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EAVE February News 2022


Ukraine: Message from Polish Producers Alliance & call to the EAVE network in other EU countries

Dear Friends,

Polish film industry is stepping up to help our friends and colleagues from Ukraine, who are fleeing from the warzone or staying in the country to join the current military activities.

Here is what you can do to help:

  • YOU CAN SHARE THE RELIABLE AND CHECKED INFORMATION:

Here is a webpage that offers information on how to reach Poland from Ukraine and what kind of help is offered at the entrance to Polish territory https://ukraina.grupagranica.pl 

Polish Producers Alliance (KIPA) engaged the services of LSW law firm http://www.lsw.com.pl/pl/ , which is providing free assistance to filmmakers from Ukraine in formal matters and to Polish producers in matters of cooperation with Ukrainian citizens. The law firm will also prepare on its website a guide for Ukrainian citizens on all matters relating to their stay in Poland.

  • YOU CAN PROVIDE HUMANITARIAN HELP BY OFFERING JOBS AND ACCOMMODATION TO UKRAINIAN REFUGEES:

Polish Producers Alliance (KIPA) will be operating two email addresses where you can offer work or accommodation for Ukrainian refugees:

noclegidlaukrainy@kipa.pl – for accommodation

pracadlaukrainy@kipa.pl – for work

The Polish Film Academy launched e-mail pomoc@pnf.pl, where it collects information on the help sought by Ukrainian filmmakers and their families. You can also offer your help there. There is a number of Ukrainian filmmakers who stayed to cover the war and to provide the world with reliable footage and media coverage of the conflict. You can help them out by sending equipment, disks etc. Contact Polish Film Academy for more details.

 

EAVE CALL FOR SUPPORT: Please share with us any information you have on initiatives how to help Ukrainian filmmakers with concrete actions in your countries so that we can spread the information so that everyone can join active support measures.

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ESTONIA by Juuso Syrjä and Måns Månsson is in pre-production

Wallonia-Brussels Federation Film Centre

The Wallonia-Brussels Federation Film Centre has granted support to five so-called lightweight productions, i.e. works with limited budgets, mainly produced in Belgium and completed in a relatively short space of time. Among them:

  • SAVONS LES MEUBLES by Catherine Cosme, producer: EAVE graduate Julie Esparbes

www.audiovisuel.cfwb.be

 

CNC

  • TEMPS MORT by Jonas d’Adesky, co-producer: EAVE graduate Aurélien Bodinaux has been selected during the first 2022 session of the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’image animée (CNC) second advance on receipts committee.

www.cnc.fr

 

Estonian Film Institute

Estonian Film Institute distributes first round of project funding for 2022:

  • NEVER ALONE by Klaus Härö, producer: EAVE+ graduate Kristian Taska
  • BARBARIANS by Juris Kursietis, producer: EAVE graduate Evelin Soosaar-Penttilä
  • APATHY by Alexandros Avranas, producer: EAVE group leader and Estonian National Coordinator Riina Sildos

www.filmi.ee

 

FFA

The German Film Funding Agency FFA supports the production of 8 films and 5 scripts, among them:

  • IRGENDWANN WERDEN WIR UNS ALLES ERZÄHLEN by Emily Atef, producer: EAVE graduate Karsten Stöter

www.ffa.de

 

Georgian National Film Centre

  • DARK STAR by Alexander Tzabadze, producer: EAVE graduate Vladimer Katchavara received a Georgian NFC Grant for Feature Film Projects in January.

http://20steps.ge

 

  • ESTONIA by Juuso Syrjä and Måns Månsson, co-producer: EAVE group leader and Estonian National Coordinator Riina Sildos is in pre-production. In detail, the story is based on the true story of Europe’s deadliest maritime disaster of the 20th century and captures the true event of the sinking of the MS Estonia, the country’s largest ship. In September 1994, the cruise ferry was hit by a major storm, which led to uncontrolled tilting. Within one hour, the MS Estonia sank in Finnish waters in the Baltic Sea, claiming more than 850 lives. The series will chronicle the subsequent investigation launched jointly by Estonia, Finland and Sweden. Since the confidentiality agreement signed by all investigators and authorities ended in 2019, Estonia will deliver insights into conflicts, lies and conspiracy theories, which have recently emerged. The character-driven story will be told through the eyes of survivors, rescuers, family members, politicians, investigators and journalists. The 8 episode series is being produced by Matti Halonen and Johannes Lassila for Finnish Fisher King, and co-produced by Martina Stöhr and Petra Jönsson for Sweden’s Kärnfilm AB, André Logie for Belgium’s Panache Production, Riina Sildos for Estonia’s Amrion Oü, Swedish-Finnish streaming service C More and broadcaster TV4 and MTV Finland, in collaboration with Beta Film. Piodor Gustafsson (C More) and Jani Hartikainen (MTV Finland) will serve as the project’s executive producers. The project will be filmed on location in Finland, Sweden and Estonia, and the water scenes will be shot in the water tank sets in Brussels.

www.amrion.ee

 

  • THE OUTRUN by Nora Fingscheidt, co-producer: TTB and EAVE graduate, TTB group leader and German National Coordinator Jonas Weydemann is in pre-production. Academy Award-nominee Saoirse Ronan is set to star in director Nora Fingscheidt’s adaptation of Amy Liptrot’s best-selling memoir THE OUTRUN. Ronan stars as Rona who, fresh out of rehab, returns to the wild Orkney Islands after more than a decade away. As she reconnects with the dramatic landscape where she grew up, memories of her childhood merge with the more recent challenging events that have set her on the path to recovery. Fingscheidt’s debut feature SYSTEM CRASHER premiered at the 2019 Berlinale where it won the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize. The film later won eight German Film Awards including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay among many other international awards. THE OUTRUN has been developed by Sarah Brocklehurst’s Brock Media, which will produce the feature alongside Ronan, Jack Lowden and Dominic Norris under their recently founded banner, Arcade Pictures, and with Mogambo’s Ignacio Salazar-Simpson and Ricardo Marco. They are joined by co-producers Jonas and Jakob D. Weydemann of Weydemann Bros. BBC Film and Screen Scotland supported the development of the project. Protagonist Pictures is executive producing and arranging the financing.

