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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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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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