, Barbara Pichler
  • FOX IN A HOLE by Arman T. Riahi, producers: EAVE graduates Arash T. Riahi, Karin C. Berger
  • WHY NOT YOU (HOCHWALD) by Evi Romen, producer: EAVE + graduate Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu
  • MADISON by Kim Strobl, producer: EAVE graduate Danny Krausz
  • ME, WE by David Clay Diaz, producer: EAVE graduate Antonin Svoboda
  • QUO VADIS‚ AIDA? by Jasmila Zbanic, producer: EAVE graduate Cristian Nicolescu 
  • SARGNAGEL by Sabine Hiebler, Gerhard Ertl, producer: EAVE graduate Arash T. Riahi
  • THE BUBBLE by Valerie Blankenbyl, producers: EAVE graduates Dario Schoch, Karin C. Berger, Arash T. Riahi
  • EPICENTRO by Hubert Sauper, producer: EAVE graduate Gabriele Kranzelbinder
  • EVA-MARIA by Lukas Ladner, producer: EAVE graduate Arash T. Riahi, Sabine Gruber
  • GLORY TO THE QUEEN by Tatia Skhirtladze
  • ONCE UPON A TIME IN VENEZUELA by Anabel Rodriguez Rios, producer: EAVE graduate Arash T. Riahi
  • SOLDAT AHMET by Jannis Lenz, producer: EAVE graduate David Bohun
  • IF IT WERE LOVE by Patric Chiha, producer: Interchange graduate Charlotte Vincent

www.diagonale.at

 

Midnight Sun Film Festival Helsinki (June 17 – 21)

  • FATHER by Srdan Golubovic, producers: EAVE group leader Danijel Hocevar, EAVE graduate Adis Djapo, EAVE graduate and National Coordinator Bosnia-Herzegovina Amra Baksic Camo  
  • NEVER GONNA SNOW AGAIN by Malgorzata Szumowska and Michal Englert, producer: EAVE graduate Mariusz Wlodarski  
  • SWEAT by Magnus von Horn, producer: EAVE graduate Mariusz Wlodarski
  • TOVE by Zaida Bergroth, producer: EAVE graduate Aleksi Bardy
  • ZOMBI CHILD by Bertrand Bonello, producer: Interchange graduate Judith Lou Lévy www.msfilmfestival.fi

 

Shanghai International Film Festival (June 11 – 20)

  • AN IMPOSSIBLE PROJECT by EAVE graduate Jens Meurer, producer: EAVE graduate Jens Meurer
  • APPLES by Christos Nikou, producer: B’EST graduate Ales Pavlis, co-producer: EAVE graduate Mariusz Wlodarski, associate producer: EAVE graduate Antoine Simkine
  • ERNA AT WAR by Henrik Ruben Genz, producers: EAVE graduates Sébastian Delloye and Esko Rips
  • FOX IN A HOLE by Arman T. Riahi, producers: EAVE graduates Arash T. Riahi, Karin C. Berger
  • HOME by Franka Potente, producer: EAVE+ graduate Jonas Katzenstein
  • HUMAN FACTORS by Ronny Trocker, producers: EAVE graduate Katrin Pors, TTB graduate Mikkel Jersin
  • I NEVER CRY by Piotr Domalewski, producer: EAVE graduate Jan Kwiecinski
  • LIFE OF IVANNA by Renato Borrayo Serrano, producer: EAVE graduate Pertti Veijalainen
  • MAGIC MOUNTAINS by Urszula Antoniak, producer: EAVE graduate Floor Onrust
  • MISS MARX by Susanna Nicchiarelli, producer: Interchange graduate Marta Donzelli, TTB graduate Valérie Bournonville
  • MOON, 66 QUESTIONS by Jacqueline Lentzou, producer: EAVE graduate Fenia Cossovitsa
  • NATURAL LIGHT by Dénes Nagy, co-producers: EAVE graduates Viktoria Petranyi, EAVE participant Gints Grube
  • NEVER GONNA SNOW AGAIN by Malgorzata Szumowska and Michal Englert, producer: EAVE graduate Mariusz Wlodarski 
  • QUO VADIS‚ AIDA? by Jasmila Zbanic, producer: EAVE graduate Cristian Nicolescu 
  • THE DAWN by Dalibor Matanic, producer: EAVE group leader and Croatian National Coordinator Ankica Juric Tilic
  • ULBOLSYN by Adilkhan Yerzhanov, producer: EAVE graduate Guillaume de Seille
  • VAURIEN by Peter Dourountzis, producer: EAVE graduate Sebastien Haguenauer

www.siff.com

 

International Documentary Film Festival ZagrebDox (June 13 – 20)

  • FLEE by Jonas Poher Rasmussen, producers: EAVE graduates Monica Hellstrøm, Signe Byrge Sørensen
  • GARAGE PEOPLE by Natalija Yefimkina, producer: EAVE graduate Dirk Decker
  • THE FIRST 54 YEARS by Avi Mograbi, producers: EAVE graduates Elina Pohjola, Leila Lyytikäinen
  • THE MOLE AGENT by PUENTES graduate Maite Alberdi, co-producers: EAVE graduates Fleur Knopperts, Denis Vaslin, Ingmar Trost
  • WAKE UP ON MARS by Dea Gjinovci, producer: EAVE+ and PUENTES graduate Britta Rindelaub

http://zagrebdox.net

 

Festival of Mediterranian Film Split (June 17 – 26)

  • DO NOT HESITATE by Shariff Korver, producers: EAVE graduates Leontine Petit and Konstantinos Kontovrakis
  • EAVE project 200 METERS by Ameen Nayfeh, producer: EAVE graduate May Odeh
  • NIGHT OF THE KINGS by Philippe Lacôte, producer: EAVE+ graduate Yanick Létourneau

http://fmfs.hr/en/

 

Art Film Fest Kosice (June 23 – 27)

  • FOX IN A HOLE by Arman T. Riahi, producers: EAVE graduates Arash T. Riahi, Karin C. Berger
  • OASIS by Ivan Ikic, producers: EAVE graduate and Serbian National Coordinator Milan Stojanovic & EAVE graduate Marija Stojanovic, co-producers: EAVE graduates Miha Cernec, Derk-Jan Warrink, Adis Djapo, EAVE graduate and National Coordinator Bosnia and Herzegovina Amra Baksic-Camo
  • PLEASURE by Ninja Thyberg, co-producer: EAVE graduate Leontine Petit
  • QUO VADIS‚ AIDA? by Jasmila Zbanic, producer: EAVE graduate Cristian Nicolescu 
  • SWEAT by Magnus von Horn, producer: EAVE graduate Mariusz Wlodarski
  • VAURIEN by Peter Dourountzis, producer: EAVE graduate Sebastien Haguenauer

https://cinepass.sk

 

Thessaloniki Documentary Festival (June 24 – July 4)

  • ANAMNESIS by Chris Wright, Stefan Kolbe, producer: EAVE graduate Heino Deckert
  • LOST FLOWERS by Fabrizio Maltese, producer: EAVE graduate Stéphan Roelants
  • LUCHADORAS by Paola Calvo & Patrick Jasim, co-producer: EAVE graduate Ingmar Trost
  • MIGUEL’S WAR by Eliane Raheb, producer: EAVE graduate Felipe Lage Coro
  • THE BUBBLE by Valerie Blankenbyl, producer: EAVE graduate Dario Schoch

www.filmfestival.gr/en

 

Festival La Rochelle Cinéma (Fema) (June 25 – July 4)

  • AFERIM! by Radu Jude, producer: EAVE graduate & Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon
  • BAD LUCK BANGING OR LOONY PORN by Radu Jude, producers: EAVE graduate and Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon, EAVE group leader and Croation National Coordinator Ankica Juric Tilic, EAVE graduates Paul Thiltges, Adrien Chef, Jiri Konecny, associate producer: EAVE graduate Dan Wechsler
  • COLLECTIVE by Alexander Nanau, producer: EAVE graduate and Luxembourgish National Coordinator Bernard Michaux
  • EARTH by Nikolaus Geyrhalter, producer: EAVE graduate and group leader Michael Kitzberger
  • GOLDA MARIA by EAVE group leader Patrick Sobelman
  • IVANA THE TERRIBLE by Ivana Mladenovic, producer: EAVE graduate and Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon
  • THE EXIT OF THE TRAINS by Radu Jude, producer: EAVE graduate and Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon
  • THE MAN WHO SOLD HIS SKIN by Kaouther Ben Hania, producers: EAVE graduates Annabella Nezri, Martin Hampel
  • UNE VIE DÈMENTE by Ann Sirot, Raphaël Balboni, producer: EAVE graduate Julie Esparbes
  • UPPERCASE PRINT by Radu Jude, producer: EAVE graduate and Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon

https://festival-larochelle.org

 

Tribeca Film Festival New York (June 9 – 20)

  • BRIGHTON 4TH by Levan Koguashvili, producer: EAVE graduate Olena Yershova
  • DO NOT HESITATE by Shariff Korver, producer: EAVE graduate Leontine Petit, co-producers: EAVE graduate and Greek National Coordinator Konstantinos Kontovrakis, EAVE+ graduate Giorgos Karnavas
  • KUBRICK BY KUBRICK by Gregory Monro, producer: TTB graduate Jeremy Zelnik

https://tribecafilm.com

 

Festivals cancelled or postponed

  • Transilvania International Film Festival, postponed to July 23 – August 1

https://tiff.ro

 

  • Sydney Film Festival, postponed to August 18 – 29

http://sff.org.au

 

  • Brussels International Film Festival, postponed to September 1 –11

www.briff.be

 

  • Internationales Filmfest Emden Norderney, postponed to October 6 – 13

www.filmfest-emden.de

 

  • Taipei Film Festival, postponed to September 23 – October 7

https://www.taipeiff.taipei

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MEET EAVE IN JULY!

@TIES THAT BIND/FOCUS ASIA, June 29 - July 2, Udine (IT)

EAVE CEO Kristina Trapp, EAVE Coordinator Tanika Sajatovic

@CANNES FILM FESTIVAL, July 9-13, Cannes (FR)

EAVE CEO Kristina Trapp, EAVE Programme Manager Europe Satu Elo

@EAVE Producers Workshop 2, July 19-26, Orléans (FR)

EAVE CEO Kristina Trapp, EAVE Head of Studies Lise Lense-Møller, EAVE Programme Manager Europe Satu Elo

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EAVE Yoga Corner

Dear EAVE Yogis!

It’s time for HOLIDAYS and I wish to thank you for practising yoga with me this year!

It’s been a crazy year and we all deserve super relaxing holidays break!

 

I’ll be back on the yoga mat from August 9 onwards.

Here comes my NEW schedule for ONLINE yoga from August on:

 

THURSDAYS: 08:15 – 08:55 CEST

THURSDAYS: 19:30 – 21:00 CEST

 

Discounted price for the EAVE graduates:

  • 50 Euro for a 10-class card (40 min)
  • 100 Euro for a 10-class card (90 min)

 

Please register by email: yogatanika@gmail.com

Thanks!

 

If you wish to practice during your holidays, here comes the link to my FREE YOGA VIDEOS.

 

Enjoy your holidays and hope to see you again in August!

 

Namaste,

Tanika

 

More info:

https://www.yogatanika.de/

https://www.facebook.com/yogatanika/

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Call for applications: EAVE Producers Workshop 2022

EAVE, European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs, is one of the leading training and development providers for producers in Europe, renowned for its EAVE Producers Workshop.

  Who is it for?

EAVE is aimed at producers (fiction, documentary and TV series), who are already working in the film and television industries who wish to expand their operation internationally by increasing their knowledge of producing and co-producing in Europe and by building up a pan European professional network. We also welcome applications from associated branches of the industry – e.g. commissioning, funding, legal and finance, festivals & markets, media administration. Each year fifty participants are selected from most of the EU countries and beyond and take part in three one-week long workshops.

  How does it work?

Half the participants attend the course with projects and it is an excellent means of development through intense focus on the project with colleagues and experts throughout the year. The other half come to EAVE in order to focus on developing their companies or careers. Most participants attending with a project also bring their writer for the first two weeks which enables producer and writer to benefit together from one-to-one sessions with script experts.

During the first two workshops, participants work within groups led by experienced producers and with several experts on script analysis, development and production financing, legal aspects of co-production, marketing, pitching, packaging and more. In the third workshop 60-70 Decision Makers (commissioning editors, national and regional media funds, sales agents, etc.) join the participants to discuss the projects, companies and careers of the participants, a process which offers unusual access to Europe's Decision Makers. 

EAVE graduates join a unique network of active European producers which forms one of the backbones of the industry. Furthermore, EAVE participants and members benefit from our partnerships with the leading European film festivals and markets where EAVE facilitates graduate participation. 

  Timeline

The interviews with a pre-selection of candidates will take place in autumn 2021 and the selection will be announced in December 2021. The 3 workshops take place in March 4-11, 2022 in Luxembourg (LU), June 10-17, 2022 in Pärnu (EE), and October 2022 in Barcelona (ES).

  EAVE MARKETING BUDDIES PROGRAMME

The EAVE Marketing Workshop participants are joined every year by selected graduates of the renowned EAVE Producers Workshop, who have trained over one year as specialized marketing professionals.

EAVE is a residential workshop programme with a strong focus on network building. Should local travel restrictions occur, alternative digital solutions will be proposed.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: August 23, 2021

Check out www.eave.org or contact satu@eave.org for more information.

Application form: https://eave.org/apply/pw22

To find out more, click here to read EXCLUSIVE Interview with EAVE Head of Studies Lise Lense-Møller about the selection for the EAVE 2021 Producers Workshop.

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EAVE MARKETING WORKSHOP 2021 - OPEN CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Apply now to EAVE Marketing Workshop 2021!

The call for applications for the next edition of EAVE Marketing Workshop is now open until July 7, 2021

The 2021 edition will take place in Luxembourg, from October 5-10, 2021.

 

EAVE offers a tailor-made workshop embracing the importance of marketing techniques and Audience-centered strategies. Co-Heads of Studies Alya Belgaroui-Degalet and Sarah Calderón have designed a unique programme where participants are collectively working on the group’s projects more than half of the time. Inspired by the EAVE sharing pedagogy, Design Thinking techniques and visual, tangible and ludic exercises, the sessions are equally creative, innovative and strategic. The result is a hands-on approach with concrete tools that anyone can apply immediately within their own team in today’s and tomorrow’s industry. This casual way of learning facilitates network and community building across countries from all over the world.

 

 An important place for digital marketing

Now, more than ever, digital strategies are gaining importance in the audiovisual market. Although digital, innovation and new windows have always been crucial at this workshop, in 2021 we are taking it a step further: we will involve more digital-oriented sessions, more online and hybrid case studies and a handful of forward-thinking social media examples that are linked to the new digital era.

 

The 30 carefully selected participants will have a full overview of the actual marketing trades in terms of targeting and positioning from international sales strategies to national release and also generating awareness all across the release process including festivals.

“I have already seen that my confidence in sharing my ideas with my team when we work on marketing materials on new titles is much stronger. I also have now the confidence to search for inspiration and benchmark from other films.”

Antigoni Papantoni, Heretic Outreach, Greece

 

Participants can apply without a project, or with a project in advanced development, pre-production and post-production to work with cutting-edge marketing specialists, such as Alya Belgaroui-Degalet (Wild Bunch – international sales marketing) and Sarah Calderon (The Film Agency – marketing consultant) as Heads of Studies and contributors like Michael Arnon (Wolf Consultants – PR), Boris Pugnet (former Head of Marketing at Le Pacte / Editor at Turn Right), Wendy Mitchell (Screen International, UK) and others to come. These cherry-picked experts go beyond their own field of marketing and get involved in other experts sessions sharing their complementary experience.

 

“The workshop helped me to put my daily job into perspective and gave me food for thoughts, good practices for future improvements, developments and experiments. It was also great to connect with people with very different backgrounds in the industry."

Mathilde Martin, Charades, France

The workshop is targeted at producers as well as professionals working in sales, distribution and marketing departments. We also welcome applications from related areas of the industry (e.g. regional and national funding institutions, film festivals and markets etc.) and from relevant trainers and consultants who want to innovate in their marketing techniques. The two groups that will be working during the entire workshop are balanced in terms of all the above-mentioned trades of the film industry in order to nourish as much as possible the different perspectives.

 

EAVE MARKETING BUDDIES PROGRAMME

The EAVE Marketing Workshop participants are joined every year by selected graduates of the renowned EAVE Producers Workshop, who have trained over one year as specialized marketing professionals.

 

ONGOING PARTNERSHIPS

EAVE is also proud to announce ongoing steady partnerships. We will select participants from, M:brane, Thessaloniki Crossroads, LA INCUBADORA. Members of CICAE, Europa International, Europa Distribution and EuroVOD as well as EAVE graduates will benefit of special discounts.

 

The workshop will take place in Luxembourg in October 5-10, 2021, in partnership with Film Fund Luxembourg. 

Deadline for submissions: July 7

 

Click here to start your application!

For further information, please contact your EAVE team: marketing@eave.org

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LA FABRIQUE CINÉMA 2021 invites EAVE Producers to meet the selected projects

We are pleased to present the 10 projects selected for La Fabrique cinéma de l’Institut français 2021 - including two projects developed at EAVE workshops:

 

AFRICA

Gabon -  EAVE project FRESCOS OF THE FORGOTTEN (LES FRESQUES DES OUBLIÉS)

by Amédée Pâcome Nkoulou, fiction, 1st feature film, produced by EAVE graduate Samantha Biffot / Princesse M Productions

Coproduction with France (Les films du Bilboquet) and Netherlands (Revolver Films)

South Africa - FLESH OF MY FLESH

by Matthys Boshoff, fiction, 2nd feature film, produced by Jozua Malherbe / Make Stuff Machine

Coproduction with Norway (Ape&Bjorn)

 

LATIN AMERICA

Argentina - ELDER SON

by Cecilia Kang, fiction, 1st feature film, produced by Juan Pablo Miller / Tarea Fina

Coproduction with Paraguay (Sabate Films)

Colombia - ALIS

by Clare Weiskopf, documentary, 2nd feature film, produced by EAVE graduate Nicolas Van Hemelryck / Casatarantula

Coproduction with Romania (DeFilm), Denmark (Magic Hour Films), Chile (Pantalla Cine)

Costa Rica - IF WE DON’T BURN

by Kim Torres, fiction, 1st feature film, produced by Alejandra Vargas Carballo / Noche Negra Producciones

Coproduction with France (Les films du clan) and Mexico (Cine Feral)

Cuba - FALLEN

by Damian Sainz Edwards, fiction, 1st feature film, produced by Viana González / Autonauta Films

 

ASIA

IndIa - SOLO (EKA)

by Suman Sen, fiction, 1st feature film, produced by Arifur Rahman / Goopy Bagha Productions (Bangladesh)

coproduction with France (DW)

Philippines - TIES THAT BIND project DANCING THE TIDES

by Xeph Suarez, fiction, 1st feature film, produced by TTB graduate Alemberg Ang / Daluyong Studios

 

NEAR AND MIDDLE EAST

Afghanistan - KABUL MELODY (MÉLODIE DE KABOUL)

by and produced by Sahra Mani, documentary, 2nd feature film / Afghanistan Doc House

Egypt - THE MISSING PLANET

by Marouan Omara (and Tom Rosenberg), documentary, 2nd feature film, produced by Mark Lofty / Fig Leaf Studios

Coproduction with Germany (Die Gesellschaft DGS)

 

You will find attached the project files.

Given the particular circumstances of this year, depending on your availability and the participants’, whether or not who is coming to Cannes, we can organize meetings online, before or after the Cannes festival, or in person in Cannes.

Video-pitches of the projects are also available on demand (They are not available on the website yet because we will make a live pitching session in Cannes on Sunday the 11th that will be broadcasted on the Marché du Film online)

You can contact the coordinators of La Fabrique Cinéma to have more information about the projects and to organize a 1 to 1 (e-)meeting:  Severine Roinssard: severine@paratifilms.com - Camille Ferrero: ferrerocamille@gmail.com

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TIES THAT BIND 2021 - OPEN CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

Apply now for TIES THAT BIND 2021!

The call for applications for the next edition of TIES THAT BIND Asia - Europe Co-Production Workshop in 2021 is now open until 23 August 2021.

We are very proud to announce the latest success stories of projects developed through TTB and by TTB graduates in Cannes 2021:

CANNES COMPETITION

  • THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD by Joachim Trier, co-producers: TTB graduate Mikkel Jersin and EAVE graduate Katrin Pors
  • THE STORY OF MY WIFE by Ildikó Enyedi; co-producers: TTB graduate Flaminio Zadra and EAVE graduate Jonas Dornbach

UN CERTAIN REGARD

  • TTB project MONEYBOYS by C.B. Yi, developed by Ebba Sinzinger, producer: EAVE graduate Barbara Pichler, co-producers: TTB graduate Guillaume de la Boulaye and TTB expert Patrick Mao Huang. World sales by TTB graduate Bérénice Vincent.
  • THE INNOCENTS by Eskil Vogt, producers: TTB & EAVE graduate Mark Lwoff and EAVE graduate Misha Jaari, co-producers: TTB graduate Mikkel Jersin and EAVE graduate Katrin Pors, EAVE graduate Lizette Jonjic
  • WOMAN DO CRY by Mina Mileva and Vesela Kazakova, producer: TTB & EAVE graduate Vesela Kazakova, co-producer: TTB Head of Studies Christophe Bruncher
  • REHANA MARYAM NOOR by Abdullah Mohammad Saad, producer: TTB graduate Jeremy Chua

SEMAINE DE LA CRITIQUE

  • SMALL BODY by Laura Samani, producer: TTB & EAVE graduate Nadia Trevisan, co-producer: EAVE group leader Danijel Hocevar

LA FABRIQUE CINEMAS DU MONDE

  • TTB project DANCING THE TIDES by Xeph Suarez, producer: TTB graduate Alemberg Ang

ATELIER CINEFONDATION

  • TTB project MANDAI RIVER by Michael I. Serwandono, producer: TTB, PUENTES, EAVE & EAVE+ graduate Raymond van der Kaaij

What is TTB?

TIES THAT BIND is the leading training programme for European-Asian co-production. The participants will work with top-notch industry professionals from both continents. The sessions will focus on script development, co-production between Asia and Europe, public and private financing in the two regions, pitching, marketing and distribution. They will meet leading Asian and European sales agents, funders and potential co-producers during the Southeast Asian Film Financing (SAFF) Forum in Singapore and the FOCUS ASIA in Udine.

Target Group

TTB is targeted at European & Asian producers focusing on project development. We will select 5 European and 5 Asian producers. In addition to feature fiction films, we are open to TV series or animation fiction films in development. We encourage you to bring your directors to the workshop.

We also welcome applications of European professionals interested in working with Asia such as sales agents, financiers, distributors, festival programmers, co-production market representatives, or European producers who wish to focus on their career development. We will select 5 career participants to be an active part of the group. In order to benefit from all aspects of the programme, they will be able to partner with project participants and attend the meetings with the experts and decision makers together.

2 Workshops

Workshop 1 will take place at the end of November/ beginning of December 2021 in Singapore (TBC) during the Southeast Asian Film Financing (SAFF) Forum & Asia TV Forum & Market.

Workshop 2 will take place at the end of April/ beginning of May 2022 in Udine, Italy, within the framework of the Udine Far East Film Festival & FOCUS ASIA.

“TIES THAT BIND offers a terrific way of learning and seeing things from another perspective in collaboration with skilled and experienced professionals from different territories with a relevant experience in their own industry.”

Geremia Biagiotti, Intramovies (IT), Ties That Bind 2020

“TIES THAT BIND is a great way for Asian and European producers to meet and learn from each other. It's also a huge help in shaping and forming my project to meet the needs of the international market.”

Alemberg Ang, Daluyong Studios (PH), Ties That Bind 2020

Find out all about the target group, the application criteria and regulations on the EAVE website:  https://eave.org/programmes/ties-that-bind-2021

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: 23 August 2021

The selection will be made by a selection committee and will be announced by the middle of October 2021.

TIES THAT BIND is organised by the 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. TIES THAT BIND is held in conjunction with Asia TV Forum & Market and ScreenSingapore.

For more information please contact:

EAVE Coordinator - Tanika Sajatovic: tanika@eave.org

www.eave.org, www.tiesthatbind.eu

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EAVE+ workshop on running sustainable film companies – apply for the September edition!

Applications are now open until June 22, 2021 for the 11th edition of EAVE+!

EAVE+ offers 15 producers the opportunity to discuss their company structures and management practices together with high-profile industry experts during 4 days to tackle the business side of running a film company.

The upcoming edition will focus on company sustainability and how to reinvent yourself in times of crisis. Under the title ‘transforming companies’ we will feature a series of company case studies and inspiring new business models and tackle the role of the producer as a leader.

Together with top-notch experts, we will also explore topics such as cashflow management, company strategies, negotiation with financiers and partners, and raising finance from investors and how to create viable business models for the future.

The workshop is led by EAVE+ Head of Studies Jani Thiltges (Samsa Film, LU). Other experts include Linda Beath (Ideal Filmworks, IT), Marc Bordure (AGAT FILMS & Cie / Ex Nihilo, FR), Michael Comyn (The Time Signal Limited, IE), Jonas Katzenstein (augenschein Filmproduktion, DE), Petri Kemppinen (Aurora Studios, FI), Katriel Schory (IL) and Ada Solomon (HI FILM, RO).

EAVE+ will take place during September 21-26, 2021 in Luxembourg.

« EAVE+ gives your company the necessary tools and information to identify your company's biggest assets and to get them ready for the ever-changing market place. »

Mauro Mueller, Fidelio Films, Mexico, EAVE+ 2020

Applications are open for independent producers with a solid track record and international experience from Europe and the rest of the world until June 22, 2021. 

The programme is designed for producers who have been running their own company for five years + and/or who have worked five years + at senior management level in another company. We strongly recommend that two individuals at senior management level attend from each company

The workshop will tackle topics such as: How to grow as a company? How to reinvent yourself in times of crisis? 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? 

EAVE consultant Linda Beath 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 Time Signal Limited, IE) will work on the individual leadership qualities and resilience in private coaching sessions.

Katriel Schory (IL) will explore the role of the producer as a leader when it comes to the creative team, but also their own companies and businesses.

Transforming Companies, new business models and company constellations will be one of the main topics throughout the workshop, that we will explore via a number of inspiring company case studies by Jonas Katzenstein (augenschein Filmproduktion, DE), Petri Kemppinen (Aurora Studios, FI), Marc Bordure (AGAT.., FR) and Ada Solomon (HI FILM, RO).

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.

For more information, please visit the EAVE+ page or contact satu@eave.org

Apply here: www.eave.org/apply/eaveplusform-21

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Call for EAVE Producers - Focus Asia 2021

Dear EAVE graduates,

We are very pleased to inform you that all EAVE graduates are invited to register for free to the upcoming hybrid edition of Focus Asia, taking place in Udine from June 30, to July 2, 2021. In case you wish to join the event on-site the festival can offer to a limited number of producers a partial travel reimbursement and 3-night hotel accommodation. 

Due to the restricted capacity of the venues FOCUS ASIA will be able to confirm the participation of invited guests on a first come first served basis, so we encourage you to confirm your presence at your earliest convenience.

All the on-site & online participants will have the chance to join a rich and exciting programme including the following initiatives targeting international producers:

1.      All Genres Project Market & EAVE Ties That Bind showcase >> the special platform dedicated to upcoming high-quality feature films in development with co-production or co-financing potential either with Europe or Asia  

2.      ASIAN GATES >> a series of lectures and case studies developed in partnership with EAVE Ties That Bind and EFP on Asia-Europe co-production and distribution strategies of European films in Asia

3.      THE ASIAN DISTRIBUTION LANDSCAPE >> 4 Asian distributors will share insights on the recent trends of distribution in the fragmented Asian market

The programme will also feature a series of case studies, one to one meetings and networking activities to bring closer all our Asian and European participants.

If you are interested in participating on site or online, please contact Elena at focusasia@cecudine.org before June 12, 2021.

It would be indeed great if many of you could join us both physically and virtually!

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Creative Producers Indaba’s second workshop full of highlights

The Creative Producer Indaba is a year-long professional development programme for film producers offered by Realness Institute, in partnership with EAVE, International Film Festival Rotterdam’s IFFR Pro and the Sundance Institute. This yearly fellowship, holding its second virtual workshop, is hosting 17 participants from Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Kenya, Mozambique, Netherlands, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, USA and Sierra Leon.

“At Indaba, we are not only training creative producers, but we are also training leaders that will help build the change they want to see in their local markets by equipping them with the skills and tools they need to sustain a career in film,” said African group leader and Realness Institute co-founder, EAVE participant Mehret Mandefro who moderated Indaba’s Opening Assembly that took place on Tuesday 1 June. She hosted a conversation on leadership, one of the guests in conversation with Mandefro was Vanja Kalujercic, the festival director of International Film Festival in Rotterdam (IFFR), who spoke about the influence of Covid on IFFR and their partners: “We believe that the disruptions Covid-19 has caused have created space and momentum for the industry at large including cultural institutions to reinvent themselves.”

The second guest during the opening assembly was Nkiru Balonwu, a strategic communication and stakeholder specialist from Nigeria and Creative Director of The Africa Soft Power Project, who spoke on how film can be used as an influential instrument: “Films are the most powerful tool we have to reshape perceptions about Africa.”

The Creative Producer Indaba was created to provide professional training and hone the leadership skills of tenacious producers committed to telling African stories. In this spirit, this conversation is one of the highlights in the program as the guests discussed what it means to be a leader and how to best make the case for investing in the creative and cultural sector as a way of building a more prosperous future for Africa.

Through plenary sessions, masterclasses, case studies and one-on-one meetings with assigned mentors, the selected participants address project development and planning, project financing, PR and marketing, leadership and advocacy. Other highlights the participants attended included a marketing masterclass facilitated by the Executive Director of CinemaChile, EAVE graduate Constanza Arena: “Most producers are mostly focused on financing, dealing with the talents, directors requests and the scripts. They postpone the thinking of audiences for the post-production stage and that is something we want to change".

Another highlight included an international sales masterclass facilitated by the head of Acquisitions at Memento Films International, Sata Cissokho and Naima Abed, who is the producer at Paradise City, an affiliate of Memento International.

Other film industry professionals that were hosting sessions were producer and co-founder of Banshee films, Delphine Jaquet, Jamaican-American producer and lawyer Rob Maylor and film producer and EAVE graduate Cait Pansegrouw. Jaquet will, among other sessions, presented a case study on the financing of the Ivory Coast Oscar-shortlisted Night of the Kings by Philippe Lacôte, which she produced. Pansegrouw presented a case study on the marketing of the award-winning Lesotho set drama This is not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection by Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese. The workshops continued until 10 June and the participants have also participated in group sessions, focused on their personal career growth.

In addition to providing professional training and career growth, Creative Producer Indaba aims to be a forum for rethinking business models for content creation in Africa, while also exploring more equitable frameworks for collaboration between the continent and the global North. As part of the program, the producers are also spending time exploring peership and laying the foundations for a continent-wide producer’s network.

It has been an incredible experience to be able to truly fellowship with other producers, who are going to similar challenges. We have been sharing our stories and learning from different case studies that really inspired us to start thinking about innovative and creative approaches to financing, releasing, and distributing films.” says participating producer Toni Kamau from Kenya and producer at We Are Not the Machine.

Establishing a solid community of producers in Africa is an outcome that will be a critical for the program’s sustainability and success, while also strengthening the African film industry at large. Creative Producer Indaba would not be possible without the support of A51 Pictures, Documentary Africa, International Emerging Film Talent Association, French Institute of South Africa, National Film and Video Foundation of South Africa and Urucu Media.

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PUENTES announces its 2021 selection!

EAVE PUENTES, the most relevant and successful training programme for developing European-Latin American co-production is thrilled to announce the selection of the 14 participants for its 2021 edition!

PUENTES takes place over 2 workshops. The first workshop will take happen online from June 14 – 25, in partnership with FVG Audiovisual Fund, IDM Südtirol / Alto Adige and MiC. During the second week of the first workshop, EAVE and its partners will organize in addition PUENTES ITALIA, a special programme dedicated to Italian producers and film professionals interested in deepening opportunities for collaborating with Latin America. PUENTES ITALIA will be held from June 21-24 in Bressanone, Italy.

Workshop 2 will be held in Uruguay in November 2021, prior to Ventana Sur (November 29 – December 3). Thanks to a partnership between EAVE and Marché du Film, the 2021 PUENTES participants will attend the Latin American Audiovisual Market.

In partnership with Mutante Cine, the second workshop of PUENTES is granted with the support of ICAU (Instituto de Cine y Audiovisual del Uruguay), Egeda, Montevideo Socio Audiovisual and IBERMEDIA PROGRAMME.

The following 9 participants focusing on project development with feature films development and 5 participants focusing on career development have been selected for PUENTES:

  Alessandro Borrelli,La Sarraz Pictures, Italy 

  Alba Bosch-Durán, Oberon Media, Spain 

  Julia Cherrier, Calouma Films, France/Mexico

  Bárbara Defanti, Sobretudo Produção, Brazil

  Pamela Guinea, Cine Concepción, Guatemala

Project: Nosotros by Joaquín Ruano

  Lionel Massol, Film Grand Huit, France

Project: El Día de Mi Bestia by Camila Beltrán

  Lorena Morín, MECAS International Market dedicated to Almost Finished Films and Films to be Made, Spain

  Clementine Mourão-Ferreira, Barraca Producciones, Portugal / France / Mexico

  Annabelle Mullen Pacheco, Belle Film, Puerto Rico,

Project: Braided by Raisa Bonnet

  Emanuele Nespeca, Solaria Film srl, Italy

Project: Ultraworld by Felice V. Bagnato

  María Ángeles Palacios Bonilla, Punk S.A., Ecuador

Project: Loretta Young and the Monsters by Javier Andrade

  Paola Andrea Pérez Nieto, Inercia Films, Colombia

Project: Horizon by César Augusto Acevedo

  Triin Tramberg, Black Nights Film Festival, Estonia

  Quentin Worthington, MPM Premium, France

 

In addition, 11 Italian professionals have been selected for PUENTES ITALIA taking place in parallel to the main workshop.

4 of them are bringing a documentary project in development to the workshop, 3 of them a fiction feature and 4 are focusing on their career development and exploring the opportunities of working with Latin America.

  Michele Aiello, ZaLab,

Documentary project: Oasis

  Armando Andria, Ladoc

Docu-fiction project:  The Utopia of Pulcinella

  Serena Gramizzi, Bo film

Documentary project : La Maleta de Francisca

  Chiara Toffolo, Tesla production

Documentary project : Digital Nomads

  Ivan Casagrande Conti, Rosso

Fiction project: Los Océanos Son Los Verdaderos Continentes

  Chiara Cruciatti, Disparte

Fiction project : Il Cileno

  Francesca Portalupi, Indyca

Fiction project : LP

  Debora Nischler, Albolina Film

  Lucia Pornano, Doc/It (Associazione Documentaristi Italiani)

  Paolo Bogna, Nefertiti Film

  Moritz Bonatti, HELIOS sustainable Films

 

The PUENTES workshop is made possible with the support of the Creative Europe - MEDIA Programme of the European Union and IBERMEDIA, and with the recognition of the Directorate-General for Cinema and Audiovisual of the Ministry of Culture.

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Equity and inclusion - an exclusive Interview with EAVE graduate Tamara Dawit

EAVE graduate Tamara Dawit is an Ethiopian-Canadian producer and director. She is based in Toronto and in addition to producing works part time at the Canadian Media Fund (CMF) as Lead for Equity and Inclusion.

With EAVE, Tamara talks about her work on equity and inclusion and why this could raise more awareness and food for thoughts for many players in the film industry.

 

At DOK.fest München earlier this month you were participating in a panel called “Kill the Documentary as We Know It”. You emphasized that to end racism and discrimination in film one has to change the way films are financed. Why is the money side so important?

I think that whether it’s a documentary or a web series or an animated film, it’s really about the financing. A lot of the work I’ve been doing for equity and inclusion, among the first things were: a) count the people - who is there and what community do they represent, and b) follow the money. I think in any industry you need to understand how it functions and money basically provides access. For communities who are underrepresented in films, for those that are equity or sovereignty seeking, it’s often the lack of money that hinders their career. Or there can be an easier access to money for other filmmaking communities that allows them to make films faster, to produce more content, and to be able to access markets more easily. So, there are always barriers, but those barriers can fall away more quickly when you have more money. So that’s the first step in accountability to understanding where we are at: who is receiving money and who is not receiving money, and are some of these funds perhaps just the barriers that are unintentionally excluding certain communities.   

 

So if you give access to money, you allow people who are underrepresented to have access to film and to be heard?

Yes, but that’s not the only solution. I think it’s a number of things that need to occur. I think the conversation that is happening now, specifically in Canada, and more frequently also in circles in which I’m working in Africa, is around the ownership control of intellectual property. Is it enough to say: we are doing equity things, we are being inclusive because we have funded a television show with Black writers, or a movie with a Vietnamese director; is that enough? At the surface level you can then say: here are these above the line crews who come from these communities. Or there can be a disabled person, or a LGBTQ+ person, or whoever it is, but we are much more interested in the ownership control of intellectual property, and this is still sitting predominately with straight white male owned film companies. And they are actually the companies that are being empowered through making these shows. These companies are being stabilised and they are growing, they are the ones who are dealing and controlling the business relationships with broadcasters, sales agents and buyers. When we look at the benefit back to the community and the filmmaker: is that Vietnamese director any further ahead in controlling his career and stabilising his filmmaking practice, because he didn’t own the content that he meant to create? Also, by not owning it, how much control did he have in the distribution, and how has this perhaps perverted his editorial control, because maybe now the producer and the broadcaster are sitting in a seat above the author/director?

 

 

You have been developing the Canadian Media Fund’s midterm strategy for film funding, and you have working on measures to enable the diversity of voices in Canada. What are these measures?

I was part of the team that led the work on setting up a strategy for equity and inclusion at the Canadian Media Fund (CMF). The CMF is not really a film fund, it funds television content, so sometimes that could include films that are working with the broadcaster, but it’s primary television content: children’s content, documentaries, TV dramas and also digital experimental content such as AR, VR, video games, web series. In terms of the CMF’s strategy, it sits within three pillars of thoughts: It was, first of all, in community consultation, so it’s not something we thought of alone in a room or alone in our homes connected over zoom. We really wanted to start consulting with communities understanding their issues with the CMF. We wanted to hear about those issues within the industry and what are their ideas for solutions and changes, and the ways that CMF can maybe act sometimes as a bridge to bring up and connect other institutions in the screen-based sector in Canada.

And when you look at the things that we are now going to do, there’s a sort of inward-facing change. So, how can we work to improve the diversity of the members of the board at CMF? How can we work on inclusion within staff? How can we provide training and support for the staff and how can we make sure that equity and inclusion isn’t a thing that is somewhere sitting on a shelf but that it’s something that crosses the organisation, and that it’s a part of the thought process in all corporate decisions. So that means: if you are hiring a supplier for shooting a corporate video, or if you are redesigning the website, or if you are hiring an accountant, how can you think about equity and inclusion? So it’s not a boring internal thing but it also has to happen for more external things.

 

So you had an integrated approach.

Of course, the big bucket is looking at the funds administered by the CMF and trying to start to understand about the data. We don’t really know who has access to our funds from an analytical perspective because we don’t have this personal race-based data information. We also don’t have any information about who has been identified as deaf or disabled, we don’t know much about people’s genders or sexualities, and how does that play into who is receiving money and who isn’t.

The bottom line is to start from there and to look at the company’s ownerships, and also to work on systems with other larger institutions in Canada such as Telefilm Canada, which administers feature films funding. We need to understand how we can set up a system whereby creators in the screen sector can self-identify, because we don’t want a situation where you are a producer and you are told to identify your director, writer, editor, DOP, along all these categories.

 

What did you find out about company’s ownerships?

We have a bit of a baseline of information on the participation of racialised or Indigenous owned companies in the CMF’s funding pools, because of money distributed in regard to COVID-19. As it became quite clear when the government started to roll out money to the film and television sector for COVID-19, that of course this was only going to these big white owned companies. There are other companies who are also active but were not able to access it. So, we set up a specific fund, whereby those creators could apply as company owners, which means basically producers, and self-identify as being from a racialised community. Money for Indigenous communities was administered through the Indigenous Screen Office, so that started to give us a bit of baseline information of how many companies are out there. We did a survey with these companies, which will be coming out soon, to try to understand what type of content they produce, how often they produce content and at what budget levels, how many company owners do they have, how long have they been existing, etc. So, we are starting to get an understanding of those companies and their needs, and they also told us about their needs and challenges in that survey.

Those are the things that we are using to inform programmatic changes, so the CMF this year at least will have a pilot programme for racialised communities, which means for companies who are owned and controlled by majority of racialised persons, this is Black and/or person of colour. There is a separate call for Indigenous communities. It’s called a pilot programme, because we are still learning about the needs of this community and the type of content that they are trying to create, at what budget levels and with what partners, and what issues they are facing.  

 

What are these issues?

We know, of course, that the CMF’s funding system is set up with the requirement of triggers, because it was set up to support broadcasting Canadian content, so there are still larger barriers, external to the CMF, in regard to the appetite of the Canadian broadcasters to greenlight and to license the content from racialised and Indigenous companies. So, we will learn who is willing to come to the table to support the content from these communities, because that will of course be a part of the trigger to make those projects eligible for the financing with the CMF.

Broadcaster triggers are something that we heard a lot about through consultations and is a part of a larger consultation that the CMF is doing now; what is a way forward for our industry, for this fund in Canada, and what other types of triggers should be allowed or how they should be rethought. So, at this point, everything is on the table in terms of redesigning and rebuilding and listening. Right now, we are trying to learn specifically about racialised communities through this programme this year.

 

What made you as a filmmaker and a producer to concentrate on these funding strategies and measures?

Maybe a few things: before I worked full time in the film industry, I worked in the music industry. I worked specifically on funding to industry through a lot of funding of exports, capacity building and industry initiatives, so through that job I started looking at how can the music industry start to improve around equity and inclusion. This was ten years ago, and no one was thinking about those things in the music industry, and I don’t think that anyone is thinking about them that much, sadly, today. So, I had that experience in terms of fund administration and that was also a Canadian fund that was similar to the CMF. There is a mix of companies that own the broadcasters, like the big satellite telecommunication companies, and it’s the government funding.