http://www.weydemannbros.com

 

  • BERLIN NOBODY by Ridley Scott and Jordan Scott, producer: EAVE+ graduate Jonas Katzenstein is in pre-production. Inspired by Nicholas Hogg’s 2015 novel “Tokyo” the film is set in the German capital and follows American social psychologist Ben Monroe as he investigates a local cult connected to a disturbing event. Meanwhile, his rebellious teenage daughter, Mazzy, gets involved with a mysterious local boy, who introduces her to the city’s underground party scene. Mazzy finds herself in great danger and Ben will need to race against the clock to save her. Set to start shooting in September, the film is produced by Scott Free’s Ridley Scott and Michael Pruss alongside augenschein’s Jonas Katzenstein and Maximilian Leo. Georgina Pope will also produce. The film is executive produced by augenschein’s Jonathan Saubach.

www.augenschein-filmproduktion.de

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RIFT IN THE ICE by Maja Milos is shooting

  • FUGA by Bénédicte Lienard and Mary Jimenez, producer: EAVE graduate Hanne Phlypo is currently filming. The film plays with genre conventions. Its plot is resolutely hybrid, mixing fiction and reality, and offering real people some beautiful characters to embody. It is a powerful cinematic gesture, fuelled by a long process of research and preparation, and an intense, particularly fruitful collaboration with the technical and artistic team. FUGA brings us into the heart of the Amazon. Saor, a young Indian, has come to the funeral of his mistress, Valentina, in his native village. She has taken her secrets with her into her grave. By meeting those who were her friends, Saor plunges into his memories. He unveils the things that remained unsaid and gradually comes to understand the life of the one he loved, to the point where fear takes a hold of him. Filming is taking place until late April, between Iquitos and Sauce. The film is produced by Hanne Phlypo for Clin d’Oeil Films and co-produced by Perpetua Films (Peru), SNG Studio (Netherlands) and Tu Vas Voir (France).

www.clindoeilfilms.be

 

  • RIFT IN THE ICE by Maja Milos, producers: EAVE graduate and Slovenian National Coordinator Jozko Rutar, EAVE group leader Danijel Hocevar and EAVE graduate Denis Vaslin is in production. Marija is an ice skater who lives with her father, a lorry driver, on the outskirts of Belgrade. Crushed by grief after her mother's death, unable to express her flaming sexuality, she feels unworthy. Marija wants to support her father but when a new woman moves in with two daughters, she realises that she can not trust her new stepmother. Because of financial troubles Marija is forced to make extra money for her family. She wants to protect her father by hiding her jobs that introduce her to the world in which women are sexualy exploited. The film is produced by Serbia’s Film House Bas Celik, Slovenia’s Spok Films and Vertigo, Croatia’s Propeler film, Italy’s Nightswim, the Netherlands’ Volya Films, Montenegro’s Quadrifolium films. The project has been supported by Film Center Serbia, CE Media, Slovenian Film Center, Croatian Audiovisual Centre, the Italian Ministry for Culture (Mibact), the Netherlands Film Fund, KMBO distribution, France, Montenegrin Film Center, and Eurimages. Shooting is planned to last 35 days on various locations in Belgrade, Novi Sad, Divcibare, in Serbia and in Montenegro.

http://www.vertigo.si

 

  • SIBIU ’89 by EAVE graduate Tudor Giurgiu, producer: EAVE graduate Oana Giurgiu is in production. The feature film is set in the city of Sibiu in December 1989, during the fall of the Communism. The project is a Romanian/Hungarian co-production between Giurgiu’s Libra Film Productions and Mythberg Films. The script written by Cecilia Stefanescu, Tudor Giurgiu and Napoleon Helmis reenacts a lesser-known story about those chaotic days of violent civil unrest that led to a bloody confrontation between the Army forces and Ceaușescu’s repression instruments, the Miliția and Securitate (the secret police). In the maddening hunt for the so-called “terrorists” responsible for the killings, panic and confusion ensues. No one’s to be trusted, everyone could be an enemy, ordinary people turn into torturers, but at the end of the day, who were the real terrorists? The budget is partially covered by grants from the Romanian Film Centre (CNC) and the National Film Institute – Hungary. The producers are EAVE graduates Oana Bujgoi Giurgiu, Tudor Giurgiu and Jozsef Berger. The film will be shot in Sibiu, Braila and Bucharest.

www.librafilm.net

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PUENTES project A BELA AMERICA by Antonio Ferreira is in post-production

  • MATRIA by Alvaro Gago, producer: EAVE graduate and Spanish National Coordinator Maria Zamora is in post-production. The movie’s plot is set in a coastal town and shows how Ramona works in a frozen seafood factory and occasionally unloads mussels in the harbour, to supplement her meagre salary. She lives with her boyfriend, who works at sea and spends his free time drinking in the bar, and has a 21-year-old daughter from a previous marriage, with whom she has frequent clashes. Ramona’s routine is disrupted when the factory managers inform the employees that they have had to reduce their salaries: she protests and is subsequently fired. She immediately starts working in the house of a man of very few words, who often takes her for granted. However, he changes his tune when Ramona helps him to pass the tests he needs to do to renew his driving licence. Their relationship blossoms, and she ends up finding her own little haven in that house. MATRIA is a film staged by Matriuska Producciones, Avalon PC and Ringo Media. It has secured support from the ICAA, AGADIC, TVG, Pontevedra County Council and La Incubadora.

www.avalonproductions.es

 

  • PUENTES project A BELA AMERICA by Antonio Ferreira, producer: PUENTES graduate Tathiani Sacilotto is in post-production. The film tells the story of Lucas, a talented cook who has had a difficult upbringing and a life marked by financial, social and emotional family struggles, who falls in love with América, a TV host and also a presidential candidate. His passion pushes him to strive not only for a better life, but also for a connection with America, using his cooking abilities to impress her, secretly sneaking in grandiose dishes for her to enjoy. Ferreira’s intentions go beyond portraying a simple love story: it’s a tale about social inequality, ambition and family bonds, marked by a dark ambiance, filled with suspense, and with small, ironic details and unexpected moments. The film is being produced by Tathiani Sacilotto in co-production with Refinaria Filmes (Brazil). The project and has secured the support of the Ibermedia programme.  

