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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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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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