And then also for myself. I moved to Ethiopia because I found that there were no opportunities for me to have a career in the screen sector in Canada as a Black producer/director. I felt it was too challenging. I felt that especially because the system was set up to require broadcasters to do anything, but the broadcasters didn’t want to work with me. The film I produced in Canada, I had to give all of the intellectual property to a white production company, because that was the only way that the system was willing to engage with me on that type of content. I guess I was a part of a brain drain. I didn’t find any space for me to create, and I found that there was much more opportunity for me to work in the screen sector by being in Ethiopia. Also, a lot of the content that I was working on was set there, so it made sense not to be in Canada.

 

 

So why did you return?

Because of COVID-19, it then became difficult to be in Ethiopia, because the way that I was earning money completely dried up. All film production stopped. I also had concerns about the health system and the Canadian government was constantly messaging that everyone should come back. So, I came back to Canada at the point when the Ethiopian government turned off the internet because of political insecurity. I was doing the EAVE 2020 Producers Workshop online, I was doing festivals online, and I couldn’t be offline. The last few things that I was doing and that were making me money, I couldn’t access because of the political situation, so I came back to Canada.

I’ve already been involved in Canada for about 2 years with an organisation called the Racial Equity Media Collective (REMC), which is an organisation that looks at policy and research around racial equity in the screen sector. Because of what was happening in the US following the death of George Floyd and similar deaths that happened around the same time here in Canada, there was a lot of activity and conversation happening in the screen sector. So, through the REMC I started to participate more actively in those conversations, and that’s how I started to work more closely with the CMF. First as a consultant and now as a part-time contract worker with them. It was an unexpected turn of events, maybe somewhat because of COVID-19, but it’s also something that really interests me. That’s why I was a board member and I continue to be on the board of the REMC, because I always thought it doesn’t have to be as difficult as it was for me. That’s why I volunteer with that organisation and that’s why I do all of these public speaking events when people invite me.

 

What do you think are the challenges you’ll have to face in the next years?

I think that the CMF has a genuine interest in making these changes. Of course, there are barriers with the government because the government is always a slow-moving machine. I think, as much as the government is open to making changes, it’s a longer process for them to be convinced and to think through how to make these changes. And sometimes that means that perhaps to community and to industry it seems that we are moving slowly, but it’s because we are trying to do things in a meaningful way. So, for me, that’s one of the things that I appreciate, and I like that approach, because I like to be quite strategic. I also come from working in international development and a lot of that work was done with the end results and all of the tactics that measure up to it. I look at things in that sort of process and I think, of course, and I understand people are frustrated, but if we did something that is rushed, it may not be in the end the best thing.

I think sometimes another challenge is to bring everyone to the table. Because we may have the mindset within the CMF that these are the things we have agreed should be done, it doesn’t necessarily mean that all the other institutions will follow, or that the broadcasters will agree to trigger these contents or agree to work with us in the same way that we want to work with them. I think there are always those challenges, but we cannot ignore the fact that there is when we talk about Indigenous people and people of colour there is a systemic racism. That’s a thing in Canada. Sometimes people think that’s only the thing in the US, but it’s exactly the same thing here. We had slavery as well for nearly as long in Canada. I think that internationally the world often forgets that and thinks that Canada is some sort of nation where everyone is singing Kumbaya, which is not the case. We still have large barriers. Is it easy for someone to get a broadcaster if all the decision makers don’t come from their community? But then suddenly a lot of institutions want to hire racialised and Indigenous staff. We have never as an industry promoted and trained and made space for these individuals to have entry levels positions, let’s say in film festivals, in film institutions, as sales agents, broadcasters, and now that you want to hire someone in a decision-making role, because you are being pressured that you don’t have a Black or Indigenous staff person, where will you find them?

At the same time, we are also trying to prop up organisations to work with these communities like the Indigenous Screen Office and the Black Screen Office, and the organisation called BIPOC TV & Film, and then at the same time the Francophone organisations. Where do we find the people with the administrative skills to run those organisations? I think, as much as sometimes we talk about a brain drain or a lack of experienced producers in Canada from these communities, because we haven’t ever let them go beyond doing a calling card film, or their first short or a web series, we haven’t given them a bigger budget because we didn’t trust those people, or we didn’t want to work with these companies that we didn’t know. Now we are having the same issue on the industry side: how do we have enough staff people to fill these positions we are suddenly feeling pressured to hire.

 

You participated in the EAVE Producers Workshop, so do you think the situation is similar in Europe?

I think that there are many similarities in Europe. I haven’t worked first-hand in the industry there, so these are only the things that I have noticed through being in programmes in Europe and through talking to my colleagues. When I sit in Ethiopia and look to finance an Ethiopian film, it means I’m going to work with European co-producers. One of the main reasons I went to EAVE is to help me with that. But that also means that likely all of the co-producers that will be willing, prepared and positioned to work with me, will be white. And I know there are producers who are some other racialised communities, but I don’t know where they are. I think I met only one non-white European through EAVE. I’ve done Torino, Berlinale Talents, the Rotterdam Lab, CineMart, the Producers Network in Cannes, etc. and I have found hardly any European producer who was not white.

In the last year I talked to a number of funding institutions in Europe, and it’s not often that I find someone that understands why this is even something to think about. So I think that’s because there’s a lack of civil society type of organisations. I’m not sure that there has been in Europe the same pressure applied on the industry to make change. But I don’t know if this is correct, maybe these institutions exist, and I just can’t find them. Or maybe it’s again what we talked about earlier, like access. It’s expensive to get into a lot of these programmes and it’s expensive to go to a lot of these markets. If you are not hooked in to your funder who can get you there, then you probably won’t show up and meet me when I’m flying from Ethiopia. I mean, I know when I look at the Canadians who are funded primarily through Telefilm Canada and some of the provincial funds who come to Cannes and the EFM and the Rotterdam Lab, they are predominantly white Canadians. Because those are the people who understand how to access the system and how to tap into it, and how to put their hand up and say “yes, I’d like to be considered for those programmes”. I think there are a lot of the same barriers repeating themselves, and I’d like, personally, to meet these people and to find them, because I think it would be a really interesting exchange.

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EAVE project VICENTA B supported by Sørfond

Film Fund Luxembourg

Film Fund Luxembourg supports sixteen film projects, among them:

  • AUX SOURCES DE LA FANTASY by EAVE graduate Stephan Roelants
  • BACHMANN & FRISCH by Margarethe von Trotta, producer: EAVE + graduate Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu
  • BOSS by Bogdan Mirica, producer: EAVE graduate Gilles Chanial
  • FLOATING WITH SPIRITS by Juantia Onzaga, producer: EAVE graduate Emmy Oost
  • LOTRENGEN by Rui Eduardo Abreu, producer: EAVE graduate Gilles Chanial
  • MOTHER MARA by Mirjana Karanovic, producer: EAVE graduate Paul Thiltges
  • SAVING MOZART Gérard Corbiau, producer: EAVE graduate Alexandra Hoesdorff

www.filmfund.lu

 

Norwegian Sørfond

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

  • THE NIGHTS STILL SMELL OF GUNPOWDER by Inadelso Cossa, producer: Creative Producer Indaba participant Thomas Kaske
  • EXCURSION by Una Gunjak, producer: EAVE graduate and National Coordinator Bosnia-Herzegovina Amra Baksic Camo
  • EAVE project VICENTA B by Carlos Lechuga, producer: EAVE graduates Dag Hoel, Claudia Calvino

www.sorfond.no

 

  • THE PASSION OF STEFAN by Alexandru Maftei, producer: EAVE graduate Iuliana Tarnovetchi is in preparation. The film will explore one day in the life of Stephen the Great who ruled Moldavia between 1457 and 1504. The screenplay centres on a day in the life of Stephen the Great, a military leader who fought against the Ottoman invasion and who has since become known as one of the greatest rulers in Romania’s history. The project was granted by the Romanian National Film Center. The shoot will take place in the second half of 2021 and at the beginning of next year, both in the studio and on location in various areas within the Romanian region of Moldavia.

www.alienfilm.ro

 

  • TIGER by Andrei Tanase, producer: EAVE graduate Anamaria Antoci is in preparation. EAVE graduate Alexa Rivero is co-producing through Altamar Films (France) together with EAVE graduate Konstantina Stavrianou from Graal (Greece). The screenplay, written by Tanase, and inspired by a real event that took place in 2011 in the city of Sibiu, centres on Vera, a veterinarian working for a provincial zoo. Following a personal tragedy, Vera has become more and more estranged from her husband, Toma, and when she realises that he has been cheating on her, her distress leads to the escape of Rihanna, an adult tiger that has just been bought by the zoo. As the entire town hurries to take part in the desperate search for the tiger, Vera will go through various misadventures that will challenge her entire view on life. The film is supported by the Romanian National Film Center. The shoot is scheduled over 26 days, in July and August, in Bucharest and the city of Targu Mures. Producer Anamaria Antoci says that the most challenging aspect of her project is working with a real tiger.

www.4prooffilm.ro

 

  • WINDLESS by Pavel Vesnakov, producers: EAVE graduates Veselka Kiryakova, Alessandro Amato is in pre-production. Through the relationship between a grandfather, a father and a grandson, Vesnakov’s second feature portrays three Bulgarian generations and their attitude towards roots, memories and the past. The plot revolves around a small town where a major investor is buying up people’s land – even the local graveyard. The only one who opposes the deal is Kaloyan, the oldest protagonist. His stubbornness sparks a conflict within the community, as well as within the family. WINDLESS, co-produced by Bulgaria’s Red Carpet and Italy’s Disparte, participated in the Les Arcs Coproduction Village and is now receiving supervision from the Sam Spiegel Jerusalem Film Lab’s script consultants. Financial support secured so far comes from the Bulgarian National Film Center and the MiC minority co-production fund in Italy. The film will be shot entirely in Buhovo, slated to start in November 2021.

http://redcarfilms.com | www.disparte.com

 

  • DECONSTRUCTION by Pavel Vesnakov, producer: EAVE graduate Veselka Kiryakova is in development. In the meantime, Vesnakov is developing his third feature, centring on a 50-year-old astronomer working in the biggest observatory in Southeastern Europe. When he learns that the state intends to close down the observatory, the protagonist decides to preserve its giant lens, which he believes he has photographed God with. Although the project has sci-fi elements, Vesnakov claims that ever since the conception of the idea, he has wanted to realise the film in the most intimate and simplified way possible. Once again, Red Carpet is the production company behind the project, and it has already secured financing for development from the Bulgarian National Film Center. DECONSTRUCTION participated in the Sofia Meetings co-production market, where it was given the FOCUSFOX Award for Best Project.

http://redcarfilms.com

 

  • REMAINS OF LIFE by Sevda Shishmanova, producer: EAVE graduate EAVE graduate Veselka Kiryakova is in development. After directing several TV documentaries on hot political topics, experienced Bulgarian TV reporter and journalist Sevda Shishmanova is developing her first feature, based on the circumstances surrounding an explosion on a bus carrying Israeli tourists at Burgas airport in 2012, which resulted in seven deaths. The project is a co-production between Bulgaria’s Red Carpet and German outfit 42films GmbH, which are currently negotiating with a third partner from Israel, since shooting will take place partly there. So far, funding has been secured from the Bulgarian National Film Center. The plot is fictional; however, it does reflect actual events to a significant degree. In parallel, it narrates the personal stories of the seven victims, including the murderer. In particular focus is the story of the Bulgarian bus driver of Muslim origin who died in the attack, while emphasis has also been placed on the dramatic clash between a photographer and the lead investigator in the case. While working on the script, co-writers Shishmanova and Berlin-based scriptwriter Milena Petrova made use of interviews with the victims’ loved ones, the surviving passengers and the individuals involved in the investigation, as well as records of interrogations of witnesses, photos, and footage from the investigative analysis of the planning and execution of the attack.

http://redcarfilms.com

 

  • MOTHER MARA by Mirjana Karanovic, producer: EAVE graduate Snezana van Houwelingen, co-producers: EAVE graduates Paul Thiltges and Adrien Chef is in development. Mara (50), a successful businesswoman and single mother, suddenly loses her son Nemanja (18) to a heart attack. Incapable of dealing with the loss of her only child, she shuts herself out from her family and friends. She buries the trauma deep inside and when she meets Milan (25), she agrees to a no-strings-attached physical relationship with him. MOTHER MARA is produced by Snezana van Houwelingen through Serbia’s This and That Productions in co-production with Paul Thiltges and Adrien Chef through Luxembourg’s PTD, Vladimir Bulajic through Slovenia’s December, Nemanja Becanovic through Montenegro’s VHS and Damir Ibrahimovic through Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Deblokada. The project has received production grants from Film Fund Luxembourg, Film Center Serbia, the Slovenian Film Centre, Film Centre of Montenegro, the Sarajevo Film Fund and the MEDIA - Creative Europe programme. Shooting is expected to commence in the spring of 2022.

www.thisandthat.rs

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DETECTIVE BRUNO is shooting

  • CROSSING by Jacqueline van Vugt, producers: EAVE graduates Raymond van der Kaaij, Sinisa Juricic is filming. Principal photography on the debut fiction feature by Dutch writer-director started last week in Pula, Croatia, and will continue on location in Rijeka, Zadar and Zagreb. The multi-character drama consists of three stories that intertwine in real time during a ferry-boat crossing from Morocco to Spain. Desperate in their fear of loss, the protagonists struggle to find a way to reach each other, but their powerlessness leaves room for the inevitable. The co-production between Revolver Amsterdam, Belgium's A Private View and Croatia's Nukleus Film was supported by the Netherlands Film Fund, the Flanders Audiovisual Fund and the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, and has accessed tax-incentive schemes in all three countries.

www.revolver.nl

 

  • DIRTY, DIFFICULT, DANGEROUS by Wissam Charaf, producer: Interchange graduate Charlotte Vincent is shooting. The story revolves around Ahmed, a Syrian refugee who had hoped to find love with Mehdia, an Ethiopian cleaning lady, but it seems impossible in Beirut... Will this pair of sentimental refugees successfully find the path towards freedom, despite the fact that Syrian War survivor Ahmed seems to be consumed by a mysterious illness which is slowly transforming his body into metal? DIRTY, DIFFICULT, DANGEROUS is produced by Charlotte Vincent on behalf of Parisian firm Aurora Films and is co-produced by Lebanon’s Né à Beyrouth Films and by Marco Valerio Fusco on behalf of Italy’s IntraMovies. The feature film enjoys the support of the Italian Ministry for Culture (MiC), the French-Speaking Film Fund - OIF, the Collectivity of Corsica, the Doha Film Institute and the CNC (via its emergency fund for Lebanon). The five-week film shoot will unfold until 2 July between Corsica and Beirut.

www.aurorafilms.fr

 

  • TEN IN A HALF by Danis Tanovic, producer: EAVE graduate and National Coordinator Bosnia and Herzegovina Amra Baksic Camo, executive producer EAVE graduate Adis Djapo started in Sarajevo. The film takes place in a pandemic-stricken Sarajevo and follows two Sarajevan cevap-makers, friends and antipodes who have clashes over quality of cevaps in their shops, actually questioning life decisions and accepting inevitable changes. The film is produced by Obala Art Centar, Sarajevo Film Festival and Turkish State Radio and Television (TRT) as part of joint project of Sarajevo City of Film for Global Screen (SCF GS). Film producers are Mirsad Purivatra, Amra Baksic Camo and Jovan Marjanovic, the executive producer is Adis Djapo. The Sarajevo City of Film for Global Screen (SCF GS) project focuses on directors from Southeast Europe whose films have previously been screened and awarded at Sarajevo Film Festival. Tanovic's film is the third one within that project.

www.pro.ba

 

  • THE UNCLE by Andrija Mardesic and David Kapac, producer: EAVE graduate and Serbian National Coordinator Milan Stojanovic is shooting. The story seems to be set in Yugoslavia in the late 1980s, when a family welcomes their beloved uncle, who has returned home for the holidays from Germany. All is well until a smartphone starts ringing, a sign that it is not the 80s and not even Christmas. Ivan Kelava and Tomislav Vujic are producing through Eclectica in co-production with Milan Stojanovic through Serbia’s SENSE Production. The project is supported by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre and the Croatian Radiotelevision (HRT). The film will be shot in Zagreb and Zagorje till Mid-June.

www.senseproduction.rs

 

  • DETECTIVE BRUNO by by Mariusz Palej and Magdalena Niec, producer: EAVE graduate Joanna Szymanska is currently shooting in Warsaw. The script tells the story of eight-year-old Oscar, a big fan of the series DETECTIVE BRUNO. He lives in an orphanage and on his birthday he finds an envelope with a clue leading to the last gift hidden by his parents. He decides to hire the best detective he knows to help him solve the mystery. Joanna Szymanska is producing through Shipsboy and the coproducers are the Mazovia and Warsaw Film Funds, Aeroplan Studios, and Wojciech Stuchlik Film Production. The project was supported by the Polish Film Institute.

www.shipsboy.com

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A BALLADE is in post-production

  • A BALLADE by Aida Begic, producer: EAVE graduate Adis Djapo is currently in post-production. The film follows 30-year-old unambitious Meri, a housewife and a mother of an 8-year-old girl Mila, whose 14 years older husband Hasan throws her out of their home in a fit of jealous rage. After returning to her parents’ home without her daughter, whom Hasan decided to keep, Meri realises she is trapped in a wicked circle of provincial laws and rules, and her family’s needs and ambitions. Trying to find herself, Meri auditions for a film that is to be shot in the neighbourhood. Adis Djapo, Aida Begic and Erol Zubcevic are producing through Film House in co-production with their regular French co-producer Francois d’Artemare of Les Films de l'Après Midi. The film is expected to premiere in 2022.

www.pro.ba

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THE LAST SHELTER wins at CPH:DOX

David di Donatello Awards

  • Three awards for MISS MARX by Susanna Nicchiarelli, producer: Interchange graduate Marta Donzelli, TTB graduate Valérie Bournonville at the Italian David di Donatello Awards. The film won Best Producer, Best Music and Best Costume Design.

www.daviddidonatello.it

 

CPH:DOX

  • THE LAST SHELTER by Ousmane Samassekou, producer: EAVE graduate Estelle Robin You scooped the main prize, the Dox:Award at CPH:DOX.

https://cphdox.dk

 

HotDocs

  • SCHOOL OF HOPE by Mohamed El Aboudi, producer: EAVE graduate Pertti Veijalainen won the Special Jury Prize – International Feature Documentary at the Canadian HotDocs.

www.hotdocs.ca

 

Bolzano Film Festival

  • WHY NOT YOU (HOCHWALD) by Evi Romen, producer: EAVE+ graduate Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu won Best Film at the Bolzano Film Festival, Bozen.

http://www.amourfoufilm.com

 

Cyprus Film Days Festival

  • EAVE project SOLE by Carlo Sironi, producer: EAVE graduate Giovanni Pompili & Agnieszka Wasiak scooped the Glocal Images Best Film Award at the Cyprus Film Days Festival.

www.cyprusfilmdays.com

 

Belgrade FEST

  • Two awards for OASIS by Ivan Ikic, producers: EAVE graduate and Serbian National Coordinator Milan Stojanovic & EAVE graduate Marija Stojanovic, co-producers: EAVE graduates Miha Cernec, Derk-Jan Warrink, Adis Djapo, EAVE graduate and National Coordinator Bosnia and Herzegovina Amra Baksic-Camo at the Belgrade International Film Festival FEST. The film won the Belgrade Victor for Best Film and the Nebojsa Djukelic Award
  • TEREZA37 by Danilo Serbedzija, producer: EAVE graduate Irena Markovic was awarded Best Actress (Lana Baric)
  • THE LIVING MAN by Oleg Novkovic, co-producer: EAVE + graduate Borislav Chouchkov won Best Actor (Nikola Djuricko).

www.fest.rs

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EAVE project NOT A WORD selected for Cinefondation’s Atelier de Cannes

Producers on the Move 2021

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

  • EAVE graduate Annabella Nezri, Kwassa Films (Belgium)
  • EAVE graduate Bojan Kanjera, Peglanje snova (Croatia), 
  • EAVE graduate Marek Novák, Xova Film (Czech Republic)
  • EAVE graduate Maite Woköck, Telescope Animation (Germany)
  • EAVE graduate Sára László, Campfilm (Hungary)
  • EAVE graduate Ruth Treacy, Tailored Films (Ireland)
  • EAVE graduate Marica Stocchi, Rosamont (Italy)
  • EAVE graduate Gary Cranner, Chezville (Norway)
  • EAVE graduate Beata Rzezniczek, Madants (Poland)
  • PUENTES graduate Tathiani Sacilotto, Persona Non Grata Pictures (Portugal)
  • EAVE graduate Katarína Tomkova, Kaleidoscope (Slovak Republic)
  • PUENTES graduate Nima Yousefi, HOBAB (Sweden)
  • EAVE graduate Sarah Born, Catpics (Switzerland)

www.efp-online.com

                         

Cinefondation’s Atelier de Cannes

Selected for Cinefondation’s Atelier de Cannes:

  • CARAVAN by Zuzana Kirchnerova, producer: EAVE participants Jakub Viktorin, Dagmar Sedlackova, co-producer: EAVE + graduate Carlo Cresto Dina
  • CORA by Evi Kalogiropoulou producer EAVE graduate Amanda Livanou
  • EAVE project NOT A WORD by Hanna Slak, producer: EAVE graduate Michel Balagué
  • FIDELIDAD by César Diaz, producer: PUENTES graduate Mauricio Escobar
  • JILAH AND THE MAN WITH TWO NAMES by Yosep Anggi Noen, producer: TTB graduate Yulia Evina Bhara
  • LANDSCAPES OF FEAR by Lukas von Rinner, producer: EAVE graduate and group leader Michael Kitzberger
  • TTB project MANDAI RIVER by Michael I. Serwandono, producer: EAVE graduate Raymond van der Kaaij
  • VIET AND NAM by Minh Quy Truong, producers: TTB graduate Bradley Liew, TTB group leader and National Coordinator Asia Bianca Balbuena

www.cinefondation.com

 

Les cinémas du monde / La Fabrique

Selected for Les cinémas du monde | La Fabrique cinéma de l’Institut français:

  • ALIS by Clare Weiskopf and EAVE graduate Nicolas van Hemelryck, producer: EAVE graduate Nicolas van Hemelryck
  • EAVE project LES FRESQUES DES OUBLIÉS (FRESCOS OF THE FORGOTTEN) by Amédée Pâcome Nkoulou, producer: EAVE graduate Samantha Biffot 
  • TTB project DANCING THE TIDES by Xeph Suarez, producer: TTB graduate Alemberg Ang

https://www.lescinemasdumonde.com/fr

 

South African Film and Television Awards

  • EAVE project STAM by Louw Venter, producer: EAVE graduate Elias Ribeiro nominated 7 times for the South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTA): Best writer and Best director (Louw Venter), Best editor (Matthew Swanepoel, Best actress (Inge Beckmann), Best actor (Gideon Lombard), Best supporting actress (Tarryn Wyngaard), Best film (Urucu Media).

www.urucumedia.com

 

Austrian Film Awards

  • WHY NOT YOU (HOCHWALD) by Evi Romen, producer: EAVE + graduate Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu is nominated 9 times for the Austrian Film Awards: Best Feature Film, Best Leading Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Costume, Best Make Up & Best Score
  • TROUBLE OF BEING BORN by by Sandra Wollner, producer: EAVE graduate David Bohun has 6 nominations: Best Film, Best Director, Best Script, Best Make Up, Best Sound Design, Best Music
  • EIN BISSCHEN BLEIBEN WIR NOCH by EAVE graduate Arash T. Riahi nominated for Best Film, Best Director, Best Production Design, Best Leading Actress, Best Costume Design
  • 7500 by Patrick Vollrath, producer: EAVE + graduate Jonas Katzenstein has 3 nominations: Best Supporting Actor, Best Director, Best Screenplay
  • EPICENTRO by Hubert Sauper is nominated for Best Documentary and Best Sound Design

The Award Ceremony will take place in Vienna on July 8th. 

www.oesterreichische-filmakademie.at

 

Romanian Film Awards

Multiple nominations for EAVE graduates at the Gopos, the the Romanian Film Awards:

  • IVANA THE TERRIBLE by Ivana Mladenovic, producer: EAVE graduate and Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon received the most nominations (12 each) at the 15th edition of the Gopo Awards, which will be announced during a gala held in a physical format on 28 June 2021
  • UPPERCASE PRINT by Radu Jude, producer: EAVE graduate and Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon received 10 nominations
  • ACASA, MY HOME by Radu Ciorniciuc, producer: EAVE graduate Monica Lazurean-Gorgan received seven nominations.
  • COLLECTIVE by Alexander Nanau, producer: EAVE graduate and Luxembourgish National Coordinator Bernard Michaux has five nominations including Best Film
  • EVERYTHING WILL NOT BE FINE by Adrian Pirvu and Helena Maksyom, producer: EAVE graduate and Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon has three nominations
  • WOOD by EAVE graduates Ebba Sinzinger, Monica Lazurean-Gorgan, Michaela Kirst, producers: EAVE graduates Ebba Sinzinger, Monica Lazurean-Gorgan is nominated for Best documentary.

https://premiilegopo.ro

 

 

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EAVE project BULLHORN LULLABY in Hungarian cinemas

In Italian cinemas

 

  • PUENTES project MATERNAL (HOGAR) by Maura Delpero, producers: PUENTES graduate Alessandro Amato, Interchange graduate Marta Donzelli. May 13.

www.disparte.com

 

In Hungarian cinemas

 

  • EAVE project BULLHORN LULLABY by Viktor Oszkar Nagy, producer: EAVE graduate Sara Laszlo.

https://campfilm.eu

 

In UK and Irish cinemas

 

  • I NEVER CRY by Piotr Domalewski, producer: EAVE graduate Jan Kwiecinski released in the UK and Ireland. July 23.

www.aksonstudio.pl

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EAVE project THE LAST NOMADS selected for HotDocs Forum

Hot Docs Festival (April 29 – May 9)

  • ALL-IN! by Volkan Üce, producer: EAVE graduate Emmy Oost
  • FAITH AND BRANKO by Catherine Harte, producer: EAVE graduate Snezana Van Houwelingen
  • FOUR SEASONS IN A DAY by Annabel Verbeke, producer: B’EST graduate Lukas Trimonis
  • GENERATION UTØYA by EAVE graduate Sigve Endresen
  • JUST A MOVEMENT by Vincent Meessen, producer: EAVE graduate Geneviève de Bauw
  • LIFE OF IVANNA by Renato Borrayo Serrano, producer: EAVE graduate Pertti Veijalainen
  • SCHOOL OF HOPE by Mohamed El Aboudi, producer: EAVE graduate Pertti Veijalainen
  • THE LAST SHELTER by Ousmane Samassékou, producer: EAVE graduate Estelle Robin You

HotDocs Forum

  • EAVE project THE LAST NOMADS by Biljana Tutorov, Petar Glomazic, producer: EAVE participant Biljana Tutorov
  • MADE IN ETHIOPIA by Xinyan Yu, Max Duncan, producer: EAVE graduate Tamara Dawit
  • MY MOHAMED IS DIFFERENT by Ines Marzouk, producer: EAVE participant Kesmat El Sayed

https://hotdocs.ca

 

International Documentary Film Festival Munich (May 5 – 23)

  • DARK RIDER by Eva Küpper, producer: EAVE graduate Ellen De Waele
  • EVA-MARIA by Lukas Ladner, producers: EAVE graduates Arash T. Riahi, Sabine Gruber
  • HE'S MY BROTHER by Cille Hannibal, Christine Hanberg, producer: EAVE graduate Monica Hellström
  • HOLGUT by Liesbeth De Ceulaer, producer: EAVE graduate Tomas Leyers
  • PRESIDENT by Camilla Nielsson, producer: EAVE graduate Signe Byrge Sørensen
  • SCHOOL OF HOPE by Mohamed El Aboudi, producer: EAVE graduate Pertti Veijalainen
  • THE LAST HILLBILLY by Diane Sara Bouzgarrou, producer: EAVE graduate Jean-Laurent Csinidis
  • THE LAST SHELTER by Ousmane Samassékou, producer: EAVE graduate Estelle Robin You

 www.dokfest-muenchen.de

 

Belgrade International Film Festival FEST (May 7 – 16)

  • ALL THE DEAD ONES by Caetano Gotardo, Marco Dutra, producer: EAVE graduate Clément Duboin
  • HOPE by Maria Sødahl, co-producers: EAVE graduates Lizette Jonjic, Peter Possne
  • KIDS RUN by Barbara Ott, producers: EAVE graduates Martin Heisler and Gabriele Simon
  • MISS MARX by Susanna Nicchiarelli, producer: Interchange graduate Marta Donzelli, TTB graduate Valérie Bournonville
  • NIGHT OF THE KINGS by Philippe Lacôte, producer: EAVE+ graduate Yanick Létourneau
  • OASIS by Ivan Ikic, producers: EAVE graduate and Serbian National Coordinator Milan Stojanovic & EAVE graduate Marija Stojanovic, co-producers: EAVE graduates Miha Cernec, Derk-Jan Warrink, Adis Djapo, EAVE graduate and National Coordinator Bosnia and Herzegovina Amra Baksic-Camo
  • TEREZA37 by Danilo Serbedzija, producer: EAVE graduate Irena Markovic
  • THE DAWN by Dalibor Matanic, producer: EAVE group leader and Croatian National Coordinator Ankica Juric Tilic
  • THE LIVING MAN by Oleg Novkovic, co-producer: EAVE + graduate Borislav Chouchkov
  • THE MAN WHO SOLD HIS SKIN by Kaouther Ben Hania, producers: EAVE graduates Annabella Nezri, Martin Hampel

www.fest.rs

 

Docs Barcelona (May 18 – 30)

  • AS I WANT by Samaher Alqadi, co-producer: INDABA participant Thomas Kaske 
  • ARICA by Lars Edman and William Johansson Kalén, co-producer: EAVE participant Hanne Phlypo
  • KARAOKE PARADISE by Einari Paakkanen, producer: EAVE graduate Liisa Karpo
  • THE CORPORATE SPY by Havard Bustnes, producer: EAVE graduate Carsten Aanonsen
  • THE TRANS SYRIAN EXPRESS by Alina Rudnitskaya, producer: EAVE graduate Pertti Veijalainen

https://docsbarcelona.com

 

DocumentaMadrid (May 26 – June 6)

  • ATLANTIQUE by Mati Diop, producer: Interchange graduate Judith Lou Lévy, co-producer: EAVE + graduate Jean-Yves Roubin

www.documentamadrid.com

 

International Thriller Film Festival - Reims Polar (May 26 – 30)

  • BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ by Burhan Qurbani, producers: EAVE graduates Léontine Petit, Derk-Jan Warrink, Marleen Slot
  • UNIDENTIFIED by Bogdan George Apetri, co-producer: EAVE graduate Aija Berzina
  • VAURIEN by Peter Dourountzis, producer: EAVE graduate Sebastien Haguenauer
  • ROUNDS by EAVE graduate Stephan Komandarev, producer: EAVE graduate Katya Trichkova
  • ULBOLSYN, by Adilkhan Yerzhanov, producer: EAVE graduate Guillaume de Seille
  • SHORTA by Anders Ølholm and Frederik Louis Hviid, producer: EAVE graduate Signe Leick Jensen

https://online.festivalfilmpolicier.com

 

Zlín Film Festival (May 28 – June 1)

  • BEYOND THE HORIZON by Delphine Lehericey, co-producer: EAVE graduate Sebastien Delloye
  • KUESSIPAN by Myriam Verreault, producer: EAVE graduate and National Coordinator Canada Félize Frappier 
  • SCHOOLGIRLS by Pilar Palomero, producer: EAVE+ graduate Valérie Delpierre

www.zlinfest.cz/

 

Southeast European Film Festival Los Angeles (May 28 – June 1)

  • FAITH AND BRANKO by Catherine Harte, producer: EAVE graduate Snezana Van Houwelingen
  • QUO VADIS‚ AIDA? by Jasmila Zbanic, producer: EAVE graduate Cristian Nicolescu  

www.seefilmla.org

 

Molodist Kyiv International Film Festival (May 29 – June 4)

  • ACASA, MY HOME by Radu Ciorniciuc, producer: EAVE graduate Monica Lazurean-Gorgan
  • ATLANTIS by Valentyn Vasyanovych, producer: EAVE graduate Vladimir Yatsenko
  • BAD LUCK BANGING OR LOONY PORN by Radu Jude, producers: EAVE graduate and Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon, EAVE group leader and Croation National Coordinator Ankica Juric Tilic, EAVE graduates Paul Thiltges, Adrien Chef, Jiri Konecny, associate producer: EAVE graduate Dan Wechsler
  • BLISS by Henrika Kull, producer: EAVE graduate Martin Heisler
  • CELTS by Milica Tomovic, producer: EAVE graduate Vladimir Vasiljevic
  • EAVE project THE PENULTIMATE by Jonas Kærup Hjort, producer: EAVE graduate Rikke Tambo Andersen, co-producer: EAVE graduate Gary Cranner
  • EPICENTRO by Hubert Sauper, producer: EAVE graduate Gabriele Kranzelbinder
  • NIGHT OF THE KINGS by Philippe Lacôte, producer: EAVE+ graduate Yanick Létourneau
  • QUO VADIS‚ AIDA? by Jasmila Zbanic, producer: EAVE graduate Cristian Nicolescu
  • SAINT-NARCISSE by Bruce LaBruce, producer: EAVE graduate Nicolas Comeau
  • WALCHENSEE FOREVER by Janna Ji Wonders, producers: EAVE graduates Martin Heisler and Gabriele Simon

https://molodist.com/en

 

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

  • 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 group leader graduate Titus Kreyenberg
  • THE DOUBLE STEPS by Isaki Lacuesta, producer: EAVE graduate Dan Wechsler

YouTube.com/WeAreOne

 

Krakow Film Festival (May 31 – June 7)

  • LIFE OF IVANNA by Renato Borrayo Serrano, producer: EAVE graduate Pertti Veijalainen
  • THE RED RING by EAVE graduate Joonas Berghäll
  • WALK WITH ANGELS by Tomasz Wysokiński, producer: EAVE graduate Piotr Kobus

www.krakowfilmfestival.pl

 

Festivals cancelled or postponed

 

  • Udine Far East Film Festival postponed to June 24  – July 2

www.fareastfilm.com

 

  • Docaviv – Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival postponed to July 1 – 10

www.docaviv.co.il

 

  • Cannes Film Festival postponed to July 6 – 17

www.festival-cannes.com

 

  • Transilvania International Film Festival, Cluj-Napoca postponed to July 23 – August 1

http://tiff.ro/en

 

  • Karlovy Vary International Film Festival postponed to August 20 – 28

https://www.kviff.com/en/homepage

 

  • IndieLisboa – International Film Festival postponed to August 21 – September 6

https://indielisboa.com/en/

 

  • Schwerin International Film Festival postponed to August 31 – September 5

www.filmkunstfest-mv.de

 

  • Millenium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival, Warsaw postponed to September 3 – 12

http://docsag.pl

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MEET EAVE IN JUNE!

@PUENTES ITALIA, June 21 - 24, Bressanone (IT)

EAVE CEO Kristina Trapp

@TIES THAT BIND/FOCUS ASIA, June 29 - July 2, Udine (IT)

EAVE CEO Kristina Trapp

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EAVE Yoga Corner

Dear EAVE Yogis!

 

Before summer holidays in July, you can join me for yoga in JUNE.

Here a simple thought for your practice:

In yoga, you can keep the body and the mind relaxed, even as you stretch, extend, rotate and flex your body.

Yoga refreshes the body.

You are most welcome to join on:

  • MONDAYS: 20:30 – 22:00 CEST
  • THURSDAYS: 08:15 – 08:55 CEST
  • THURSDAYS: 19:00 – 19:40 CEST

Discounted price for the EAVE graduates:

  • 50 Euro for a 10-class card (40 min)
  • 7 Euro for 40 min class
  • 13 Euro for 90 min class

Please register by email: yogatanika@gmail.com

Thanks!

Namaste,

Tanika

More info:

https://www.yogatanika.de/

https://www.facebook.com/yogatanika/

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Call for EAVE Producers - Galway Film Fair 2021

Dear EAVE producers,

We are happy to announce that Galway Film Fair 2021 will take place from July 20th – 25th this year and it is now open for applications!

The Galway Fleadh’s marketplace, the Galway Film Fair will remain online for this year, after an extremely successful edition in 2020. 

 It will once again see over 500 business meetings take place on the Film Fair’s online portal, between filmmakers with projects in development, and financiers, sales agents, distributors, broadcasters and major producers. As well as the marketplace, the Film Fair hosts many ancillary events such as masterclasses, case-studies and most notably, the Fleadh Forum: an annual industry seminar with a state-of-the-industry keynote address, networking opportunities and a range of panel discussions from industry leaders.

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 2021.

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.

Projects can either be in development and/or completed films or documentaries.

If you are interested, please send an email with a CV and motivation letter to Satu Elo satu@eave.org by June 1st!

If you have further questions, please contact Annette Maye at The Galway Film Fair: annette@filmfleadh.ie.

www.galwayfilmfleadh.com

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Call for Applications: CHANGE Co-production training course 2021-2022

EAVE, CPH:DOX, and IMS are calling for eight teams with documentary projects in development from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine.

We offer a tailor-made programme taking place over three residential workshops with the aim to stimulate and qualify inter-regional co-production and to connect documentary projects to regional and international markets. Participants are tutored by regional and international experts.

The first two workshops will consist of five full days of group work, plenaries, and individual meetings; the third workshop will take place in the framework of CPH:DOX and consists of workshop days, pitching of the projects at CPH:Forum as well as debrief of the pitching and development of strategies for the teams and projects after the workshop.

Between the workshops, participants will be working on project development with specific tasks and assignments.

 

THE WORKSHOPS

DEVELOPMENT  -  Kyiv October 2021

We dig deep into the core of what the teams want to tell, enforce the storytelling, and focus on the ambition for each film in terms of impact, awareness, change.

CO-PRODUCTION  -  Tbilisi January 2022

We expand the participants knowledge of each other’s reality, production environment, financing structures. The pros and cons of co-production are used to strengthen each project, preparing them to meet the international market.

ENCOUNTER – Copenhagen March 2022

The projects will pitch at CPH:Forum and encounter the international market leading to the formulation of tailored strategies for each project.

 

THE PARTICIPANTS

Upcoming teams – director and producer – with a documentary project in development from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine can apply and we are committed to equal opportunity to all. We focus on projects set in these countries, projects that are open for co-production, and we welcome projects in the crossing field between documentary and journalism.

The working language is English, and participants should be comfortable with reading, writing, and speaking English.

The film project shall:

  • Demonstrate to cover topics of public interest in a professional and ethical way.
  • Have an idea of how to reach intended audiences and be a call for action.
  • Seek to have an impact on the public debate leading to potential social, political, or cultural change.
  • Priority is given to productions focusing on issues of gender equality, marginalised groups and minorities, diversity, social change, current affairs, and human rights.

There is no participation fee as CHANGE provides tutoring, travel, lodging, and living. Participants will cover local transportation themselves.

 

Application deadline: Monday 7th June 2021

Application requirements and the application form can be downloaded here!

For further information, please contact Satu Elo, satu@eave.org.

 

This call is organised in collaboration with the film festivals:

  • DocuDays – Ukraine
  • Moldox – Moldova
  • CinéDOC-Tbilisi – Georgia
  • Golden Apricot – Armenia

Final selection will be announced on Monday 5th July 2021.

 

THE PARTNERSHIP BEHIND CHANGE

EAVE, European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs, is Europe’s leading training, development, and networking organisation for producers. In addition to our flagship programme, the renowned European Producers Workshop, we are involved in a variety of programmes in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Russia, Africa and the Middle East. Founded in 1988, EAVE’s objectives are to provide professional training opportunities and to bring producers from different regions of the world together with the aim of facilitating co-production relationships. EAVE’s unique international network comprises over 2,300 producers and key decision-makers.

CPH:DOX, Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, is one of the biggest documentary film festivals in the world. A festival that continues to develop and expand, presenting a program that ranges from the works of major international directors to new talents, from large-scale theatrical releases to film/video works in the field between cinema and visual art.

IMS, International Media Support, is promoting journalism and documentary film to strengthen the capacity of media to reduce conflict, strengthen democracy and facilitate dialogue. Our work is geared towards helping locally-based public interest media operating in armed conflicts, humanitarian crises and rapid political change, both positive and negative, to provide the public and “civic organizations” with public interest content they can trust and use. We work in more than 40 countries across four continents with a staff of about 150 people.

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PUENTES ITALIA 2021: Call for Italian producers and professionals interested in co-producing with Latin America

EAVE PUENTES ITALIA 2021 on site!
Europe / Latin America co-production workshop
Bressanone (BZ) 21/24 giugno 2021

CALL PER PRODUTTORI E PROFESSIONISTI ITALIANI
Deadline: 20 maggio 2021

 

Dopo il successo delle precedenti edizioni, EAVE Puentes, il principale workshop di co-produzione tra Europa e America Latina, annuncia una nuova collaborazione con Fondo per l'Audiovisivo FVGIDM Film Fund & Commission MiC. 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.
 
Programma:
PUENTES ITALIA si terrà a Bressanone e offrirà a tutti i partecipanti la straordinaria possibilità di:

1. partecipare alle sessioni di gruppo guidate da esperti del mercato sudamericano per analizzare il potenziale di co-produzione e distribuzione dei progetti italiani selezionati per il workshop; 

2. prendere parte alle diverse sessioni plenarie dedicate al panorama delle opportunità offerte dal mercato dell'America Latina, al programma IBERMEDIA e alle strategie di vendita internazionale; 

3. avere degli incontri individuali con professionisti del network di EAVE Puentes per definire le possibili strategie di sviluppo dei propri progetti con i relativi Paesi con cui si intende co-produrre;  

4. sedersi a tavoli tematici dedicati alle opportunità offerte dai diversi territori sudamericani; 

5. accedere a un unico network di professionisti provenienti da Europa e America Latina.