www.pngpictures.com

 

  • FOUR LITTLE ADULTS by Selma Vilhunen, producers: EAVE graduates Venla Hellstedt and Elli Toivoniemi is in post-production. Based on her own original script and billed as “a contemporary look at the various forms of love”, her new movie revolves around Juulia, who discovers that her husband Matias is having an affair with another woman called Enni, and she decides to embrace polyamory without harbouring any secrets. FOUR LITTLE ADULTS is being produced by Finland’s Tuffi Films, in co-production with PUENTES graduate Nima Yousefi for Sweden’s Hobab and Birgit Kemner for France’s Manny Films, with co-financing from SVT (Sweden) and Aurora Studios. It also received backing from the Finnish Film Foundation, the Swedish Film Institute and the Nordisk Film & TV Fond. 

www.tuffifilms.com

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PUENTES project CACHALOTE wins at Berlinale Co-Production Market

Berlin International Film Festival

EAVE graduates win 17 awards, including the GOLDEN BEAR, 4 SILVER BEARS and 2 CRYSTAL BEARS at the Berlinale 2022!

  • ALCARRAS by Carla Simon, producers: EAVE graduate and Spanish National Coordinator Maria Zamora, EAVE graduate Giovanni Pompili wins the Golden Bear for Best Film
  • ROBE OF GEMS by Natalia López Gallardo, producers: PUENTES and EAVE+ graduates Benjamin Domenech, Santiago Gallelli wins the Silver Bear Jury Award
  • RABIYE KURNAZ VS. GEORGE W. BUSH by Andreas Dresen, co-producer: EAVE+ graduate Tom Dercourt wins the Silver Bear for Best Leading Performance, the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay and the Guild Film Prize
  • BEFORE, NOW & THEN by Kamila Andini, producer: TTB graduate Gita Fara wins the Silver Bear for Best Supporting Performance
  • A PIECE OF SKY by Michael Koch, producer: EAVE+ graduate Christof Neracher, sales: EAVE graduate and Polish National Coordinator Jan Naszewszki- wins a Special Mention
  • COMEDY QUEEN by Sanna Lenken, producer: EAVE graduate Peter Possne wins the Crystal Bear Generation Kplus
  • ALIS by Clare Weiskopf and Nicolas van Hemelryck, producer: EAVE and PUENTES graduate Nicolas van Hemelryck, EAVE graduate Radu Stancu, executive producer: EAVE Head of Studies Lise Lense-Møller wins the Crystal Bear Generation 14plus and the Teddy Award
  • BETTINA by Lutz Pehnert, producer: EAVE graduate Susann Schimk wins the FIPRESCI Award (Panorama)
  • SUPER NATURAL by Jorge Jácome, producer: EAVE+ graduate Pandora Da Cunha Telles wins the FIPRESCI Award (Forum)
  • HAPPINESS by Askar Uzabayev, co-producer: EAVE graduate and Russian National Coordinator Anna Katchko wins the Panorama Audience Award
  • CONVENIENCE STORE by Michael Borodin, producer: EAVE graduate Artem Vasilyev wins the CICAE Art Cinema Award
  • BEAUTIFUL BEINGS by Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson, producer: EAVE graduate Anton Mani Svansson, co-producer: EAVE graduate Nima Yousefi, sales: EAVE graduate Jan Naszewszki wins the Europa Cinemas Label

 

Berlinale Co-production Market

  • AVAILABLE NOW by Assaf Machnes, producer: EAVE graduate Kobi Mizrahi win the €1,000 Prize 
  • PUENTES project CACHALOTE by Angelo Defanti, producer: PUENTES graduate Barbara Defanti win the €1,000 Prize 

www.berlinale.de

 

 

Goya Awards

10 awards for EAVE graduates at the Goyas, the Spanish Academy Awards:

  • LIBERTAD by Clara Roquet, producer: EAVE graduate and Spanish National Coordinator Maria Zamora, co-producer: EAVE graduate Katleen Goossens won Best Debut, Best Supporting Actress
  • ROSA’S WEDDING by Iciar Bollain, producer: EAVE graduate, PUENTES Head of Studies and National Coordinator Latin America Fernanda del Nido won Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best New Actress
  • MEDITERRANEO by Marcel Barrena, producers: EAVE graduate Konstantinos Kontovrakis, EAVE+ graduate Giorgos Karnavas, EAVE graduate Adria Mones won Best Cinematography, Best Production Supervision, Best Original Song   
  • OUT OF SYNC (TRES) by Juanjo Gimenez, producer: EAVE graduate Luisa Romeo, co-producer: EAVE graduate Marija Razgute won Best Sound
  • DRUK (ANOTHER ROUND) by Thomas Vinterberg, co-producers: EAVE graduates Lizette Jonjic, Arnold Heslenfeld, Laurette Schillings & Frans van Gestel won Best European Film

www.academiadecine.com

 

 

International Film Festival Rotterdam

Two main awards for EAVE graduates at the International Film Festival Rotterdam IFFR:

  • EAMI by Paz Encina, producer: EAVE graduate Raymond van der Kaaij scooped the Tiger Award for best film in the main competition
  • EXCESS WILL SAVE US by Morgane Dziurla-Petit, producer: EAVE graduate Fredrik Lange won the Special Jury Award 

CineMart

  • CONFIDENT by Jérome Blanquet and Bertrand Jeandel, producer: EAVE graduate and group leader Didar Domehri won the 4DR Studios Award 
  • SORELLA DI CLAUSURA by Ivana Mladenovic, producer: EAVE graduate and Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon won the Filmmore Post-production Award 
  • LOVE ON TRIAL by Koji Fukada, producer: EAVE graduate Carine Chichkowsky won the IFFR Young Young Selectors Award 

www.filmfestivalrotterdam.com

 

 