Il workshop inizierà lunedì 21 giugno alle ore 15.00 e terminerà giovedì 24 (con arrivo previsto il 21 in mattinata e rientro il 24 pomeriggio).
Tra gli esperti confermati: Agustina Chiarino, Gema Juárez Allen, Fernanda del Nido e molti altri.

Target group:
produttori italiani che stiano sviluppando un nuovo progetto di finzione o documentario con un potenziale di co-produzione internazionale con l'America Latina.

produttori italiani senza progetto interessati a esplorare le opportunità offerte dal mercato dell’America Latina

professionisti italiani (sales agents, rappresentanti di mercati & workshops, film commissions) interessati a sviluppare la propria conoscenza del mercato sudamericano. 
  
Iscrizione:
- lettera di motivazione riguardo alla partecipazione al workshop (max 1 pagina)
- profilo società e profilo personale 
- *sinossi di 1 pag. del progetto che si desidera approfondire durante il workshop (in italiano e inglese)

- *profilo del regista
- *piano finanziario e budget di produzione
*solo per i produttori interessati a partecipare con un progetto


Dal momento che tutte le sessioni si terranno in lingua inglese, i materiali relativi alla propria candidatura dovranno essere redatti solo ed esclusivamente in lingua inglese.
 
Costi di partecipazione:
Grazie al sostegno del MiC la partecipazione a PUENTES ITALIA è gratuita e ad ogni partecipante verranno offerte 3 notti di ospitalità e i relativi pasti.
 
Deadline per l'iscrizione:
Tutti i documenti devono essere inviati via email entro
giovedì 20 maggio 2021 all’indirizzo:
puentes@audiovisivofvg.it
 
La selezione finale verrà annunciata entro fine maggio 2021 e includerà indicativamente 6-8 produttori con un progetto in sviluppo e 4-6 produttori/professionisti senza progetto.
 
Per ulteriori info su programma e modalità di iscrizione vi preghiamo di contattare: puentes@audiovisivofvg.it


  

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Key survey findings show EAVE’s major impact on European film industry

Active for over 33 years in the film industry, EAVE, the renowned professional training, project development and networking organization, has conducted an extensive independent survey among the alumni of the past 10 years (producers and professionals from associated branches of the industry), analysing the impact of its programmes on the participants' careers, companies, projects and the European independent film industry in general.

The key findings show EAVE's major impact on the industry through 4 main axes:

 

A career and confidence booster

and an accelerator for company development

Over 96% of the EAVE graduates interviewed reported a boost in their career, self-confidence and personal development.  The impact is even greater for female participants, where more than 98% reported a positive effect.

 “Thanks to EAVE, I have increased my knowledges and I have a more global and international approach to my work. In addition to that, I have met great professionals and I have way more opportunities to coproduce and join forces with interesting and stimulating companies from other countries.” Alessandra Principini (DocLab, Italy)

87% of graduates report an acceleration in strategic company development, while 100% of graduates who complete multiple workshops confirm an all-around professional & personal impact.

“EAVE has been the very basis of our growth of the last years from a start up to a sustainable company with a business volume of several million Euro per year.” Jonas Weydemann (Weydemann Bros. GmbH, Germany)

 

A FACILITATOR OF Integration into a global network of professionals from the entire value chain

EAVE represents a label of trust and quality within the industry.

“Being an EAVE graduate resonates well within the film industry, especially among producers, so it's easier to make new connections.“ Marek Novak (Xova Film, Czech Republic)

93% of EAVE graduates report positive synergies from on their integration into a professional network with 98% reporting a priviledged access to industry contacts through the entire value chain, as a direct result of the workshop.

“What I did not anticipate is that it would become family: we have dinners at festivals, daily contacts on our group website, solve each other’s projects, and coproduce together.” Gary Cranner (Chezville, Norway)

Since their participation, 76% of EAVE graduates reported working with top sales agents, 60% with top film distributors, 68% with TV broadcasters and 39% with online distribution platforms.

 

A SUPPORTER and catalyst of projects of all genres and

a facilitator of international co-production and co-operation

84% of EAVE graduates report a majour impact on the development of their film project. 47% of EAVE projects are finalized or in production. Graduates also have a better grasp on project assessment and viability and know to abandon projects that are not fit for the market.

“I came with a complicated project and finished EAVE with a weak script, but with the clear idea of what wasn`t working in it. So it was a first step and I have changed writer and got to completely new script after EAVE, which turned out later to be one of the most successful films in Lithuania.” Zivile Gallego (Fralita Films, Lithuania)

Projects developed at EAVE gain access to key industry trainers and decision makers, which accelerates their access to market. 87% of EAVE participants with a film project in production or a released film have a sales agent attached.

“Now, I feel confident in almost every aspect of film - starting from script development, via funding, producing and now marketing/distribution. Not in the sense of: I have to do it all by myself. But I know what to pay attention to and which partners to reach out for support. Hanna Reifgerst (Förderverein Deutscher Kinderfilm e.V., Germany)

A network of exchange and collaboration, EAVE has a real “co-production effect” and contribution to core European values. The number of co-productions recent alumni are involved in, increases by +182% after the training.

“It’s a growing network and a driving force for working together across borders.” Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu (Amour Fou, Austria)

 

A community platform for life-long training and

in-depth dialogues on shaping the independent EUROPEAN industry

EAVE programs have a deep impact on the independent European industry as a whole by:

  • Empowering graduates to become agents of change and shape their local, regional and national communities.

“Above all it helped me setting up a new business with an original approach in my country and for new co-productions.” Paula Cosenza (Ventre Studio, Brazil)

“The more Africans go to EAVE, the more we will master the African narratives we want to make.” Bongiwe Selane (Blingola Media, South Africa)

  • Supporting the professionalization of stakeholders across the value chain and their continued dialogue within a strong and supportive network.

EAVE was a deep dive into film producing, which helps me day by day to understand my counterparts (Film Producer's and their film projects) better.” Birgit Oberkofler (IDM South Tyrol Alto Adige, Italy)

  • Building bridges within Europe, while linking the European industry to global markets. “Learned new visions, issues, idea and feedbacks on Europe-Asia co production that will clearly impact the program/fund I’m designing for the FDCP.” Agathe Vinson (Film development council of the Philippines, Philippines)
  • Promoting inclusion, diversity and gender equality in the industry. Working to achieve a conscious, engaged and sustainable industry.

Over the past 10 years 44% of EAVE training applicants and 56% of training participants are women. Women make up for 52% of the film industry professionals of the EAVE network.

“I felt encouraged to questioning my position, my duties and to stand up for my projects, my ground in the company. As a result I left my co-founded company after 10 years and created a cooperative and respectful environment with a female team. We work with female filmmakers and POC-filmmakers to support them to tell their stories and to establish themselves in this white and male dominant world.” Jamila Wenske (Achtung Panda! Media, Germany)

  • Advocating for best practices, green policies and value systems and setting the benchmark for audiovisual training worldwide.

”I have done many online labs in 2020 but EAVE was the only lab which was organized, enjoyable and well-structured to adapt to the current industry changes.” Tamara Dawit (Gobez Media, Ethiopia)

“EAVE is the backbone of the industry, the skeleton on which the industry builds.” Vladimir Yatsenko (Limelite, Ukraine)

“EAVE is always on top of innovation, they bring you the solutions to today’s issues.” Alessandro Gropplero (Fondo Audiovisivo FVG, Italy)

 

Read the full Executive Summary here.

EAVE would like to express a heartfelt THANK YOU to our wonderful network of alumni for taking the time to participate in the survey and video interviews, as well as Arnaud Dupont and Headway International for conducting the survey and The Film Agency (Sarah Calderon, Raquel Cabrera) and Michael Arnon for their work on the communication tools.

One of the longest running and most successful training workshops under the Creative Europe umbrella, EAVE empowers producers and professionals in the audio-visual field, helps their projects, companies, and the industry itself evolve, and facilitates exchange of knowledge, creation of networks of experience, opportunity, and partnership. 

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Exclusive EAVE Interview with Bernard Michaux

Just a few days before the Oscar award ceremony, EAVE interviewed Samsa producer, EAVE graduate and Luxembourgish National Coordinator Bernard Michaux and asked him about the Oscar campaign for Alexander Nanau’s COLLECTIVE and co-producing in Luxembourg.

 

We are talking while you are at Los Angeles, a few days before the Oscar presentations. You are there in quarantine. Are you also there to campaign for the film to improve the chances to get an Oscar?  

Yes, of course. For a few months we have had calls with at least 50 people every Wednesday to work on our Oscar campaign for Collective by Alexander Nanau, which is nominated at the 93rd Academy Awards for the Best Documentary Feature and Best International Feature Film. Among them are our American distributors Magnolia Pictures and Participant who are heading the the campaign. We have publicists, Germany, the UK and in the U.S., who are promoting our film to the Academy Members all over the world in order to vote for us. We are now in the voting period between April 15 and 20. Today is 19th of April, so we have one more day to convince people, which mean a lot of zoom calls, also with press. From tomorrow on it will be more relaxed because the decision has been made, and we will just have to wait. Nevertheless, we still have a few online cocktails that we need to attend.

We are also nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the Independent Spirit Awards. There will be a ceremony on Thursday on zoom. So, we are mainly active online. In a normal year we or at least the director would have to be in LA from the middle of February when Oscars shortlists were announced. This year everything is done online, which is the reason why we came to LA quite late. 

 

Receiving two Oscar nominations for your documentary is already an enormous success. Did you expect the film to be so successful?

Well, it’s difficult to say. From the beginning on I had a feeling that we are on to something that it could be big. We tried to get the best partners on board, and we tried to go as far as possible, which in our case was partnering with Philippa Kowarsky from Cinephil, the sales agent. They have experience with Oscar campaigns and had the right contacts with good American distributors. It premiered at the Venice Film Festival, and was screened at TIFF. Afterwards it was shown at many other festivals, winning awards, but we were not sure if the film is just touring the festivals or if it can go further.

 

 

What were the next steps?

In Toronto we got our American partners on board, Magnolia Pictures and Participant. We knew we had the right partners, but we still didn’t know how far it could go. A year later, we had the American release in November 2020, and the film resonated well with the Americans. We won awards that were important for the road to the Oscars, such as Best Documentary at the European Film Awards or awards by Critics Associations all over US. We were also on Barack Obama’s list, and all of this helped us to have the buzz around the film. But in the end, you never know. But in this case, everything worked out perfectly and we are now in LA.

 

When did you first hear about the project? When did you step in?

I stepped in quite at the beginning. I knew the director Alexander Nanau before, and we discussed that it would be great to do something together one day. A few months after the fire outbreak in the colectiv club in Bucharest, Alexander was still searching what would possibly be his story. He pitched me the project and I directly wanted to step in. So, we were on board before we applied to our film fund and before we knew if we could finance the film in Luxembourg.

 

The film consists of several parts: the fire at the Colectiv, the treatment of the injured at the hospital, the reaction of their families and the acts of the politicians. You said that the director didn’t know what would happen with his story while he was shooting.

No, he didn’t. I think this was also the reason why the characters that you see in the film were not the only ones that we followed. We had 400 hours of footage and it was during the editing that we had to “write” the film.

 

The director is getting very close to some of the protagonists. Sometimes it seems that there are scenes in the film, which were not intended for a public audience in the first place. How did he manage to get such scenes?

I think it’s his approach. He needed time to gain the trust of these people. When he first asked the journalists if he could be in the pressroom with them, they refused it. They didn’t want to have anyone in their room, because they wanted to protect their sources and whistle-blowers. It was only after a few weeks that they called him back and told him that maybe he could join them. It was a matter of time and a matter of gaining their trust.

With the politician it was very difficult to approach him at first, but we managed through personal links. It turned out that he was open for our idea. So, it was a matter of time to gain trust of these people. These people knew the director’s work what definitely helped opening there doors for us.

 

Luxembourg is quite small country, but it seems that Luxembourgish film industry is quite lively. There are many countries interested in co-producing with Luxembourg, why is that so?

In Luxembourg, I think that we are producing films that are getting better and better. This year we have 3 nominations at the Oscar and a co-production won the Golden Bear. There have been two Luxembourgish films in Berlin this year and let’s wait for the outcome in Cannes. The industry knows that we have good team members and that it’s easy to work with Luxembourg. The Film Fund Luxembourg is very supportive. There is a good relationship between the Film Fund and the producers, and we always try to adapt to a changing market. Right now, the rules are quite easy in Luxembourg. The Luxembourg Film Fund can fund a project with 100% of the local spend, which makes it an interesting fund for international co-productions.

 

You also have a big network with EAVE, which is based in Luxembourg. 

Yes, sure. I think EAVE’s network is great. In Luxembourg, 90% of our productions are co-productions, so we need this international network. Last year was so strange because we couldn’t see each other at festivals. We are not only co-producers, but are developing our own slate. We love to co-produce. And EAVE is a great network for finding the right co-producers for our projects.

 

 

Let’s get back to the film: Was it difficult to get the support of the Film Fund Luxembourg without knowing too much about the film?

The presentation of documentaries to film funds is always a challenge. Without knowing the outcome of a documentary you need a Fund that understands this problem and is willing to trust your director. In our case the selection committee of the Film Fund Luxembourg saw the potential in the film. I understand that it can be hard for a film fund to evaluate documentaries but it’s also hard for us, so both sides have to accept this challenge; it’s like a bet, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.  In our case it worked perfectly out.

 

I suppose you are very excited to see what will happen on Sunday, when the 93rd Oscars will be held.

Yes, sure. We are doing all the work that we can, but we have probably less than half of the budget for our campaign compared to some other competitors who have Amazon and Netflix behind them. Here in L.A., you can see the billboards of the other documentary films, which is something that we couldn’t afford. But we have a good film, and we just hope that the people have seen it because our main strategy was to get the people to see the film. Whatever is going to happen on Sunday, we feel that we have won already. The film got 2 nominations and made it’s important impact.

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EAVE project NOT A WORD receives funding

Netherlands Film Fund

Eight new co-productions between The Netherlands and Flanders are supported by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF) and the Netherlands Film Fund. Among them:

  • CLOSE by Lukas Dhont, co-producers: EAVE graduates Arnold Heslenfeld, Laurette Schillings & Frans van Gestel, Jacques-Henri Bronckart
  • MARCHING IN THE DARK by Kinshuk Surjan, co-producer: EAVE graduate Estelle Robin-You
  • ONDER DE BLOTE HEMEL by Lilian Sijbesma, co-producer: EAVE graduate Ellen de Waele
  • SEA SPARKLE by Domien Huyghe, producer: EAVE MW graduate Sanne Sandaert, co-producers: EAVE graduates Marleen Slot, Sinisa Juricic
  • WHITETAIL by Nanouk Leopold, producer: EAVE graduate Stienette Bosklopper 

www.filmfonds.nl

 

FFA

Two films by EAVE graduates receive production support by the German-French Funding Commission.

  • LA GRANDE MAGIE by Noémie Lvovsky, producer: EAVE graduate Nicole Gerhards
  • SIDONIE IN JAPAN by Élise Girard, producer: EAVE graduate Sébastien Haguenauer

www.ffa.de

 

German State Minister for Culture

The German State Minister for Culture and the Media supports the following feature films and documentaries:

  • BLACK BOX by Asli Özge, producer: EAVE graduate Ivan Madeo
  • BUFIS – TAGTRÄUMER by Mahad Ahmed, Vincenzo Cavallo, producer: EAVE + graduate Titus Kreyenberg
  • DAS RADIKALE ICH by Johann Feindt, producer: EAVE + graduate Titus Kreyenberg
  • FINSTERWALD by Carly Borgstrom, producer: EAVE graduate Verena Gräfe-Höft
  • FRISCH by Damian John Harper, producer: EAVE graduate and German National Coordinator, TTB group leader Jonas Weydemann
  • EAVE project NOT A WORD by Hanna Slak, producer: EAVE graduate Michel Balagué

www.bundesregierung.de

 

Wallimage

The Walloon regional investment fund Wallimage has granted its support to 10 new projects. Among them:

  • BLACK BOX by Asli Özge, producer: EAVE graduate Ivan Madeo
  • DES CORPS ET DES BATAILLES by Christophe Hermans, producer: EAVE + graduate Jean-Yves Roubin
  • J’AIME LA VIE by Mathias Sercu, producer: EAVE graduate Valérie Bournonville
  • LA TÊTE DANS LES ÉTOILES by Emmanuel Gillibert, producer: EAVE graduate Benoit Roland
  • MOST ALIVE by Delphine Girard, producer: EAVE graduate Jacques-Henri Bronckart

www.wallimage.be

 

  • ANNIE COLÈRE by Blandine Lenoir, producer: B’EST graduate Charlotte Vincent. The script centres on a worker who accidentally becomes pregnant and finds herself involved in the fight for the legalisation of abortion. The year is 1974 and this fight will give her life a new meaning… Produced by Charlotte Vincent for Aurora Films and Nicolas Brevière for Local Films, ANNIE COLÈRE will be co-produced by France 3 Cinéma. Also pre-bought by Canal+ and Ciné+, the feature benefits from the support of, among others, the Île-de-France region.

www.aurorafilms.fr

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EAVE project TO THE NORTH is shooting

  • TONY, SHELLY AND THE SPIRIT by Filip Posivac, producer: EAVE graduate Pavla Janouskova Kubeckova is in production. In Posicavc’s first long animated film, Tony, a peculiar, glowing boy, and his new friend Shelly, try to discover the many mysteries of their old tenement house. The film is produced by Nutprodukce (Chech Republic) in co-production with Nutprodukcia (Slovakia) and Filmfabriq (Hungary). Support comes from the Czech Film Fund, the Slovak Audiovisual Fund, the National Film Institute - Hungary and Eurimages.

www.nutprodukce.cz

 

  • EL NIETO by Nely Reguera, co-producer: EAVE graduate Maria Dandraki is in production. The plot: Marisa, bored with her life as a retiree and tired of constantly comparing herself to her friends, who are already grandmothers, decides to travel to a refugee camp where, the way she sees it, they are in need of people exactly like her. Upon her arrival, she discovers a reality that she could never have imagined and which leads her to explore the boundaries between love and the need to feel useful. EL NIETO is a production by Spanish outfits Fasten Films and Bteam Prods and Greece’s Homemade Films. It boasts the involvement of RTVE, TV3 and Movistar +; funding from the ICAA, ICEC and Eurimages; and backing from Creative Europe – MEDIA.  

homemadefilms.gr

 

 

  • THE GOOD DRIVER by Tonislav Hristov, producer: EAVE graduate Kaarle Aho is shooting. The protagonist is Ivan, a Bulgarian taxi driver working and living in the Golden Sands seaside resort, slowly saving money in order to go back to Finland – where he used to live with his ex-wife – and make amends for his past mistakes. The feature is being staged by Finnish production company Making Movies Oy represented by Kaarle Aho and by Hristov’s Soul Food (Bulgaria). The project is supported by the Finnish Film Foundation, the Bulgarian National Film Center and Eurimages. The first part of the shoot took place last November in Golyam Dervent, moving to Sofia in March. Hristov will shoot in the Golden Sands resort in June and July, and in Helsinki in August.

www.mamo.fi

 

  • EAVE project TO THE NORTH by Mihai Mincan, producer: EAVE and TTB graduate Radu Stancu, co-producers: EAVE and TTB graduate Konstantinos Vassilaros and EAVE graduate Mikulas Novotny is shooting. The story, inspired by a real event, focuses on a religious Filipino sailor who is working on a transatlantic ship, where he meets a young Romanian stowaway. Convinced by a Bible that this emigrant has, the sailor starts playing a dangerous game, involving his crew, his faith in God, and an innocent man’s life. TO THE NORTH is produced by Radu Stancu through Romania’s deFilm in co-production with Cyriac Auriol through France’s Remora Films, Konstantinos Vassilaros and Orfeas Perezis through Greek Studio Bauhaus, Poli Angelova and Nikolay Todorov through Bulgaria’s Screening Emotions, and Mikulas Novotny through Czech Background Films. Ioana Lascar is delegate producer and Ramona Grama is executive producer. The film is supported by the Romanian Film Centre (CNC), the Czech Film Fund, the Bulgarian Film Center, ARTE Cofinova, the Greek Film Center, ERT Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation, the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme and Angoa. The project has been developed at: EAVE Producer’s Workshop, EAVE Ties that Bind, ApostLab, Sofia Meetings, New Horizons Studio +, Transilvania Pitch Stop and Villa Kult Residency, supported by Renate Roginas. The shooting takes place in Romania and Greece, while the postproduction will be made in Romania, the Czech Republic and France.

www.defilm.ro

 

  • MONK, PANNONICA AND THE JAZZMEN by Jacques Goldstein is in production. Based on the discovery of a notebook of forgotten photos and notes, the film tells the story of the meeting, outside the narrow norms of 1950s America, between the white aristocrat Pannonica de Koenigswarter, author of this notebook, and the brilliant black pianist Thelonious Monk. All the way from archives from the 40’s to today’s interviews of major modern jazz artists, a film placed under the sign of the fight of black musicians for the recognition of their art. The film is a co-production with CFRT (FR), with the support of the Film Fund Luxembourg (LU), CNC (FR), Procirep-Angoa (FR) and ARTE G.E.I.E. (FR). The shooting sessions take place in New York, Paris, and Luxembourg.

www.a-bahn.com

 

  • SWEET DREAMS by Robin McNicholas, producer: EAVE graduate Marion Guth is in production. The Virtual Reality piece that combines screen, theatre and music, is a study of human appetites – of greed and restraint, guilt and desire. Using the theme of food and the language of dreams, it explores our complex and often conflicted relationships with the things we want. The co-production with Marshmallow Laser Feast (UK), PHI Studio (CA) has the support of Film Fund Luxembourg (LU), British Film Institute (UK), Innovate UK (UK), National Lottery (UK).

www.a-bahn.com

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PETIT SOLANGE by Axelle Ropert in post-production now

  • SOME OF US by Julie Schroell, Rae Lyn Lee, Lucia Valverde, Eileen Byrne, producer: EAVE graduate Marion Guth is in post-production. The transmedia documentary series draws the portrait of top-level athletes who have had to face discrimination (gender, race, sexual orientation...). A strong plea for inclusiveness in sport! Director Julie Schroell shot in Toulouse, Rae Lyn Lee in Singapore, Lucia Valverde in Cuba, and Eileen Byrne in Paris. Other episodes by Bérénice Meinsohn, Andres Jarach, Alexandre Radicchi, Matthieu Rougé. A co-production with Bachibouzouk (FR) and Dancing Dog (BE). Broadcasted by France Télévisions, RTBF, and RTL Lëtzebuerg. The animation is handled by Mélusine productions / Studio 352 (LU) and Foliascope (FR). With the support of Film Fund Luxembourg, CNC (LU), Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (FR), MEDIA, Wallimage Entreprises, Région Wallonne, Tax Shelter of the Belgian Government (BE).

www.a-bahn.com

 

  • PETITE SOLANGE by Axelle Ropert, producer: B’EST graduate Charlotte Vincent is in post-production. The story revolves around 12-year-old Solange, a typical young, modern teenager, full of life and curiosity over the future, but who also has something rather special about her: she’s sentimental to a fault and she adores her parents. One day, the latter argue, get angry and begin to grow apart… Conflict erupts. As the shadow of divorce grows ever sharper, Solange’s world shows signs of cracking. As a result, she worries, reacts, suffers… In short, she continues to believe. It’s the story of a too soft, young teen who longs for the impossible: for love to never end. Produced by Charlotte Vincent for Aurora Films, PETITE SOLANGE has been pre-purchased by Ciné+, and enjoys the support of the SOFICA companies Cinémage and Cinécapital, as well as the Ile-de-France and Pays de la Loire regions where the film was shot.

www.aurorafilms.fr

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ANOTHER ROUND Best International Film at the Oscars

American Academy Awards / The Oscars

  • DRUK (ANOTHER ROUND) by Thomas Vinterberg, co-producers: EAVE graduates Lizette Jonjic, Arnold Heslenfeld, Laurette Schillings & Frans van Gestel scooped the Oscar for Best International Film at the American Academy Awards.

www.oscars.org

 

BAFTA

  • DRUK (ANOTHER ROUND) by Thomas Vinterberg, co-producers: EAVE graduates Lizette Jonjic, Arnold Heslenfeld, Laurette Schillings & Frans van Gestel has won Best Film Not in the English Language at the British Academy Film Awards BAFTAs.

www.bafta.org

 

Hong Kong International Film Festival

  • EAVE project LOOKING FOR VENERA by Norika Sefa, producer: EAVE graduate Besnik Krapi wins Best Director and Best Actress at the Hong Kong International Film Festival.

https://www.hkiff.org.hk

 

Meetings on The Bridge

Three awards for EAVE graduates at the Meetings on The Bridge:

Film Development Workshop

  • DARK FOREST by Nazli Elif Durlu, producer: EAVE graduate Annamaria Aslanoglu won the MFI Script and Development Workshop Award
  • HESITATION WOUND by Selman Nacar, co-producer: EAVE graduate Guillaume de Seille won the TRT Special Award

Neighbours Platform

  • THE EAGLE OF BARWAQ by Kiarash Anvari, co-producer: EAVE graduate Guillaume de Seille won the Postbiyik Sound Production Award

http://film.iksv.org

 

Visions du Réel

Three awards for EAVE graduates at the Visions du Réel festival:

  • LITTLE PALESTINE by Abdallah Al-Khatib, producer: EAVE graduate Jean-Laurent Csinidis won the Interreligious Award
  • PUSHING BOUNDARIES by Lesia Kordonets, producer: EAVE graduate Karin Koch won the Zonta Creative Support Award
  • THE VANISHING by Rama Thiaw, producer: EAVE graduate Jean-Laurent Csinidis won the visions sud est award at Visions du Réel’s pitching competition.

www.films-de-force-majeure.com

 

Cyprus Film Days

  • EAVE project SOLE by Carlo Sironi, producer: EAVE graduates Giovanni Pompili & Agnieszka Wasiak was awarded Best Film at the Cyprus Film Days
  • JUMBO by Zoé Wittock, producers: EAVE graduates Anaïs Bertrand, Pascaline Saillant, Annabella Nezri, Gilles Chanial won the Best Director award.

www.cyprusfilmdays.com

 

Vilnius Film Festival

  • VAURIEN by Peter Dourountzis, producer: EAVE graduate Sebastien Haguenauer was awarded Best Actor (Pierre Deladonchamps) at the Vilnius Film Festival Kino Pavasaris
  • PEOPLE WE KNOW ARE CONFUSED by Tomas Smulkis, producer: EAVE graduate Dagne Vildziunaite won the FIPRESCI Prize
  • QUO VADIS‚ AIDA? by Jasmila Zbanic, producer: EAVE graduate Cristian Nicolescu won the Audience Award

www.kinopavasaris.lt/en

 

Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival

  • MY IDENTITY IS THIS EXPANSE! by by Karolina Markiewicz and Pascal Piron in collaboration with Tamiko Thiel, producer: EAVE graduate Marion Guth has won the Best Immersive VR Award at the Cinequest Film & Creativity Festival (San José, USA)! The A-Bahn production in association with Zeilt Productions (LU) received support from the Film Fund Luxembourg (LU).

www.a-bahn.com

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EAVE project SPACEBOY selected for Cleveland IFF

Cleveland International Film Festival (March 27 – April 7)

  • EAVE project 200 METERS by Ameen Nayfeh, producer: EAVE graduate May Odeh
  • BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ by Burhan Qurbani, producers: EAVE graduates Léontine Petit, Derk-Jan Warrink, Marleen Slot
  • FATHER by Srdan Golubovic, producers: EAVE group leader Danijel Hocevar, EAVE graduate Adis Djapo, EAVE graduate and National Coordinator Bosnia-Herzegovina Amra Baksic Camo
  • GAMES PEOPLE PLAY by Jenni Toivonemi, producers: EAVE graduate and Finnish National Coordinator Elli Toivoniemi and EAVE graduate Venla Hellstedt
  • HUMAN FACTORS by Ronny Trocker, producers: EAVE graduate Katrin Pors, TTB graduate Mikkel Jersin
  • EAVE project SPACEBOY by Olivier Pairoux, producer: EAVE graduate Annabella Nezri, co-producer: EAVE graduate Katleen Goossens
  • THE TAILOR by Sonia Liza Kenterman, producers: EAVE graduates Ioanna Bolomyti, Tanja Georgieva, Melanie Andernach, Isabelle Truc
  • TOVE by Zaida Bergroth, producer: EAVE graduate Aleksi Bardy
  • WHEN I’M DONE DYING by Nisan Dag, producers: EAVE graduates Muge Ozen, Dorothe Beinemeier
  • WILDFIRE by Cathy Brady, producer: EAVE+ graduate Carlo Cresto-Dina

www.clevelandfilm.org

 

 

Istanbul Film Festival (April 1 – June 29)

  • I NEVER CRY by Piotr Domalewski, producer: EAVE graduate Jan Kwiecinski
  • IN THE MIRROR by Laila Pakalnina, producer: EAVE graduate Dagne Vildziunaite
  • SUNDAYS by Alethea Avramis, producers: EAVE+ graduate Giorgos Karnavas, EAVE graduate Konstantinos Kontovrakis
  • THE MOLE AGENT by PUENTES graduate Maite Alberdi, co-producers: EAVE graduates Fleur Knopperts, Denis Vaslin, Ingmar Trost

 

Meetings on The Bridge

Film Development Workshop

  • DARK FOREST by Nazli Elif Durlu, producer: EAVE graduate Annamaria Aslanoglu
  • HESITATION WOUND by Selman Nacar, co-producer: EAVE graduate Guillaume de Seille 

Neighbours Platform

  • THE EAGLE OF BARWAQ by Kiarash Anvari, co-producer: EAVE graduate Guillaume de Seille

Series on The Brigde

  • EASTERN NIGHTMARES by Orcun Behram, producer: EAVE graduate Müge Özen
  • GENCO by Ali Kemal Cinar, producer: EAVE graduate Nesra Gürbüz

http://film.iksv.org

 

 

San Francisco International Film Festival (April 9 – 18)

  • HOME by Franka Potente, producer: EAVE graduate Henning Kamm, co-producer: EAVE graduate Léontine Petit
  • THE PERFECT CANDIDATE directed and produced by Interchange graduate Haifaa Al-Mansour
  • TOVE by Zaida Bergroth, producer: EAVE graduate Aleksi Bardy

https://sffilm.org

 

 

Bolzano Filmfestival, Bozen (April 13 – 18)

  • EAVE project SOLE by Carlo Sironi, producer: EAVE graduate Giovanni Pompili & Agnieszka Wasiak
  • GLORY TO THE QUEEN by Tatia Skhirtladze, producer: EAVE+ graduate Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu
  • HOCHWALD by Evi Romen, producer: EAVE+ graduate Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu
  • PUENTES project MATERNAL by Maura Delpero, producers: PUENTES graduate Alessandro Amato, Interchange graduate Marta Donzelli
  • VOR MIR DER SÜDEN by EAVE graduate Pepe Danquart

http://filmfestival.bz.it

 

 

Visions du Réel, Nyon (April 14 – 25)

  • BELLUM – THE DEMON OF WAR by David Herdies & Georg Götmark, producer: EAVE graduate David Herdies
  • BRAGUINO by Clément Cogitore, producer: Cédric Bonin, co-producer: Kaarle Aho
  • HOLGUT by Liesbeth de Ceulaer, producer: EAVE graduate Tomas Leyers
  • LITTLE PALESTINE by Abdallah Al-Khatib, producer: EAVE graduate Jean-Laurent Csinidis
  • PUSHING BOUNDARIES by Lesia Kordonets, producer: EAVE graduate Karin Koch
  • SHELTERED by Saskia Gubbels, producer: EAVE graduate Janneke Doolaard
  • SOLDAT AHMET by Jannis Lenz, producer: EAVE graduate David Bohun

Pitching du Réel

  • TAAMADEN by Seydou Cissé, producer: EAVE graduate Aurélien Bodinaux
  • THE VANISHING by Rama Thiaw, producer: EAVE graduate Jean-Laurent Csinidis

www.visionsdureel.ch

 

 

E-Meeting Point Vilnius (April 14 – 16)

  • 9TH STEP by Irma Puzazskaite, producer: B’EST graduate Lukas Trimonis
  • BURIAL by Emilija Skarnulyte, producer: EAVE graduate Dagne Vildziunaite
  • HOMO SOVIETICUS by Ivo Briedis, producer: EAVE participant and EAVE+ graduate Gints Grube
  • LOTTO by Zaza Khalvashi, co-producer: EAVE graduate Ieva Norviliene
  • EAVE project OUR RIVER… OUR SKY by Maysoon Pachachi, producer: EAVE graduate Talal Al-Muhanna
  • ROMA by Olha Zurba, co-producer: EAVE graduate Monica Hellström
  • RUNNER by Ansdrius Blazevicius, producer: EAVE graduate Marija Razgute
  • TROUBLED MINDS by Raitis Abele, Lauris Abele, producer: EAVE FFF graduate Roberts Vinovskis
  • THE WIRE by Tiha Gudac, producer: B’EST graduate Lukas Trimonis

https://kinopavasaris.lt/en/selection-mpv

 

 

Cyprus Film Days (April 16 – 24)

  • APPLES by Christos Nikou, producer: B’EST graduate Ales Pavlis, co-producer: EAVE graduate Mariusz Wlodarski, associate producer: EAVE+ graduate Antoine Simkine
  • BALLAD OF A PIERCED HEART by Yannis Economides, producer: EAVE graduates Ioanna Bolomyti, Ingmar Trost
  • BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH by Najwa Najjar, producer: EAVE graduate Paul Thiltges
  • EAVE project SOLE by Carlo Sironi, producer: EAVE graduates Giovanni Pompili & Agnieszka Wasiak
  • JUMBO by Zoé Wittock, producers: EAVE graduates Anaïs Bertrand, Pascaline Saillant, Annabella Nezri, Gilles Chanial
  • MONOS by Alejandro Landes, producer: EAVE+ graduate and PUENTES group leader Fernando Epstein
  • NIGHT OF THE KINGS by Philippe Lacôte, producer: EAVE+ graduate Yanick Létourneau
  • THE MAN WHO SOLD HIS SKIN by Kaouther Ben Hania, producers: EAVE graduates Annabella Nezri, Martin Hampel
  • SWEAT by Magnus von Horn, producer: EAVE graduate Mariusz Wlodarski

Dot on the Map Meeting Point

  • GIZEM by Stelana Kliris, producer: EAVE graduate Stelana Kliris

www.cyprusfilmdays.com

 

 

Martovski Festival, Belgrade (April 19 – 25)

  • GLORY TO THE QUEEN by Tatia Skhirtladze, producer: EAVE+ graduate Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu
  • IN A WHISPER by Heidi Hassan & Patricia Pérez Fernández, producer: PUENTES graduate Delphine Schmit

http://martovski.rs/en

 

 

Mooov Brugge  (April 20 – May 3)

  • EAVE project 200 METERS by Ameen Nayfeh, producer: EAVE graduate May Odeh
  • ONCE UPON A TIME IN VENEZUELA by Anabel Rodriguez Rios, producer: EAVE graduate Arash T. Riahi
  • PUENTES project MATERNAL by Maura Delpero, producers: PUENTES graduate Alessandro Amato, Interchange graduate Marta Donzelli
  • QUO VADIS‚ AIDA? by Jasmila Zbanic, producer: EAVE graduate Cristian Nicolescu
  • THE FEVER by Maya Da-Rin, producer: EAVE graduate Leonardo Mecchi, co-producer: EAVE graduate Jonas Dornbach
  • THE MOLE AGENT by PUENTES graduate Maite Alberdi, co-producers: EAVE graduates Fleur Knopperts, Denis Vaslin, Ingmar Trost
  • THE PERFECT CANDIDATE directed and produced by Interchange graduate Haifaa Al-Mansour
  • THIS IS NOT A BURIAL, IT’S A RESURRECTION by Jeremiah Lemonhang Mosese, producers: EAVE graduates Elias Ribeiro, Cait Pansegrouw, EAVE National Coordinator Africa Bongiwe Selane
  • YALDA, A NIGHT FOR FORGIVENESS by Massoud Bakhshi, producer: EAVE graduate Marianne Dumoulin, co-producers: EAVE graduate Nicole Gerhards, EAVE+ graduate Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu

www.mooov.be

 

 

goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film, Wiesbaden (April 20 – 26)

  • GLORY TO THE QUEEN by Tatia Skhirtladze, producer: EAVE+ graduate Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu
  • HERE WE MOVE, HERE WE GROOVE by Sergej Kreso, producer: EAVE graduate Janneke Doolaard
  • IN THE MIRROR by Laila Pakalnina, producer: EAVE graduate Dagne Vildziunaite
  • IN THE DUSK by Sharunas Bartas, producer: EAVE graduate Janja Kralj, co-producer: EAVE graduate Petra Oplatkova
  • MARIAM by Sharipa Urazbayeva, producer: EAVE graduate and Russian National Coordinator Anna Katchko
  • QUO VADIS‚ AIDA? by Jasmila Zbanic, producer: EAVE graduate Cristian Nicolescu
  • THE LAST ONES by Veiko Õunpuu, producers: EAVE graduates Katrin Kissa, Mark Lwoff, Misha Jaari
  • ULBOLSIN by Adilkhan Yerzhanov, co-producer: EAVE graduate Guillaume de Seille
  • WINTER FLIES by Olmo Omerzu, producer: EAVE graduate Jiri Konecny
  • YELLOW CAT by Adilkhan Yerzhanov, producer: EAVE graduate Guillaume de Seille

www.filmfestival-goeast.de

 

 

CPH:DOX, Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival (April 21 – May 2)

  • ALL-IN by Volkan Üce, producer: EAVE graduate Emmy Oost
  • CHILDREN OF THE ENEMY by Gorki Glaser-Müller, producer: PUENTES graduate Kristofer Henell, co-producers: EAVE graduates Signe Leick Jensen, Peter Possne, executive producer: EAVE graduate Annika Hellström
  • HE’S MY BROTHER by Cille Hannibal, Christine Hanberg, producer: EAVE graduate Monica Hellström 
  • HOLGUT by Liesbeth de Ceulaer, producer: EAVE graduate Tomas Leyers
  • EPICENTRO by Hubert Sauper, producer: EAVE graduate Gabriele Kranzelbinder
  • LOST KIDS ON THE BEACH by Alina Manolache, producer: EAVE and TTB graduate Radu Stancu
  • LOVES ME, LOVES ME NOT by Kathrine Skibsted, Caroline Mathilde Salic, Andrine Moland, producer: EAVE graduate Rikke Tambo Andersen

  • OUR MEMORY BELONGS TO US by Rami Farah, Signe Byrge Sørensen, producer: EAVE graduate Signe Byrge Sørensen
  • PRESIDENT by Camilla Nielsson, producer: EAVE graduate Signe Byrge Sørensen
  • THE FIRST 54 YEARS by Avi Mograbi, producers: EAVE graduates Elina Pohjola, Leila Lyytikäinen
  • THE LAST SHELTER by Ousmane Samassekou, producer: EAVE graduate Estelle Robin You
  • RAISING A SCHOOL SHOOTER by Frida Matilda Barkfors, Lasse Barkfors, producer: EAVE graduate Anne Köhncke
  • RECONCILIATION by Marija Zidar, producer: EAVE group leader Danijel Hocevar

CPH:FORUM

  • COLD & WARM by Jørgen Leth, Andreas Koefoed, producer: EAVE participant Emile Hertling Peronard
  • LES JOURS (DAYS) by Geneviève Dulude-De Celles, producer: EAVE graduate Fanny Drew
  • MARCHING IN THE DARK by Kinshuk Surjan, producer: EAVE participant Hanne Phlypo
  • STORIES FROM THE DEBRIS by Jennifer Rainsford, producer: EAVE graduates David Herdies, Michael Krotkiewski
  • THE BROKEN CALIPHATE by Jess Kelly, Vanessa Bowles, producer: EAVE graduate Heidi Kim Andersen
  • THE END OF ALL by Sun Hee Engelstoft, producer: EAVE graduate Rikke Tambo Andersen
  • THE KILLING OF A JOURNALIST by Matt Sarnecki, producer: EAVE graduate Signe Byrge Sorensen
  • THE NORWEGIAN HEADACHE by Rune Denstad Langlo, producer: EAVE graduate Sigve Endresen
  • THE PERVERT’S GUIDE TO UTOPIAS by Sophie Fiennes, producer: EAVE graduate and Irish National Coordinator Katie Holly
  • THE SKY ABOVE ZENICA by Nanna Frank Møller, producer: EAVE Head of Studies Lise Lense-Møller
  • THEFT OF FIRE by Amer Shomal, producer: Interchange graduate Rashid Abdelhamid
  • TWICE COLONIZED by Lin Alluna, producer: EAVE participant Emile Hertling Peronard

https://cphdox.dk

 

 

Bergamo Film Meeting (April 24 – May 2)

  • 11 MINUTES by Jerzy Skolimowski, producer: EAVE graduate Ed Guiney   
  • ADVENTURES OF A MATHEMATICIAN by Thorsten Klein, producer: EAVE graduate Lena Vurma
  • ESSENTIAL KILLING by Jerzy Skolimowski, producers: EAVE graduates Jozsef Berger, Ed Guiney, Ingrid Lill Hogtun
  • GHOST TROPIC by Bas Devos, producers: EAVE graduates Tomas Leyers, Benoît Roland
  • TAILOR by Sonia Liza Kenterman, producers: EAVE graduates Ioanna Bolomyti, Tanja Georgieva, Isabelle Truc, executive producer: EAVE graduate Fenia Cossovitsa
  • UNE VIE DÉMENTE by Ann Sirot, Raphaël Balboni, producer: EAVE graduate Julie Esparbes
  • MY FATHER, THE SPY by EAVE participant Gints Grube, Jaak Kilmi, producer: EAVE participant and EAVE+ graduate Gints Grube
  • SOLO by EAVE graduate Artemio Benki, producers: EAVE graduates Artemio Benki, Arash T. Riahi, Karin Berger

www.bergamofilmmeeting.it

 

 

Hot Docs Festival (April 29 – May 9)

  • ALL-IN by Volkan Üce, producer: EAVE graduate Emmy Oost
  • FAITH AND BRANKO by Catherine Harte, producer: EAVE graduate Snezana Van Houwelingen
  • FOUR SEASONS IN A DAY by Annabel Verbeke, producer: EAVE graduate Lukas Trimonis
  • GAUCHO AMERICANO by Nicolás Molina, producer: PUENTES graduate Josephine Schroeder

Hot Docs Forum

  • EAVE project THE LAST NOMADS by Biljana Tutorov, Petar Glomazić, producer: EAVE participant Biljana Tutorov
  • MADE IN ETHIOPIA by Xinyan Yu, Max Duncan, producer: EAVE graduate Tamara Dawit

Hot Docs Deal Maker

  • THEFT OF FIRE by Amer Shomal, producer: Interchange graduate Rashid Abdelhamid
  • WHEN I WAS A TERRORIST by Mayte Carrasco, Marcel Mettelsiefen, producer: EAVE graduate Marieke van den Bersselaar
  • OLE MI COÑO – THE RIPOSTE TO DIGITAL VIOLENCE by Patricia Franquesa, producer: EAVE MW graduate Mireia Graell

www.hotdocs.ca

 

 

D’A Barcelona International Auteur Film Festival (April 29 – May 9)

  • BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ by Burhan Qurbani, producers: EAVE graduates Léontine Petit, Derk-Jan Warrink, Marleen Slot
  • DAU. NATASHA by Ilya Khrzhanovskiy, Jekaterina Oertel, producer: EAVE+ graduate Artem Vasilyev
  • EDEN by Agnes Kocsis, producer: EAVE graduate Oana Giurgiu
  • IN THE DUSK by Sharunas Bartas, producer: EAVE graduate Janja Kralj, co-producer: EAVE graduate Petra Oplatkova
  • KALA AZAR by Janis Rafa, producer: EAVE graduate and Greek National Coordinator Konstantinos Kontovrakis
  • MALMKROG by Cristi Puiu, co-producers: EAVE graduate and Serbian National Coordinator Milan Stojanovic, EAVE graduates Anamaria Antoci, Labina Mitevska, Dan Wechsler
  • MISS MARX by Susanna Nicchiarelli, producer: Interchange graduate Marta Donzelli, TTB graduate Valérie Bournonville
  • ONE OF THESE DAYS by Bastian Günther, producers: EAVE graduates Martin Heisler and Gabriele Simon
  • PASSION SIMPLE by Danielle Arbid, producer: EAVE graduate Jacques-Henri Bronckart
  • SIBERIA by Abel Ferrara, producer: Interchange graduate Marta Donzelli
  • SWEAT by Magnus von Horn, producer: EAVE graduate Mariusz Wlodarski

https://dafilmfestival.com

 

Doc Lab Poland

  • STEP BY STEP by Eliza Kubarska, Michal Woroch, producer: EAVE graduate Monika Braid
  • MY PLACE OZERNA by Karina Bedkowska, producer: EAVE graduate Monika Braid
  • GIRL'S STORIES by Aga Borzym, producer: EAVE MW graduate Agnieszka Rostropowicz-Rutkowska
  • PAPA WAS A KING OF KONGO by Joanna Ratajczak, producer: EAVE graduate Maciej Kubicki

http://doclab.pl/pl_PL

 

Hong Kong International Film Festival

  • EAVE project THE PENULTIMATE by Jonas Kærup Hjort, producer: EAVE graduate Rikke Tambo Andersen, co-producer: EAVE graduate Gary Cranner
  • EAVE project LOOKING FOR VENERA by Norika Sefa, producer: EAVE graduate Besnik Krapi

https://www.hkiff.org.hk

 

Festivals postponed

 

  • Tribeca Film Festival postponed to June 9 – 20

www.tribecafilm.com

 

  • One World International Documentary Film Festival in Prague postponed to May 10 – June 6

http://www.oneworld.cz/2021

 

  • Finale Plzen postponed to September 24 – 29

www.festivalfinale.cz

 

  • Crossing Europe, Linz postponed to June 1 – 6

www.crossingeurope.at

 

  • Karlovy Vary International Film Festival postponed to August 20 – 28

www.kviff.com

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EAVE Yoga Corner

Dear EAVE Yogis!

 

This month we were practicing yoga together with the EAVE Producers Workshop 2021 participants!

In May, we will continue with our mindful approach towards yoga during restorative and more dynamic sessions.

You are most welcome to join on:

MONDAYS: 20:30 – 22:00 CEST

THURSDAYS: 08:15 – 08:55 CEST

THURSDAYS: 19:00 – 19:40 CEST

Discounted price for the EAVE graduates:

  • 50 Euro for a 10-class card (40 min)
  • 7 Euro for 40 min class
  • 13 Euro for 90 min class

Please register by email: yogatanika@gmail.com

Thanks!

Namaste,

Tanika

 

More info:

https://www.yogatanika.de/

https://www.facebook.com/yogatanika/

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EPC Code of Fair Practices

European Producers Club has published its Code of Fair Practices when working with the streamers for European independent producers:

 

The role of the independent production company is to discover talents, initiate projects by acquiring or creating IPs, develop scripts, attach other creative talents, produce the film and/or TV content and commercialise/monetise the work, via distributors and/or sales agents, by accessing audiences through theatres, broadcasters, VOD Services and any other means.

The role of an independent production company is at the heart of each project and involves creative development, production and budgetary and financial management.

The value of this role should be recognised in the producers’ relationships with VOD Services, in particular through the contractual terms regarding the funding and exploitation of each project. This Code of Fair Practices aims to establish basic parameters to be applied to VOD Services’ contracts when commissioning feature films, TV series and other audiovisual works (“originals”) from independent production companies.


1. Fair and proportionate remuneration and economic participation for producers
The principle of appropriate and proportionate remuneration, which is already provided for by the EU for authors, directors and other copyright or related rights owners, should be applied to independent producers, as well.

Appropriate and proportionate remuneration for independent production companies includes reasonable producer fees, overhead fees in accordance with industry standards, and additional remuneration to be determined fairly and depending on viewing results. An adequate contingency reserve should also be included in the budget approved by the VOD Service.


2. Producers' contribution and right to participate in future derivative works
When an independent production company has acquired, created or co-developed an IP, that underlying IP shall remain with the production company, including the rights to make sequels, prequels, remakes, and any other derivative audiovisual works based on the initial film or TV series. As an example, the production company that has produced the first season of a TV series based on that IP should be involved as the production company in all subsequent seasons of that same series.

The exploitation rights granted to the VOD Service should be limited to the rights in the film or TV series that the VOD Service needs in connection with the primary exploitation of the work on its service, while allowing for the production company to authorize the reasonable, additional exploitation of the remaining or unused rights of the work, e.g. a theatrical release, where appropriate, and free TV exploitation after a reasonable period of exclusivity. VOD Services should only require the license of the rights they actually exploit or should acquire those additional rights for additional fees at a fair market rate.

All exploitation rights granted to a VOD Service should revert to the independent production company after a reasonable period of time.


3. Transparency and Accountability
In order for the independent production company to gain insight into the success of the works it has produced, the VOD Services should provide the independent production company with regular and comprehensive information on the exploitation of the work, in particular with respect to (i) the number of overall views of the work on the VOD Service, including detailed data for the key territories as well as (ii) relevant and comprehensive information about any off-service exploitation and any revenues thus generated.

4.Public Benefits and Fiscal Incentives
National benefits or subsidies, regional support funding and/or tax incentives aimed at national and European works in the Member States should be accessed only through independent production companies. Such support should be recognised as part of the producer's financial contribution and allow for the production company to maintain ownership and control of exploitation rights that are of a value that is truly comparable to that contribution.

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Focus Asia launches call for its 2021 hybrid edition!

 

 

 

After a very successful 2020 online edition, FOCUS ASIA 2021, one of the leading markets exclusively dedicated to film professionals from Europe and Asia, will take place in a hybrid version in June 16-18, 2021 both in Udine (Italy) and in the ‘Far East digital space’. The industry section of the Far East Film Festival will bring together both physically and virtually over 200 film professionals from all over the world, confirming a rich programme featuring the project market dedicated to films in development and a brand-new initiative to bridge even more Europe and Asia.

 

The ALL GENRES PROJECT MARKET will select high-quality projects already in financing stage from Europe, Asia and rest of the world; the main goal is to attract films in advanced development phase with at least 15-30% of the budget in place so to enable selected teams to find the most suitable co-production and financing partners through a series of tailor-made individual meetings; the deadline for submissions is April 20, 2021 and you can find the call for entries at the following link:

https://www.fareastfilm.com/all-genres-project-market-2021/

 

The first edition of ASIAN GATES will consist in a cycle of masterclasses, lectures and case studies targeting European film professionals keen to explore more in detail the financing and distribution opportunities offered by the Asian market; the programme will be planned and developed in close partnership with EAVE Ties That Bind.

 

In the coming weeks we will reveal the complete programme, all confirmed decision makers and we will open the registration campaign to attend the market. Producers and film professionals from all over the world are welcome to join us for this exciting hybrid edition of FOCUS ASIA 2021!

 

More info at: https://www.fareastfilm.com/focus-asia-2021/

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EAVE launches comprehensive and high-impact Green Policy

EAVE, known for high-level training workshops for producers and other audiovisual industry professionals, is launching a new comprehensive green policy. EAVE annually brings together hundreds of professionals from all over the world to various locations to develop people, projects, and companies; to make all of these activities as green as possible is a daunting prospect, but EAVE has been thinking about sustainability for many years and now has taken the important next step to introduce a concrete and comprehensive green policy.

EAVE recently has reviewed all its processes and practices, identified improvements, and defined concrete actions to reach its sustainability goals. These actions will affect the daily operations of its staff, the pedagogical team and guest experts, as well as workshop participants; it also will have an impact on the choice of EAVE's providers such as hotels and restaurants as well as event destinations.

EAVE has organised its green policy in three key areas:

  • Daily functions at workshops, including choice of locations and partners.
  • Travel to workshops, festivals, other industry events and meetings.
  • Daily office practices, including purchases of equipment and materials.

Just a few of the actions outlined in the policy include less printing and shipping of materials; avoiding plastic cups and other single-use products when possible; smarter use of digital communications; buying local when possible and being freight conscious when not; considerably reducing meat consumption at workshops; choosing train travel over air travel, and public transportation over individual where possible; and offering suggestions for EAVE’s partners and suppliers (including hotels) to also improve their own practices.

Kristina Trapp, Chief Executive of EAVE, says, “We wish to set a positive example that others can follow. In order to reach this goal, we are making our green policy public and sharing our list of actions and recommendations for our staff, experts and workshop participants.”

She continues, “We also wish to initiate and encourage an active exchange for the sharing of best green practices within the EAVE network, with all our partners as well as generally in the film industry.”

Trapp adds, “We hope that this may in fact have a very significant impact. EAVE workshop alumni say that their workshop experiences have substantially changed their minds and practices. Even if EAVE does prompt some traveling for workshops, its huge and active professional network also makes it possible for producers to cooperate across borders without the need for single-purpose or single-project travel.”

EAVE is happy to share its full green policy with interested parties so they can adapt the ideas and recommendations for their own needs. The organisation also welcomes feedback and dialogue to further collaboration on sustainability best practices.

To read EAVE GREEN POLICY 2021 in full, please click here.

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT

Satu Elo

Programme Manager Europe, EAVE

satu@eave.org

+352 661 44 52 10

 

  ABOUT EAVE

EAVE, working with a worldwide network of partners, is involved in programmes for producers in Europe, Russia, Latin America, the Arab world, Asia and Africa.

Founded in 1988, EAVE’s objectives are to provide professional training opportunities and to bring producers from different regions of the world together with the aim of facilitating co-production relationships. We believe that the support of independent voices, creative imagination and culturally driven companies within the global media industries is an urgent necessity in the 21st century. Through our work we aim to contribute towards the creation of strong networks of producers and to encourage the exchange of knowledge and skills that will strengthen independent production across the world.

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Exclusive EAVE Interview

Ankica Juric Tilic and Ada Solomon in an interview about winning the Golden Bear with their film Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn, an all-EAVE-co-production and about passion, masks and Linda Beath’s SWOT analysis.

The film Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn you both produced won the Golden Bear for Best Film at this year’s Berlinale. How did you feel winning the Golden Bear at the online festival, without the audience and the red carpet?

Ada Solomon: It was amazing. Before the Golden Bear I thought that Berlinale won’t be so exciting as an online festival, but during these 5 days it turned out that my mind was completely in Berlin even if I was physically in Bucharest.

 

That’s good, but it must have been strange as well.

AS: Of course, it was strange. But there was also some kind of connection that was even more extended, because I have the impression that for instance the press was much more present. We have just made the wrap-up of the press that we received, and we had over 130 main articles about the film during the Berlinale. The press articles are from all over the world: China, India, South America, the US, Germany, France, Iceland… you name it.

 

How did you experience it, Ankica?

Ankica Juric Tilic: We are so much looking forward to seeing the film together with the audience and with all co-producers in the same theatre in June. I still have this feeling that we will only have the full impression of the film when we’ve seen it together with the audience. Normally, I’m having such a terrible “stage fear” before the very first screening of the film with the audience as if I’m maybe the only person who likes this film. And then as soon as you meet the audience in the theatre, all the butterflies in the stomach make such a special sensation that I really cannot wait to feel. So, I agree with Ada that it is a sort of extended impression, which is good in a way. And what is even better: we still have some great things to look forward to. With less stress than we had before, of course.

AS: I think this will be a fantastic reward for all the hard work. I hope, that in June we will be able to travel to Berlin and that it will be a celebration without any kind of pressure, because the film has already been seen and there will be the interaction with the audience. We will be celebrating it together with the audience and exchanging the experiences and the thoughts with them.

A festival without pressure, that’s something we haven’t experienced before.

 

You have known each other since 2007 when you both graduated at EAVE. Have you been collaborating or co-producing together since then?

AS: Yes, we started with my project at EAVE.

 

So, you’ve been working together right from the start?

AS: Yes, it took a little bit of time, but Ankica fell in love with my project First of All, Felicia, a debut film by Razvan Radulescu and Melissa de Raaf. Afterwards we had a lot of co-productions that were less formal. We also have many Berlinale and Cannes experiences together because we are always sharing an apartment together with another EAVE fellow, (Finnish producer) Leila Lyytikainen, so this is much more than just working together as partners on some films. 

 

Sounds like friendship.

AJT: Yes, it is a friendship.

 

How did it happen that you have co-produced this film together, Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn?

AJT: I’m a huge fan of the director of the film, Radu Jude. I was always eager to be a part of his crew. This time it was convenient to step in time wise and I’m happy that Ada decided to pick up Croatia and us to step in as co-producers, because I admire the director and his work. Also, there is no doubt that I can easily work with Ada because we know each other very well. We have a similar taste, similar ethics and similar working habits, so we are matching perfectly. For me to work together with such a director as Radu felt like a privilege and I was really motivated to make this film happen.

 

There are 2 more EAVE graduates involved…

AS: We have even more EAVE graduates involved: Paul Thiltges and Adrien Chef from Luxemburg (Paul Thiltges Distributions), and Jiri Konecny from Czech Republic (endorfilm). Ankica was Adrian’s group leader at the EAVE Producers Workshop, and we have the associate producer Dan Wechsler from Switzerland (Bord Cadre Films) who is also EAVE graduate. Our sales agent is Heretic Outreach, and they are EAVE graduates (Konstantinos Kontovrakis) as well. So, it is an exclusive EAVE construction.

 

Was it difficult or easy to capture your EAVE colleagues’ interest in this project?

AS: No, it wasn’t difficult. We worked together with Paul Thiltges Distributions many years ago and we were looking for the right project to work together again. This film is an interesting construction, because on one side I was closer to Paul Thiltges while my colleague Diana Paroiu, who is a producer in our company, was together with Adrien Chef at EAVE in 2019, and she suggested working with Luxembourg. This is the beauty of such a network, because there are always more links coming together, so it wasn’t difficult at all to involve the EAVE graduates in this project. It all came together in a natural way. We have worked with Dan Wechsler on Radu’s films before, and we have already co-produced with Jiri Konecny. The difficulty was more connected to how to split the process among all co-producers and how we can fit together all these countries and their requirements in a film that is profoundly Romanian. I’m very proud how we managed to put together our minds, knowledge and craft to work it out smoothly – in a period when it is not easy to travel and co-produce at all. For the Croatian part, Ankica brought in excellent composers because we needed some music. Next time that I’m going to work with Croatia I’m not necessarily going to work together with Ankica because of our friendship, but because I wish to work with these specific composers again. They were amazing and also Radu wants to continue working with them. He now wants to put more focus on music because he has found partners who understand him perfectly and who can deliver what he is expecting.

AJT: There is one more thing that I’d like to say about co-producing, which also comes from my experience as a lead producer. It’s a great privilege when all co-producers are in love with the project, because then everybody is aiming to provide elements for the film and the director will have to do the smallest amount of compromises. This is the beauty of it. It is not about spending money or raising money or money issues at all; it is about how to help the director to pursue his/her vision and how to help the film becoming even better. This was great with this project, because this supporting energy from all partners involved was at all time present. It was so lovely listening to Ada and Radu later on when they credited all of us. They used every single opportunity to say how much they appreciated the help from the partners, which often doesn’t happen. I think it was the result of our energy and deep understanding not only of the film but also of the whole co-production process. This respect among all of us was really a beautiful part besides the Golden Bear.

AS: This film wouldn’t be possible without you. First of all, without you, personally, since you were the first one on board, and also not without the others. We are all from small countries, some are richer than others in terms of resources, but it’s a small film, not with a huge budget or a huge financial construction. It is interesting to see that it is possible to co-produce between such small entities and such different cultures.       

 

You are both experienced producers with a large network; you are both EAVE national coordinators and Ankica is EAVE group leader. Are you trying to teach the EAVE participants to work together like you do, thinking what kind of quality each one can introduce to a project?

AS: Yes, definitely. There is something absolutely unique about EAVE and the way this network has been sticking together over generations. It is not only a label; it’s a real link between people. The emotional connection that develops during the workshops, at least in my opinion, is something that stays over the years. If you know it’s someone who was also a part of this process, you already have confidence in this person. If you look at the EAVE get-togethers in Cannes or Berlin, or at other festivals, EAVE graduates love to spend some time together, even if it is not part of their obligation. They care about each other. So it’s not business, it’s passion.

AJT: I think that the EAVE team does a great job at selecting people. I usually compare it with a summer camp or a military camp, because you spend hours and hours working together, and you get to know the people from your group very well. Once you get to know them, there is a trust built within, and then it is a very natural step to start co-producing together. I think it is a great programme and I think the span of one year is a good choice because there are these moments in between when you can reflect on everything, and then come back stronger and wiser. There is this circle of trust, which is the greatest advantage of the programme. Not only my generation but also other generations have proven the EAVE model as very successful by collaborating together professionally.

 

Coming back to the film Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn. COVID-19 was a challenge for the shooting of this film, so you have integrated the wearing of masks into the film. Was this decision difficult or easy? Was it unanimous did you have to discuss?

AS: The discussions were revolving around the following issues: how can we protect our crew and our cast better in order to be safe, feel more confident and carry on with the shooting, and prove that we are responsible and that we don’t need to stop shooting. Because of the requirements that we received from the local and European authorities and also by using common sense we had to keep the wheel rolling. At that point we started making different plans and prepared the SWOT analysis as Linda Beath has taught us at EAVE, so we could analyse how to face the challenges and come up with alternatives. We are also very lucky to have a director who is very responsible and very practical in his artistic decisions, and he is able to adapt very easily. When we realised that we will be 30 – 35 people in a classroom for 10 days of shooting, it was his idea to do it outside, so we could keep the distance and be safer. It’s realistic that reunions take place outside in these times, so we agreed to it. Later on, he came up with the idea of wearing masks and we had someone among production partners who was reluctant to it. I wasn’t, because I saw it from the very beginning the way it is perceived; it’s a sign of the time and it will stay as a stamp of the film. The masks aren’t just masks, but they are integrated in each character, and they define as a costume the personality of each character; one more banal, one more sophisticated, one with something written on it, one really crazy, etc. It’s very interesting though, that we had only one actress that in the first days of shooting refused to wear the mask on the set. Not because she didn’t want to be protected, but because she felt that with a mask she didn’t have a full presence as an actress. When this came into a discussion, I understood very well that for an actor this might create a problem. At the end of the day the solution that we have found was to have a transparent shield instead of a mask, which is still protective. 

 

So one could see her face and she was still protected. What did you think about it, Ankica?

AJT: I liked the idea. Later on, when the film was already out, I was listening to some concerns regarding distribution and sales. But at the moment when Ada told me about the idea, I was all for it and I wasn’t thinking of some potential problems with distribution or sales. It felt like the right thing to do. Also, the topic that Radu wanted to treat in this film could be easily said with or without masks. What I like about his work and his films is this contemporary moment, even if the story happens 100 years ago, it’s always very much about society nowadays. He is very strong with his stories, so for me this decision felt like the right one. Yes, this is where we are and let us tell the story at the very precise moment in history, September 2020. That’s why I felt it was the right decision.

 

One will always link this film with exactly that time.

AS: Absolutely. I think it is important to have this kind of testimony.

 

Do you think you are going to collaborate again in future?

AS & AJT: Yes, absolutely.

AJT: We have started a new journey a month ago, so yes, it will never stop.

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EAVE project DEFENDING ONGWEN receives funding

Eurimages

Europe's Eurimages Fund will support 24 feature film projects, including 3 documentaries and 3 animation films. Among them 16 projects produced & co-produced by EAVE graduates:

  • BEANIE by Slobodan Maksimovic, producer: EAVE graduate Ida Weiss, co-producers: EAVE MW graduate Adolf El Assal, EAVE graduate Darija Kulenovic Gudan
  • DESERTS by Faouzi Bensaïdi, producer: EAVE graduate Nicole Gerhards
  • EAVE project DEFENDING ONGWEN by Lukasz Konopa, Emil Langballe, producer: EAVE graduate Heidi Kim Andersen
  • EAVE project ORDINARY FAILURES by Cristina Grosan, producer: EAVE graduate Marek Novak
  • FOREVER HOLD YOUR PEACE by Ivan Marinovi, producer: EAVE graduate Marija Stojanovic
  • FORTRESS by Jessica Woodworth, producer: EAVE graduate Peter Brosens, co-producers: EAVE participant Maarten D’Hollander, EAVE graduate and group leader Diana Elbaum, EAVE graduates Denis Vaslin & Fleur Knopperts
  • KAYMAK by Milcho Manchevski, co-producer: B‘EST graduate Ion Prior
  • PIGGY by Carlota Pereda, producer: EAVE graduate Merry Colomer
  • QUEENS by Yasmine Benkiran, producer: EAVE graduate and PUENTES group leader Jean des Forêts, EAVE+ graduate Hanneke Niens
  • REBEL by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, producer: EAVE graduate and group leader Diana Elbaum
  • SICK OF MYSELF by Kristoffer Borgli, producers: EAVE graduates Dyveke Bjørkly Graver, Andrea Berentsen Ottmar
  • SISTERS by Linda Olte, producer: EAVE participant and MW graduate Roberto Cavallini
  • STICKING POINTS by Flo Flamme, producer: EAVE graduate Tomas Leyers, Géraldine Sprimont, Anne-Laure Guégan
  • THE WATER by Elena Lopez Riera, producer: EAVE graduate Eugenia Mumenthaler, co-producer: EAVE participant Alejandro Arenas
  • TEMPS MORT (TIME OUT) by Eve Duchemin, producer: EAVE graduate Annabella Nezri
  • WAYS TO RUN by Aboozar Amini, producer: EAVE graduate Eva Blondiau

www.coe.int/en/web/eurimages/

 

CNC

The French CNC label Aide aux Cinémas du Monde has published its first funding decisions for 2021. Among them:

  • ADEMOKA by Adilkhan Yerzhanov, producer: EAVE graduate Guillaume de Seille
  • LES LARMES DU CROCODILE by Tumpal Tampubolon, producer: EAVE graduate Claire Lajoumard 
  • ON BARREN WEEDS by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, co-producer: EAVE graduate Jonas Dornbach
  • STRANGER EYES by Yeo Siew Hua, producer: EAVE graduate Jean-Laurent Csinidis
  • TTB project TITANIC OCEAN by Konstantina Kotzamani, producer: EAVE graduate Maria Dandraki
  • YARMOUK, JOURNAL D’UN ASSIÉGÉ by Abdallah Al-Khatib, producer: EAVE graduate Jean-Laurent Csinidis
  • ZÈ by Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir, producer: Interchange graduate Charlotte Vincent

www.cnc.fr

 

Finnish Film Foundation

The Finnish Film Foundation supports 12 new projects, among them 7 fiction features, 3 documentaries and 2 short films. Among them:

  • THE GRUMP 3 by Mika Kaurismäki, producer: EAVE graduate Jukka Helle
  • HAMSTERS by Markku Pölönen, producer: EAVE+ graduate Marko Röhr
  • SOMETHING BLUE by EAVE graduate Aleksi Bardy
  • THE TWIN by Taneli Mustonen, producer: EAVE graduate Aleksi Hyvärinen
  • RESISTANT by Ville Suhonen, producer: EAVE graduate Joonas Berghäll
  • SPIRAL by Salla Sorri and Eva-Maria Koskinen, producer: EAVE graduate Jussi Rantamäki

http://ses.fi/en

 

Netherlands Film Fund

In the first round of the Netherlands Film Production Incentive of 2021 contributions were made to 21 productions including 12 feature films, 5 documentaries, 2 drama series and 2 documentary series. Among them:

  • CROSSING by Jacqueline van Vugt, producer: EAVE, PUENTES and  TTB graduate Raymond van der Kaaij
  • NATASHA’S DANCE by Jos Stelling, co-producer: EAVE graduate Heino Deckert 
  • QUEENS by Yasmine Benkiran, producer: EAVE graduate and PUENTES group leader Jean des Forêts, EAVE+ graduate Hanneke Niens
  • SEA SPARKLE by Domien Huyghe, producer: EAVE MW graduate Sanne Sandaert
  • THE LIFE by Giancarlo Sanchez, producers: EAVE graduates Arnold Heslenfeld, Laurette Schillings & Frans van Gestel
  • WHITE BERRY by Sia Hermanides, producer: EAVE graduate Floor Onrust

www.filmfonds.nl

 

EAVE project SOUVENIRS OF WAR by Georg Zeller, producer: EAVE graduate Moritz Bonatti has been selected for production funding by the IDM Film Fund Südtirol-Alto Adige. About the film: When Hasan, a survivor of the genocide, recounts how his brother was killed in front of him, there is always a visitor who suffers more from the heat, than from the stories told. Adis instead, may seem somewhat cynical, transforming real battlefields to playgrounds for war gamers. But most of the time, in the film, we feel that creating a life after the destruction of a war, is not easy for anyone. Set in the booming tourist destination Bosnia, 25 years after a war that violently split a multi-ethnic society and left 100.000 dead and 2 million displaced, the field of tension between the moral duty to remember and the convenience of oblivion, characterizes a society whose traumas won’t heal by time alone. Tourists can learn lessons of grief and forgiveness and with their presence, may disrupt some of the obstacles to the catharsis urgently needed.

www.heliosfilms.bz/portfolio/souvenirs-of-war

 

First IDFA Bertha Fund selection of 2021 supports ten documentary projects through IBF Classic, the Fund’s flagship grant program that supports independent, critical, and artistic voices from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe, including

  • THE NIGHTS STILL SMELL OF GUNPOWDER by Inadelso Cossa, producer: INDABA graduate Thomas Kaske

www.kaskefilm.de

 

  • EVA’S CALL by Jenni Toivoniemi, producers: EAVE graduates Alise Gelze and Venla Hellstedt received a Latvian Co-financing Programme Grant. The project is co-produced by Latvia’s White Picture and Finnish outfit Tuffi Films.

https://white-picture.lv

 

  • LIFE INTERRUPTED by Ilze Kunga-Melgaile, producer: EAVE graduate and Latvian National Coordinator Aija Berzina received a Production Grant from the National Film Centre of Latvia.

http://www.tasse.lv

 

  • EAVE project STREETFOOD by EAVE graduate Victoria Thomas receives support from MIBACT Minority co-pro fund. The film explores the human condition of the refugee crisis in Italy, a country notorious for its love for food almost as it is for its current concerns about refugees.

www.polkadotfactory.studio

 

  • MEN OF DEEDS by Paul Negoescu, producer: EAVE graduate Anamaria Antoci starts shooting in May. The screenplay, written by Radu and Oana Romaniuc, focuses on Ilie, the forty-something chief of police in a village in Northern Romania, close to the Ukrainian border. Surrounded by illegalities (for example, both the mayor and the village priest smuggle cigarettes on the side) and dreaming of settling down, Ilie will soon feel the pressure to finally do what he has been supposed to do for years: protect the villagers and fight the abuse of power. The 25-day shoot will start on 10 May. Support comes from the Romanian National Film Center, the Bulgarian National Film Center, the Creative Europe - MEDIA programme and Eurimages.

www.tangajproduction.com

 

  • EAVE project TO THE NORTH by Mihai Mincan, producer: EAVE and TTB graduate Radu Stancu, co-producers: EAVE graduates Konstantinos Vassilaros and Mikulas Novotny is in pre-production. The screenplay, written by Mincan, centres on a religious Filipino sailor working on a transatlantic ship, who happens upon Dumitru, a young Romanian stowaway. Moved by the fact that the frightened Dumitru is clutching a Bible, the sailor starts playing a dangerous game in order to save the boy’s life. The project is supported by the Romanian National Film Center, the Czech Film Fund, the Bulgarian National Film Center and the Greek Film Centre. TO THE NORTH will be shot over 29 days in April and May, in ports in Romania and Greece.

http://www.defilm.ro

 

  • TRANSAMAZONIA by Pia Marais, producer: EAVE graduate Sophie Erbs has been selected for Cinema For Change, the industry initiative of the Le Temps Presse Festival. Written by Pia Marais, Martin Rosefeldt, Willem Droste, the film tells the story of a missionary pastor and his daughter, a miracle healer, who are tangled up in a violent conflict between an Amazonian indigenous tribe and marauding loggers. Developed with the support of the Collectivité territoriale de Guyane, Angoa, Aide au développement franco-allemand, Film-and Medienstiftung NRW, MEDIA Creative Europe, Supported by CNC – Aide aux Cinémas du Monde, CNC – Aide à la coproduction franco-allemande, collectivité territoriale de Guyane.

https://letempspresse.org/

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RITUEL by Hans Herbots is shooting

  • THE LAND WITHIN ME by Fisnik Maxhuni and Mathilde Henzelin, producers: EAVE graduate Valon Bajgora, EAVE+ graduate Britta Rindelaub, Veselka Kiryakova is shooting. After living ten years in exile, Val (26) receives a phone call from his dying uncle, Skender, begging him to return to Kosovo. Having arrived in Switzerland when he was still a minor, Val jumps at the chance to reconnect with his family. However, his return in the remote industrial town of Trimat is treated with resentment rather than with joy. Even his first love, Una — Skender’s adopted daughter —, treats him with distrust. However, the exhumation of a mass grave forces Val to stay in Trimat as he waits for the identification of the bodies, so he can give his missing relatives the Muslim burials they deserve. Time is suspended. Val and Una are drawn together by their shared memories. When they finally consummate their reborn love, the exhumation of the mass grave is completed. A body is missing among those they were expecting to find: it is Fatime, Skender’s sister and Val’s mother. Meanwhile, Skender dies, leaving a letter for Val in which he confesses to the murder of his sister Fatime and her husband Ljubomir, an Orthodox Serb. They were Val and Una’s true parents. The discovery of this terrible secret forces Val and Una to face their past and an impossible future

www.ikone-studio.tv

 

  • COPENHAGEN DOES NOT EXIST by Martin Skovbjerg, producer: EAVE graduate Katrin Pors and TTB graduate Mikkel Jersin is in production. The story follows a young couple, Ida and Sander. When Ida disappears suddenly, Sander agrees to be interrogated by her father and brother in an abandoned flat in Copenhagen. It turns out that Ida had left her family to live a secluded life with Sander in total isolation from society – in the middle of the city. However, Sander might not be telling the whole truth. COPENHAGEN DOES NOT EXIST is being produced by Eva Jakobsen, Katrin Pors and Mikkel Jersin for Denmark’s Snowglobe. The film also received support from the Danish Film Institute, the Norwegian Film Institute, the Swedish Film Institute, the Nordisk Film & TV Fond and Eurimages

http://www.snowglobefilm.com

 

  • RITUEL by Hans Herbots, producer: EAVE graduate Peter Bouckaert is shooting. The film introduces us to Kiki, an underwater investigator for the criminal police. From the very outset of her career, she has had to contend with the sexist comments and attitudes of her male colleagues. When she discovers a severed hand in a canal in Brussels, she is obliged to collaborate with Inspector Nick Cafmeyer. The hand appears to have been sawn off while the victim was still alive: Nick is convinced that they have a settling of scores in the drugs world on their hands, whereas Kiki, who trusts her experience in the area, has a whole other theory on the matter. She finds herself caught up in a series of events, which she won’t come out of unscathed… RITUEL is produced by Peter Bouckaert on behalf of Eyeworks Film & TV Drama, in co-production with Phanta Film (The Netherlands), Atlas Film (Germany) and Belgian TV network VTM.

www.eyeworks.be

 

  • LABOUR DAY by Mladen Dordevic, producers: EAVE graduates Milan Stojanovic, Maria Drandaki and Anamaria Antoci is in production. The plot follows a group of ex-workers of a recently-closed factory, who, in their fight for personal dignity, reach out to the supernatural. The director describes his sophomore fiction feature as „a film about the potential for rebellion and the limitless power and strength we all carry hidden deep within us“. The film is produced by Milan Stojanović (Sense Production), Mladen Dordevic, (Corona Film), Martichka Bozhilova (Agitprop), Maria Drandaki (Homemade Films), Ivan Marinovic (Adriatic Western) and Anamaria Antoci (Tangaj Production). The project was supported by Film Center Serbia, the Bulgarian National Film Centre, Greek Film Center, Film Centre Montenegro, and Eurimages. The production is planned to wrap within 40 shooting days on locations in and in the vicinity of Belgrade and on Fruska Gora.

www.senseproduction.rs

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IL PARADISO DEL PAVONE by Laura Bispuri is in post-production

  • IL PARADISO DEL PAVONE by Laura Bispuri, producer: Interchange graduate Marta Donzelli is in post-production. The plot: One winter day, Nena gathers her family in their seaside house to celebrate her birthday. Everyone is here: her husband Umberto, her children Vito and Caterina together with cousin Isabella, her daughter-in-law Adelina and former son-in-law Manfredi with his new fiancée Joana, her niece Alma, and the housekeeper Lucia with her daughter Grazia. And then there’s Paco, Alma’s peacock, who surprisingly falls in love with the dove featured in a painting that hangs in the living room. The film is produced by Marta Donzelli and Gregorio Paonessa for Vivo Film with Rai Cinema, in association with Colorado Film, in co-production with German company Match Factory Productions, with the support of the Direzione Generale Cinema e Audiovisivo MiC and of the Film und Medienstiftung NRW.

https://vivofilm.it

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SCHOOLGIRLS triumphs at the GOYAs

Berlinale Awards

Golden Bear for Best Film

  • BAD LUCK BANGING OR LOONY PORN by Radu Jude, producers: EAVE graduate and Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon, EAVE group leader and Croatian National Coordinator Ankica Juric Tilic, EAVE graduates Paul Thiltges, Adrien Chef, Jiri Konecny, associate producer: EAVE graduate Dan Wechsler

Silver Bear for Best Director

  • NATURAL LIGHT by Dénes Nagy, co-producers: EAVE graduates Viktoria Petranyi, EAVE participant and EAVE+ graduate Gints Grube

Special Jury Award in the Encounters Competition:

  • TASTE by Le Bao, co-producer: EAVE graduate and PUENTES group leader Jean des Forêts

Grand Prix for Best Film Generation Kplus

  • SUMMER BLUR by Han Shuai, producer: TTB graduate Ying Liang

Eurimages Co-Production Development Award

  • THE OBLIVION THEORY, Annemarie Jacir, produced by: PUENTES graduate Fred Burle at the Berlinale Co-production Market

ArteKino International Award

  • PUENTES project WHO KILLED NARCISO by Marcelo Martinessi, producer: PUENTES graduate Sebastian Peña Escobar

www.berlinale.de

 

Goya Awards

11 awards for EAVE graduates at the Premios Goya, the Spanish National film awards:

  • SCHOOLGIRLS by Pilar Palomero, producer: EAVE+ graduate Valérie Delpierre scooped Best Film, Best New Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography 
  • ROSA’S WEDDING by Iciar Bollain, producer: EAVE graduate, National Coordinator Latin America and PUENTES Head of Studies Fernanda del Nido was awarded Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Song
  • AKELARRE by Pablo Agüero, producer: EAVE+ graduate Iker Ganuza won Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Hairdressing, Best Special Effects, Best Original Music

https://www.academiadecine.com

 

 

César Awards

  • A SON by Sami Bouajila, producer: EAVE graduate Habib Attia wins Best Actor
  • TWO OF US by Filippo Meneghetti, producer: EAVE graduate Donato Rotunno wins Best First Film
  • THE GIRL WITH A BRACELET by Stéphane Demoustier, producer: EAVE graduate and PUENTES group leader Jean des Forets wins Best Adaptation
  • DRUK (ANOTHER ROUND) by Thomas Vinterberg, co-producers: EAVE graduates Lizette Jonjic, Arnold Heslenfeld, Laurette Schillings & Frans van Geste wins Best Foreign Film

https://www.academie-cinema.org/

 

 

Feroz Awards

  • SCHOOLGIRLS by Pilar Palomero, producer: EAVE+ graduate Valérie Delpierre has scooped the three most important trophies at the Feroz Awards handed out by the Association of Spanish Film Journalists. The film won Best Drama Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay
  • ROSA’S WEDDING by Iciar Bollain, producer: EAVE graduate, National Coordinator Latin America and PUENTES Head of Studies Fernanda del Nido was awarded Best Comedy

www.informadoresdecine.es

 

Luxembourg City Film Festival

  • QUO VADIS‚ AIDA? by Jasmila Zbanic, producer: EAVE graduate Cristian Nicolescu triumphs at the Luxembourg City Film Festival. The film won the Grand Prix and the Critics’ Award.

www.luxfilmfest.lu

 

Sofia International Film Festival

Awards and Special Mentions for EAVE graduates at the Sofia International Film Festival:

  • QUO VADIS‚ AIDA? by Jasmila Zbanic, producer: EAVE graduate Cristian Nicolescu won Best Balkan Film
  • UPPERCASE PRINT by Radu Jude, producer: EAVE graduate and Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon won the Award of the Bulgarian Film Critics' Guild
  • ACASA, MY HOME by Radu Ciorniciuc, producer: EAVE graduate Monica Lazurean-Gorgan won Best Documentary
  • SPAGAT by Christian Johannes Koch, producer: EAVE graduate Dario Schoch received a Special Mention
  • OASIS by Ivan Ikic, producers: EAVE graduates Milan & Marija Stojanovic, co-producers: EAVE graduates Miha Cernec, Derk-Jan Warrink, Adis Djapo, EAVE graduate and National Coordinator Bosnia and Herzegovina Amra Baksic-Camo received a Special Mention

https://siff.bg/en

 

Sofia Meetings

Three awards for EAVE graduates at the co-production forum of Sofia International Film Festival:

  • EAVE project GREGORIUS THE CHOSEN ONE by Tomasz Mielnik, producer: EAVE graduate Mikulas Novotny has won the Cinelab Romania Award.
  • MAYA by Tonia Mishiali, producer: EAVE graduate Stelana Kliris won the Focusfox Award.
  • THE BLOC by Viktor Chouchkov, producer: EAVE graduate Katya Trichkova won the Villa Kult Berlinale Residency Award

https://sofiameetings.siff.bg

 

FIFDH

  • LITTLE GIRL by Sébastien Lifshitz, co-producer: EAVE graduate Monica Hellström won the Prix du Jury des HUG – Artopie at the International Film Festival and Forum for Human Rights (FIFDH), Geneva.
  • ONCE UPON A TIME IN VENEZUELA by Anabel Rodriguez Rios, producer: EAVE graduate Arash T. Riahi received a Special Mention in the Creative Documentary section.
  • SI LE VENT TOMBE by Nora Matryosian, producer: EAVE graduate Annabella Nezri received a Special Mention

www.fifdh.org

 

Dublin International Film Festival

  • APPLES by Christos Nikou, producer: B’EST graduate Ales Pavlis, co-producer: EAVE graduate Mariusz Wlodarski, associate producer: EAVE graduate Antoine Simkine was awarded Best Film at the Dublin International Film Festival
  • FATHER by Srdan Golubovic, producers: EAVE group leader Danijel Hocevar, EAVE graduate Adis Djapo, EAVE graduate and National Coordinator Bosnia-Herzegovina Amra Baksic Camo won Best Actor (Goran Bogdan)
  • ACASA, MY HOME by Radu Ciorniciuc, producer: EAVE graduate Monica Lazurean-Gorgan was awarded Best Documentary
  • I NEVER CRY by Piotr Domalewski, producer: EAVE graduate Jan Kwiecinski received the Michael Dwyer Discovery Award
  • JUMBO by Zoé Wittock, producers: EAVE graduates Anaïs Bertrand, Pascaline Saillant, Annabella Nezri, Gilles Chanial won the Jury Prize

www.diff.ie

 

Association of French Film Critics

The Association of French Film Critics has announced its champions for 2020.