London Critics’ Circle Film Awards

  • THE SOUVENIR PART II by Joanna Hogg, producer: EAVE graduate Ed Guiney won the Attenborough Award for British/Irish film of the year and British/Irish actress of the year (Tilda Swinton).

https://criticscircle.org.uk

 

 

Magritte Awards

  • UNE VIE DÉMENTE (MADLY IN LIFE) by Ann Sirot and Raphael Balboni, producer: EAVE graduate Julie Esparbes won the Belgian Magritte Film Awards scooping 7 Magrittes: Best Film, Best Actress (Jo Deseure), Best Actor (Jean Le Peltier), Best Supporting Actor (Gilles Remiche), Best Original or Adapted Screenplay, Best Set Design, Best Costumes.
  • PUENTES project LA CIVIL by Teodora Ana Mihai, producer: EAVE graduate Hans Everaert, co-producer: PUENTES graduate Irina Andrea Malcea was awarded Best Flemish Film.  
  • TITANE by Julia Ducournau, producer: EAVE + graduate Jean-Yves Roubin won Best International Co-Production

www.lesmagritteducinema.com

 

 

Danish Film Awards

5 Roberts for EAVE graduates at the Danish Film Awards:

  • FLEE by Jonas Poher Rasmussen, producers: EAVE graduates Monica Hellstrøm, Signe Byrge Sørensen won Best Documentary, Best Editor, Best Sound Design and Best Score
  • THE INNOCENTS by Eskil Vogt, co-producers: EAVE graduate Lizette Jonjic, Mark Lwoff, Misha Jaari, EAVE graduate Katrin Pors, TTB graduate Mikkel Jersin won the Robert for Best Non-English Language Film

www.filmakademiet.dk/en

 

 

European Short Pitch

  • JUNGLE LAW by Madli Lääne, producer: EAVE graduate Marianne Ostrat won the Mastering-in-kind Award by The Pack at the Coproduction Forum of European Short Pitch taking place at the Travelling Film Festival in Rennes.

www.alexandrafilm.ee

 

 

Göteborg Film Festival

Six Awards for EAVE graduates at the Göteborg Film Festival:

  • COMPARTMENT NO. 6 by Juho Kuosmanen, producer: EAVE graduate Jussi Rantamäki, co-producers: PUENTES graduate Jamila Wenske, EAVE graduate Natalia Drozd, EAVE group leader and Estonian National Coordinator Riina Sildos won the Dragon Award for Best Acting and the FIPRESCI award
  • THE INNOCENTS by Eskil Vogt, co-producers: EAVE graduate Lizette Jonjic, Mark Lwoff, Misha Jaari, EAVE graduate Katrin Pors, TTB graduate Mikkel Jersin won the Sven Nykvist Cinematography Award and the Audience Dragon Award for Best Nordic Film
  • A HOUSE MADE OF SPLINTERS by Simon Lereng Wilmont, producer: EAVE graduate Monica Hellström won the Dragon Award for Best Nordic Documentary
  • VERA DREAMS OF THE SEA by Kaltrina Krasniqi, producer: EAVE graduate Shkumbin Istrefi won The Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award

https://goteborgfilmfestival.se/en/

 

 

French Association of Film Critics

  • ONODA – 10 000 NIGHTS IN THE JUNGLE by Arthur Harari, co-producer: EAVE+ graduate Jean-Yves Roubin was awarded Best French Film by the French Association of Film Critics.

https://www.syndicatdelacritique.com/

 

 

Festival Premiers Plans d'Angers

  • SOY LIBRE by Laure Portier, producer: PUENTES graduate Delphine Schmit, EAVE graduate Anne-Laure Guégan won the Grand Prix du Jury in the Diagonales section at the Festival Premiers Plans d'Angers.

www.premiersplans.org

 

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5 BAFTA nominations for EAVE producers

American Academy Awards – the Oscars

8 nominations for the American Academy Awards – this year’s Oscar shortlist:

Actress in a Leading Role

  • Kristen Stewart in: SPENCER by Pablo Larrain, producer: EAVE graduate Jonas Dornbach

Animated Feature Film

  • FLEE by Jonas Poher Rasmussen, producers: EAVE graduates Monica Hellstrøm, Signe Byrge Sørensen

Documentary (Feature)

  • FLEE by Jonas Poher Rasmussen, producers: EAVE graduates Monica Hellstrøm, Signe Byrge Sørensen

Writing (Original Screenplay)

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

International Feature Film

  • FLEE by Jonas Poher Rasmussen, producers: EAVE graduates Monica Hellstrøm, Signe Byrge Sørensen
  • THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD by Joachim Trier, producer: PUENTES graduate Katrin Pors, TTB graduate Mikkel Jersin, EAVE + graduate Mattias Nohrborg, executive producers: EAVE graduate Dyveke Bjørkly Graver, Andrea Berentsen Ottmar

Best Live Action Short

  • ALA KACHUU – TAKE AND RUN by Maria Brendle, producer: EAVE participant Nadine Lüchinger

Best Documentary Short

  • WHEN WE WERE BULLIES by Jay Rosenblatt, producer: EAVE graduate Stefano Tealdi

https://oscar.go.com/

 

 

Swiss Film Awards

6 films by EAVE graduates are nominated for the Swiss Film Award:  

  • AZOR by Andreas Fontana, producer: EAVE graduate Eugenia Mumenthaler
  • DIDA by Nikola Ilic, Corina Schwingruber Ilic, producer: EAVE graduate Karin Koch
  • OLGA by Elie Grappe, producer: EAVE+ graduate Tom Dercourt
  • REAL NEWS von Luka Popadic, producer: EAVE graduate Dario Schoch
  • RÉVEIL SUR MARS by Dea Gjinovci, producer: EAVE+ and PUENTES graduate Britta Rindelaub
  • WET SAND by Elene Naveriani, producer: EAVE graduate Brigitte Hofer

www.schweizerkulturpreise.ch

 

BAFTA

5 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) nominations:

Film Not in the English Language and Best Leading Actress

  • THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD by Joachim Trier, producer: EAVE graduates Andrea Berentsen Ottmar, Dyveke Bjørkly Graver, co-producers: PUENTES graduate Katrin Pors, TTB graduate Mikkel Jersin