  • DRUK (ANOTHER ROUND) by Thomas Vinterberg, co-producers: EAVE graduates Lizette Jonjic, Arnold Heslenfeld, Laurette Schillings & Frans van Gestel won Best Foreign Film
  • LITTLE GIRL by Sébastien Lifshitz, co-producer: EAVE graduate Monica Hellström was awarded Best French Documentary

www.syndicatdelacritique.com

 

M:brane

  • EAVE project SERAPHINE by Sarah Van Den Boom, producer: EAVE graduate Valérie Montmartin wins best pitch at the M:brane financing forum for youth media in Malmö, Sweden.

https://mbrane.se

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QUO VADIS‚ AIDA? nominated for the Oscars

 American Academy Awards / The Oscars

Ten Oscar nominations for EAVE producers:

  • DRUK (ANOTHER ROUND) by Thomas Vinterberg, co-producers: EAVE graduates Lizette Jonjic, Arnold Heslenfeld, Laurette Schillings & Frans van Gestel is nominated for Best Director and Best International Feature Film
  • COLLECTIVE by Alexander Nanau, producer: EAVE graduate and Luxembourgish National Coordinator Bernard Michaux is in for Best International Feature Film and Best Documentary Feature
  • QUO VADIS‚ AIDA? by Jasmila Zbanic, producer: EAVE graduate Cristian Nicolescu competes for Best International Feature Film
  • THE MAN WHO SOLD HIS SKIN by Kaouther Ben Hania, producers: EAVE graduates Annabella Nezri, Martin Hampel is nominated for Best International Feature Film
  • THE MOLE AGENT by PUENTES graduate Maite Alberdi, co-producers: EAVE graduates Fleur Knopperts, Denis Vaslin, Ingmar Trost is in for Best Documentary Feature
  • PIECES OF A WOMAN by Kornel Mundruczo, producer: EAVE graduate and Hungarian National Coordinator Viktoria Petranyi competes for Best Actress in a Leading Role
  • WHITE EYE by Tomer Shushan, producer: EAVE graduate Kobi Mizrahi is in for Best Live Action Short
  • THE PRESENT by Farah Nabulsi, producer: EAVE graduate Ossama Bawardi is nominated for Best Live Action Short

The award ceremony will take place on April 25, 2021.

www.oscars.org

 

 

BAFTA

British Academy Film Awards – nominated EAVE graduates:

  • DRUK (ANOTHER ROUND) by Thomas Vinterberg, co-producers: EAVE graduates Lizette Jonjic, Arnold Heslenfeld, Laurette Schillings & Frans van Gestel is nominated for Best Director, Best Leading Actor (Mads Mikkelsen), Best Film Not In The English Language
  • LIMBO by Ben Sharrock, producer: EAVE graduate Angus Lamont is nominated for Outstanding British Film, Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director Or Producer
  • QUO VADIS‚ AIDA? by Jasmila Zbanic, producer: EAVE graduate Cristian Nicolescuis nominated for Best Director, Best Film Not In The English Language
  • COLLECTIVE by Alexander Nanau, producer: EAVE graduate and Luxembourgish National Coordinator Bernard Michaux is nominated for Best Documentary

www.bafta.org

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SWEAT in Swedish cinemas

In Swedish cinemas

 

  • SWEAT by Magnus von Horn, producer: EAVE graduate Mariusz Wlodarski. March 12.

www.lavafilms.pl

 

  • GAMES PEOPLE PLAY by Jenni Toivonemi, producers: EAVE graduate and Finnish National Coordinator Elli Toivoniemi and EAVE graduate Venla Hellstedt. March 18.

tuffifilms.com

 

In Spanish cinemas

 

  • THE MOLE AGENT by PUENTES graduate Maite Alberdi, co-producers: EAVE graduates Fleur Knopperts, Denis Vaslin, Ingmar Trost. March 19.

www.volyafilms.com

 

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EAVE project LOOKING FOR VENERA selected for Vilnius IFF

Dublin International Film Festival (March 3 – 14)

  • APPLES by Christos Nikou, producer: B’EST graduate Ales Pavlis, co-producer: EAVE graduate Mariusz Wlodarski, associate producer: EAVE+ graduate Antoine Simkine
  • ACASA, MY HOME by Radu Ciorniciuc, producer: EAVE graduate Monica Lazurean-Gorgan
  • FATHER by Srdan Golubovic, producers: EAVE group leader Danijel Hocevar, EAVE graduate Adis Djapo, EAVE graduate and National Coordinator Bosnia-Herzegovina Amra Baksic Camo
  • HOPE by Maria Sødahl, co-producers: EAVE graduates Lizette Jonjic, Peter Possne
  • I NEVER CRY by Piotr Domalewski, producer: EAVE graduate Jan Kwiecinski
  • JUMBO by Zoé Wittock, producers: EAVE graduates Anaïs Bertrand, Pascaline Saillant, Annabella Nezri, Gilles Chanial
  • KUBRICK BY KUBRICK by Gregory Monro, producer: TTB graduate Jeremy Zelnik
  • LIMBO by Alexander L. Fattal, producer: EAVE and PUENTES graduate Nicolas van Hemelryck
  • SHORTA by Anders Ølholm and Frederik Louis Hviid, producer: EAVE graduate Signe Leick Jensen

www.diff.ie

 

 

Thessaloniki Documentary Festival (March 4-14)

  • HER MOTHERS by Asia Der &Sari Haragonics, producer: EAVE graduate Sara Laszlo
  • THE MOLE AGENT by PUENTES graduate Maite Alberdi, co-producers: EAVE graduates Fleur Knopperts, Denis Vaslin, Ingmar Trost
  • THF: CENTRAL AIRPORT by Karim Ainouz, producer: Interchange graduate Charlotte Uzu

www.filmfestival.gr

 

 

Sofia International Film Festival (March 11 – 31)

  • ACASA, MY HOME by Radu Ciorniciuc, producer: EAVE graduate Monica Lazurean-Gorgan
  • APPLES by Christos Nikou, producer: B’EST graduate Ales Pavlis, co-producer: EAVE graduate Mariusz Wlodarski, associate producer: EAVE graduate Antoine Simkine
  • DAU. NATASHA by Ilya Khrzhanovskiy, Jekaterina Oertel, producer: EAVE+ graduate Artem Vasilyev
  • DRUK (ANOTHER ROUND) by Thomas Vinterberg, co-producers: EAVE graduates Lizette Jonjic, Arnold Heslenfeld, Laurette Schillings & Frans van Gestel
  • FOCUS, GRANDMA by Pjer Zalica, producer: EAVE graduate and National Coordinator Bosnia-Herzegovina Amra Baksic Camo
  • NEVER GONNA SNOW AGAIN by Malgorzata Szumowska and Michal Englert, producer: EAVE graduate Mariusz Wlodarski
  • OASIS by Ivan Ikic, producers: EAVE graduate and Serbian National Coordinator Milan Stojanovic & EAVE graduate Marija Stojanovic, co-producers: EAVE graduates Miha Cernec, Derk-Jan Warrink, Adis Djapo, EAVE graduate and National Coordinator Bosnia and Herzegovina Amra Baksic-Camo
  • PARI by Siamak Etemadi, producers: EAVE graduate Konstantinos Kontovrakis, EAVE + graduate Giorgos Karnavas, co-producers: EAVE graduates Borislav Chouchkov, Laurette Schillings, Frans van Gestel, Dan Wechsler
  • QUO VADIS‚ AIDA? by Jasmila Zbanic, producer: EAVE graduate Cristian Nicolescu
  • SILENT LEGACY by Petya Nakova, producer: EAVE graduate Katya Trichkova
  • SPAGAT by Christian Johannes Koch, producer: EAVE graduate Dario Schoch
  • TAILOR by Sonia Liza Kenterman, producers: EAVE graduates Ioanna Bolomyti, Tanja Georgieva, Isabelle Truc
  • THE DAWN by Dalibor Matanic, producer: EAVE group leader and National Coordinator Croatia Ankica Juric Tilic
  • THE LIVING MAN by Oleg Novkovic, producer: EAVE graduate Borislav Chouchkov
  • THE MAN WHO SOLD HIS SKIN by Kaouther Ben Hania, producers: EAVE graduates Annabella Nezri, Martin Hampel
  • THE SHIFT by Reinis Kalvins, producer: EAVE participant and EAVE+ graduate Gints Grube
  • TOVE by Zaida Bergroth, producer: EAVE graduate Aleksi Bardy
  • THE THREE by Anna Melikyan, producer: EAVE+ graduate Artem Vasilyev
  • UPPERCASE PRINT by Radu Jude, producer: EAVE graduate and Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon

https://siff.bg

 

Selected projects for Sofia Meetings

FEATURE FILMS

  • BONGOLAND by Adrian Silvestre, producer: EAVE graduate Alba Sotorra
  • COLD AS MARBLE by Asif Rustamov, producer: EAVE graduate Guillame de Seille
  • EAVE project DIRTY LAND directed and produced by EAVE graduate Luis Campos
  • EAVE project GLORY B. by Konstantinos Antonopoulos, producer: EAVE participant Fani Skartouli
  • EAVE project GREGORIUS THE CHOSEN ONE by Tomasz Mielnik, producer: EAVE graduate Mikulas Novotny
  • EAVE project THE GREAT MATCH by Filip Syczynski, producer: EAVE graduate Anna Rozalska
  • FELINE by Memi Koupa, producer: EAVE+ graduate Fenia Cossovitsa
  • FIGURING LOVE by Avner Matsliah, producer: EAVE graduate Saar Yogev
  • LUXEMBOURG by Antonio Lukich, producer: EAVE graduate Vladimir Yatsenko
  • MAYA by Tonia Mishiali, producer: EAVE graduate Stelana Kliris
  • MY FATHER’S SHOES by Hristo Simeonov, producer: EAVE graduate Katya Trichkova
  • NIGHT WAVES by Filip Heraković, producer: EAVE graduate Tamara Babun
  • PLATEAU by Ilian Metev, producer: EAVE graduate Ingmar Trost
  • THE EAGLE OF BARWAQ by Kiarash Anvari, co-producer: EAVE graduate Guillaume de Seille 
  • THE BLOC by Viktor Chouchkov, producer: EAVE graduate Katya Trichkova
  • THE ELEVATOR by Yassen Grigorov, producer: EAVE+ graduate Borislav Chouchkov
  • USUD by Stefan Malešević, producer: EAVE MW graduate Andrijana Sofranic Sucur
  • YUGO FLORIDA by Vladimir Tagić, producer: EAVE graduate Marija Stojanovic 

TV SERIES

  • TURBO, producer: EAVE graduate and Serbian National Coordinator Milan Stojanovic

WORKS IN PROGRESS

  • GO BACK! by EAVE graduate Boris Despodov, produced by EAVE gradudates Nina Frese, Boris Despodov
  • HOW I LEARNED TO FLY by Radivoje Andric, produced by EAVE gradiûates Maja Popovic, Milan Stojanovic
  • I AM FINE, THANKS by Ernestas Jankauskas, producers: EAVE+ graduate Gabija Siurbyte, EAVE MW graduate Greta Akcijonaite
  • RHINO by Oleg Sentsov, producers: EAVE graduates Izabela Wojcik, Violetta Kaminska, Heino Deckert
  • ROCK.SCISSORS.GRENADE by Iryna Tsily, producer: EAVE graduate Vladimir Yatsenko
  • SNOW WHITE DIES AT THE END by Kristijan Risteski, producer: EAVE graduate Darko Popov
  • SPRING EQUINOX by Ivan Pavlov, producer: EAVE graduate Veselka Kiryakova
  • THE GOOD DRIVER by Tonislav Hristov, producer: EAVE graduate Kaarle Aho
  • THE LAST OF THE SEAGULLS by Tonislav Hristov, producer: EAVE graduate Kaarle Aho 
  • VEGGIE GARDEN IN THE CONFLICT ZONE by Besik Solomonashvili, producer: EAVE graduate Vladimer Katcharava 

https://sofiameetings.siff.bg/en/18th-sofia-meetings-pitching-sessions-and-professional-events-online-programme

 

 

FICUNAM Festival Internacional de Cine (March 18 – 28)

  • EPICENTRO by Hubert Sauper, producer: EAVE graduate Gabriele Kranzelbinder
  • MOON, 66 QUESTIONS by Jacqueline Lentzou, producer: EAVE+ graduate Fenia Cossovitsa
  • ORPHEA by Alexander Kluge, Khavn de la Cruz, producer: TTB graduate Stephan Holl
  • SAINT-NARCISSE by Bruce LaBruce, producer: EAVE graduate Nicolas Comeau

www.ficunam.unam.mx/en

 

 

Luxemburg City Film Festival  (March 4 –14)

  • BAD LUCK BANGING OR LOONY PORN by Radu Jude, producers: EAVE graduate and Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon, EAVE group leader and Croatian National Coordinator Ankica Juric Tilic, EAVE graduates Paul Thiltges, Adrien Chef, Jiri Konecny, associate producer: EAVE graduate Dan Wechsler
  • DE NOS FRÈRES BLESSÉS by Hélier Cisterne, co-producer: EAVE+ graduate Jean-Yves Roubin
  • THE FLYING CIRCUS by Fatos Berisha, producer: EAVE graduate Vjosa Berisha
  • HYTTE by Jean-Louis Schuller, producer: EAVE graduate Marion Guth
  • JULIA by Vincent Smitz, producer: EAVE graduate and Luxembourgish National Coordinator Bernard Michaux
  • ONCE UPON A TIME IN VENEZUELA by Anabel Rodriguez Rios, producer: EAVE graduate Arash T. Riahi
  • QUO VADIS‚ AIDA? by Jasmila Zbanic, producer: EAVE graduate Cristian Nicolescu
  • SONGS OF REPRESSION by Estephan Wagner, Marianne Hougen-Moraga, producer: EAVE graduate Signe Byrge Sørensen
  • THE LIVING WITNESSES by Karolina Markiewicz, Pascal Piron, producer: EAVE graduate Paul Thiltges
  • THE MOLE AGENT by PUENTES graduate Maite Alberdi, co-producers: EAVE graduates Fleur Knopperts, Denis Vaslin, Ingmar Trost 
  • TOVE by Zaida Bergroth, producer: EAVE graduate Aleksi Bardy
  • WE ARE THE THOUSAND by Anita Rivaroli, producer: Interchange graduate Charlotte Uzu
  • WOLFWALKERS by Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart, producer: EAVE graduate Stephan Roelants

www.luxfilmfest.lu/en/films

 

 

International Film Festival On Human Rights Geneva  (March 6 – 15)

  • BINTI by Frederike Migom, producer: EAVE graduate Katleen Goossens
  • HER MOTHERS by Asia Der & Sari Haragonics, producer: EAVE graduate Sara Laszlo
  • LITTLE GIRL by Sébastien Lifshitz, co-producer: EAVE graduate Monica Hellström
  • NUMBERS by Oleg Sentsov, producers: EAVE graduates Violetta Kaminska, Isabela Wojcik
  • ONCE UPON A TIME IN VENEZUELA by Anabel Rodriguez Rios, producer: EAVE graduate Arash T. Riahi
  • SILENCE RADIO by Juliana Fanjul, producer: EAVE+ graduate Philippe Coeytaux
  • SI LE VENT TOMBE by Nora Matryosian, producer: EAVE graduate Annabella Nezri

www.fifdh.org

 

 

Cinéma du Reel (March 12 – 21)

  • GOLDA MARIA by EAVE graduate Patrick Sobelman
  • KINDERTOTENLIEDER by Virgil Vernier, producer: EAVE graduate and PUENTES group leader Jean des Forêts

www.cinemadureel.org

 

 

Vilnius International Film Festival (March 18 – April 5)

  • ALL THE DEAD ONES by Caetano Gotardo, Marco Dutra, producer: EAVE graduate Clément Duboin
  • APPLES by Christos Nikou, producer: B’EST graduate Ales Pavlis, co-producer: EAVE graduate Mariusz Wlodarski associate producer: EAVE+ graduate Antoine Simkine
  • BAD LUCK BANGING OR LOONY PORN by Radu Jude, producers: EAVE graduate and Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon, EAVE group leader and Croation National Coordinator Ankica Juric Tilic, EAVE graduates Paul Thiltges, Adrien Chef, Jiri Konecny, associate producer: Dan Wechsler
  • BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ by Burhan Qurbani, producers: EAVE graduates Léontine Petit, Derk-Jan Warrink, Marleen Slot
  • EAVE project LOOKING FOR VENERA by Norika Sefa, producer: EAVE graduate Besnik Krapi
  • HEIMAT IST EIN RAUM AUS ZEIT by Thomas Heise, producer: EAVE graduate Heino Deckert
  • HOCHWALD by Evi Romen, producer: EAVE+ graduate Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu
  • INTERROGATION by Urte Sabutyte, producer: EAVE graduate Dagne Vildziunaite
  • IN THE MIRROR by Laila Pakalnina, producer: EAVE graduate Dagne Vildziunaite
  • MOON, 66 QUESTIONS by Jacqueline Lentzou, producer: EAVE+ graduate Fenia Cossovitsa
  • NATURAL LIGHT by Dénes Nagy, producer: EAVE graduate Sára László, co-producers: EAVE graduate Inese Boka-Grube, EAVE graduate and Hungarian National Coordinator Viktoria Petranyi, EAVE participant and EAVE+ graduate Gints Grube
  • NEVER GONNA SNOW AGAIN by Malgorzata Szumowska and Michal Englert, producer: EAVE graduate Mariusz Wlodarski
  • NIGHT OF THE KINGS by Philippe Lacôte, producer: EAVE+ graduate Yanick Létourneau
  • OASIS by Ivan Ikic, producers: EAVE graduate and Serbian National Coordinator Milan Stojanovic & EAVE graduate Marija Stojanovic, co-producers: EAVE graduates Miha Cernec, Derk-Jan Warrink, Adis Djapo, EAVE graduate and National Coordinator Bosnia and Herzegovina Amra Baksic-Camo
  • PEOPLE WE KNOW ARE CONFUSED by Tomas Smulkis, producer: EAVE graduate Dagne Vildziunaite
  • QUO VADIS‚ AIDA? by Jasmila Zbanic, producer: EAVE graduate Cristian Nicolescu
  • SAINT-NARCISSE by Bruce LaBruce, producer: EAVE graduate Nicolas Comeau
  • SONG WITHOUT A NAME by Melina León, co-producer: EAVE graduate Dan Wechsler
  • THE LAST ONES by Veiko Õunpuu, producers: EAVE graduates Katrin Kissa, Mark Lwoff, Misha Jaari
  • VAURIEN by Peter Dourountzis, producer: EAVE graduate Sebastien Haguenauer
  • WALCHENSEE FOREVER by Janna Ji Wonders, producers: EAVE graduates Martin Heisler and Gabriele Simon

www.kinopavasaris.lt/en/films

 

 

Isola del Cinema Festival, Rome (March 18 – 28)

  • EAVE project SOLE by Carlo Sironi, producer: EAVE graduate Giovanni Pompili & Agnieszka Wasiak
  • SOW THE WIND by Danilo Caputo, producers: EAVE graduates Marianne Dumoulin, Konstantina Stavrianou

www.isoladelcinema.com

 

 

Cinélatino, Rencontres de Toulouse (March 19 – 28)

  • CASA DE ANTIGUIDADES (MEMORY HOUSE) by Joao Paulo Miranda Maria, producers: EAVE graduate Paula Cosenza, EAVE graduate and group leader Didar Domehri
  • EAVE Marketing Workshop project WHITE ON WHITE by Théo Court, producer: PUENTES graduate Giancarlo Nasi
  • EAVE project ROJO by Benjamin Naishtat, producer: EAVE graduate Barbara Sarasola-Day, co-producers: EAVE graduates Ingmar Trost, Marleen Slot, Rachel Daisy Ellis
  • PUENTES project OUR MOTHERS by Cesar Diaz, producers: PUENTES graduates Géraldine Sprimont, Delphine Schmit

http://cinelatino.fr/

 

 

Festivals cancelled or postponed

  • Mons International Film Festival postponed to May 21 – 28

http://www.festivaldemons.be

  • One World Film Festival Prague  postponed to May 10 – 28

www.oneworld.cz

  • Bergamo Film Meeting  postponed to April 24 – May 2  

www.bergamofilmmeeting.it

  • Belgrade International Film Festival postponed to May 7 – 16

www.fest.rs/en

  • Málaga Film Festival postponed to June 4 – 13

https://festivaldemalaga.com

  • ZagrebDox postponed to June 13 – 20

http://zagrebdox.net

  • Malaga International Film Festival postponed to June 4 – 13

https://festivaldemalaga.com

  • Febiofest – Prague International Film Festival  postponed to September 17 – 24

www.febiofest.cz

  • CPH:DOX Copenhagen postponed to April 21 – May 2

https://cphdox.dk

  • Diagonale Graz  postponed to June 8 – 13

www.diagonale.at

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MEET EAVE IN APRIL!

@Producers Workshop 1, April 12-19, online group work week

EAVE Head of Studies Lise Lense-Møller

EAVE CEO Kristina Trapp

EAVE Programme Manager Satu Elo 

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EAVE Yoga Corner

Dear EAVE Yogis!

It’s finally springtime, so we will fill our lungs with fresh energy with pranayama in April!

We will continue with our mindful approach towards yoga and keep practising gentle asanas to restore our energy. We will occasionally add some more energetic sessions to feel the springtime burst of energy!

You are most welcome to join on:

MONDAYS: 20:30 – 22:00 CEST

THURSDAYS: 08:15 – 08:55 CEST

THURSDAYS: 19:00 – 19:40 CEST

Discounted price for the EAVE graduates:

  • 50 Euro for a 10-class card (40 min)
  • 7 Euro for 40 min class
  • 13 Euro for 90 min class

Please register by email: yogatanika@gmail.com

Thanks!

Namaste,

Tanika

 

More info:

https://www.yogatanika.de/

https://www.facebook.com/yogatanika/

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EAVE’s Guiding Principles and Core Values

Since its creation, EAVE – European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs – has trained over 2,600 producers in Europe and worldwide to cope with the challenges of an ever-changing industry and become part of a unique and thriving professional network.

Have you ever wondered about what makes EAVE so unique? What does being a member of EAVE mean? What defines EAVE?

We are proud to share with you our guiding principles and core values to express the essence of EAVE in terms of Identity, vision and methodology.

In just three words:

Exchange – Evolve – Empower.

Read here and share your thoughts on social media!

Let’s shape the future of the audiovisual industry together!

 

IDENTITY

EAVE is one of the longest running and most successful training workshops under the Creative Europe umbrella. We empower producers and professionals in the audio-visual field, help their projects, companies, and the industry itself evolve, and facilitate the creation of networks of experience, opportunity, and partnership. Continuous innovation and renewal of the programme content and methodology is part of EAVE’s DNA and EAVE has been a benchmark for audio-visual training from its inception.

EAVE focuses on people over projects, mind over matter. We train producers of the future, committed to shaping and influencing the business. Roughly half of the participants attend the workshop with projects, while the rest focus on careers or companies. The mix of project and career participants and the inclusion of other industry professionals in key roles enhances the workshop experience and the overall impact of EAVE on the industry.  We base the selection of participants every year not primarily on individual merits, but on an overall dedication to achieving a collective pool of people and projects, ideas and experiences, which will in itself enrich the entire workshop experience through added peer to peer learning.

EAVE embraces and promotes diversity and inclusion in all aspects, not just in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds, but also with regards to creative approach, projects, formats, genres, as well as production processes, distribution methods, and business models. We encourage social responsibility, anti-racism, and green agendas in the workflow and on screen in recognition of the power of mass media.  More than half of EAVE’s participants are women, and we encourage BIPOC-candidates as well as citizens from countries outside the Creative Europe area as participants, experts, and team members. We believe that social and ethnic coherence in a global context requires equal representation, access, and funding and we encourage professionals to cooperate across borders and become active members of the EAVE ‘family’ for long-term inspiration and support. 

We use the participants’ projects that are developed during a workshop cycle as real-life ‘case studies’, but our success criteria are not linked to any single project. Instead we focus on participants becoming and remaining distinct voices with sustainable businesses who actively engage in strengthening and innovating audiovisual storytelling. We measure our success on the extent to which our core values and visions are represented and disseminated by present and former EAVE participants and experts, and on their contribution to the industry, whether in the shape of outstanding content, leading companies, or through taking on other key roles.

 

VISION 

THE EAVE FAMILY consists of forward-thinking professionals who turn threats into opportunities and embrace the future of the business. They adapt to the ever-changing media landscape, and are themselves agents of change. They are not dependent on the concept of a “comfort zone”, but constantly ask themselves the necessary questions to sustain today’s industry and help build tomorrow’s. With social responsibility as the foundation, questions include:

  • how to embrace and develop new content formats that will capture and build audiences how to find, develop and manage high-quality projects
  • how to embrace new models of distribution that are financially viable and
  • how to strategize and build sustainable companies in an ever-changing marketplace with a volatile economy.

EAVE GRADUATES have significant visibility and their projects are often selected and awarded at prominent events and festivals.  EAVE graduates are key figures in their local and/or the global industry in a variety of different key roles, from high profile producers to initiators or leaders of regional, national and pan-national film funds, festivals, co-production markets, platforms, and more.  EAVE graduates are active in shaping the industry and participate in policy building - regionally, nationally and across borders.

EAVE producers are highly creative and talented professionals who conceive projects with an international outlook and choose subjects with purpose, while also developing tomorrow’s business models. They implement development policies and plan strategically to reduce risk and enhance company sustainability. They actively accompany their directors and writers on their creative journey and engage in high-level conversations about content, based on mutual respect. They take an active role in designing the production process and help shape the packaging of a film vis-à-vis the audience and act as connecting bridges between content and audiences. EAVE producers understand that content, finance, and marketing are indivisible and require producer-driven coherence, as well as a collaborative producer-director effort, with an aim to achieve excellent and relevant stories, making for healthy cultural industries. 

The vast EAVE Network unites producers globally and serves as a ’credibility trademark’.  Through a very active exchange of information the network helps define more effectively different kind of resources and opportunities around the globe.

 

METHODOLOGY

MULTI-DISCIPLINARY EXCHANGE of knowledge and ideas is a core principle which participants are encouraged to continue in their professional lives.  We apply new tools, technologies, and methodologies to the workshops.  EAVE workshops are designed to deliver an inspirational energy boost, while at the same time offering a reality check, where hard questions are asked. The quest for answers is supported by the totality of experience represented by participants and experts alike, and never dictated.

EAVEs hands-on, inclusive and horizontal approach offers participants a host of skills, tools, and insights, and may at the same time be seen as a form of ‘professional therapy’, where producers boost their awareness of who they are or want to become as producers, and how to achieve that. In order to facilitate this, EAVE offers a ‘safe’ and non-competitive environment, based on discretion, honesty, and solidarity, while simultaneously providing participants with a wide network of friends and potential partners.

THE PEDAGOGICAL TEAM and guest experts are all active industry professionals who on a daily basis share the same reality as the participants or bring insights from other industries. They are generous and curious people prepared to reflect on and share their own experience while also listening to, and learning from, each other and the participants. We welcome examples of success and failure alike. Invited case studies are asked to present both the good and the bad. We are not interested in glossed-over fairytales, but want real life, hands-on experience, dos and donts, inspiration, methods, and advice.  We build on the present in order to prepare for - and be part of shaping - the future.  

EAVE seeks to be an incubator of growth and creativity by bringing together producers from many backgrounds and nationalities with a multitude of professionals from the industry and beyond, resulting in a rare richness of feedback, perspectives, and advice available to each participant and each project from peers and experts alike. All meetings take place in an atmosphere of openness to ‘the other’, based on empathy and respect, inviting an honest exchange of experiences and perspectives in order to create a climate of inspiration and thinking out of the box.    The method consolidates the creation of a network of friends, colleagues, and future partners for long-term working relationships.

KNOWLEDGE SHARING leads to progress and EAVE is a community committed to sharing experience and expertise in order to sustain and transform the business - or even society itself – in a collaborative effort. EAVE actively partners or collaborates with a large number of other training programmes, institutions, festivals, and co-production markets for knowledge exchange and additional networking opportunities. Several EAVE PRODUCERS and EAVE ON DEMAND workshops, as well as other training events and learning platforms are created or hosted by EAVE alumni. New tutors and experts constantly emerge from the pool of past participants and knowledge spreads globally through the members of the community, via both  ’original’, tailor-made, and ‘inspired by’ workshops.

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A SUCCESSFUL WRAP FOR THE SECOND WORKSHOP OF PUENTES 2020

This week was the final week of the online experience of the EAVE PUENTES workshop, but it will be for sure not the last time the participants will be seeing each other.

Due to the pandemic, EAVE PUENTES was adapted to a virtual environment (read more here), and participants from Europe and Latin America met online, where they were bound to discuss their projects and professional careers, and share their experiences as film professionals. Starting their EAVE journey in November last year as complete strangers that would log on zoom every day for several hours, the group challenged the physical limitations of the online world by bonding all together as a group.

Today will be the last session of EAVE PUENTES 2020 during which the participants were also given the opportunity to network with the professionals attending EAVE’s PRODUCERS WORKSHOP and PUENTES ITALIA.

The graduates of this unique PUENTES 2020 edition are Berlinale Co-Production Market 2021 winners FRED BURLE (One Two Films, DE) who scooped the Eurimages Co-Development Award for THE OBLIVION THEORY and Paraguayan producer SEBASTIÁN PEÑA ESCOBAR whose PUENTES project WHO KILLED NARCISO (by THE HEIRESSES director Marcelo Martinessi) won the Artekino award.

Another award-winning PUENTES participant this year is BRITTA RINDELAUB (Alva Film Production, CH), co-producer of HIVE by Blerta Basholli, the first film in history to scoop all three main awards in Sundance – the Grand Jury Prize, the Audience Award and the Directing Award – in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition. Britta’s PUENTES PROJECT is REINAS, directed by Klaudia Reynicke.

Another exciting piece of news brings career participant and film programmer ANA DAVID (Berlinale, Indie Lisboa), who was recently appointed curator for a new public institution in Porto, Batalha Film Centre, to open in 2022.

Among the producing talents this year is Norwegian producer NINA BARBOSA BLAD (BARBOSA FILM) whose previous productions have been shown at several prestigious festivals like Semaine de la Critique in Cannes. Nina also produced the drama series NUDES premiered September 2019 that was screened on BBC3 as their first non-English speaking series and won two Gullruten Awards (Norwegian TV-prize).

 Among the participating sales agents of this edition were CHRISTINA LIAPI from HERETIC OUTREACH (GR), whose latest acquisition BAD LUCK BANGING OR LOONY PORN won the Golden Bear at the Berlinale 2021, and French sales outfit Co-Production Office’s Head of Sales NADINE ROTHSCHILD.

The selected projects offered a great variety of genres, topics and geographical spread:

Peruvian producer CAROLINA DENEGRI developed animation project THE SAINTS by Omar Rojas.

Benjamin Naishtat’s latest feature project is a film noir called POBRES PIBES, produced by Argentinean producer FEDERICO EISBUSZYC.

Producer MAURICIO ESCOBAR from Guatemala brought to PUENTES period drama BEATRIZ, LA SIN VENTURA directed by Fernando Martínez.

Mexican coming-of-age drama THE DEVIL SMOKES (AND KEEPS THE BURNT MATCHES IN THE SAME BOX) directed by Ernesto Martínez Bucio and produced by CARLOS HERNÁNDEZ VÁZQUEZ.

Producer JOY JORGENSEN (Killjoy Films, DE) attended with the comedy CALMA CHICA by Inés Gowland, exploring the family dynamics of an Argentinean conservative family.

Comical drama SIGMUND’S CONTAINER (directed by Juan Caunedo) will be produced by German producer JUDITH WEILER (Butterfilm, DE).

Spanish producer IGNACIO VUELTA’s project THE ANATOMY OF THE HORSE (directed by Daniel Vidal) will feature an odyssey through time, colony and revolution in the remote heights of Peru.

 

The PUENTES ITALIA participants of 2020 are:

  • Laura Biagini (Mommotty Film)
  • Roberta Canepa (Fedora Film)
  • Constanza Coldagelli (Matrioska)
  • Roberto Maria Cuello (Joker Image)
  • Gaia Gunetti (La Sarraz Pictures)
  • Alessandra Limentani (Rosamont)
  • Andrea Magnani (Pilgrim)
  • Federico Minetti (Effendemfilm)
  • Anna Recalde Miranda (Mammut Film)
  • Paolo Pani (ICE)
  • Raffaella Pontarelli (Amarena Film)
  • Gigi Roccati (Ardita Film)
  • Cristina Veliscig

 

All the participants’ projects, profiles and company development issues were discussed and developed in group work, plenary sessions and individual mentoring meetings. In addition, each participant was offered tailor-made curated meetings with hand-picked experts according to their needs and focus of interest.

 

 The experts of this second workshop included:

PUENTES Head of Studies FERNANDA DEL NIDO (Setembro Cine, ES), the two group leaders DIDAR DOMEHRI (MANEKI Films, FR) and FERNANDO EPSTEIN (MUTANTE CINE, UY), script consultant JACQUES AKCHOTI (FR), PUENTES ITALIA group leader AGUSTINA CHIARINO (MUTANTE CINE, UY), ALBERTO BURGUEÑO (Elipsis Capital, ES), ARANKA MATITS (Featurette, NL), CHRISTOPH FRIEDEL (Pandora Film, DE), FRAN ARAÚJO (Movistar +, ES), GEMA JUÁREZ (Gema Films, AR), JANI THILTGES (Samsa Film, LU), JUAN MANUEL TORRES (Latido, ES), MICHEL RUBEN (Dynamo Films, CO/ES), RAFAEL SAMPAIO (BrLab / Klaxon, BR), SANDRA TAPIA (Arcadia Motion Pictures, ES), TATIANA LEITE (Bubbles Project, BR), VANJA KALUDJERCIC (IFFR, NL) and NIKO REMUS (APostLab, DE/NL).

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EAVE ON DEMAND for francophone producers in minority communities across Canada

EAVE is proud to announce an EAVE ON DEMAND workshop in co-operation with Alliance des producteurs francophones du Canada – APFC. The tailor-made programme will consist of three modules in March, June and October 2021 for selected members of AFPC.

The first workshop will take place online March 22-28, 2021 and combine masterclasses and group work sessions, as well as individual meetings for 4 selected producers and their writers/directors with their fiction and documentary series in development. The same participants will continue to work together with EAVE experts also in the June and October workshops.

The selected producers and series projects for the first year for the 2021 cycle are:

  • David Baeta, Médium Béluga
  • Tracy Legault, Meshiikenh minis
  • Nancy Ripeau, L'Île-aux-Puces
  • Anne-Marie Rocher, Les villes forêts de demain

“We are proud and excited about the first cohort of producers taking part at EAVE on Demand for APFC, a component of APFC’s Élan program. Series created by Canadian Francophonie producers are rich, captivating and unique. With the support of EAVE and their team of experts, this great content will no doubt reach audiences far and wide”, says Carol Ann Pilon, Executive Director of Alliance des producteurs francophones du Canada.

As EAVE CEO Kristina Trapp states: “The programme will combine EAVE’s experience in international training with a tailor-made approach for francophone producers in minority communities across Canada, in order to prepare them and their series in development for the international market.”

The objective is to improve the participants’ skills in international coproduction, film finance and management, legal issues, marketing, packaging, festival and sales strategies as well as script development, allowing them to expand their careers and businesses internationally.

The EAVE experts involved in the March workshop include the following: group leader Diana Elbaum (Beluga Tree, BE), finance expert Linda Beath (Ideal Filmworks, IT), script consultant Nadja Dumouchel (FR/DE), pitching expert Sibylle Kurz (DE), legal expert Pierre-Emmanuel Mouthuy (Mouthuy Avocats, BE) as well as marketing consultant Mathias Noschis (Alphapanda, DE/CH).

The working languages are French and English.

EAVE ON DEMAND for members of APFC is organized by EAVE and APFC in partnership with Netflix, lead partner, Telefilm Canada and the Canada Media Fund.

 

EAVE

EAVE is Europe’s leading training, development and networking organization for producers. In addition to our flagship programme, the renowned European Producers Workshop, we are involved in a variety of programmes in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Russia, Africa and the Middle East. Founded in 1988, EAVE’s objectives are to provide professional training opportunities and to bring producers from different regions of the world together with the aim of facilitating co-production relationships. EAVE’s unique international network comprises over 2,300 producers and key decision makers (funders, sales agents, distributors, commissioning editors etc.).

 

Alliance des producteurs francophones du Canada

The Alliance des producteurs francophones du Canada – APFC is dedicated to the development of the French-language film, television, and digital media industry across Canada. The Alliance is the voice of the audiovisual and independent production sector in francophone Canada.

 

Netflix

Netflix is the world’s leading internet entertainment service with over 148 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries and feature films across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

 

Telefilm Canada – See bigger.

Telefilm is dedicated to the cultural, commercial and industrial success of Canada’s audiovisual industry. Through funding and promotion programs, Telefilm supports dynamic companies and creative talent at home and around the world. Telefilm also makes recommendations regarding the certification of audiovisual coproduction treaties to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, and administers the programs of the Canada Media Fund. Launched in 2012, the Talent Fund accepts private donations which principally support emerging talent.

 

Canada Media Fund

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) fosters, promotes, develops and finances the production of Canadian content and relevant applications for all audiovisual media platforms. The CMF guides Canadian content towards a competitive global environment through fostering industry innovation, rewarding success, enabling a diversity of voice and promoting access to content through industry and private sector partnerships.

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Ten Oscar nominations for EAVE producers!

We are extremely proud to announce that eight films produced by EAVE graduates have been nominated 10 times for the 93rd Academy Awards, the Oscars 2021!

COLLECTIVE scooped an exceptional double nomination for both Best International Feature Film and Best Documentary Feature!

Congratulations!

DRUK (ANOTHER ROUND) by Thomas Vinterberg, co-producers: EAVE graduates Lizette Jonjic, Arnold Heslenfeld, Laurette Schillings & Frans van Gestel nominated for Best Director and Best International Feature Film

COLLECTIVE by Alexander Nanau, producer: EAVE graduate and Luxembourgish National Coordinator Bernard Michaux nominated for Best International Feature Film AND Best Documentary Feature

QUO VADIS‚ AIDA? by Jasmila Zbanic, producer: EAVE graduate Cristian Nicolescu nominated for Best International Feature Film

THE MAN WHO SOLD HIS SKIN by Kaouther Ben Hania, producers: EAVE graduates Annabella Nezri, Martin Hampel nominated for Best International Feature Film

THE MOLE AGENT by PUENTES graduate Maite Alberdi, co-producers: EAVE graduates Fleur Knopperts, Denis Vaslin, Ingmar Trost nominated for Best Documentary Feature

PIECES OF A WOMAN by Kornel Mundruczo, producer: EAVE graduate and Hungarian National Coordinator Viktoria Petranyi nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role

WHITE EYE by Tomer Shushan, producer: EAVE graduate Kobi Mizrahi nominated for Best Live Action Short

THE PRESENT by Farah Nabulsi, producer: EAVE graduate Ossama Bawardi nominated for Best Live Action Short

The award ceremony will take place on April 25, 2021.

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EAVE Newsflash – EAVE Producers scoop the Golden Bear and a Silver Bear in Berlin!

We are proud to announce that EAVE graduates have been very successful at the Berlinale - Berlin Iternational Film Festival and at the Berlinale Co-Production Market 2021!

Two European co-productions produced by members of the EAVE family scooped the Golden Bear and a Silver Bear for Best Director!

Congratulations!

GOLDEN BEAR FOR BEST FILM

BAD LUCK BANGING OR LOONY PORN by Radu Jude, producers: EAVE graduate and Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon, EAVE group leader and Croatian National Coordinator Ankica Juric Tilic, EAVE graduates Paul Thiltges, Adrien Chef, Jiri Konecny, associate producer: EAVE graduate Dan Wechsler

A video goes viral. It shows a man and a woman having sex while wearing masks. The woman is, nevertheless, identified. Too bad she is a teacher and supposed to be a role model. And this, moreover, in a (post-socialist but ultimately any) society that is about to get lost in a social network discourse of would-be healing squeaky-clean attitudes, pseudo-political knowing-it-all, sanctimonious chauvinism and grotesque conspiracy theories. Everyone has an opinion. The debate turns into a tribunal – about consensual sex, pornography and more.
Always up for innovative cinematic experiments, Radu Jude has crafted from this constellation an intelligent, satirical triptych: with its nonchalantly precise camerawork and manic humour found in the stress of everyday life on Bucharest’s streets, the first part shows us what contemporary cinema at the documentary-fiction interface can look like. The second part is an offbeat series of laconic, static images intended as an encyclopaedia of the symbols of our time. The film’s grand – albeit open-ended – finale is a discussion held at the school in which judgement is passed on our heroine’s right to exist.

Jury statement:
“The Golden Bear goes to a film which has that rare and essential quality of a lasting art work. It captures on screen the very content and essence, the mind and body, the values and the raw flesh of our present moment in time. Of this very moment of human existence.
It does so by provoking the spirit of our time (i.e., zeitgeist), by slapping it, by challenging it to a duel. And while doing that, it also challenges this present moment in cinema, shaking, with the same camera movement, our social and our cinematic conventions.
It is an elaborated film as well as a wild one, clever and childish, geometrical and vibrant, imprecise in the best way. It attacks the spectator, evokes disagreement, but leaves no one with a safety distance.”

SILVER BEAR FOR BEST DIRECTOR

NATURAL LIGHT by Dénes Nagy, producer: EAVE graduate Sára László, co-producers: EAVE graduate Inese Boka-Grube, EAVE graduate and Hungarian National Coordinator Viktoria Petranyi, EAVE participant and EAVE+ graduate Gints Grube

1943, World War II. A long winter is about to begin in the endless territories of the occupied Soviet Union. István Semetka is part of a special Hungarian unit tasked with travelling from village to village looking for partisan groups. While heading towards a remote village one day, the company falls under enemy fire and their commander is killed. As the highest ranking officer, Semetka must take over. Wading through a vast swamp, he guides the survivors back to an occupied village where they reconvene with their division.
Dénes Nagy’s powerful feature debut Natural Light is not just a war movie. Drenched in livid, humid light that makes faces look like they were painted in mud, it tells of a descent into the unknown by men who face constant moral dilemmas. What should one do to survive? To what extent should they put themselves first? How guilty are you if you witness horrible events you didn’t cause? As all their convictions about right and wrong are weakened, the men must decide whether to adapt or do the right thing.

Jury statement:
“Appalling and beautifully shot, mesmerising images, remarkable direction and a masterful control of every aspect of the craft of filmmaking, a narration that transcends its historical context. A portrait of war in which the observant gaze of the director reminds us again of the need to choose between passivity and taking individual responsibility.”

GENERATION AWARDS

Generation Kplus

The Grand Prix for Best Film has been awarded to
SUMMER BLUR by Han Shuai, producer: TTB graduate Ying Liang

BERLINALE CO-PRODUCTION MARKET AWARDS

Berlinale Co-Production Market 2021 Awards Ceremony © Lydia Hesse

Berlinale Co-Production Market 2021 Awards Ceremony © Lydia Hesse

 

The Eurimages Co-Production Development Award of 20.000 € has been given to:

THE OBLIVION THEORY by Annemarie Jacir, produced by: PUENTES graduate Fred Burle

The ArteKino International Award goes to:

PUENTES project WHO KILLED NARCISO by Marcelo Martinessi, producer: PUENTES graduate Sebastian Peña Escobar

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EAVE INAGURATES ITS BRAND NEW PLATFORM, MAKING PUENTES WORKSHOP 2 A MORE IMMERSIVE AND INTERACTIVE ONLINE WORKSHOP

PUENTES 2020 Workshop 2 is kicking off next Monday, March 8 at 14.00 CET!

Participants from Latin America and Europe will gather all together online, and will be part of the EAVE COMMUNITY, the brand new digital platform that connects its users in a virtual physical space and that EAVE will also use for its other programmes, such as the EAVE Producers Workshop which kicks off on March 7.

The EAVE COMMUNITY digital world was developed with Swiss company WYTH. The EAVE team, along with Elena Bertoni (Puentes local coordinator at FVG) worked closely with the developers in order to create an experience for its participants as close as the one they would get from an EAVE physical workshop.

As Kristina Trapp, EAVE CEO states: “For us it was crucial to transport the “EAVE spirit” and human factor to the online environment. The tight-knit professional network our participants get once they participate is one of the key assets for their future careers and the fuel for us to start developing EAVE COMMUNITY.”

As we have all been adapting to the online shift caused by the pandemic, EAVE has redesigned its workshop formats to offer the workshop participants a physical space in the virtual realm, where producers can connect and network in a more spontaneous manner.  Thus EAVE COMMUNITY offers a unique user experience where people can naturally meet and interact, adding the missing factor of the human connection.

The PUENTES workshop is designed in the platform as a hotel map, with different rooms that lead its users to the plenary sessions, individual meetings with the experts and to a library room. Participants can easily navigate the map, and have at their disposal a helpdesk in case they have any questions.

All of the pedagogical resources can be found in the library: from participants’ profiles and project presentations, to pedagogical tools and recorded plenary sessions - everything is just one click away.

In addition to the PUENTES hotel map, PUENTES participants will have access to the Producer’s Lounge, a space for networking with each other as well as meeting the participants of Producers Workshop taking place in parallel to PUENTES.

Following the first online workshop that took place in November/December, the second leg of PUENTES will welcome prestigious experts of the film industry such as Sébastien Beffa (Playtime, FR), Fran Araújo (Movistar +, ES) and Jani Thiltges (Samsa Film, LU), who will share their experiences and insights about the film industry. The plenary sessions will be moderated by the PUENTES group Leaders, Didar Domehri (MANEKI FILMS, FR) and Fernando Epstein (MUTANTE CINE, UY).

In parallel to the plenary week, EAVE is organising a local workshop – PUENTES ITALIA - in cooperation with their local Italian partners, MiBACT and the regional fund of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region. PUENTES ITALIA is dedicated to Italian producers interested in co-producing with Latin America.

For the third consecutive year we are very happy to co-organize PUENTES ITALIA, a real bridge aimed to directly connect our producers and other Italian film professionals to the Latin American industry. It is a unique chance, especially now that Italy is part of the IBERMEDIA Programme, to explore the funding and co-production opportunities offered by this film landscape but also to better understand the market potential” added Alessandro Gropplero, FVG AUDIOVISUAL FUND.

In addition to the partnership with FVG and thanks to the strategic long-term cooperation with MiBACT, PUENTES is hosted every second year by a different Italian region, such as Roma Lazio in 2019 in cooperation with the Roma Lazio Film Commission and South Tyrol in cooperation with IDM Alto Adige in June/July 2021.

The group of selected 15 Italian producers and professionals from PUENTES ITALIA will be guided by Uruguayan producer Agustina Chiarino (MUTANTE CINE) and have a dedicated programme and meetings, with renowned experts like Aranka Matitis (Featurette, NL), Tatiana Leite (Bubbles Project, BR) or Juan Manuel Torres (Latido Films, ES).

All of the 29 PUENTES participants will have joint networking sessions where they will get a chance to meet each other and exchange their experiences and queries about co-producing with Latin America and/or Europe.

In addition to the networking session, the participants of PUENTES ITALIA and PUENTES will have as a special bonus the possibility to attend some of the plenary sessions of the other PUENTES programme.

The participants of both workshops will also benefit from a special mentoring offer with curated individual meetings according to their needs, profiles and projects.

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The EAVE 2021 PRODUCERS WORKSHOP cycle kicks off: adaptability, flexibility & creativity

Bringing together 52 selected producers from 37 countries, the new EAVE Producers Workshop year starts with a new format and a two-fold first workshop, starting with a concentrated week of plenary sessions and various networking activities, and continuing with a week of group work and individual mentoring, during which the participants will develop the 32 selected projects (feature films, feature documentaries and doc and fiction series) and their entrepreneurial and creative skills.

Both the plenary week (March 7-12, online) and the group work week (April 12-19) are organized in partnership with Film Fund Luxembourg.

The EAVE 2021 participants were selected from 220 high profile applicants from 52 countries. The high number of applications not only shows the unwavering relevance of the programme, but also the need for producers in times like these to re-invent their role in the industry, rethink their slate and business model and diversify their companies.

EAVE embraces and promotes diversity and inclusion on all levels. One of the guiding principles of the selection for the Producers Workshop is to achieve a collective pool of people and projects, ideas and experiences, which will in itself enrich the entire workshop experience through added peer to peer learning. The diversity of company types and set-ups, creative approaches, projects, formats, genres, as well as production processes, distribution methods, and business models is crucial so that the producers at EAVE can share ideas and find new inspiration.

EAVE is continuously adapting the content and format of the workshops to the changing reality, with new online and hybrid modules, including new guest experts and topics, tackling the new realities for the producers of tomorrow.

EAVE Head of Studies Lise Lense-Møller states: “We are really excited to kick off the workshop with a super motivated, talented and diverse group of participants.  It is such a long process from application, through selection, to actual workshop, and it is always so gratifying to finally get together and start working.  Every year we watch the miracle of going from a group of strangers from all over the world, each fighting for excellence and survival in a challenged industry, to a tight-knit network of professionals building relationships for the future.”

The participants will start their EAVE journey under the guidance of EAVE Head of Studies Lise Lense-Møller (Magic Hour Films, DK), the four group leaders, Didar Domehri (Maneki Films, FR), Ankica Jurić Tilić (Kinorama, HR), Michael Kitzberger (Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion GmbH, AT) and Jani Thiltges (Samsa Film, LU); the script consultants Jacques Akchoti (FR), Martin Daniel (USA), Clare Downs (UK) and Ossi Nishri (IL), and documentary expert Sylvia Stevens (Faction Films, UK).

They are joined by the EAVE specialized experts - for Pitching: Sibylle Kurz (DE), Finance and Company Planning: Linda Beath (Ideal Filmworks, IT), Marketing: Constanza Arena (CinemaChile, CL) & Raquel Cabrera (The Film Agency, ES) and Legal Issues: Katrine Schlüter Schierbeck (The Law Factory, DK), who share their expertise in plenary and group work sessions as well as individual meetings.

 The plenary sessions are open for interested local professionals. For the detailed programme, please contact EAVE Programme Manager Satu Elo satu@eave.org.

EAVE expresses special gratitude for the support of Workshop 1 to:
Film Fund Luxembourg; CREATIVE EUROPE Desk Luxembourg - MEDIA sub-programme; Légère Premium Hotel Luxembourg.

 

EAVE is supported by the Creative Europe - MEDIA sub-programme of the European Union, Film Fund Luxembourg, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée, Fondo Audiovisivo Friuli Venezia Giulia, PACT – the Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television, the Polish Film Institute, Doha Film Institute, Telefilm Canada, SODEC, IDM Südtirol Alto Adige, Projeto Paradiso, TRT - Turkish Radio and Television Corporation, Berlinale Co-Production Market and the partners who have hosted the workshops since 1988.

 

Selected participants of EAVE Producers Workshop 2021 are:

AUSTRIA

Lucas Czjzek, Golden Girls Film

 

BELGIUM

Maarten D’Hollander, Krater Films

Eva Kuperman, Stenola Productions

Hanne Phlypo, Clin d’oeil films

 

BRAZIL

Paulo Serpa, Meus Russos

 

CANADA

Andrée-Anne Frenette, Terre Innue

Amber Ripley, Goodbye Productions

 

CROATIA

Magdalena Petrović, LEWA productions

 

CZECH REPUBLIC

Dagmar Sedláčková, MasterFilm

 

DENMARK

Maria Møller Christoffersen, Beofilm Pictures

Emile Hertling Péronard, Ánorâk Film / Polarama Greenland

 

EGYPT

Kesmat Elsayed, See Media Production

 

ETHIOPIA

Mehret Mandefro, A51 Pictures

 

FINLAND

Marja Pihlaja, Tekele Productions

 

FRANCE

Alejandro Arenas, Les films du Worso

Julie Viez, Cinenovo

 

FRANCE / CANADA

Jeanne-Marie Poulain, Art & essai

 

FRANCE / UK

Fabien Westerhoff, Film Constellation

 

GERMANY

Jelena Goldbach, ZAK Film Productions

Regina Jorissen, 2Pilots Filmproduction

Tobias N. Siebert, BASIS BERLIN Filmproduktion

 

GREECE

Fani Skartouli, Faliro House Productions

 

HUNGARY

Petra Iványi, Filmteam

 

IRELAND

Daniel Hegarty, Marmalade Films

 

ITALY

Serena Alfieri

Roberto Cavallini, Albolina Film

 

LATVIA

Gints Grube, Mistrus Media

 

LUXEMBOURG

Vincent Quénault, Red Lion

 

MOLDOVA

Ion Gnatiuc, Niste Filme

 

MONTENEGRO

Bojana Radulovic, CODE BLUE Production

 

NETHERLANDS

Germen Boelens, Revolver Films

 

NORWAY

Ingvild Evjemo, 4 ½

Elisa Fernanda Pirir Ruiz, Mer Film

 

POLAND

Maria Gołoś, Rozbrat Films

Anna Stylińska, Harine Films

 

PORTUGAL / CAPE VERDE

Pedro Soulé, Kriolscope

 

RUSSIA

Katerina Mikhailova, Vega Film

 

SAUDI ARABIA

Abdulrahman Khawj, Cinepoetics Pictures

 

SERBIA

Nevena Savić, Cinnamon films

Biljana Tutorov, Wake Up Films

 

SLOVAKIA

Jakub Viktorin, nutprodukcia

 

SLOVENIA

Nina Robnik, Stara gara

 

SOUTH AFRICA

Nomakhosi Dali, Miss K Productions

 

SPAIN

Mar Medir, Catalan Films & TV

Carles Torras Perez, Zabriskie Films

 

SPAIN / USA

Roy Wol, Autonomous Pictures

 

SUDAN

Alyaa Musa, Black Balance Artistic Production

 

SWEDEN

Helene Adler, Gaea Produktion

Basel Mawlawi, Kinana Films

 

TURKEY

Sezgi Ustun San, Sezzfilm

 

UK

James Heath, Mallinson Television Productions

 

UKRAINE

Artem Koliubaiev, Mainstream Pictures

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EAVE @ the 71st Berlin International Film Festival

EAVE is proud to announce a very strong presence of EAVE projects & producers at this year's Berlinale: 2 films in COMPETITION, 4 films in the ENCOUNTERS section, 5 projects in PANORAMA, 4 at the FORUM, 5 at the GENERATION sections, 2 SHORTS, 21 at the BERLINALE CO-PRODUCTION MARKET and its sidebar sections, 4 at the TALENT PROJECT MARKET and 34 films by EAVE PRODUCERS at the EUROPEAN FILM MARKET!

Competition

  • BAD LUCK BANGING OR LOONY PORN by Radu Jude, producers: EAVE graduate and Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon, EAVE group leader and Croatian National Coordinator Ankica Juric Tilic, EAVE graduates Paul Thiltges, Adrien Chef, Jiri Konecny, associate producer: EAVE graduate Dan Wechsler
  • NATURAL LIGHT by Dénes Nagy, producer: EAVE graduate Sára László, co-producers: EAVE graduate Inese Boka-Grube, EAVE graduate and Hungarian National Coordinator Viktoria Petranyi, EAVE participant and EAVE+ graduate Gints Grube

 

Berlinale Special

  • FRENCH EXIT by Azazel Jacobs, producer: EAVE graduate Katie Holly

 

Encounters

  • AZOR by Andreas Fonatana, producer: EAVE graduate Eugenia Mumenthaler
  • BLOODSUCKERS by Julian Radlmaier, producer: B’EST graduate Julia Mishkinene
  • MOON, 66 QUESTIONS by Jacqueline Lentzou, producer: EAVE graduate Fenia Cossovitsa
  • TASTE by Le Bao, co-producer: EAVE graduate, PUENTES group leader and French National Coordinator Jean des Forêts

 

Panorama

  • BLISS by Henrika Kull, producer: EAVE graduate Martin Heisler
  • CELTS by Milica Tomovic, producer: EAVE graduate Vladimir Vasiljevic
  • HUMAN FACTORS by Ronny Trocker, producers: EAVE graduate Katrin Pors, TTB graduate Mikkel Jersin
  • MIGUEL'S WAR by Eliane Raheb, co-producer: EAVE graduate Felipe Lage Coro
  • THEO AND THE METAMORPHOSIS by Damien Odoul, co-producer: EAVE graduate Dan Wechsler

 

Forum

  • ANAMNESIS by Chris Wright and Stefan Kolbe, producer: EAVE graduate Heino Deckert
  • THE FIRST 54 YEARS by Avi Mograbi, producers: EAVE graduates Elina Pohjola, Leila Lyytikäinen
  • JUST A MOVEMENT by Vincent Meessen, producer: EAVE graduate Genevieve De Bauw
  • TAMING THE GARDEN by Salomé Jashi, producer: EAVE graduate Susanne Guggenberger

 

Generation

  • ANY DAY NOW by Hamy Ramezan, producer: EAVE graduate Jussi Rantamäki, sales: EAVE graduate Jan Naszewski
  • EAVE project THE WHITE FORTRESS (TABIJA) by Igor Drljaca, producers: EAVE graduate Adis Djapo, EAVE graduate and National Coordinator Bosnia-Herzegovina Amra Baksic-Camo, EAVE FFF graduate Borga Dorter
  • MISSION ULJA FUNK by Barbara Kronenberg, producers: EAVE graduate and group leader Roshanak Behesht Nedjad, EAVE graduate Joanna Szymanska, EAVE graduate and Luxembourgish National Coordinator Bernard Michaux
  • NELLY RAPP – MONSTER AGENT by Amanda Adolfsson, producer: EAVE graduate Jon Nohrstedt
  • SUMMER BLUR by Han Shuai, producer: TTB graduate Ying Liang

 

Shorts

  • ONE HUNDRED STEPS by Bárbara Wagner, Benjamin de Burca, producer: EAVE graduate Michel Balagué
  • ZONDER MEER by Meltse Van Coillie, producer: EAVE graduate Peter Brosens

 

www.berlinale.de

 

Berlinale Co-Production Market 2021

Official Project Selection

  • EAVE project MAYSOON by Nancy Biniadaki, producer: EAVE graduate Christopher Zitterbart
  • FOUR LITTLE ADULTS by Selma Vilhunen, producers: EAVE graduate Venla Hellstedt, EAVE graduate and Finnish National Coordinator Elli Toivonemi
  • HOLLY by Fien Troch, producer: EAVE graduate Antonio Lombardo
  • LAND OF SAVAGES by Fernando Guzzoni, producer: PUENTES graduate Rocio Jadue
  • LEFT OVER by Yesim Ustaoglu, producer: EAVE graduate Serkan Cakarer
  • MATRIA by Álvaro Gago, producer: EAVE graduate and Spanish National Coordinator Maria Zamora
  • MILK TEETH by Sophia Bösch, producer: EAVE graduate and German National Coordinator, TTB group leader Jonas Weydemann
  • MY SOUL STARTLED by Syllas Tzoumerkas, producer: EAVE graduate Maria Dandraki
  • PUAN by Maria Alché, Benjamin Naishtat, producers: PUENTES graduate Barbara Francisco, EAVE graduate Barbara Sarasola-Day
  • PUENTES project WHO KILLED NARCISO? by Marcelo Martinessi, producer: PUENTES graduate Sebastian Peña Escobar
  • SEA SPARKLE by Domien Huyghe, producer: EAVE MW graduate Sanne Sandaert

 

Berlinale Directors

  • ENGLAND MADE ME by Mans Mansson, producer: EAVE graduate Costanza Julia Bani
  • THE OBLIVION THEORY byAnnemarie Jacir, producer: PUENTES graduate Fred Burle
  • THE WOMAN FROM THE SUNKEN ISLAND by Alante Kavaite, producer: EAVE+ graduate Antoine Simkine

 

Rotterdam-Berlinale Express

  • KABUL JAN by Shahrbanoo Sadat, producer: EAVE graduate Jon Hammer

 

Berlinale Co-Pro Series

  • AFTERPARTY written by Dora Sustic, producer: EAVE MW graduate Maja Pek-Brünjes and EAVE graduate Danijel Pek
  • HINTERLAND by Sven Bohse, producer: EAVE graduate Gian-Piero Ringel
  • RICHTER written by Anna McPartlin & Michael Bennett, producer: EAVE graduate EAVE graduate and Irish National Coordinator Katie Holly
  • SPEED by Martin Lund, producer: EAVE graduate EAVE graduate Ruben Thorkildsen
  • THIS IS MUSIC by Bjørn Olaf Johannessen, producer: EAVE graduate EAVE graduate Dyveke Bjørkly Graver
  • UNTIL I FIND YOU written by EAVE graduate Kaleena Kiff, producer: EAVE graduate Kaleena Kiff

 

Project selected in cooperation with Series Mania

  • GOOD PEOPLE by Matthieu Donck, Stéphane Bergmans & Benjamin D'Aoust, producer: EAVE graduate EAVE graduates Julie Esparbes, Caroline Nataf

 

Talent Project Market

  • 6TH FINGER by Sheron Dayoc, producer: TTB participant Alemberg Ang
  • EAVE project GLORY B by Konstantinos Antonopoulos, producer: EAVE participant Fani Skartouli
  • SLEEPLESS CITY by Guillermo Garcia Lopez, producer: PUENTES graduate Lina Badenes
  • EAVE project VIVA LA VIDA by Ulla Heikkilä, producer: EAVE participant Marja Pihlaja

 

Berlinale Script Station

  • LA MATERNAL by Pilar Palomero, producer: EAVE+ graduate Valerie Delpierre

 

Berlinale Talents 2021

  • PUENTES graduate Josephine Schroeder
  • TTB participant Alemberg Ang
  • PUENTES graduate Lina Badenes
  • EAVE participant Fani Skartouli
  • TTB and EAVE+ graduate Anda Ionescu
  • EAVE participant Nina Robnik
  • TTB graduate Supatcha Thipsena
  • EAVE participant Marja Pihlaja
  • PUENTES graduate Mariana Murillo
  • EAVE participant Eva Kuperman

www.berlinale-talents.de

 

European Film Market EFM

  • ANAMNESIS by Chris Wright and Stefan Kolbe, producer: EAVE graduate Heino Deckert
  • ANY DAY NOW by Hamy Ramezan, producer: EAVE graduate Jussi Rantamäki, sales: EAVE graduate Jan Naszewski
  • APPLES by Christos Nikou, producer: B’EST graduate Ales Pavlis, co-producer: EAVE graduate Mariusz Wlodarski, associate producer: EAVE graduate Antoine Simkine
  • A TASTE OF HUNGER by Christoffer Boe, producer: EAVE graduate Lizette Jonjic
  • AZOR by Andreas Fontana, producer: EAVE graduate Eugenia Mumenthaler
  • BAD LUCK BANGING OR LOONY PORN by Radu Jude, producers: EAVE graduate and Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon, EAVE graduate, group leader and Croatian National Coordinator Ankica Juric Tilic, EAVE graduates Paul Thiltges, Adrien Chef, Jiri Konecny, associate producer EAVE graduate Dan Wechsler
  • BLISS by Henrika Kull, producer: EAVE graduate Martin Heisler
  • CAGED BIRDS by Oliver Rihs, producer: EAVE graduate Ivan Madeo
  • CELTS by Milica Tomovic, producer: EAVE graduate Vladimir Vasiljevic
  • DEAD & BEAUTIFUL by David Verbeek, producer: EAVE graduate Leontine Petit, co-producer: EAVE graduate Sinisa Juricic
  • DE NOS FRÈRES BLÉSSÉS by Hélier Cisterne, co-producer: EAVE+ graduate Jean-Yves Roubin
  • DO NOT HESITATE by Shariff Korver, producer: EAVE graduate Leontine Petit
  • EVA MARIA by Lukas Ladner, producers: EAVE graduates Arash T. Riahi, Sabine Gruber, EAVE MW graduate Peter Drössler
  • EAVE project 200 METERS by Ameen Nayfeh, producer: EAVE graduate May Odeh
  • FOX IN A HOLE by Arman T. Riahi, producers: EAVE graduates Arash T. Riahi, Karin C. Berger
  • HIVE by Blerta Basholli, producer: EAVE graduate Valon Bajgora, co-producer: EAVE+ graduate and PUENTES participant Britta Rindelaub
  • HOPE by Maria Sødahl, co-producers: EAVE graduates Lizette Jonjic, Peter Possne
  • HUMAN FACTORS by Ronny Trocker, producers: EAVE graduate Katrin Pors, TTB graduate Mikkel Jersin
  • DER SCHÖNSTE PLATZ AUF ERDEN by Elke Groen, producers: EAVE graduates Arash T. Riahi, Sabine Gruber
  • NATURAL LIGHT by Dénes Nagy, producer: EAVE graduate Sára László, co-producers: EAVE graduate Inese Boka-Grube, EAVE graduate and Hungarian National Coordinator Viktoria Petranyi, EAVE participant and EAVE+ graduate Gints Grube
  • NELLY RAPP – MONSTER AGENT by Amanda Adolfsson, producer: EAVE graduate Jon Nohrstedt
  • MOON, 66 QUESTIONS by Jacqueline Lentzou, producer: EAVE+ graduate Fenia Cossovitsa
  • MY LAKE by Gjergj Xhuvani, co-producer: EAVE graduate Darko Popov
  • NIGHT OF THE KINGS by Philippe Lacôte, producer: EAVE+ graduate Yanick Létourneau
  • EAVE project THE PENULTIMATE by Jonas Kærup Hjort, produced by EAVE graduates Rikke Tambo Andersen, Gary Cranner
  • QUO VADIS‚ AIDA? by Jasmila Zbanic, producer: EAVE graduate Cristian Nicolescu
  • RIDERS OF JUSTICE by Thomas Jensen, producer: EAVE graduate Lizette Jonjic 
  • ROOKIE by Lieven van Baelen, co-producers: EAVE graduates Jacque-Henri Bronckart, Frank Hoeve
  • SANDRA GETS A JOB by Kaupo Kruusiauk, producer: EAVE graduate Anneli Ahven
  • SKIES OF LEBANON by Chloé Mazlo, line producer: EAVE graduate Marios Piperides
  • SUNE - MISSION: MIDSUMMER by Erland Beskow, producer: EAVE graduate Malin Söderlund
  • TAILOR by Sonia Liza Kenterman, producers: EAVE graduates Ioanna Bolomyti, Tanja Georgieva, Isabelle Truc, executive producer: EAVE+ graduate Fenia Cossovitsa
  • TASTE by Le Bao, co-producer: EAVE graduate, PUENTES group leader and French National Coordinator Jean des Forêts
  • THE APE STAR by Linda Hambäck, co-producer: EAVE graduate Peter Possne

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Exclusive interview with EAVE graduates Valon Bajgora and Besnik Krapi

Films from Kosovo have been very successful lately with Hive by Blerta Basholli harvesting three main prizes at Sundance and Looking For Venera by Norika Sefa sharing the Special Jury Award in the Tiger Competition at Rotterdam or with Visar Morina’s Exile. What are the reasons for this success?

BK: This is something that we have been talking a lot about lately and trying to analyse it. And I think that one of the reasons is, that these new filmmakers love cinema, they love film. We are a small industry with micro-low budgets, but still we are making such successful films. It’s really about loving and being dedicated to our work, as well as having a good education and talent. Looking back 2-3 years and having 6-7 films directed by female directors from Kosovo at A-festivals, as well as some films by male directors, it is just amazing. That’s why I think that love and passion are the reasons for our success.

 

How would you describe the situation for the filmmakers in Kosovo?

BK: It has been a very important decade, this last one, because after having changed the board and the head of the film centre, we made many steps forward. (NB: EAVE graduate) Arben Zharku as Director of the Kosovo Cinematography Centre has introduced a scheme to support co-productions, which we didn’t have before. He also introduced a support scheme for education, so that our filmmakers could start attending workshops abroad, like EAVE, which I could attend in 2017 due to this support, and also MAIA Workshops, FAMU, etc. I think this was the biggest step in our education. This has helped the knowledge of filmmaking and the talent from Kosovo to rise very fast. But on the other hand we are facing a bad situation in the industry. With the success we had, we should be able to raise the number of co-productions, but we don’t have tax incentives or a cinema network, which is the biggest challenge we have. What keeps us going is the love and passion of our directors, and the support of our film centre, but eventually people would also need some stability. We need a lot of investment from the government and the attention from the parliament, so it would be important to work on the tax incentives law.

 

How do you manage to finance films in Kosovo?

BK: Our main financier is the Kosovo Cinematography Centre. We also have some smaller financing sources such as municipalities and private sources. Due to Kosovo’s political situation, not being recognised by 6 EU countries, Kosovo is not part of Eurimages and MEDIA Programme, which creates many challenges for us. But we co-produce a lot on the regional level; we have minority co-productions with Albania, North Macedonia and Montenegro. Co-productions between Kosovo and North Macedonia are very usual. When you get funding in Kosovo, it’s quite usual to get it in Albania and North Macedonia.

VB: We are very creative how we finance our films. Kosovo has only 3 co-production treaties with North Macedonia, Albania and Turkey, which was ratified only a month ago. Our project Hive is the first official co-production with Switzerland (NB: with EAVE+ graduate Britta Rindelaub). We have managed to do this through two other partners who are part of the European Cultural Convention, and therefore we could be part of the official co-production as a third partner.

 

Do you think you will have more co-productions with Switzerland, or Germany?

VB: Actually, we did a co-production with Germany last year with Exile by Visar Morina. The film premiered at Sundance and was shown in the Panorama section of last year’s Berlinale. The co-production with Germany was difficult mostly due to the German policy of how to spend money for a co-production. It was a bit easier with Switzerland because they have a different policy. Also, there is a diaspora from Kosovo in Switzerland, so a lot of actors and crew members could be counted as Swiss expenses. On the project Hive the Swiss TV has joined as a co-producer. We are now shooting our new project with Switzerland, The Land Within Me by Fisnik Maxhuni, which will be shot in Kosovo. So now a co-production between Kosovo and Switzerland has started to be more common, because of the workflow and the diaspora. The market potential in Switzerland is also much bigger than in Kosovo.

 

HIVE © Ikone-Studio, Industria Film, Alva Film Production, photo: Alex Bloom

 

How is it to co-produce with Germany?

VB: The market is almost the same, but it’s difficult to co-produce with Germany. It’s hard because we are not part of the European Cultural Convention, so we have to find other ways. In Germany, you can apply for regional film funds and our German co-producer will apply for one of our projects, but you have to have TV involved. We have different problems from our European colleagues, but one of the sentences of my professor is that for the Balkan producers the following applies: “Give me a problem and I’ll find you a solution”.

 

Which role does EAVE play for you in Kosovo?

VB: For me EAVE has opened my eyes to be able to co-produce with Europe and helped me to understand the opportunities of working with European partners. Normally we are co-producing with our region, and at EAVE I learned the ways and the possibilities of how to co-produce with other European countries. At EAVE we have been developing our project Silence of Sirens and we have learned how important it is to focus on the development of the project. We understood how important it is to go to a workshop and to work with a scrip consultant, and within your group you can open your project to an international audience, your B2B audience. Working with my EAVE group has opened many doors and opportunities, and I have now different tools in my hands to be a better producer.   

I participated at EAVE thanks to a scholarship funded by the German regional fund MDM (Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung). The generous financial contribution of MDM to my participation has provided me the occasion to be part of this program, without which I couldn’t have access to. Continuation of this fund will enable future producers like me to become part of the European film producing community.

On my new project that I’m co-producing we’ve had different difficulties in the financing and pre-production phase, but this time I could call my EAVE colleagues and my group leader and the other group leaders to ask them for advice. Their support is my new tool, especially since I’m coming from such a small market. We have now signed the contract with a sales agent – an opportunity we didn’t have before. I called my group leader Diana Elbaum and she advised me what to do and explained what I need to be careful about when signing an agreement with a sales agent. She really helped me. I think that being part of EAVE is like being a part of a big family. When you need some advice, you can call someone who will listen to you and give you a good advice, and this makes me as a producer much more confident when going to the market. Now I have EAVE tools and I’m using them, so EAVE has really helped me a lot. It also helped my project a lot because it has put my project on a map. Now I can work with different sales agents and distributors. And EAVE has put me as a producer on a map as well. It gave me the backup of having experienced producers as colleagues who are there when I need some advice. 

 

What do you say Besnik? What role has EAVE played for you?

BK: I agree with what Valon has said. Workshops like EAVE are very important for producers coming from such a small industry as Kosovo, because we can get a lot of knowledge. Besides that, you become a part of the EAVE network, and as a producer you need a network. Most beautiful thing in EAVE is, because they have a very tough selection, that you are selected among 50 producers who become a part of your network. As I was saying, the most important thing is the network - the people that EAVE chooses and their collaboration. As Valon said, you can call your EAVE colleagues anytime.

 

LOOKING FOR VENERA © Circle Production

 

Which challenges did your films have to face during the process from the idea to being shown in Rotterdam or Sundance? Which steps did you have to take with your films?

BK: I think the challenges and the struggles are the same for all filmmakers from Kosovo. The most difficult thing is to finance films. You can find yourself delivering DCP with a huge gap in financing. We would need to invest in Kosovo, so we don’t have to spend the most of our energy on financing films. Now the film industry knows that Kosovo has potential because of the success we had recently. But as I mentioned before, we don’t have treaties with many other countries, so if you want to co-produce, you are still facing troubles all the time. Of course, we are trying to make every stage of the production as everyone else does; we develop an idea into a script, hire a script consultant... but our struggle with the financing is the biggest issue in our productions.

 

Coming back to your films with women fighting for their rights in a patriarchal society, which is the topic of both of your films. Is this especially relevant in Kosovo and the Balkans? Why do you think is this topic very successful at the moment?

BK: There are a lot of productions that are dealing with the patriarchal topic. But in Looking For Venera, I don’t know if it’s exactly the patriarchal thing or it’s more life heritage, because it’s a thin line here. In some Kosovo families young people live the same way as their grandparents did who are 70 years old. Because there is some kind of moral code in a family, and you keep doing it. So sometimes it’s not a patriarchal thing, but some kind of life heritage, which we always have at the back of our head. It’s a topic in many productions, and it’s part of Balkan lifestyle and history.

VB: To be honest, in the past ten years all the good films that had success and that were recognised on the festivals and the international market, were made by women directors. And I’m very proud of that. Actually, they are better linked and they are fighting against the fact that they are not recognised by men as equals in our society. And I find that very inspiring for everyone. 

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EAVE project GHOSTDANCE supported by Film Fund Luxembourg

Wallonia-Brussels Federation Film Centre

The Wallonia-Brussels Federation Film Centre grants writing, development or production support to short films, feature films, creative documentaries and experimental films. Among them:

Short feature films

  • BETTY BRÛLE by Camille Vigny, producers: PUENTES graduate Geraldine Sprimont and EAVE graduate Anne-Laure Guégan
  • BRUTALIA BY Manolis Mavris, producer: TTB graduate Valérie Bournonville
  • LE SILENCIEUX by Blandine Jet and Basile Vuillemin, producer: EAVE graduate Nicolas Meyer
  • LE PART DU LION by Julien Menanteau, producer: EAVE graduate Benoit Roland
  • TCHIMBÉ RAID by Chloé Léonil, producer: EAVE graduate Anton Iffland Stettner

Feature Films

  • BLOOD MAKES NOISE by Nina Vanspanghe and Marion Renard, producer: EAVE graduate Jean-Yves Roubin
  • EAVE project DALVA by Emmanuelle Nicot, producer: EAVE graduate Julie Esparbes, PUENTES graduate Delphine Schmit
  • DEVOLUTION by AntoineBours, Nicolas Boucart, producer: TTB graduate Valérie Bournonville
  • EL JARDIN EL LLAMAS by Valentina Maurel, producer: EAVE graduate Benoit Roland
  • KRIEG by Delphine Noels, producer: EAVE+ graduate Jean-Yves Roubin
  • LE TEMPS D’AIMER by Katell Quillévéré, producer: EAVE+ graduate Jean-Yves Roubin
  • LES ENFANTS ROUGES by Lofti Achour, producer: EAVE graduate Jacques-Henri Bronckart
  • LUNDI by Valéry Rosier, producer: EAVE graduate Benoit Roland
  • LA DANSE DES RENARDS by Valéry Carnoy, producer: EAVE graduate Julie Esparbes
  • LA VAGUE by Matthieu Reynaert and Jean-François Ravagnan, producer: TTB graduate Valérie Bournonville
  • L’ENFANT BÉLIER by Marta Bergman, producer: EAVE+ graduate Jean-Yves Roubin
  • L’IDYLLE by Aline Magrez, producer: EAVE+ graduate Jean-Yves Roubin
  • LE PLUS VIVANT POSSIBLE by Delphine Girard, producer: EAVE graduate Jacques-Henri Bronckart
  • LES DÉTÉCTIVES by Claude Schmitz, producer: EAVE graduate Benoit Roland
  • LEAH, SANS BRÛLER by Isabelle Schapira, producer: EAVE graduate Julie Esparbes
  • MELVILLE by Romain Renard, producers: PUENTES graduate Geraldine Sprimont and EAVE graduate Anne-Laure Guégan
  • NORMALE by Olivier Babinet, producer: TTB graduate Valérie Bournonville
  • PETITE REINE by Jonas d'Adesky, producer: EAVE graduate Aurélien Bodinaux
  • PERFECT BOYFRIEND by Sam Garbarski, producer: EAVE graduate Sébastien Delloye
  • QUATRE JOURS AVEC HITLER ET MUSSOLINI by Frédéric Fonteyne, producer: EAVE graduate Jacques-Henri Bronckart
  • REINES by Yasmine Benkiran, producers: PUENTES graduate Geraldine Sprimont and EAVE graduate Anne-Laure Guégan
  • REBEL by Bilall Fallah and Adil El Arbi, producer: EAVE graduate Diana Elbaum
  • THE CHAPEL by Dominique Deruddere, producer: TTB graduate Valérie Bournonville
  • VANCOUVER by Vanja D'Alcantara, producer: EAVE graduate Isabelle Truc

Documentaries

  • CE QUI NOUS LIE by Sonam Larcin, producers: PUENTES graduate Geraldine Sprimont and EAVE graduate Anne-Laure Guégan
  • L’ANNONCE by Bruno Tracq, producer: EAVE graduate Benoit Roland
  • LA RÊVE DES CIGOGNES by Elodie Lelu, producer: EAVE graduate Isabelle Truc
  • LE TOMBEAU DE L’AMIANTE, CHRONIQUE D’UN DÉSASTRE ANNONCÉ, producer: EAVE graduate Isabelle Truc
  • LES ENFANTS DU CHAOS by Julien Johan et Agnès Pizzini, producer: EAVE graduate Annabella Nezri
  • LES FANTÔMES DES PROFONDEURS by Annick Ghijzelings, producer: EAVE graduate Isabelle Truc
  • PREMIERS LIENS by Virginia Van Wassenhove, producer: EAVE graduate Isabelle Truc
  • QU’ALLAH BÉNISSE MORA by Mohamed Bouhari, producer: EAVE graduate Aurélien Bodinaux
  • NOOR by Jérôme le Maire, producer: EAVE graduate Isabelle Truc
  • RASHID, RETOUR ÀSINJAR by Jasna Krajinovic, producer: TTB graduate Valérie Bournonville
  • THE WAR INSIDE by Thom Vander Beken, producer: EAVE graduate and group leader Diana Elbaum
  • UN PUR ESPION by Rémi Lainé, producer: EAVE graduate Anton Iffland Stettner

www.audiovisuel.cfwb.be

 

Wallimage

Wallimage, the Walloon regional investment fund, is funding eight new projects, including:

  • ANGÈLE RIVIÈRE by Blandine Lenoir, producer: TTB graduate Valérie Bournonville
  • BLACK SWAN TALES produced by EAVE graduate Sébastien Delloye
  • DES GENS BIENS by Matthieu Donck, Benjamin d'Aoust et Stéphane Bergmans, producer: PUENTES graduate Anthony Rey  

www.wallimage.be

 

screen.brussels

Thirteen mainly Belgian projects selected for the 15th screen.brussels fund session:

  • CHIENNES DE VIE by Xavier Seron, producer: EAVE graduate Julie Esparbes
  • DES GENS BIENS by Matthieu Donck, Benjamin d'Aoust et Stéphane Bergmans, producer: PUENTES graduate Anthony Rey 
  • FRANGINES by Laurent Dryon, producer: EAVE graduate and group leader Diana Elbaum
  • TEMPS MORT by Ève Duchemin, producer: EAVE graduate Annabella Nezri
  • WINTERREISE by Alex Helfrecht, co-producer: EAVE graduate Benoit Roland

https://screen.brussels/en/fund/news/session-15

 

RE-ACT

The transregional audiovisual cooperation and training initiative RE–ACT announced a selection of six projects, recipients of the fitfth round of RE–ACT co-development funding support. Among the selected projects:

  • EVERYTHING THAT’S WRONG WITH YOU by Ursa Menart, producer: EAVE group leaderDanijel Hocevar
  • OUR FATHER by Goran Stankovic, producer: EAVE graduate Snezana van Houwelingen
  • THAT SOUND HIGH IN THE AIR by Srdan Keca, producer: EAVE graduate Dragana Jovovic

www.filmreact.eu

 

Film Fund Luxembourg

Film Fund Luxembourg supports development or writing of four projects by EAVE graduates:

  • EAVE project GHOSTDANCE by Nicolas Blies and Stéphane Hueber-Blies, producer: EAVE graduates François Le Gall, Marion Guth
  • SWEET DREAMS by Robin McNicholas, producer: EAVE graduate Marion Guth

www.filmfund.lu

 

  • CONVERSATIONS WITH FRIENDS by Lenny Abrahamson and Leanne Welham, producer: EAVE graduate Ed Guiney prepares a new 12-episode drama series based on another novel by Sally Rooney, following the success of NORMAL PEOPLE last year. The „complex coming-of-age drama and a very modern love story” tells the story of a 21-year-old college student who navigates a series of relationships that force her to confront her own vulnerabilities for the first time. Frances is observant, cerebral and sharp. Her ex-girlfriend, now best friend, Bobbi, is self-assured, outspoken and compelling. Though they broke up three years ago, Frances and Bobbi are virtually inseparable and perform spoken-word poetry together in Dublin. It’s at one of their shows that they meet Melissa, an older writer, who is fascinated by the pair. Bobbi and Frances start to spend time with Melissa and her husband, Nick, a handsome but reserved actor. While Melissa and Bobbi flirt with each other openly, Nick and Frances embark on an intense, secret affair that is surprising to them both. Soon, the affair begins to test the bond between Frances and Bobbi, forcing Frances to reconsider her sense of self and the friendship she holds so dear. Principal photography will commence later this year in Dublin, Belfast and other locations yet to be confirmed. CONVERSATIONS WITH FRIENDS is being produced by Jeanie Igoe. Sally Rooney is the executive producer along with Ed Guiney, Emma Norton and Andrew Lowe for Ireland’s Element Pictures, Rose Garnett and Tommy Bulfin for the BBC, and Abrahamson.

www.elementpictures.ie

 

  • The German Film Funding Agency FFA supports the production of 9 films and 10 scripts, among them NACHBARS GARTEN by Johanna Bentz, producer: EAVE graduate Arek Gielnik.

www.ffa.de

 

  • DIE DORFSTRAßE by Andreas Goldstein, producer: EAVE graduate Heino Deckert receives development support by the German-Polish Film Fund, the German Film Funding Agency FFA, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, MDM. Produced by German majade and Polish Harine films, the adaptation of Alfred Matusche’s play depicts how Germans, Poles and refugees form formerly German territories meet in a village by the Oder river and the horror of the war years.

www.medienboard.de

 

  • ON BARREN WEEDS by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, co-producer: EAVE graduate Jonas Dornbach receives support from the German Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein. The film is about a despondent schoolteacher in Anatolia who encounters a fellow teacher with a perspective that leads him out of the darkness.

www.ffhsh.de/en

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LABOUR DAY by Mladen Djordjevic is in production

  • VASIL by Avelina Prat, producer: TTB graduate Vesela Kazakova is shooting in Valencia. The main topics tackled by this feature are immigration and the welcome offered to refugees, but it will also prompt reflection on how difficult it is to connect with others and how relating to other people can be a clumsy affair – especially if they are different, but also when it’s those who are closest to us. Above all, it’s the story of a friendship, and of how an unknown and seemingly strange individual can leave an indelible mark on us. VASIL is a Distinto Films (Spain) and Activist 38 (Bulgaria) production. It secured backing from the ICAA, the Valencian Cultural Institute, the Catalan Institute of Cultural Companies and the Creative Europe – MEDIA programme. It boasts the involvement of RTVE and Televisió de Catalunya.

www.activist38.com

 