Best Documentary and Best Animated Film

  • FLEE by Jonas Poher Rasmussen, producers: EAVE graduates Monica Hellstrøm, Signe Byrge Sørensen

Best Director

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

www.bafta.org

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EAVE project COSTA BRAVA, LEBANON in Swiss cinemas

In French cinemas

  • THE SOUVENIR PART II by Joanna Hogg, producer: EAVE graduate Ed Guiney. February 2.

https://elementpictures.ie

  • GOLDA MARIA by EAVE group leader Patrick Sobelman. February 9.

http://www.agatfilms.com

  • GREAT FREEDOM by Sebastian Meise, producer: EAVE graduate Oliver Neumann. February 9.

www.freibeuterfilm.at

  • THE INNOCENTS by Eskil Vogt, co-producers: EAVE graduate Lizette Jonjic, Mark Lwoff, Misha Jaari, EAVE graduate Katrin Pors, TTB graduate Mikkel Jersin. February 9.

https://bufo.fi

  • THE TALE OF THE KING CRAB by Alessio Rigo de Righi and Matteo Zoppis, producers: PUENTES graduates Agustina Costa Varsi, Ezequiel Borovinsky. February 23.

volpefilms.com

 

 

In Belgian cinemas

  • IO STO BENE by Donato Rotunno, producers: EAVE graduate Donato Rotunno, Interchange graduate Martha Donzelli. February 2.

www.tarantula.lu

  • THE LAST TEMPTATION OF THE BELGIANS by Jan Bucquoy, producer: EAVE graduates Anton Iffland-Stettner, Eva Kuperman. February 2.

www.stenola.eu

  • GREAT FREEDOM by Sebastian Meise, producer: EAVE graduate Oliver Neumann. February 16.

www.freibeuterfilm.at

 

 

In UK cinemas

  • LINGUI by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, co-producer: EAVE graduate Melanie Andernach, EAVE graduate and group leader Diana Elbaum. February 4.

www.madeingermany-film.de

  • THE SOUVENIR PART II by Joanna Hogg, producer: EAVE graduate Ed Guiney. February 4.

https://elementpictures.ie

  • FLEE by Jonas Poher Rasmussen, producers: EAVE graduates Monica Hellstrøm, Signe Byrge Sørensen. February 11.

www.final-cut.dk

  • PETROV’S FLU by Kyril Serebrennikov, co-producer: EAVE graduate Dan Wechsler. February 11. 

https://bordcadrefilms.com

 

 

In Dutch cinemas

  • PETROV’S FLU by Kyril Serebrennikov, co-producer: EAVE graduate Dan Wechsler. February 24. 

https://bordcadrefilms.com

  • THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD by Joachim Trier, producer: PUENTES graduate Katrin Pors, TTB graduate Mikkel Jersin, EAVE + graduate Mattias Nohrborg, executive producers: EAVE graduate Dyveke Bjørkly Graver, Andrea Berentsen Ottmar. February 10.   

www.snowglobefilm.com

  • COMPARTMENT NO. 6 by Juho Kuosmanen, producer: EAVE graduate Jussi Rantamäki, co-producers: PUENTES graduate Jamila Wenske, EAVE graduate Natalia Drozd, EAVE group leader and Estonian National Coordinator Riina Sildos. February 17. 

www.aamufilmcompany.fi

  • OLGA by Elie Grappe, producer: EAVE+ graduate Tom Dercourt. February 2.

http://www.cinemadefacto.com

 

 

In Swiss cinemas

  • A CHIARA by Jonas Carpignano, co-producers; EAVE graduate Katrin Pors, TTB graduate Mikkel Jersin. February 17.   

www.snowglobefilm.com

  • EAVE project COSTA BRAVA, LEBANON by Mounia Akl, producer: EAVE graduate Myriam Sassine. February 3.    

www.abboutproductions.com

 

 

In Austrian cinemas

  • THE MAN WHO SOLD HIS SKIN by Kaouther Ben Hania, producers: EAVE graduates Annabella Nezri, Martin Hampel. February 25.    

www.kwassa.be

  • AHED’S KNEE by Nadav Lapid, producer: EAVE graduate Jonas Dornbach, Interchange graduate Judith Lou Levy. February 25.    

www.komplizenfilm.de

 

 

In German cinemas

  • THE MAN WHO SOLD HIS SKIN by Kaouther Ben Hania, producers: EAVE graduates Annabella Nezri, Martin Hampel. February 23.    

www.kwassa.be

 

 

In Greek cinemas

  • AZOR by Andreas Fontana, producer: EAVE graduate Eugenia Mumenthaler. February 27.

www.alinafilm.com

 

 

In Spanish cinemas

  • GREAT FREEDOM by Sebastian Meise, producer: EAVE graduate Oliver Neumann. February 9.

www.freibeuterfilm.at

 

 

In Swedish cinemas

  • SO DAMN EASY GOING by Christoffer Sandler, producer: EAVE graduate Annika Hellström

https://cinenicfilm.se

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Strong presence of films by EAVE producers at the Berlinale 2022

Shortfilmwire Clermont-Ferrand (January 24 – February 6)

  • HAPPINESS IS A JOURNEY by Ivete Lucas, Patrick Bresnan, producer: EAVE graduate Dora Nedeczky
  • TITAN by Valéry Carnoy, producer: EAVE graduate Julie Esparbes

www.shortfilmwire.com

 

Berlin International Film Festival (February 10 – 20)