  • WAKE ME by Marko Santic, producer: EAVE group leader Danijel Hocevar is shooting. The story: Rok, who suffers from a temporary loss of memory, decides to leave an idyllic tourist town and returns to his hometown. He remembers neither his girlfriend Rina nor his troubled past. While trying to protect his younger brother Jure from bad company and influences, he is forced to face his former life again. The 32-days shooting will take place in Slovenian towns of Jesenice, Bled, Kamnik and Ljubljana. WAKE ME is produced by Danijel Hocevar and Zala Opara through Vertigo in co-production with Living Pictures (Serbia), Jaka Produkcija (Croatia) and Hippocampe Productions (France). The film is supported by the Slovenian Film Centre, the Croatian Audiovisual Centre (HAVC), Film Center Serbia, Eurimages, MEDIA – Creative Europe and Société des auteurs, compositeurs et éditeurs de musique – SACEM; with in-kind support from FS Viba film studio.

http://www.vertigo.si

 

  • BOWLING SATURNE by Arieh Worthalter, producer: EAVE group leader Patrick Sobelman is shooting. The story focuses on Guillaume, a police chief who inherits the family bowling alley upon his father’s death. He decides to entrust its management to Armand, his spurned half-brother. But Armand’s impulsive behaviour and his improbable approach to managing the bowling alley prevent Guillaume from fully devoting himself to an investigation into a series of murders of young women which are sweeping the town… BOWLING SATURNE is produced by Patrick Sobelman on behalf of Ex Nihilo and is co-produced by Belgium’s Les Films du Fleuve. Pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, the feature film also benefits from an advance on receipts from the CNC, as well as enjoying the support of the Normandy region, of Wallimage and of the SOFICA companies Cinémage and Cinécap.

www.agatfilmsetcie.com

 

  • LABOUR DAY by Mladen Djordjevic, producers: EAVE graduate and Serbian National Coordinator Milan Stojanovic, EAVE graduates Maria Drandaki and Anamaria Antoci is shooting. The plot follows a group of ex-workers from a recently closed factory, who, in their fight for personal dignity, reach out to the supernatural. “With this film, I wish to express my personal view on the painful topic of transition from a socialist into a capitalist society, but from what I believe is a fresh angle, combining socio-political realism with the elements of a psychological thriller,” says the director. The film is being produced by Milan Stojanovic for Serbia's Sense Production, Djordjevic for Serbia's Corona Film, Martichka Bozhilova for Bulgaria's Agitprop, Maria Drandaki for Greece's Homemade Films, Ivan Marinovic for Montenegro's Adriatic Western and Anamaria Antoci for Romania's Tangaj Production. LABOUR DAY was supported by Film Center Serbia, the Bulgarian National Film Center, the Greek Film Centre, Film Centre Montenegro and Eurimages.

www.senseproduction.rs

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SON by Ivan Kavanagh in post-production now

  • NDAJE (ENCOUNTERS) by Albertina Pisano, producer: EAVE graduate Albertina Pisano has finished post-production and is ready to be launched. The documentary / dance film follows the choreographer and director Albertina Pisano and her company Tora Dance Theatre in her artistic journey in Dakar, Senegal, through the creation of her new piece Ndaje, an encounter between Flamenco and Senegalese Dance. Since the 15th century at least 10 % of the population of Andalusia was black, of sub-Saharan descent, but the official Spanish history silenced the contribution of black artists to the birth of Flamenco, an art form born out of the musical, commercial and cultural exchange between Spain, Africa and south America. Albertina's work creates a new choreographic language, composed of several dance pieces, born out of an in-depth artistic research around the black memory as it emerges in the bodies. Each dance piece is created by a contamination of the movement vocabularies of flamenco, contemporary and traditional African dance, hip-hop, and the rhythms of Westafrican musical instruments (kora, balafon, and percussions). The dance scenes – set in Dakar National Theatre – are alternated with the musicians’ lives in the outskirts of Dakar.

https://youtu.be/ERQqG0p2NQw  

 

  • SON by Ivan Kavanagh, producer: EAVE graduate Anne Marie Naughton is ready for release. The horror film follows Laura, a mother who, after escaping from a cult as a child, must face her past when its sinister members break into her home and attempt to steal her eight-year-old son, David. Now the two are on the run, pursued by Paul, a detective determined to save them both. Since his aborted kidnapping, something has changed in David, and the boy has succumbed to a mysterious illness. Following her maternal instincts to save him, his mother commits unspeakable acts to keep him alive but is losing the battle. Soon, she has to decide how far she is willing to go to save her son. SON was produced by for Ireland’s Park Films, Louis Tisné for the UK’s Elastic and René Bastian for US outfit Belladonna Productions, in association with Golden Ratio (Singapore), Blisspoint Entertainment (Singapore), Quickfire Films (UK) and Eyevox Entertainment (USA). The project was also backed by Screen Ireland.

www.ferndalefilms.com

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CORA wins Eurimages Co-production Development Award

Sundance Film Festival

Success for EAVE graduates at the Sundance Film Festival:

  • Three awards for HIVE by Blerta Basholli, producer: EAVE graduate Valon Bajgora. The film scooped the World Cinema Dramatic Grand Jury Prize, the Directing Award and the Audience Award
  • LUZZU by Alex Camilleri, executive producer: EAVE graduate Pierre Ellul won the World Cinema Dramatic Jury Award for Acting 
  • FLEE by Jonas Poher Rasmussen, producers: EAVE graduates Monica Hellström, Signe Byrge Sørensen was awarded the World Cinema Documentary Grand Jury Prize
  • PRESIDENT by Camilla Nielsson, producer: EAVE graduate Signe Byrge Sørensen won the Special Jury Award in Verite Filmmaking
  • THE CRIMINALS by Serhat Karaaslan, producer: EAVE graduate Laure Dahout won the Short Film Special Jury Award for Screenwriting
  • MOTHERHOOD by Meryam Joobeur, producer: EAVE graduate Sara Ben Hassen, co-producer: EAVE graduate Khalid Maimouni won the Sundance Institute NHK Award

www.sundance.org

 

Göteborg Film Festival

6 awards for EAVE graduates at the 44th Göteborg Film Festival:

  • TOVE by Zaida Bergroth, producer: EAVE graduate Aleksi Bardy received the Sven Nykvist Cinematography Award
  • PLEASURE by Ninja Thyberg, co-producer: EAVE graduate Leontine Petit won the FIPRESCI Award
  • FLEE by Jonas Poher Rasmussen, Producers: EAVE graduates Monica Hellström, Signe Byrge Sørensen received the Dragon Award for Best Nordic Documentary
  • DRUK (ANOTHER ROUND) by Thomas Vinterberg, co-producers: EAVE graduates Lizette Jonjic, Arnold Heslenfeld, Laurette Schillings & Frans van Gestel won the Audience Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film
  • QUO VADIS‚ AIDA? by Jasmila Zbanic, producer: EAVE graduate Cristian Nicolescu won the Dragon Award for Best International Film
  • SWEAT by Magnus von Horn, producer: EAVE graduate Mariusz Wlodarski won the Angelos Award

https://goteborgfilmfestival.se/en/

 

Festival Premiers Plans d'Angers

  • DIGGER by Georgis Grigorakis, co-producer: EAVE+ graduate Fenia Cossovitsa won the Activités sociales de l’énergie Award at the Festival Premiers Plans d'Angers.

www.premiersplans.org

 

Three awards for EAVE graduates at the International Film Festival Rotterdam IFFR:

  • EAVE project LOOKING FOR VENERA by Norika Sefa scooped the Special Jury Award for exceptional artistic achievement in the Tiger Competition
  • QUO VADIS‚ AIDA? by Jasmila Zbanic, producer: EAVE graduate Cristian Nicolescu won the BankGiro Loterij Audience Award
  • NIGHT OF THE KINGS by Philippe Lacôte, producer: EAVE+ graduate Yanick Létourneau received the Youth Jury Award.

 

Cinemart

Three awards for EAVE graduates at the IFFR Cinemart:

  • CORA by Evi Kalogiropoulou, producer: EAVE graduate Amanda Livanou has won the Eurimages Co-production Development Award 
  • KABUL JAN by Shahrbanoo Sadat, producer: EAVE graduate Jon Hammer won the Filmmore Post-production Award 
  • VIET AND NAM by Minh Quy Truong, producer: TTB group leader and National Coordinator Asia Bianca Balbuena has won the IFFR Young Film Critics Award 

www.filmfestivalrotterdam.com

 

European Film Academy

  • MY EXTRAORDINARY SUMMER WITH TESS by Steven Wouterlood, producers: EAVE graduates Marcel Lenz, Guido Schwab has won the EFA Young Audience Award.

www.europeanfilmacademy.org

 

Danish Robert Awards

  • DRUK (ANOTHER ROUND) by Thomas Vinterberg, co-producers: EAVE graduates Lizette Jonjic, Arnold Heslenfeld, Laurette Schillings & Frans van Gestel wins big at Denmark’s Robert Awards. The film was awarded Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing, and Best Lead Actor (Mads Mikkelsen)
  • RIDERS OF JUSTICE by Thomas Jensen, producer: EAVE graduate Lizette Jonjic won Best Actress (newcomer Andrea Heick Gadeberg) and Best Supporting Actor (Lars Brygmann), as well as Best Score and Best Visual Effects.
  • SHORTA by Anders Ølholm and Frederik Louis Hviid, producer: EAVE graduate Signe Leick Jensen won Best Supporting Actress (Özlem Saglanmak)

www.filmakademiet.dk/en

 

London Critics’ Circle Film Awards

2 awards for EAVE graduates at the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards 2021:

  • DRUK (ANOTHER ROUND) by Thomas Vinterberg, co-producers: EAVE graduates Lizette Jonjic, Arnold Heslenfeld, Laurette Schillings & Frans van Gestel has won Foreign-Language Film Of The Year
  • COLLECTIVE by Alexander Nanau, producer: EAVE graduate and Luxembourgish National Coordinator Bernard Michaux was awarded Documentary Of The Year

www.screendaily.com

 

European Shooting Stars

EFP (European Film Promotion) has presented the ten best up-and-coming actresses and actors from Europe for its 2021 European Shooting Stars. Among them:

  • Seidi Haarla, in: COMPARTMENT NUMBER 6 by Juho Kuosmanen, producer: EAVE graduate Jussi Rantamäki, co-producers: EAVE graduates Jamila Wenske, Natalia Drozd, EAVE graduate, group leader and Estonian National Coordinator Riina Sildos
  • Albrecht Schuch, in: BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ by Burhan Qurbani, producers: EAVE graduates Léontine Petit, Derk-Jan Warrink, Marleen Slot
  • Fionn O’Shea, in: NORMAL PEOPLE by Lenny Abrahamson, executive producer: EAVE graduate Ed Guiney
  • Zygimante Elena Jakstaite, in: RUNNER by Andrius Blazevicius, producer: EAVE graduate Marija Razgute
  • Martijn Lakemeyer, in: THE EAST by Jim Taihuttu, producers: EAVE graduates Julius Ponten and Sander Verdonk, co-producer: EAVE graduate Benoit Roland
  • Sara Klimoska, in: WILLOW by Milcho Manchevski, co-producer: EAVE graduate Hubert Toint 
  • Alba Baptista, in: PATRICK by Gonçalo Waddington, producer: EAVE+ graduate Jonas Katzenstein
  • Gustav Lindh, in: ORCA by Josephine Bornebusch, producer: EAVE graduate Sofie Palage

The award ceremony took place digitally from 23 to 25 February.

www.efp-online.com/en

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TOVE 10 times nominated for Jussi Awards

 American Academy Awards / The Oscars

Nominated for the American Academy Awards – this year’s Oscar shortlist:

International Feature Film

  • COLLECTIVE by Alexander Nanau, producer: EAVE graduate and Luxembourgish National Coordinator Bernard Michaux – Romania
  • DEUX by Filippo Meneghetti, co-producer: EAVE graduate Donato Rotunno – France
  • DRUK (ANOTHER ROUND) by Thomas Vinterberg, co-producers: EAVE graduates Lizette Jonjic, Arnold Heslenfeld, Laurette Schillings & Frans van Gestel – Denmark
  • HOPE by Maria Sødahl, co-producers: EAVE graduates Lizette Jonjic, Peter Possne – Norway
  • NIGHT OF THE KINGS by Philippe Lacote, producer: EAVE graduate Yanik Letourneau – Côte d'Ivoire
  • QUO VADIS‚ AIDA? by Jasmila Zbanic, producer: EAVE graduate Cristian Nicolescu – Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • THE MAN WHO SOLD HIS SKIN by Kaouther Ben Hania, producers: EAVE graduates Annabella Nezri, Martin Hampel – Tunesia
  • THE MOLE AGENT by PUENTES graduate Maite Alberdi, co-producers: EAVE graduates Fleur Knopperts, Denis Vaslin, Ingmar Trost 

Documentary

  • COLLECTIVE by Alexander Nanau, producer: EAVE graduate and Luxembourgish National Coordinator Bernard Michaux – Romania
  • THE MOLE AGENT by PUENTES graduate Maite Alberdi, co-producers: EAVE graduates Fleur Knopperts, Denis Vaslin, Ingmar Trost

Short Films

  • WHITE EYE by Tomer Shushan, producer: EAVE graduate Kobi Mizrahi

https://oscar.go.com/

 

Golden Globe

Five Golden Globe 2021 nominations for EAVE graduates:

  • PIECES OF A WOMAN by Kornel Mundruczo, producer: EAVE graduate and Hungarian National Coordinator Viktoria Petranyi has been nominated for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama (Vanessa Kirby)
  • DRUK (ANOTHER ROUND) by Thomas Vinterberg, co-producers: EAVE graduates Lizette Jonjic, Arnold Heslenfeld, Laurette Schillings & Frans van Gestel has been selected in the category Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
  • DEUX by Filippo Meneghetti, co-producers: EAVE graduates Elise André and Donato Rotunno is also in for Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
  • NORMAL PEOPLE by by Lenny Abrahamson and Hettie Macdonald, producer: EAVE graduate Ed Guiney is nominated for Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television as well as Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (Daisy Edgar-Jones)

www.goldenglobes.com

 

French Academy Awards

The following films by EAVE graduates are nominated for the French Academy Awards:

  • ATLANTIQUE by Mati Diop, co-producer: EAVE+ graduate Jean-Yves Roubin (Best Female Newcomer)
  • CORPUS CHRISTI by Jan Komasa, co-producer: EAVE graduate Patrice Nezan (Best Foreign Film)
  • DEUX by Filippo Meneghetti, co-producer: EAVE graduate Donato Rotunno (Best First Feature Film)(Best Actress)(Best Original Screenplay)
  • DRUK (ANOTHER ROUND) by Thomas Vinterberg, co-producers: EAVE graduates Lizette Jonjic, Arnold Heslenfeld, Laurette Schillings & Frans van Gestel (Best Foreign Film)
  • THE GIRL WITH A BRACELET by Stéphane Demoustier, producer: EAVE graduate Jean des Forêts, co-producer: EAVE graduate Jean-Yves Roubin (Best Adapted Screenplay)

www.academie-cinema.org

 

Swiss Film Award

Four films by EAVE graduates are nominated for the Swiss Film Award:  

  • ATLAS by Niccolo Castelli, producer: EAVE+ graduate Carlo Cresto-Dina
  • IL MIO CORPO by Michele Pennetta, co-producer: EAVE graduate Giovanni Pompili
  • RED ANTS BITE by Elene Naveriani, producer: EAVE+ graduate and PUENTES participant Britta Rindelaub
  • SPAGAT by Christian Johannes Koch, producer: EAVE graduate Dario Schoch

www.schweizerkulturpreise.ch

 

Jussi Film Awards

Nominated for the Jussi Film Awards, Finland’s premier film industry event, recognising annually the past year’s excellence in Finnish film making by directors, actors, and writers:

  • TOVE by Zaida Bergroth, producer: EAVE graduate Aleksi Bardy has ten nominations, including best film, best director, best script and best female lead
  • GAMES PEOPLE PLAY by Jenni Toivonemi, producers: EAVE graduate and Finnish National Coordinator Elli Toivoniemi and EAVE graduate Venla Hellstedt follows with nine nominations including best film, best director, best script and best female lead
  • FIRST SNOW by Hamy Ramezan, producer: EAVE graduate Jussi Rantamäki has four nominations
  • LADIES OF STEEL by Pamela Tola, producer: EAVE graduate Aleksi Bardy is nominated for best film
  • MISS TIME by Elina Talvensaari, producer: EAVE graduate Jussi Rantamäki is nominated for best documentary

www.jussit.fi

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APPLES selected for Glasgow

Glasgow Film Festival  (February 24 – March 7)

  • APPLES by Christos Nikou, producer: B’EST graduate Ales Pavlis, co-producer: EAVE graduate Mariusz Wlodarski, associate producer: EAVE graduate Antoine Simkine
  • FATHER by Srdan Golubovic, producers: EAVE group leader Danijel Hocevar, EAVE graduate Adis Djapo, EAVE graduate and National Coordinator Bosnia-Herzegovina Amra Baksic Camo
  • JUMBO by Zoé Wittock, producers: EAVE graduates Anaïs Bertrand, Pascaline Saillant, Annabella Nezri, Gilles Chanial
  • LIMBO by Ben Sharrock, producer: EAVE graduate Angus Lamont
  • RIDERS OF JUSTICE by Thomas Jensen, producer: EAVE graduate Lizette Jonjic 
  • ROSA’S WEDDING by Iciar Bollain, producer: EAVE graduate, PUENTES Head of Studies and National Coordinator Latin America Fernanda del Nido
  • SHORTA by Anders Ølholm and Frederik Louis Hviid, producer: EAVE graduate Signe Leick Jensen
  • THE LAST ONES by Veiko Õunpuu, producers: EAVE graduates Katrin Kissa, Mark Lwoff, Misha Jaari
  • WILDLAND by Jeanette Nordahl, producers: EAVE graduate Katrin Pors, TTB graduate Mikkel Jersin

www.glasgowfilm.org/festival

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MEET EAVE IN MARCH!

@Producers Workshop 1, March 7-12, online plenary week

EAVE Head of Studies Lise Lense-Møller

EAVE CEO Kristina Trapp

EAVE Programme Manager Satu Elo 

@PUENTES Workshop 2, March 8-19, online

EAVE CEO Kristina Trapp

@SOFIA MEETINGS, March 17-24, online

EAVE CEO Kristina Trapp

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EAVE Yoga Corner

Dear EAVE Yogis!

 

Thanks soo much for participating at the FREE WEEK at the end of February!

It has been a wonderful week with you!

Please keep an eye on the EAVE yoga corner for more FREE events in future.

I’ll continue with restorative yoga and pranayama sessions during the following times:

MONDAYS: 20:30 – 22:00 CET

THURSDAYS: 08:15 – 08:55 CET

THURSDAYS: 19:00 – 19:40 CET

 

Discounted price for the EAVE graduates:

  • 50 Euro for a 10-class card (40 min)
  • 7 Euro for 40 min class
  • 13 Euro for 90 min class

 

Please register by email: yogatanika@gmail.com

Thanks!

 

Namaste,

Tanika

 

More info:

https://www.yogatanika.de/

https://www.facebook.com/yogatanika/

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Sofia Meetings - Call for EAVE producers

Dear EAVE producers,

 

The 18th edition of Sofia Meetings will take place ONLINE from 17th – 24th of March 2021 in the framework of the 25th Sofia International Film Festival.

Sofia Meetings is a coproduction market that consists of:

  • Pitching (presentation for first, second or third feature film projects of the director and
  • Works in Progress screenings (presentation of new international films to festival representatives, sales companies and distributors).  

TV series projects and projects from the training First Films First will be also presented.

The program consists of presentation of the projects, followed by one to one meetings, panel discussions, case studies, workshops and many other additional formal and informal events.

Sofia Meetings has given stage to many talented great projects and films in the last 17 years. Among them are THE DEATH OF MR. LAZARESCU, dir. Cristi Puiu,, BEGINNING by Déa Kulumbegashvili, FEBRUARY by Kamen Kalev, WEDNESDAY CHILD by Lili Horvath, BUTTERFLIES by Tolga Karacelik, LAND by Babak Jalali and many others.

Thanks to the partnership between Sofia Meetings and EAVE, 10 producers who are interested to attend Sofia Meetings will be granted access to the coproduction meetings.

If you are interested to take part, please contact tina@eave.org by February 28th, 2021.

For further information, please see http://sofiameetings.siff.bg/

Sofia Meetings is an event, supported by the Creative Europe - MEDIA sub-programme of the European Union, BNFC, Sofia Municipality and Ministry of Culture.

We hope to see you on board of the digital spaceship Sofia Meetings!

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Call for Applications: PUENTES 2021

EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:  March 8, 2021

EAVE PUENTES is the most relevant and successful training programme for developing European-Latin American co-production as the track record of the most recent successful productions shows:

MATERNAL by Maura Delpero & produced by Alessandro Amato (Disparte, Italy) has received among other awards a Special Mention of the Concorso Internazionale Jury, Europa Cinemas Label for Best European Film and Ecumenic Jury Award and Second Prize of the Youth Jury at Locarno FF 2019, Special Mention for Best Feature Film (Section Competencia Argentina), FIPRESCI Prize for the Best Argentine Film at International Film Festival Mar del Plata 2019, Grand Prix Fiction et Droits Humains at FIFH 2020.

OUR MOTHERS (NUESTRAS MADRES), by César Diaz & produced by Géraldine Sprimont premiered in Semaine de la Critique Cannes 2019 and won among many others the prix SACD de la Semaine de la Critique, Caméra d'Or, Grand Golden Railprix in Cannes, Spanish Cooperation Award at San Sebastian 2019, and was nominated to represent Belgium in the 2020 Oscar race.

The above mentioned projects had been selected for the EAVE 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.

EAVE 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 selected participants attend 2 workshops. The first one will be held online from June 21 – July 4, 2021 (TBC) in Merano, South-Tyrol, in partnership with IDM Süd-Tyrol, with the support of MiBACT and Fondo Audiovisivo FVG. Workshop 2 will be held in Uruguay (Nov/Dec TBC, 2021) in partnership with Mutante Cine, with the support of ICAU (Instituto de Cine y Audiovisual del Uruguay), Egeda, Montevideo Socio Audiovisual and IBERMEDIA.

Thanks to a special partnership, all participants are able to attend VENTANA SUR (December, 2021) in Buenos Aires after workshop 2.

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

 

Click here to start your application.

If you wish to have further information, please contact: puentes@eave.org

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

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EAVE – TIES THAT BIND and ToolBox kick of a new cooperation

The Open Doors ToolBox, the free learning and networking platform dedicated to directors and producers in South Asia, Southeast Asia and Mongolia, operated by Locarno Film Festival, is launching its first collaboration with the producer’s training program EAVE - Ties That Bind. Thanks to this partnership, the users of the ToolBox will be able to access exclusive content starting from today, the 11th of February.

EAVE is an established professional training, project development and networking organization for audio-visual producers. The professional resources developed for its main yearly-workshop and for its programme Ties That Bind, specifically designed to assist co-productions between Asia and Europe, will be now exceptionally available to the ToolBox members for a limited period of time.

I am delighted that EAVE is generously joining forces with us on the ToolBox initiative, stressing the collaborative approach we’re having with this professional web platform placed under the sign of sharing, inspiration and networking.

Sophie Bourdon, Head of Open Doors

"We are very happy to contribute to the Open Doors ToolBox, a partnership which is perfectly in line with EAVE’s mission to have an impact beyond our core workshop programs and to reach out to a wider group of professionals worldwide, offering access to tools and expertise. We believe that the support of independent voices, creative imagination and culturally driven companies within the global media industries is an urgent necessity in the 21st century. Through our work we aim to contribute towards the creation of strong networks of producers and to encourage the exchange of knowledge and skills which will strengthen independent production across the world."

Kristina Trapp, Chief Executive of EAVE

Since its launch in summer 2020, about 600 filmmakers and producers from Open Doors’ Asian regions in focus have become regular members of the ToolBox, benefiting of the free knowledge shared by industry members and other professionals.

As part of the new content available, the recording of the pitching training session at EAVE’s yearly professional workshop will be followed by additional material on pitching by expert Sibylle Kurz as well as ad-hoc resources by the Open Doors Team, and by more EAVE-signed releases through 2021.

Each item will be available on demand for a 30-day period, exclusively for the registered members of the ToolBox.

This collaboration brings new perspectives to our members and allows them to discover materials, learn techniques of filmmaking and production that they would not be able to access otherwise, given the current resources available in their home countries. I’m delighted that the ToolBox’s first collaboration starts with EAVE – Ties That Bind, a prestigious and well-established initiative with an incredible history of graduated producers and alumni. With this partnership, the ToolBox makes a big step toward its goal to become a unique and free platform for isolated filmmakers in our focused territories.

Zsuzsi Bánkuti, Open Doors Community Coordinator

 

We invite you to fully discover the ToolBox and all the useful resources that we are constantly publishing, and to get the chance to meet other registered professionals! 

 

Access the ToolBox

 

Open Doors is made possible by the collaboration of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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EAVE THINK TANK 2020 – MOVING AHEAD IN FILM FUNDING

An important part of EAVE's mission is thinking the future of the film industry that takes in account the current and upcoming shifts. We believe in a more integrated and fluid audio-visual ecosystem where the creativity and the audience are closer and in the power of collective thinking. Throughout the different programmes and get-togethers along the year, we are inviting professionals to design the future of their trade; a key cornerstone of this endeavour is the EAVE Impact Think Tank.

EAVE Impact Think Tank 2020: MOVING AHEAD IN FILM FINANCING

The first round involving a group of 20 professionals took place in January 2020, in Trieste, Italy in cooperation with The Film Agency and When East Meets West. The group used specially tailored design-thinking exercises which allowed the professionals to identify and spot visually the barriers and challenges of our current industry, but also the opportunities coming ahead.

In August 2020, a smaller group of 9 professionals re-evaluated the 30 solutions proposed in January and came up with a shortlist of five initiatives – also based on the direct effects of the pandemic.

These five initiatives have been then surveyed online by 150 members of the EAVE network in November 2020.

Read more on Screen Daily

 

Download here the wrap-up document by The Film Agency to discover the thinking process & methodology and the five key initiatives:

  Integrate independent cinemas
Encourage more integrated model of the arthouse sector including production, distribution and exhibition within the same company.

  Boost European talent
Suggest the creation of a pan-European talent agency that gives fundamental importance to talent management and career development; securing IP and spearheading early development and packaging of content; all working together in an integrated way.

  Empower companies
Shift the focus from project financing to company financing across Europe in local, regional, national and Pan-EU funding. Also add in new compulsory funding from the streamers.

  Harness the power of data
Strengthening and modernizing the European industry’s approach to data, via the European Audiovisual Observatory and/or other research groups, analytics companies, think tanks or universities.

  Spearhead 2025 agenda
EAVE suggests crafting an agenda of 10 points like the above-mentioned initiatives that can significantly foster innovation in the film industry by 2025; a team of 10-20 experts will manage this agenda.

 

The results were first unveiled on January 28 at the online When East Meets West 2021, to a closed audience that included invited funders and broadcasters such as HBO Europe, Eurimages, Creative Europe, BFI, RAI, Austrian Film Institute, Danish Film Institute, ZDF/Arte and more.

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Danish IB Prize for EAVE Head of Studies Lise Lense-Møller

We are immensly proud to announce that EAVE Head of Studies Lise Lense-Møller has been awarded by the Danske Filminstruktører (Danish Film Directors) Denmark's only producer award during the Film Academy's Robert 2021!

The IB Prize is awarded to daring, innovative, risky, anarchist contractors without anxiety about becoming unpopular and above all with a big beating heart for movies and the whole deadly bunch that necessitates the film's presentation.

Thank you, Lise, for bringing that same passion, dedication, and inspiration to EAVE!

As it says in the motivation statement:

"At Danske Filminstruktører, we want to continue to state with the award that the best films are created in the sparks from an inspiring and productive producer-director collaboration.

And when you ask some of the directors who work closely with you Lise, it is especially your good cooperation with and respect for the director that they highlight, along with your insistence on sticking to the film as a work of art.

You are deeply dedicated, efficient without equal, analytically sharp and never compromise on the cinematic. It's a great reassurance for the director and team that you go all the way once you've said yes and you want the best movie.

And it is precisely because of your admirable way of working, your sharpness and your integrity that Danish Film Directors choose to award the IB Prize to you Lise Lense-Møller this year!

Congratulations from the board of Danish Film Directors!"

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EAVE IMPACT SESSION AVAILABLE TO WATCH NOW: FROM DESTRUCTION TO REINVENTION

EAVE IMPACT session "From Destruction to Reinvention" presents a series of case studies highlighting inspirational and innovative success stories from the previous year, across the value chain.

The cases presents creative, pro-active ways of dealing with the fundamental changes the film industry is undergoing.

Moderated by EAVE graduate Erwin M. Schmidt, this session was presented at When East Meets West, on January 25, 2021.

The case studies presented:

  • Diversity check-list of a film fund by EAVE graduate Helge Albers

  • Virtual cinema as new release strategy by Eve Gabereau

  • Rural cinemas as connected cultural centers by Carolin Huder

  • Virtual production for location scouting and previsualization by Torbjörn Olsson

Don’t miss this crucial session to be inspired by innovative stories!

The session is available to watch for 14 days, until February 19, 2021.

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EAVE Newsflash – EAVE producers triumph at Sundance!

We are proud to announce that EAVE graduates have been extremely successful at the this year`s Sundance Film Festival, taking home 8 main awards in the World Cinema category.

HIVE by Blerta Basholli is the first film in Sundance history to win all three main awards – the Grand Jury Prize, the Audience Award and the Directing Award – in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition.

World Cinema Dramatic

  • HIVE by Blerta Basholli, producer: EAVE graduate Valon Bajgora, EAVE+ graduate Britta Rindelaub, sales: LevelK wins World Cinema Audience Award, World Cinema Grand Jury Prize and Directing Award

  • LUZZU by Alex Camilleri, executive producer: EAVE graduate Pierre Ellul wins Jury Award for Acting

World Cinema Documentary

  • FLEE by Jonas Poher Rasmussen, producers: EAVE graduates Monica Hellström, Signe Byrge Sørensen wins World Cinema Jury Prize

  • PRESIDENT by Camilla Nielsson, producer: EAVE graduate Signe Byrge Sørensen wins Special Jury Award in Verite Filmmaking

Short Film

  • THE CRIMINALS by Serhat Karaaslan, producer: EAVE graduate Laure Dahout wins Short Film Special Jury Award – Screenwriting

The Sundance Institute NHK Award has been given to:

  • MOTHERHOOD by Meryam Joobeur, producer: EAVE graduate Sara Ben Hassen, co-producer: EAVE graduate Khalid Maimouni

CONGRATULATIONS!

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Exclusive interview with EAVE graduate Alessandro Gropplero

Alessandro Gropplero is EAVE graduate and national coordinator for Italy, Head of the When East Meets West (WEMW) Co-production Forum, he is also Head of international relations at the FVG film fund. We have met him just before the start of WEMW which has now successfully closed. He talks about the first digital edition of the event, his new initiative Business Angels in co-operation with EAVE, and what fun has to do with it.

 

Your first digital edition of WEMW Co-production Forum has just ended. What were you looking for the most?

I was looking forward to offering to more than 600 industry professionals from all over the word the possibility to immerse in a new digital world that we have created for them. We are working in two different directions. On the one hand we have a programme that is in between an industry event and a variety show. On the other hand the participants have the possibility to be on our platform for ten days and we will try to connect them as much as possible through high-tech features that our platform can offer. We have been working hard to shape the programme and the content according to the format that we had and vice versa all the formats according to the content.

 

What did you expect for this edition of WEMW?

I really hope that people after this long Christmas and Winter break will have again the will and the need to go back and meet people, even if it’s just online. Because I had a feeling that at the end of year the people felt that it was too heavy... I felt that October and November were extremely difficult in terms of finding their way through the jungle of events that were happening online. I’m happy that we were coming now after this break, so that the people are hungry again to meet. And this is why we wanted to offer something more, this is the main thing in our concept, offering something more, and not giving the idea that it will be a downgraded edition.

 

So how different it is to organise a digital edition compared to the previous editions?

It’s completely different… it’s different in terms of how to best connect the people. It’s different in terms of scheduling, and it’s also different in terms of organisation planning and how to manage the whole team. We had to reconstruct the whole idea, because normally two thirds of our budget are mainly allocated to hospitality, travels and physical costs. So it demands to change the mindset completely and to reconsider and understand how to manage the available budget and what we can do with it. And it’s different in terms of how to reconvert the jobs of the people. For example, I didn’t want to fire my hospitality team because we won’t have any guests physically. So we had to reconvert every single job and we also had to reconsider our priorities. Of course communication was one of the priorities in our physical event, but starting from when we opened the platform, we  communicated everything day by day. We have done a communication plan that we have never done so far. For each event in our schedule, we have defined clearly who writes the text, who prepares the link, who sends out the link, and when we should do this. We have prepared a database with all this info, so that we know very clearly when to send it out, so that we avoid too much of email bombing on certain days. We have developed it together with our social media campaign, in order to know clearly what we shall communicate on different sides.

 

Photo: Daniele Braida

 

And how is the response so far?

At online events, there’s more participation of certain profiles that normally are the last to commit in physical events, because they are too busy with other festivals and travels. When we started inviting people, we immediately saw a very positive response from festivals and sales representatives, especially for our works-in-progress section. And I have to say that this is probably one of the added values of having everything online, because we know that our work in progress section can now reach all major sales agents and festivals. We always had very important presence of sales and festivals, but now it’s incredibly high.

In terms of producers, we have a bit less commitment from the international producers, but we normally have a very huge number of producers. I have a feeling that probably everybody is very busy with their own projects in development, or post-production, or for those who can, shooting. Well, I can also picture myself attending a physical event, maybe I’d be keener to take meetings; maybe I know a person or maybe I want to have a chat to discover a new project or a person, and maybe online somebody might be more reluctant to book such meetings. I think online it’s more like this: I book the meeting when I really want to meet the person and the project.

 

You have a new initiative, which is called the business angels. How does that work?

Well, for me it was very important that no one would feel that this might be a downgraded edition compared to the past editions. Somehow, I had a feeling that for the other activities that we have done, especially for training where human exchange and contact is such a priority, I could feel that somebody might be happy to be a part of it, but also feeling that they are missing something.

Of course, our projects this year won’t be able to share 3-4 days in a venue where they could meet people from all over the world, so what can we do for them? It occurred to me that we could offer some kind of help before our event starts. In total, we have 21 WEMW projects, which are at very different levels of development – early development, advanced development, or financing – and we decided to check with them what kind of needs they have for their projects, and to offer them some additional help in different areas. We have discussed this with our partners from EAVE and EURODOC, because our selection of projects includes both, fiction projects and documentaries. We have decided to create a network of business angels and organised a series of curated one-to-one meetings offering tailor-made advice according to each project’s specific needs.

After the selection we checked with each project what their specific needs were, such as co-production countries, financing, sales, marketing and distribution, and we told them that we plan to have 3 to 4 business angels for each project. They sent us back a full list of needs regarding specific areas and they mentioned the co-production countries that they want to work with and why. Afterwards, we analysed the list of needs with EAVE and EURODOC and we started discussing who might be the people that could cater to the needs of each selected project. We have handpicked each business angel to match the specific needs of our projects. In the end, we came up with 35 business angels; some have one single project consultation, and some have more projects to consult. Our business angels were all happy to support our idea of sharing their knowledge with our projects, and also giving something back to the network of EAVE and EURODOC. All our business angels are part of the EAVE and EURODC network, and we choose people who are willing to share and who are keen to help each other. We have scheduled all meetings with the business angels for the week before WEMW starts.

 

And all that happened before WEMW even starts?

We have also asked our business angels to suggest up to 3 names of potential partners such as co-producers, sales agents, funding or market representatives for our projects, and we will try to organise these meetings during the WEMW co-production market. This way we will try to maximize the effect of potential meetings, because we have selected business angels whom we think can offer access to a certain country; in terms of sharing their knowledge about specific country and their network of contacts. We didn’t select business angels thinking that they might be potential co-producers, but rather to be able to advise our projects. In case they might become future partners, even better, but this was not our initial intention. So in addition to the regular meetings within WEMW co-production market, we arranged the meetings suggested by our business angels, and this way we enhanced and maximized co-production opportunities at WEMW.

 

 

The selected projects are the 21 selected projects that take part in the WEMW co-production market?

Yes, exactly. All selected projects had a pitch and afterwards the individual meetings, so they were very busy. I think that our business angels also helped them to be more aware of what can they get out of the market experience. They warmed them up and prepared how to face the event. I believe that it was very beneficial.

 

So the participants can find advice for what their project specifically needs at present?

Yes, exactly. For us, the main goal is to offer to the 21 selected projects the chance to find co-production partners. That’s what we usually did in the physical events… . But we have never done such a detailed mapping of the projects’ needs. In the end the idea of business angels can be translated as consultancy, but it’s something that comes from the idea of involving the people that we know, who can be generous and bring something more to the table. And it’s not by chance that in the end there are so many group leaders from the EAVE network among our business angels, because they are already used to sharing and giving individual feedback in a way that is very generous. I did EAVE myself and I know what a group leader brings to the table. I really believe that this is something that I not only want to keep for the future, but it’s also something that I’d love to enhance in the future.

 

And who is taking part from EAVE?

As business angels from EAVE, we have people who have been the EAVE group leaders such as Didar Domehri, Diana Elbaum, Jean des Forêts, Titus Kreyenberg, Lise Lense-Møller, Riina Sildos, Jani Thiltges, Jonas Weydemann, as well as other EAVE experts (such as Linda Beath, Christina Pelekani) and EAVE graduates (Saar Yogev, Marica Stocchi, Vladimir Yatsenko, Alessandro Amato, etc.). It’s all people that we know very well, and we wanted to make sure that we like our business angels.

 

What do you think, will there be something you’ll miss after the festival?

Well, in November I did the presentation of WEMW when I sent out the series of pictures and most of them were the pictures of hugs with the people… So that’s what I’ll definitely miss.

And we are setting up our studio at the same venue that we have normally used for the past ten editions, so it will be strange to have this venue completely empty…

But luckily we also created alongside our industry programme a series that is kind of a variety show, and we will really try to have fun.

In the past nine months I felt that many online markets were based on business, which is of course what we do for our professionals who participate at our events, but markets in real life – when they take place as physical events, they is also a lot about networking and having fun. So we created a lot of activities where fun was the basic ingredient and where we tried to recreate the connection between the decision makers and the participants in a completely out-of-the-box way. That’s why we have decided to call this edition When East Meets West out-of-the-box. When we were thinking of renaming our edition to WEMW digital edition or WEMW online edition, then I felt that this is not what we are doing; it’s too little compared to what we are imagining. This is also one of the reasons why I have a music trio by my side playing all the time when I’ll introduce all events. This is to add some kind of flavour that it’s not only business but that it’s also entertainment.

 

Photo: Daniele Braida

 

How do these entertainment aspects look like?

Our format is a platform; when you are connected to the platform you can see who else is attending at that moment. All who are on the platform could specify their interests in their personal profiles and there is an algorithm that enables you to easily find the other people who share similar interests. For example, if my interest is international co-production, feature documentary, festival films, I might have more opportunities to find people with similar interests. On the platform there is also a place that’s called WEMW Café, where you can see all pictures of the people attending, and you can quickly read their short profile and you can chat or video chat with them directly on the platform. You don’t need to share links or arrange zoom calls, you can approach them and talk directly with them on the platform. Basically, our idea is that the more the people are connected to the platform, the more they can connect. We created a lot of events for the people to be online as much as they can, and we wanted to have them online with the industry events but also with the entertaining events, such as music classes, cooking shows, live performances, etc. We wanted to create curiosity among our guests, so they can come and check out what is going on.

 

This really sounds like fun.

We hope so! And to mention also that it was difficult for our team, because we didn’t have the chance to come together since we are not all living in the same place, but during the five WEMW days we were all together at the same venue. And I told them that during these five days we will be working hard but also having fun. So it had to be fun also for us!

 

Do you have a story to share with the EAVE community? Contact us at news@eave.org!

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THREE WEEKS UNDER THE SEA in development now

Nordisk Film & TV Fond

Nordisk Film & TV Fond backed 7 new films in January. Two of them are produced by EAVE graduates.

  • COPENHAGEN DOESN’T EXIST by Martin Skovbjerg, producers: EAVE graduate Katrin Pors and TTB graduate Mikkel Jersin
  • WAR SAILOR by Gunnar Vikene, producer: EAVE graduate Karsten Stöter

www.nordiskfilmogtvfond.com

 

Finnish Film Foundation

The Finnish Film Foundation supports 15 new films and two series. Among them:

  • GAME OF MINDS by Petri Luukkainen, Jesse Jokinen, producer: EAVE graduate Liisa Karpo
  • WE ARE ANIMALS by Saila Kivelä, Vesa Kuosmanen, producers: EAVE graduates Elli Toivoniemi, Venla Hellstedt
  • DISTANT PLANET by Juho Kuosmanen, producer: EAVE graduate Jussi Rantamäki

www.ses.fi

 

  • THREE WEEKS UNDER THE SEA by Martin Kuba, co-producer: EAVE graduate Violetta Kaminska is in pre-production. The film tells the story of Michal, who returns to his hometown for his father's funeral. He finds out that the coffin is empty and the funeral was a fraud. He sets out in search of the truth about his father, who was a Russian military attaché in Czechoslovakia. Michal gets involved with his father's old friends, who form the local Russian mafia. „The film takes place in a natural Czech/Slovak/Polish environment and the representation of the countries in the creative team is equally natural. For Slovakia we have the screenwriter, the art director, the composer, and one of the main characters. This is a debut that boldly - in the genre of a gangster film - tells a story set on the Czech-Slovak border, the area of Red Army units that left Czechoslovakia in the summer of 1991, leaving behind weapons and still functioning branches of the Russian mafia“, the producer says. The film is supported by the Czech Film Fund, the Slovak Audiovisual Fund and the Fund of the Moravian-Silesian Region.

http://applefilm.pl

 

  • ALL MEN BECOME BROTHERS by Robert Kirchhoff, producer: EAVE graduate Jiri Konecny is in preparation. The Slovak director is working on the documentary about “the icon of socialism with a human face,” Alexander Dubcek. “We will try to create a formally and inventively impressive film opened to interpretations about one of the most prominent and world-famous personalities of contemporary Czechoslovak history. This story may lead us to man's eternal problem, namely the ideals he defeats with pragmatism, or to how an idealistic humanist could not step out of his era,” adds Kirchchoff, who will use archival materials along footage he shot in different countries. ALL MEN BECOME BROTHERS is produced by Slovak outfit atelier.doc, Radio and Television of Slovakia and Czech production company Endorfilm. The film is supported by the Slovak Audiovisual Fund, the Czech Film Fund and Creative Europe Media.

www.endorfilm.cz

 

  • MARET by Laura Schroeder, producer: EAVE graduate Dorothe Beinemeier is in pre-production. The script penned by the director herself follows the titular woman, played by German actress Susanne Wolff. A groundbreaking brain surgery to be performed in a clinic in Lanzarote may be her only hope to get her memory back. The problem is: does she really want to remember the person she once was? MARET is being produced by Jeanne Geiben and Vincent Quénault for Luxembourg's Red Lion and Dorothe Beinemeier for Germany's Red Balloon, with additional backing provided by Film Fund Luxembourg and Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein. Filming of the project will take place between Lanzarote, Hamburg and Luxembourg from February 2021 until the beginning of April.

www.redballoon-film.de

 

  • 8 VIEWS OF LAKE BIWA by Marko Raat, producer: EAVE graduate Dora Nedeczky receives support from the Estonian Film Institute. The Estonian-Hungarian co-production is inspired by 19th-century German writer and painter Max Dauthendey's Japanese-themed book of the same name. Raat transfers the author’s dreamlike stories from Japan to the rural outskirts of Estonia as he tells the tale of a devastating accident that pushes the inhabitants of a small fishing village into a cascade of tragic consequences that unravel episodically.

www.mindwax.eu

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SPENCER is now in production

  • ALLAH IS NOT OBLIGED by Zaven Najjar, producer: EAVE graduate Paul Thiltges is in production. The first film adaptation of the Ivorian novel Allah Is Not Obliged is revolving around a child soldier in Liberia in the 1990s. The plot: Birahima, a ten-year-old Guinean orphan, falls under the influence of Yacouba, a boy who is fascinated by the world of the child soldiers of the NPFL (National Patriotic Front of Liberia), linked to rebel Charles Taylor, a hero of the civil war that the region will be engrossed in for eight long years. Under the auspices of Colonel Papa Le Bon, the preteen will learn all about this life of garrisons, propaganda, religious ceremonies, drugs and weapons handling, while befriending other child soldiers. Leaping from one misadventure to the next, Birahima flits between different militias and takes part in acts of violence. The feature-length animated project, which was presented in 2018 at Cartoon Movie in Bordeaux, at CEE Animation in Trebon and at the MIA 2019 in Rome, is financed by three countries: France (Special Touch Studios), Luxembourg (Paul Thiltges Distributions) and Belgium (Lunanime and Need Production). ALLAH IS NOT OBLIGED will unfurl a very graphic, colourful and striking visual universe, which, while not turning a blind eye to the full-on violence inherent in this world, will steer clear of descending into gratuitousness. On the Luxembourgish side, studio La Fabrique d’Images will handle the majority of the animation, storyboarding, decor, lay-out and compositing work, while the audio post-production will be overseen by Studio Philophon.

www.ptd.lu

 

  • SPENCER by Pablo Larrain, producer: EAVE graduate Jonas Dornbach starts shooting. In this biographical drama on Princess Diana, Kristen Stewart will be Diana, Princess of Wales. The UK-German-Chilean production from Shoebox Films, Komplizen Film and Larrain’s own Fabula will start shooting early next month in Germany, doubling for Norfolk in South-East England. Further casting details will be announced shortly. Spencer being her family name, the story fittingly follows the iconic royal’s decision to divorce her husband, Prince Charles, ending her route to eventually becoming Queen. The story is set in the days around Christmas at the Sandringham estate, Queen Elizabeth’s private home, where Diana will come to terms with her failing marriage and her overall unhappiness, ultimately setting her on a path that would change perceptions of the royal family forever. The film was financed through international pre-sales at last summer’s virtual Cannes Marché du Film, where it was represented by FilmNation. Producing are Paul Webster for Shoebox Films, Jonas Dornbach and Janine Jackowski for Komplizen Film, and Pablo and Juan de Dios Larrain for Fabula

www.komplizenfilm.de

 

  • DELTA by Michele Vannucci, producer: EAVE graduate Giovanni Pompili is in production. The film depicts a clash between poachers and fishermen in the Po Delta National Park. Osso wants to protect the river from the irresponsible fishing activities engaged in by the Florian family, who have fled the Danube. Standing alongside the Florian family, we find Elia who was born on these lands. Swept away by blind violence and a thirst for revenge, the two will go head-to-head, discovering who they really are in a duel which boasts no heroes. Shooting will last around six weeks, unfolding in the Po Delta area in Emilia-Romagna and the Veneto, and in Romania’s Danube Delta region. DELTA is produced by Matteo Rovere on behalf of Groenlandia and by for Kino Produzioni in league with Rai Cinema. The film has enjoyed the support of the Emilia-Romagna region and the Emilia-Romagna Film Commission.

www.kinoproduzioni.it

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EAVE project MAMI WATA now in post-production

  • MEDITERRANEO by Marcel Barrena, producers: EAVE graduate Konstantinos Kontovrakis, EAVE+ graduate Giorgos Karnavas is in post-production. The story takes us back to a voyage undertaken in 2015 by Oscar Camps and Gerard Canals, lifeguards on the Badalona coast, after seeing an image that sickened the world: the lifeless body of a young boy, washed up on a Mediterranean beach. Since that photograph was taken, hundreds of unsung heroes have saved the lives of more than 100,000 fellow humans, under the auspices of the NGO Open Arms. The film was inspired by these volunteers and their struggle to stem the tragedy unfolding at sea. In the words of Barrena, “MEDITERRANEO has been conceived as a sensitive, hopeful film that keeps you on the edge of your seat, without losing sight of what it means to tell the true story of this unthinkable reality that keeps on repeating itself, day after day, on our own beaches.” MEDITERRANEO is being produced by Lastor Media, Fasten Films, Arcadia Motion Pictures and Cados Producciones (Spain) and Heretic (Greece), in association with RTVE, Movistar+ and TVC. The project has received support from the ICAA, the ICEC and Creative Europe MEDIA Programme.

www.heretic.gr

 

  • EAVE project OTHER PEOPLE by Aleksandra Terpinska, producer: EAVE graduate Beata Rzezniczek is in post-production. The film is an urban drama about Kamil, a wannabe-rapper who should be getting his life and career going but instead gets high, roams around the city and starts an affair with a bored, rich housewife Iwona. It’s a polyphonic story about isolated people dreaming of love in the big city. Claudia Smieja-Rostworowska and Beata Rzezniczek from Polish outfit Mandants produced the film in co-production with France’s Alcatraz Films, and Poland’s Moderator Inwestycje, Film Produkcja, Warner Bros. Poland, Mazovia Warsaw Film Fund and Abstraction Plan. The film is co-financed by the Polish Film Institute. EAVE graduate Jan Naszewski (New Europe Film Sales) handles the sales.

https://web.facebook.com/MadantsFilms

 

  • EAVE project MAMI WATA by C.J. Fiery Obasi, producer: EAVE graduate Oge Obasi has wrapped up shooting. The female-driven revenge thriller based on the Mermaid Goddess folklore of West Africa was shot on an Island in Lagos. The film received funding at the Durban International Film Fest.

www.afieryfilm.com

 

  • SONGS FOR A FOX by Kristijonas Vildziunas, producer: EAVE FFF graduate Roberts Vinovskis is in post-production. The film tells the story of Dainius, a young rock singer who, after his lover’s death, locks himself away in solitude in a secluded country house surrounded by swamps. Hoping to meet his beloved in dreamland, he studies the art of lucid dreaming. The musician is eagerly assisted by a local boy exploited by moonshiners, whom he leads into this realm. A surrealist tale based on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice is weaved inside the mind’s eye, and intertwined with the lethargic realism of post-Soviet small-town life. SONGS FOR A FOX is being produced by Uljana Kim for Lithuania’s Studio Uljana Kim, and co-produced by Roberts Vinovskis for Latvia’s Studio Locomotive and Kalev Tamm for Estonia’s Eesti Joonisfilm, with the support of the Lithuanian Film Centre, Eurimages, the National Film Centre of Latvia, the European Union’s Creative Europe – MEDIA programme, the Cultural Endowment of Estonia and pubcaster LRT.

https://locomotive.lv

 

  • YELLOW SULFUR SKY by Claes Olsson, producer: EAVE+ graduate Jukka Helle is in post-production. Based on a novel by Kjell Westö, the film promises to dig into decades-long relationships. The main character, Frej, meets Stella when he is around 17 or 18 years old. Their relationship goes up and down, like a roller-coaster. They love each other, then hate each other, and so on. But although their affection is undeniably strong, Frej and Stella encounter many difficulties along the way, and the fact that they come from two different worlds doesn't help. Stella comes from a very wealthy, upper-class family. Frej is from a lower class, and his father hasn't been very successful in his life. “I do see it as a film about class distinction and how we are all rooted in it,” says Olsson. “It's a part of your history, and it's difficult to get rid of. I come from a middle-class family, and I went to school with a lot of rich kids: I am familiar with this situation and this ‘social game’ that starts early on. Which is one of the reasons why this film may be about love and friendship, but I don't see it as your usual love story. I think it has more to do with why these bonds are so important and yet so difficult to hold on to.”

www.solarfilms.com

 

  • THE HATCHER by Grzegorz Molda, producer: EAVE graduate Izabela Igel is in post-production. Grzegorz Molda’s first feature revolves around a troubled youth and his hope for a fresh start. The story revolves around two characters. Marta is a tutor in a training flat, and Karol, her young charge, is serving his sentence in a young offenders’ institution. He wants a new beginning, and both his stay in the facility and Marta will help him to get back on his feet again. The film is being produced by Izabela Igel through Warsaw-based Harine Films, and received financial support from the Polish Film Institute as well as the Polish public broadcaster TVP.

www.facebook.com/harinefilms

 

  • GOLDEN LAND by by Inka Achté, producer: EAVE graduate Liisa Karpo is in post-production. Mustafe and his family, who, after 25 years in Finland, decide to go back to Somaliland after it's revealed that the land they own – or, rather, what it is hiding – may change their lives forever.

https://napafilms.fi

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PATRICK wins 7 Ensors at the Belgian Film Awards

When East Meets West

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST CO-PRODUCTION FORUM AWARDS

  • The EAVE 2022 Producers Workshop Scholarship Award was given to producer Marija Dimitrova, List Production, Macedonia – congratulations!
  • The Marché du Film Producers Network Prize was given to EUROPE-EAST, producer: EAVE graduate Marija Razgute
  • The EWA Network Membership Award was given to THE MECHANICS OF THINGS by Alessandra Celesia, producer: EAVE graduate Jean-Laurent Csinidis

LAST STOP TRIESTE AWARDS

  • Flow Digital Cinema Award went to MUSEUM OF THE REVOLUTION by Srđan Keča, producer: EAVE graduate Vanja Jambrović
  • First Hand Fund Award was given to RECONCILIATION by Marija Zidar // producer: EAVE group leader Danijel Hočevar
  • HBO Europe Award (cash prize of 1.000€ ) was awarded to BROTHERHOOD by Francesco Montagner, producers: EAVE graduates Pavla Janoušková Kubecková, Nadia Trevisan

THIS IS IT AWARD

  • Special Mention was given to DARKLING by Dusan Milic, producer: EAVE graduate Snezana van Houwelingen

FIRST CUT + AWARDS

  • First Cut+ Award went to EAVE and TTB project HOLY EMY by Araceli Lemos, producer: EAVE and TTB graduate Konstantinos Vassilaros
  • Sub-ti Award for Subtitling Services & Sub-ti Access Services Award was given to CENSOR by Peter Kerekes, producer: EAVE graduate Katarina Tomkova, co-producer: EAVE graduate Jiri Konecny

ITALIAN - BALTIC DEVELOPMENT AWARD

  • BIJUTERIE by Tomas Vengris, producer: EAVE graduate Marica Stocchi

www.wemw.it

 

Les Arcs Film Festival

EAVE graduates won three awards at the Industry Village of the Les Arcs Film Festival:

Co-Production Village awards

  • MOST ALIVE (LE PLUS VIVANT POSSIBLE) by Delphine Girard, produced by EAVE graduate Jacques-Henri Bronckart won the ArteKino International Prize

Work In Progress Awards

  • PUENTES project CLARA SOLA by Nathalie Álvarez Mesén, producer: EAVE graduates Nima Yousefi, co-producer: PUENTES graduate Géraldine Sprimont received the TitraFilm Award
  • REFLECTION by Valentyn Vasyanovych, producer: EAVE graduate Vladimir Yatsenko was awarded the Prix Alphapanda Audience Engagement

Five awards for EAVE graduates at the Les Arcs Film Festival in December:

  • QUO VADIS‚ AIDA? by Jasmila Zbanic, producer: EAVE graduate Cristian Nicolescu won the main award, the Flèche de Cristal and the Prix du Public
  • COLLECTIVE by Alexander Nanau, producer: EAVE graduate Bernard Michaux was awarded the Prix de la Meilleure Photographie
  • APPLES by Christos Nikou, producer: B’EST graduate Ales Pavlis, co-producer: EAVE graduate Mariusz Wlodarski, associate producer: EAVE graduate Antoine Simkine received the Prix du Jury Jeune
  • SHORTA by Anders Ølholm and Frederik Louis Hviid, producer: EAVE graduate Signe Leick Jensen got the Prix Cineuropa

http://lesarcs-filmfest.com

 

Ensor awards

  • PATRICK by Tim Mielants, co-producers: EAVE graduates Jacques-Henri Bronckart, Peter Bouckaert, Frans van Gestel scooped no less than 7 Ensor Awards including Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor (Kevin Janssens) and Best Director of Cinematography at the Belgian Film Awards.

www.ensors.be

 

Guldbaggen Awards

EAVE graduates win three awards at the Swedish Guldbaggen

  • EAVE project BREAKING SURFACE by Joachim Hedén, producer: EAVE graduate and National Coordinator Sweden Julia Gebauer won Best Editing and Best Visual Effects
  • NELLY RAPP – MONSTERAGENT by Amanda Adolfsson, producer: EAVE graduate Jon Nohrstedt won Best Costumes and Best Make-up
  • EAVE graduate Jon Nohrstedt won the Gullspira for achievements in children’s film

www.guldbaggen.se

 

Max Ophüls Filmfestival

  • BORGA by York-Fabian Raabe, producer: EAVE graduate Alexander Wadouh won big at the Max Ophüls Filmfestival. The film was awarded Best Film, the Max Ophüls Award, the Audience Award and the Award of the Ecumenical Jury.
  • FOX IN A HOLE by Arman T. Riahi, producer: EAVE graduates Arash T. Riahi, Karin C. Berger won Best Director, Best Screenplay and the Youth Jury Award.

www.max-ophuels-preis.de

 

ArteKino

  • MOTHERLAND by Tomas Vengris, producer: EAVE FFF graduate Roberts Vinovskis won the Audience Award of the ArteKino 2020 edition
  • SON OF SOFIA by Elina Psykou, producer: EAVE + graduate Giorgos Karnavas won the Young Audience Award

www.artekinofestival.com

 

Lumières Awards

EAVE graduates win 5 prices at the French Lumières Awards:

  • DEUX by Filippo Meneghetti, co-producers: EAVE graduates Elise André and Donnato Rotunno won Best Feature Debut and Best Actress (Martine Chevallier and Barbara Sukowa)
  • UN FILS by Mehdi M Barsaoui, producer: EAVE participant Myriam Sassine
won Best Actor (Sami Bouajila)
  • THE GIRL WITH A BRACELET by Stéphane Demoustier, producer: EAVE graduate Jean des Forêts, co-producer: EAVE + graduate Jean-Yves Roubin was awarded Best Screenplay
  • THE MAN WHO SOLD HIS SKIN by Kaouther Ben Hania, producers: EAVE graduates Annabella Nezri, Martin Hampel won Best International Co-Production

https://en.unifrance.org/news/15982/2021-lumiere-awards-complete-awards-list

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ROSA’S WEDDING nominated for the GOYAs in 8 categories

Goya Awards

Films by EAVE graduates nominated for the GOYAs, the Spanish Academy Awards.

  • ROSA’S WEDDING by Iciar Bollain, producer: EAVE graduate, National Coordinator Latin America and PUENTES Head of Studies Fernanda del Nido, nominated for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Actress Newcomer, Best Original Screenplay, Best Original Song
  • SCHOOLGIRLS by Pilar Palomero, producer: EAVE+ graduate Valérie Delpierre, nominated for Best Film, Best Novel Adaptation, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Original Song, Best Editing, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design
  • ONE CAREFUL OWNER (EL INCONVENIENTE) by Bernabé Rico, producer: EAVE graduate Olmo Figueredo González-Quevedo, nominated for Best Novel Adaptation, Best Supporting Actress
  • AKELARRE by Pablo Agüero, producer: EAVE+ graduate Iker Ganuza, nominated for Best Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Sound, Best Art Direction, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Hairdressing, Best Special Effects
  • ONE FOR ALL by David Ilundain, producers: EAVE graduate Adrià Monés, EAVE+ graduate Valérie Delpierre, nominated for Best Actor
  • EL VERANO QUE VIVIMOS by Carlos Sedes, producer: EAVE graduate Olmo Figueredo González-Quevedo, nominated for Best Original Music, Best Original Sound
  • CORPUS CHRISTI by Jan Komasa, co-producer: EAVE graduate Patrice Nezan, nominated for Best European Film
  • MY MEXICAN BRETZEL by Nuria Giménez, producer: EAVE graduate and Spanish National Coordinator Maria Zamora, nominated for Best Documentary and Best Novel Adaptation

www.academiadecine.com

 

Russian National Film Academy Awards

  • TTB project Far FRONTIERS, directed and produced by EAVE graduate Maxim Dashkin has been nominated for the RUSSIAN NATIONAL FILM ACADEMY GOLDEN EAGLE in 4 categories: BEST FILM, BEST SCRIPT (Boris Frumin), BEST ACTRESS (Victoria Tolstoganova), BEST MUSIC (Dmitriy Noskov)

http://www.tiesthatbind.eu

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EAVE project CHAIN REACTION selected for Les Arcs Co-production Village

Max Ophüls Filmfestival (January 17 – 24)

  • BORGA by York-Fabian Raabe, producer: EAVE graduate Alexander Wadouh
  • FOX IN A HOLE by Arman T. Riahi, producer: EAVE graduates Arash T. Riahi, Karin C. Berger
  • WEM GEHÖRT MEIN DORF by Christoph Eder, producers: EAVE graduates Marcel Lenz, Guido Schwab

https://ffmop.de

 

 

FIPADOC Biarritz (January 18 – 24)

  • ACASA, MY HOME by Radu Ciorniciuc, producer: EAVE graduate Monica Lazurean-Gorgan
  • BATTLEFIELD by Jannis Lenz, producer: EAVE graduate David Bohun
  • COLLECTIVE by Alexander Nanau, producer: EAVE graduate and Luxembourgish National Coordinator Bernard Michaux
  • JOZI GOLD by Sylvia Vollenhoven, Fredrik Gertten, producer: EAVE graduate Margarete Jangard
  • THE EUPHORIA OF BEING by Reka Szabo, producer: EAVE graduate Sara Laszlo
  • THE MOLE AGENT by PUENTES graduate Maite Alberdi, co-producers: EAVE graduates Fleur Knopperts, Denis Vaslin, Ingmar Trost
  • WOOD by EAVE graduates Ebba Sinzinger, Monica Lazurean-Gorgan, Michaela Kirst, producers: EAVE graduates Ebba Sinzinger, Monica Lazurean-Gorgan

https://fipadoc.com

 

 

Tromso International Film Festival (January 18 – 24)

  • CAT IN THE WALL by Mina Mileva, TTB graduate Vesela Kazakova, producer: TTB graduate Vesela Kazakova, co-producer: TTB Head of Studies Christophe Bruncher
  • EXILE by Visar Morina, producer: EAVE graduate Jonas Dornbach, co-producers: EAVE graduate Valon Bajgora, EAVE+ graduate Jean-Yves Roubin
  • FATHER by Srdan Golubovic, producers: EAVE group leader Danijel Hocevar, EAVE graduate Adis Djapo, EAVE graduate and National Coordinator Bosnia-Herzegovina Amra Baksic Camo
  • GOODBYE SOVJET UNION by Lauri Randla, producers: EAVE graduates Misha Jaari, Mark Lwoff
  • HERSELF by Phyllida Lloyd, producer: EAVE graduate Ed Guiney
  • SWEAT by Magnus von Horn, producer: EAVE graduate Mariusz Wlodarski

www.tiff.no

 

 

Solothurner Filmtage (January 20 – 27)

  • AMAZONEN EINER GROßSTADT by Thaïs Odermatt, producer: EAVE graduate Brigitte Hofer
  • ATLAS by Niccolò Castelli, producer: EAVE+ graduate Carlo Cresto-Dina
  • BODY OF TRUTH by Evelyn Schels, producer: EAVE graduate Arek Gielnik
  • DER AST, AUF DEM ICH SITZE by Luzia Schmid, producer: EAVE graduate Karin Koch
  • IL MIO CORPO by Michele Pennetta, co-producer: EAVE graduate Giovanni Pompili
  • LE QUATTRO VOLTE by Michelangelo Frammartino, producer: EAVE graduate Andres Pfaeffli
  • LEUR ALGÉRIE by Lina Soualem, producer: EAVE graduate Palmyre Badinier
  • LOIN DE VOUS J’AI GRANDI by Marie Dumora, producer: EAVE graduate Palmyre Badinier
  • MAISONNEUVE by Nicolas Wadimoff, Emmanuelle Walter, producer: EAVE+ graduate Philippe Coeytaux
  • MALMKROG by Cristi Puiu, co-producers: EAVE graduate and Serbian National Coordinator Milan Stojanovic, EAVE graduates Anamaria Antoci, Labina Mitevska, Dan Wechsler
  • PALAZZO DI GIUSTIZIA by Chiara Bellosi, producer: EAVE+ graduate Carlo Cresto-Dina
  • SPAGAT by Christian Johannes Koch, producer: EAVE graduate Dario Schoch
  • THE WALL OF SHADOWS by Eliza Kubarska, producer: EAVE graduate Monika Braid
  • TREASURE CITY by Szabolcs Hajdu, co-producer: EAVE graduate Dan Wechsler
  • YALDA, A NIGHT FOR FORGIVENESS by Massoud Bakhshi, producer: EAVE graduate Marianne Dumoulin, co-producers: EAVE graduate Nicole Gerhards, EAVE+ graduate Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu

www.solothurnerfilmtage.ch

 

 

Les Arcs Coproduction Village and Work in Progress selection (January 20 - 22)

Coproduction Village

  • EAVE project CHAIN REACTION by Attila Hartung produced by EAVE participant Petra Ivanyi
  • ENGLAND MADE ME by Måns Månsson, produced by EAVE graduate Constanza Julia Bani
  • MOST ALIVE (LE PLUS VIVANT POSSIBLE) by Delphine Girard, produced by EAVE graduate Jacques-Henri Bronckart
  • JACARE by Basil Da Cunha, produced by EAVE graduate Palmyre Badinier, EAVE+ graduate Philippe Coeytaux
  • RED DUST by Moussa Touré, produced by EAVE graduate Marion Guth
  • THE LAST ONE TURNS OFF THE LIGHT by Michal Hogenauer, producer: EAVE graduate Marek Novak
  • THE REMAINS OF YOU by Gala Gracia, produced by EAVE+ graduate Carlo d’Ursi
  • TIME OF THE MONSTERS by Florian Hoffmann, produced by EAVE graduate Alexander Wadouh

Work in Progress

  • APPLAUSE by Juraj Lehotsky, producer: EAVE graduate Katarina Tomkova, EAVE participant Anna Stylinska
  • PUENTES project CLARA SOLA by Nathalie Alvarez Mesén, producer: EAVE graduateNima Yousefi, co-producer: PUENTES graduate Géraldine Sprimont
  • HUMAN FLOWERS OF FLESH by Helena Wittmann, producer: TTB graduate Julia Cöllen
  • LA SALAMANDRE by Alex Carvalho, producer: EAVE participant Julie Viez, TTB graduate Maryline Maia
  • LET IT BE by Lukasz Grzegorzek, producer: EAVE graduate Natalia Grzegorzek
  • MAN AND DOG by Stefan Constantinescu, producers: EAVE graduate and Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon, EAVE graduate Diana Paroiu, co-producer: EAVE graduate Nina Frese
  • PATCHWORK by Petros Charalambous and Janine Teerling, producer: EAVE graduates Marios Piperides, Michael Rozenbaum
  • REFLECTION by Valentyn Vasyanovych, producer: EAVE graduate Vladimir Yatsenko
  • SMALL BODY by Laura Samani, producer: EAVE graduate Nadia Trevisan, EAVE group leader Danijel Hocevar
  • SUMMERLIGHT AND THEN COMES THE NIGHT by Elfar Adalsteins, producer: EAVE graduates Bryn Birgisdóttir, Xavier Rombaut, Fredrik Lange
  • THE BIRD ATLAS by Olmo Omerzu, producer: EAVE graduate Jiri Konecny
  • UNE FLEUR À LA BOUCHE by Eric Baudelaire, producer: EAVE participant Alejandro Arenas Azorin

https://lesarcs-filmfest.com

 

 

Trieste Film Festival (January 21 – 30)

Feature Film Competition

  • EXILE by Visar Morina, producer: EAVE graduate Jonas Dornbach, co-producers: EAVE graduate Valon Bajgora, EAVE+ graduate Jean-Yves Roubin
  • FATHER by Srdan Golubovic, producers: EAVE group leader Danijel Hocevar, EAVE graduate Adis Djapo, EAVE graduate and National Coordinator Bosnia-Herzegovina Amra Baksic Camo
  • IN THE DUSK by Sharunas Bartas, producer: EAVE graduate Janja Kralj, co-producer: EAVE graduate Petra Oplatkova
  • I NEVER CRY by Piotr Domalewski, producer: EAVE graduate Jan Kwiecinski
  • PARI by Siamak Etemadi, producers: EAVE graduate and Greek National Coordinator Konstantinos Kontovrakis, EAVE+ graduate Giorgos Karnavas, co-producers: EAVE graduates Borislav Chouchkov, Frans van Gestel, Laurette Schillings, Arnold Heslenfeld, Dan Wechsler
  • SWEAT by Magnus von Horn, producer: EAVE graduate Mariusz Wlodarski

Documentary Competition

  • ACASA, MY HOME by Radu Ciorniciuc, producer: EAVE graduate Monica Lazurean-Gorgan
  • GARAGE PEOPLE by Natalija Yefimkina, producer: EAVE graduate Dirk Decker

OFF THE BEATEN… SCREENS

  • MALMKROG by Cristi Puiu, co-producers: EAVE graduate and Serbian National Coordinator Milan Stojanovic, EAVE graduates Anamaria Antoci, Labina Mitevska, Dan Wechsler
  • NUMBERS by Oleg Sentsov, producers: EAVE graduates Violetta Kaminska, Isabela Wojcik
  • UPPERCASE PRINT by Radu Jude, producer: EAVE graduate and Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon

WILD ROSES: WOMEN FILMMAKERS IN EUROPE. Focus on Poland

  • COMMUNION by Anna Zamecka, producer: EAVE graduate Anna Wydra

 

When East Meets West Co-Production Forum (January 24 - 28)

  • A SAFE PLACE by Sara Summa, producer: EAVE graduate Alexander Wadouh 
  • LUXEMBOURG, LUXEMBOURG by Antonio Lukić, producer: EAVE graduate Vladimir Yatsenko
  • MISERICORDIA by Emma Dante, producer: EAVE graduate Marica Stocchi
  • PARADISO by Giulio Mastromauro, producer: EAVE graduate Alessandro Amato
  • PORCUPINE by Eva Randolph, producer: PUENTES graduate Tatiana Leite
  • THE MECHANICS OF THINGS by Alessandra Celesia, producer: EAVE graduate Jean-Laurent Csinidis
  • THE RETURN FROM THE OTHER PLANET by Assaf Lapid, producer: EAVE graduate Saar Yogev

Last Stop Trieste

  • BROTHERHOOD by Francesco Montagner, producer: EAVE graduate Nadia Trevisan
  • RECONCILIATION by Marija Zidar, producer: EAVE group leader Danijel Hocevar

This is IT

  • DARKLING by Dusan Milic, producer: EAVE graduate Snezana van Houwelingen
  • DOGS AND ITALIANS NOT ALLOWDED by Alain Ughetto, producer: EAVE graduate Enrica Capra
  • ETERNITY PACKAGE by EAVE graduate Magdelena Ilieva, producer: EAVE graduate Ana Alexieva

Midpoint Cold Open

MIDPOINT Cold Open is designed to train the skills of independent producers interested in shifting from feature films to fiction series content. Including the EAVE graduates:

  • Ada Solomon, microFILM, Romania
  • Juraj Krasnohorsky, Artichoke, Slovakia
  • Patrice Nezan, Les Contes Modernes, France
  • Sarah Pennacchi, Tico Film Company, Italy

 

EAVE IMPACT Session on January 25, 11:30 CET

 

  • From Destruction to Reinvention presented a series of case studies highlighting inspirational and innovative success stories from the previous year, across the value chain. The cases present creative, pro-active ways of dealing with the fundamental changes the film industry is undergoing. Moderated by EAVE graduate Erwin M. Schmidt.

The case studies presented:

  • Diversity check-list of a film fund by EAVE graduate Helge Albers
  • Virtual cinema as new release strategy by Eve Gabereau
  • Rural cinemas as connected cultural centers by Carolin Huder
  • Virtual production for location scouting and previsualization by Torbjörn Olsson

The EAVE Impact Session will be made available for the public for a limited time in February 2021.

 

Business Angels meetings at WEMW in cooperation with EAVE and EURODOC

 

  • A selection of handpicked “business angels” selected from the EAVE and EURODOC networks have been offering tailor-made advice according to each project’s specific needs in a series of curated one-to-one meetings.

 

EAVE Think Tank 2021 on distribution&sales In cooperation with EAVE Expert Sarah Calderon (The Film Agency)

 

  • Selected distributors, sales agents and film professionals have been invited to an online session with very concrete exercises in order to come up with 4 forward-thinking concrete distribution plans for the benefit of the industry. Several teams will work on the exercises around real life film/release examples.
  • EAVE presented the results of the EAVE Think Tank 2020 to selected funders and broadcasters.

www.triestefilmfestival.it

 

 

Black Movie Festival Geneva (January 22 – 31)

  • ACASA, MY HOME by Radu Ciorniciuc, producer: EAVE graduate Monica Lazurean-Gorgan
  • CASA DE ANTIGUIDADES (MEMORY HOUSE) by Joao Paulo Miranda Maria, producers: EAVE graduate Paula Cosenza, EAVE graduate and group leader Didar Domehri
  • UPPERCASE PRINT by Radu Jude, producer: EAVE graduate and Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon

www.blackmovie.ch

 

 

Sundance Film Festival (January 23 – February 2)

World cinema dramatic competition

  • FIRE IN THE MOUNTAINS by Ajitpal Singh, producer: EAVE MW graduate Alan McAlex
  • HIVE by Blerta Basholli, producer: EAVE graduate Valon Bajgora
  • HUMAN FACTORS by Ronny Trocker, producers: EAVE graduates Katrin Pors, Mikkel Jersin
  • LUZZU by Alex Camilleri, executive producer: EAVE graduate Pierre Ellul
  • PLEASURE by Ninja Thyberg, co-producer: EAVE graduate Leontine Petit

World cinema documentary competition

  • FLEE by Jonas Poher Rasmussen, producers: EAVE graduates Monica Hellström, Signe Byrge Sørensen
  • PRESIDENT by Camilla Nielsson, producer: EAVE graduate Signe Byrge Sørensen
  • TAMING THE GARDEN by Salomé Jashi, associate producer: Susanne Guggenberger

Spotlight

  • NIGHT OF THE KINGS by Philippe Lacôte, producer: EAVE+ graduate Yanick Létourneau

Indie Series Program

  • SEEDS OF DECEIT by Miriam Guttmann, executive producer: EAVE graduate Monique Busman

Short Film Program

  • FIVE TIGER by Nomawonga Khumalo, co-producer: EAVE graduate Raymond van der Kaaij
  • LIKE THE ONES I USED TO KNOW by Annie St-Pierre, producer: EAVE graduate Fanny Drew
  • THE CRIMINALS by Serhat Karaaslan, producer: EAVE graduate Laure Dahout

www.sundance.org

 

 

International Film Festival Rotterdam  (January 24 – February 4)

TIGER COMPETITION

  • LANDSCAPES OF RESISTANCE by Marta Popivoda, producer: EAVE graduate Dragana Jovovic
  • EAVE project LOOKING FOR VENERA by Norika Sefa, producer: EAVE graduate Besnik Krapi

BIG SCREEN COMPETITION

  • AURORA by Paz Fábrega, producer: PUENTES graduate Marianella Illas
  • THE YEAR BEFORE THE WAR by Davis Simanis, producer: EAVE FFF graduate Robert Vinovskis

LIMELIGHT

  • DEAD & BEAUTIFUL by David Verbeek, producer: EAVE graduate Leontine Petit
  • EAVE project MITRA by Kaweh Modiri, producer: EAVE graduate Frank Hoeve, co-producer: EAVE graduate and Group Leader Roshanak Behesht Nedjad
  • LA NUIT DES ROIS by Philippe Lacote, producer: EAVE+ graduate Yanick Letourneau
  • QUO VADIS‚ AIDA? by Jasmila Zbanic, producer: EAVE graduate Cristian Nicolescu
  • SHORTA by Anders Ølholm and Frederik Louis Hviid, producer: EAVE graduate Signe Leick Jensen
  • SWEAT by Magnus von Horn, producer: EAVE graduate Mariusz Wlodarski

CineMart

  • CORA by Evi Kalogiropoulou, producer: EAVE graduate Amanda Livanou
  • DREYANA GROOMS by Gabe Klinger, producer: EAVE graduate Michel Klein
  • FUTURE ME by Vincent Boy Kars, producer: EAVE graduate Olivia Sophie van Leeuwen
  • KABUL JAN by Shahrbanoo Sadat, producer: EAVE graduate Jon Hammer
  • EAVE project THE LAST TEARS OF THE DECEASED by Beza Hailu Lemma, producer: EAVE graduate Tamara Dawit
  • LEGUA by EAVE graduate Filipa Reis/João Miller Guerra, producers: EAVE graduates Filipa Reis, Rachel Daisy Ellis, Alexandre Gavras
  • NOVAK by Harry Lagoussis, producers: EAVE graduate and Greek National Coordinator Konstantinos Kontovrakis, EAVE+ graduate Giorgos Karnavas
  • ROMERIA by Carla Simon, producer: EAVE graduate and Spanish National Coordinator Maria Zamora
  • VIET AND NAM by Minh Quy Truong, producer: TTB group leader and National Coordinator Asia Bianca Balbuena

Rotterdam Lab

  • Aadnan Imtiaz Ahmed - EAVE graduate 2020
  • Ahmed Amer - Interchange graduate 2011
  • Andrea Berentsen Ottmar - EAVE graduate 2019
  • Andrijana Sofranić - EAVE Marketing Workshop graduate 2019
  • Elisa Fernanda Pirir - PUENTES graduate 2018, EAVE participant 2021
  • Jeanne-Marie Poulain - EAVE participant 2021
  • Khosie Dali - EAVE participant 2021
  • Luis Campos- EAVE graduate 2020
  • Tamara Dawit - EAVE graduate 2020

https://iffr.com

 

 

Premiers Plans Festival Angers (January 25 – 31)

  • DIGGER by Georgis Grigorakis, co-producer: EAVE+ graduate Fenia Cossovitsa
  • MIA MISSES HER REVENGE by Bogdan Theodor Olteanu, producer: EAVE graduate Anamaria Antoci

www.premiersplans.org

 

 

Göteborg International Film Festival (January 29 – February 8)

  • DIGGER by Georgis Grigorakis, co-producer: EAVE+ graduate Fenia Cossovitsa
  • DRUK (ANOTHER ROUND) by Thomas Vinterberg, co-producers: EAVE graduates Lizette Jonjic, Arnold Heslenfeld, Laurette Schillings & Frans van Gestel
  • FLEE by Jonas Poher Rasmussen, producers: EAVE graduates Monica Hellstrøm, Signe Byrge Sørensen
  • LE SORELLE MACALUSO by Emma Dante, producer: EAVE graduate Marica Stocchi
  • LIMBO by Ben Sharrock, producer: EAVE graduate Angus Lamont
  • PLEASURE by Ninja Thyberg, co-producer: EAVE graduate Leontine Petit
  • NEVER GONNA SNOW AGAIN by Malgorzata Szumowska and Michal Englert, producer: EAVE graduate Mariusz Wlodarski
  • NIGHT OF THE KINGS by Philippe Lacôte, producer: EAVE+ graduate Yanick Létourneau
  • QUO VADIS‚ AIDA? by Jasmila Zbanic, producer: EAVE graduate Cristian Nicolescu
  • ROSA’S WEDDING by Iciar Bollain, producer: EAVE graduate, PUENTES Head of Studies and National Coordinator Latin America Fernanda del Nido
  • SWEAT by Magnus von Horn, producer: EAVE graduate Mariusz Wlodarski
  • TOVE by Zaida Bergroth, producer: EAVE graduate Aleksi Bardy

Selected works in progress for the Nordic Film Market

  • COP SECRET by by Hannes Thor Halldorsson, producer: EAVE FFF graduate Lilja Osk Snorradottir
  • GOLDEN LAND by by Inka Achté, producer: EAVE graduate Liisa Karpo
  • PUENTES project CLARA SOLA by Nathalie Alvarez Mesén, producer: PUENTES graduate Nima Yousefi, co-producer: PUENTES graduate Géraldine Sprimont
  • THE EMIGRANTS by Erik Poppe, producer: EAVE graduate Fredrik Wickström Nicastro
  • YELLOW SULFUR SKY by Claes Olsson, producer: EAVE+ graduate Jukka Helle

www.giff.se

 

Festivals cancelled or postponed

  • Palm Springs International Film Festival (cancelled)

www.psfilmfest.org

  • Ramdam Film Festival Tournai (January 16 – 26), cancelled

www.ramdamfestival.be

  • Santa Barbara International Film Festival (postponed to March 31 – April 10)

https://sbiff.org

  • Pune International Film Festival, India (postponed to March 4 – 11)

www.piffindia.com

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MEET EAVE IN FEBRUARY!

@Rotterdam Lab, February 4

EAVE Programme Manager Satu Elo 

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EAVE Yoga Corner

Dear EAVE Yogis!

I wish to offer you one week of FREE YOGA classes in the LAST WEEK of February!

We will focus on practising gentle yoga and breathing exercises – pranayama.

It’s challenging times for all of us and I wish to share with you how to recharge your body by doing simple asanas to release the tension in your back and neck, especially after all hours on zoom.

I also wish to practice with you how to work with body awareness and how to connect to your breath. Learning how to calm down your mind by focusing on your breathing is helping me to keep up the good vibes despite all challenges in the outside world.

My yoga sessions are suitable for all, beginners or experienced yogis who wish to try another style of practising yoga.

Join me for FREE YOGA sessions on:

 

EVENING sessions – 90 min:

Monday, FEB 22: 20:30 – 22:00 CET

Wednesday, FEB 24: 20:30 – 22:00 CET

 

MORNING sessions – 40 min:

Tuesday, FEB 23: 08:15 – 08:55 CET

Thursday, FEB 25: 08:15 – 08:55 CET

Friday, FEB 26: 08:15 – 08:55 CET

 

Please register by email: yogatanika@gmail.com

If you have any questions, just let me know!

Namaste,

Tanika

 

More info about me:

https://www.yogatanika.de/

https://www.facebook.com/yogatanika/

Yoga is like music: the rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.
B.K.S. Iyengar

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Nordic Film Music Days - Call for EAVE producers

For the past years HARPA Nordic Film Composers Award & The Nordic Film Music Days have become a fixture on the event calendar during BERLINALE – Berlin International Film Festival.
It’s a unique opportunity to spotlight Nordic composers and to celebrate their music during this prestigious festival. Nordic Film Music Days create a space to communicate, start future collaborations, educate and to network during the festival.

Nordic Film Music Days is also an opportunity for producers and directors to meet selected Nordic composers and meet them one-to-one from Monday February 15nd- Wednesday February 17nd.

The open meeting rooms are offered as a collaboration between EAVE and Nordic Film Music Days.
The open meeting rooms will follow directly after our seminars and lectures Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

You are invited to take part in these meeting.
If interested, please send mail to registration@nordicfilmmusicdays.com and we will keep you informed. 

PRELIMINARY PROGRAM NORDIC FILM MUSIC DAYS 2021
ALL ACTIVITIES ARE CARRIED OUT ONLINE

SATURDAY Feb 13th - & SUNDAY Feb 14th | 10 am – 7 pm
PUBLIC SCREENINGS
with all nominated films introduced with a nomination video and panel conversation with the 5 nominated composers.

MONDAY Feb 15th | 5- 7 pm | followed by 60 minutes open meeting rooms
PROFESSIONALS
Lectures: How do you use existing platforms to go out in the world?
 
TUESDAY Feb 16th | 5- 7 pm | followed by 60 minutes open meeting rooms
PROFESSIONALS  
Lecture: Focus on copyrights and buyouts

WEDNESDAY Feb 17th | 5- 7 pm | followed by 60 minutes open meeting rooms
PROFESSIONALS & PUBLIC  
Lecture & Seminar: Creativity, collaboration & working together

THURSDAY Feb 18th | 5- 7 pm
PROFESSIONALS & PUBLIC
Annual  HARPA Award Ceremony

See more at nordicfilmmusicdays.com - DETAILED PROGRAM WILL FOLLOW SHORTLY

Contact: Lone Nyhuus/Danish Film and Media Composers/Coordinator
lony@filmkomponister.dk + 45 23 84 24 56

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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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