Competition

  • AEIOU – A QUICK ALPHABET OF LOVE by Nicolette Krebitz, producer: EAVE graduate Jonas Dornbach, sales: Match Factory
  • ALCARRAS by Carla Simon, producers: EAVE graduate Giovanni Pompili, EAVE graduate and Spanish National Coordinator Maria Zamora, sales: mk2 Films
  • A PIECE OF SKY by Michael Koch, producer: EAVE+ graduate Christof Neracher, sales: EAVE graduate Jan Naszewszki, New Europe Film Sales
  • BEFORE, NOW & THEN by Kamila Andini, producer: TTB graduate Gita Fara, sales: Wild Bunch
  • RABIYE KURNAZ VS. GEORGE W. BUSH by Andreas Dresen, co-producer: EAVE+ graduate Tom Dercourt, sales: Match Factory
  • RIMINI by Ulrich Seidl, producer: EAVE graduate Dan Wechsler, sales: Coproduction Office
  • ROBE OF GEMS by Natalia López Gallardo, producers: PUENTES and EAVE+ graduates Benjamin Domenech, Santiago Gallelli, sales: Visit Films

Encounters

  • JOURNAL D’AMÉRIQUE by Arnaud des Pallières, producer: EAVE graduate Michel Klein, sales: Les Films d’Atalante
  • THE CITY AND THE CITY by Christos Passalis, Syllas Tzoumerkas, producer: EAVE graduate Maria Drandaki

Berlinale Special

  • ABOUT JOAN by Laurent Larivière, producer: EAVE graduate Katie Holly, sales: Playtime
  • DER PASSFÄLSCHER by Maggie Peren, producer: EAVE + graduate Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu, sales: Beta Cinema
  • INCREDIBLE BUT TRUE by Quentin Dupieux, producer: EAVE graduate Jacques-Henri Bronckart, sales: WTFilms
  • NEST by Hlynur Palmason, producer: EAVE graduates Anton Máni Svansson, Katrin Pors, TTB graduate Mikkel Jersin, sales: EAVE graduate Jan Naszewszki, New Europe Film Sales
  • TERMINAL NORTE by Lucrecia Martel, producers: PUENTES and EAVE+ graduates Benjamin Domenech, Santiago Gallelli

Panorama

  • BEAUTIFUL BEINGS by Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson, producer: EAVE graduate Anton Mani Svansson, co-producer: EAVE graduate Nima Yousefi, sales: EAVE graduate Jan Naszewszki, New Europe Film Sales
  • BETTINA by Lutz Pehnert, producer: EAVE graduate Susann Schimk
  • CONVENIENCE STORE by Michael Borodin, producer: EAVE graduate Artem Vasilyev
  • DREAMING WALLS by Amélie van Elmbt, Maya Duverdier, producer: EAVE graduate Hanne Phlypo, co-producers: EAVE graduates David Herdies, Simone van den Broek, sales: Dogwoof
  • HAPPINESS by Askar Uzabayev, co-producer: EAVE graduate and Russian National Coordinator Anna Katchko
  • SWING RIDE by Chiara Bellosi, producer: EAVE+ graduate Carlo Cresta-Dino, sales: Vision Distribution
  • WE, STUDENTS! by Rafiki Fariala, co-producer: EAVE graduate Caroline Nataf, sales: The Party Film Sales

Forum

  • AFTERWATER by Dane Komljen, producer: EAVE graduate Natasa Damnjanovic
  • EUROPE by Philip Scheffner, co-producer: TTB graduate Karim Aitouna
  • MEMORYLAND by by Kim Quy Bui, producer: TTB participant Mai Nguyen, sales: Diversion
  • SUPER NATURAL by Jorge Jácome, producer: EAVE+ graduate Pandora Da Cunha Telles, sales: Portugal Film
  • WE HAVEN’T LOST OUR WAY by Anka Sasnal, Wilhelm Sasnal, producer: EAVE graduate Magdalena Kaminska

Generation Kplus

  • OINK by Mascha Halberstad, producer: EAVE graduate Marleen Slot
  • COMEDY QUEEN by Sanna Lenken, producer: EAVE graduate Peter Possne

Generation 14plus

  • ALIS by Clare Weiskopf and Nicolas van Hemelryck, producer: EAVE and PUENTES graduate Nicolas van Hemelryck, sales: Latido Films
  • GIRL PICTURE by Alli Haapasalo, producers: EAVE graduates Leila Lyytikäinen, Elina Pohjola, sales: LevelK
  • THE LAND OF SASHA by Julia Trofimova, producer: EAVE graduate Katerina Mikhaylova

Berlinale Shorts

  • MEMORIES FROM THE EASTERN FRONT by Radu Jude, Adrian Cioflanca, producer: EAVE graduate and Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon

Berlinale Series

  • LUST by Ella Lemhagen, producers: EAVE graduates Sandra Harms, Karl Fredrik Ulfung
  • SUSPICION by Michal Blasko, producers: EAVE graduates Jakub Viktorin, Pavla Janouskova Kubeckova
  • THE SHIFT by Søren Balle, Ole Christian Madsen and Lone Scherfig, producer: EAVE graduate Malene Blenkov

Berlinale Series Market Selects

  • HARMONICA by Josephine Bornebusch, producer: EAVE graduate Sofie Palage
  • STORM LARA by Kadir Ferati Balci, producer: EAVE graduate Hanne Phlypo
  • TROM by Kasper Barfoed, David Oskar Olafsson, Peter Ahlen, producer: EAVE graduate Jon Hammer

 

Berlinale Co-Production Market 2022

Official Project Selection

  • IN THE SHADOW OF THE HORNS by Ognjen Glavonic, producer: EAVE graduate Dragana Jovovic
  • LAS CORRIENTES by Milagros Mumenthaler, producer: EAVE graduate Eugenia Mumenthaler
  • MEHAL SEFARI by Abraham Gezahagne, producer: EAVE graduate Tamara Mariam Dawit
  • MOTHER by Teona Strugar Mitevska, producer: EAVE graduate Sébastien Delloye
  • ORTALAN by Nariman Aliev, producer: EAVE graduate Vladimir Yatsenko
  • SLOW by Marija Kavtaradze, producer: EAVE graduate Marija Razgute 
  • TEXAS SOUL SISTER by Pascale Lamche, producer: EAVE group leader Didar Domehri 
  • THE PARIS PROJECT by Arno Salters, producer: EAVE graduate Diana Elbaum
  • THE DIFFICULT BRIDE by Rubaiyat Hossain, producer: EAVE graduate Aadnan Imtiaz Ahmed
  • THE WOLF WILL TEAR YOUR IMMACUALTE HANDS by Nathalie Alvarez Mesén, producer: PUENTES graduate Nima Yousefi
  • TRULY MADLY DEEPLY by Carlo Sironi, producer: EAVE graduate Giovanni Pompili 

Berlinale Directors 

  • HEIA, HEIA, SAFARI by Radu Jude, producer: EAVE graduate and Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon

Rotterdam-Berlinale Express

  • LOVE ON TRIAL by Koji Fukada, producer: EAVE graduate Carine Chichowsky

Co-pro Series

  • SPIN CONTROL by Alli Haapasalo, producer: EAVE graduate and Finnish National Coordinator Elli Toivoniemi

Project in co-operation with Series Mania

  • PICADERO by Isabel Coixet, EAVE+ graduate Mauro Mueller, PUENTES graduate Andrea Herrera Català

Berlinale Talents

  • PUENTES graduate Barbara Defanti
  • EAVE graduate Kobi Mizrahi

Talent Project Market 

  • AVAILABLE NOW by Assaf Machnes, producer: EAVE graduate Kobi Mizrahi 
  • PUENTES project CACHALOTE by Angelo Defanti, producer: PUENTES graduate Barbara Defanti

www.berlinale.de

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MEET EAVE IN MARCH!

@EAVE Producers Workshop, March 4 - 11, Luxembourg (LU)

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

@Series Mania, March 22 - 24, Lille (FR)

EAVE Programme Manager Satu Elo

@CHANGE co-production training course, March 27 - 31, Copenhagen (DK)

EAVE Head of Studies Lise Lense-Møller

@ EAVE on Demand Film Fund Luxembourg, March 30 – April 1, Luxembourg (LU)

EAVE Programme Manager Satu Elo

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EAVE Yoga Corner

Dear EAVE Yogis,

EAVE Online Yoga is your peaceful place where you can stretch your body in a gentle way and practice pranayama (breathing) in a small group of yogis.

In YOGA, the physical body, the sense organs, the emotions, mind and consciousness are trained slowly and gradually. Restorative yoga practice brings you an opportunity to build flexibility and strength in a gentle way and helps you to reduce stress and to quiet down your mind.

You are welcome to join on:

THURSDAYS: Online classes

08:15 – 08:55 CET

19:30 – 21:00 CET

MONDAYS: In-Person classes at Tagtigall in Berlin

18:30 – 20:00 CET

20:30 – 22:00 CET

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

 

Hope to see you soon on the yoga mat!

Namaste,

Tanika

More info:

https://www.yogatanika.de/

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

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EAVE interview: THINK DATA

Think Data, a new product by Madrid based The Film Agency harnesses SVOD viewership data provided by Digital i’s SoDA platform to create a series of pan-European monthly insight reports regarding SVOD viewing trends. The launch of this new product will empower independent content creators by giving them access to coveted, previously inaccessible European streaming data.

The seeds of the Think Data idea were planted years ago at the first EAVE Impact Think Tanks. EAVE Marketing Consultant Sarah Calderón and innovation director Celia Fumanal have been working on this project for about 4 years: during the very intensive Think Tank days 30 professionals worked together to come up with breakthrough ideas and solutions for the future of the industry. Extensive surveys have been conducted based on the results that were answered by 300-400 colleagues. It was obvious that there was a data gap, and the collective thinking in these think tanks highlighted the importance of finding solutions other than just waiting or asking streamers to share the information.

In 2021, Sarah began receiving requests from clients for market studies using audience clusters and SVOD data. At the same time, as the co-head of Studies at EAVE Marketing Workshop, she was trying to find the right experts for impact sessions that focused more on new ways of marketing, new ways of using the algorithms.

"What I really appreciate about this constant contact with the EAVE workshops is that I am challenged to take a step back, think deeply and academically about my work without being completely absorbed by the daily tasks." –Sarah says.

By starting to look for people and companies that were able to collect and share streaming data, she came across Ali Vahdati, founder and CEO of Digital i and of the SoDA platform.

In practice, 20.000 representative individuals in key areas of Europe give SoDA the rights to monitor their viewership data on Netflix and Amazon. This extensive data is supplemented by surveys, and it is also constantly confronted with data deriving from the platforms (e.g., the top 10 records).

Streamers work with a whole back office where they analyse all kinds of audience data: They know what time of day viewers watched the shows, what selections they made, what the connection is between certain shows, what the taste trend is, every aspect of consumption is monitored. With the data gap, we are losing more and more of the overview. And as for creators' rights, the producers and writers who produce content are also not getting data to get the right answers to these questions: How did my show do? Was it worth the sale? Should I do something similar in the future?

The Think Data reports are built with analytic digest texts, so you do not have to be initiated in statistics or any kind of data learning to read them. “We decided to go with short, already analysed, user-friendly reports of 20-25 pages rather than dashboards. We realised that companies are so small and employees are so overworked that they are not able to analyse dashboards, they would underuse the tool or they could get easily lost in the data. Our advice would be to have the people who make content decisions, who are responsible for sales and distribution, read the reports themselves. For companies of a certain size, it might be interesting to have a data intelligent business expert who can analyse our reports and also other sources. Or even ask SoDA for a more advanced dashboard with other metrics and countries.”

SoDA also has other countries in its repertoire that could be interesting in the future: the Nordic countries for example, and they will soon add the US and Latin America. They will also expand to other platforms such as Disney and HBO. The Think Data product is sealed for 5 countries (UK, Italy, Germany, Spain, France) that are representative of Europe. When you look at these 5 countries, you get a lot of information and insight into how different markets work. The titles that made it into the Top 10 or Top 20 are very similar in the different regions, but there are definitely noticeable differences as well that are interesting to examine.

For producers these reports are full of opportunities. There are key trends in content worth tracking. “For example, regarding documentaries: we have analysed that when there is a very interesting English-speaking documentary, it always makes it to the top 10, with certain characteristics of course. Same goes for series, horror films, for certain areas that are a bit underserved and could be a source of inspiration.”

The analysis shows that in most areas, a large percentage of films come from action and comedy. There are areas where foreign-language dramas are well received. Italy and Spain, for example, surprisingly seem more open to it. Local content is a very important factor, especially in Spain. In the UK, there is a strong preference (70%) for American comedies: FRIENDS is one of the most streamed contents, it goes beyond SQUID GAME, MONEY HEIST or even SEX EDUCATION.

Think Data can help producers find selling points, benchmarks and data to support their thinking when negotiating with streamers. It can feed their acquisitions process, identify existing IP, genres and trends and to target marketing and release strategies more effectively across individual territories. At the end of the day, it's important to have confidence, market skills and know what you can earn from a certain type of content.

Think Data offers 2 types of subscriptions. For a monthly subscription, Think Data clients will be able to access SVOD viewing reports and a monthly report, which identifies the top 100 movies and series as well as the most-streamed genres in key territories. With the annual subscription, subscribers will receive the monthly report and 2 additional semester reports with contributions from guest experts, and access to webinars, and podcasts. Articles will be published in conjunction with the semester reports with key data and important insights for the public.


"This is a great learning opportunity. Reading the monthly reports for an entire year would be worth a master's degree. But it's interesting to look at trends over the long term. For example, when we did the first report in July 2021, we could not put the data into context. After a few reports, we understood what the individual cases were and what the trends were."

 

Curious to hear more?

Watch here the panel FUTURE THINKING OF DATA ANALYSIS IN THE AUDIOVISUAL INDUSTRY with Elena Neira [La Otra Pantalla], Celia Fumanal [The Film Agency], Ali Vahdati [Digital-i SODA], Sami Arpa [Largo AI] moderated by Sarah Calderón [The Film Agency] in collaboration with EAVE. The session was part of the programme of When East Meets West 2022 in Trieste.

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Oscar nominations 2022

FLEE by Jonas Poher Rasmussen, producers: EAVE graduates Monica Hellstrøm, Signe Byrge Sørensen has been nominated for

  • BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
  • BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
  • BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE

THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD by Joachim Trier, producer: EAVE graduate Andrea Berentsen Ottmar, co-producers: EAVE graduate Katrin Pors, TTB graduate Mikkel Jersin has been nominated for

  • BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
  • BEST INTERNATIONAL FEATURE

SPENCER by Pablo Larrain, producer: EAVE graduate Jonas Dornbach has been nominated for

  • BEST ACTRESS

ALA KACHUU – TAKE AND RUN by Maria Brendle, producer: EAVE participant Nadine Lüchinger has been nominated for

  • BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT

WHEN WE WERE BULLIES by Jay Rosenblatt, producer: EAVE graduate Stefano Tealdi has been nominated for

  • BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

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Deadline Extension: EAVE PUENTES – Europe / Latin America Co-Production Workshop 2022

EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: February 28

The call for EAVE PUENTES, the most relevant and successful training programme for developing European-Latin American co-production, is now open for applications!

Who is it for?

The workshop is targeted at Latin American & European film professionals interested in developing strong bonds between Europe and Latin America. The selected group of applicants is composed by 10 producers focusing on project development, and 4-5 European film professionals (sales agents, financiers, distributors, festival programmers, coproduction market representatives) or European producers focusing on career development (not bringing a specific project).

How does it work?

Every year, the 15 selected participants discuss in a safe space their experiences; obstacles and challenges faced within the industry; and get and insight into the production conditions and markets in both continents with the group and with the top-notch professionals that form the pedagogical team. Additionally, the selected projects serve as real life case studies for the group.

Timeline
The interviews with a pre-selection of candidates will take place in April 2022 and the selection will be announced end of April.

PUENTES takes place in the course of two weeks of the year and is supported by Creative Europe - MEDIA Programme of the European Union and IBERMEDIA. The first workshop of the 2022 edition will take place from July 11-15 in Italy in partnership with FVG Audiovisual Fund and MiC (Ministero dei Beni Ambientali e Culturali). The second workshop will be held in Uruguay in November/December, in partnership with Mutante Cine. Thanks to a special partnership, the PUENTES participants will attend VENTANA SUR after workshop 2.

 

CLICK HERE TO START YOUR APPLICATION!

 

The 2022 edition of PUENTES is the third one under the guidance and care of PUENTES Head of Studies and producer Fernanda del Nido, known for her prestigious track record of co-productions involving Europe and Latin America such as Oscar-winner UNA MUJER FANTASTICA, NERUDA, AGUA FRÍA DE MAR and PRINCESITA.

Among the core experts are French producer Didar Domehri (Maneki Films, FR) as group leader, script consultant Jacques Akchoti and Uruguayan producer Agustina Chiarino (Mutante Cine, UY). They will be joined by other key experts from both Europe and Latin America.

Check out the EAVE website further information, or contact your EAVE team: ana@eave.org

                                                                                            

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EAVE @ the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival

EAVE is proud to announce a very strong presence of EAVE projects & producers at this year's Berlin International Film Festival: 7 films in COMPETITION, 2 films in the ENCOUNTERS section, 5 in BERLINALE SPECIAL, 7 projects in PANORAMA, 5 at the FORUM, 5 at the GENERATION sections,  1 at the SHORT and 7 at the SERIES sections, 15 at the BERLINALE CO-PRODUCTION MARKET and its sidebar sections, 2 at the TALENT PROJECT MARKET, 3 at the TALENT SCRIPT STATION and 61  films by EAVE producers at the EUROPEAN FILM MARKET!

 

Competition

  • AEIOU – A QUICK ALPHABET OF LOVE by Nicolette Krebitz, producer: EAVE graduate Jonas Dornbach, sales: Match Factory
  • ALCARRAS by Carla Simon, producers: EAVE graduate Giovanni Pompili, EAVE graduate and Spanish National Coordinator Maria Zamora, sales: mk2 Films
  • A PIECE OF SKY by Michael Koch, producer: EAVE+ graduate Christof Neracher, sales: EAVE graduate and Polish National Coordinator Jan Naszewszki, New Europe Film Sales
  • BEFORE, NOW & THEN by Kamila Andini, producer: TTB graduate Gita Fara, sales: Wild Bunch
  • RABIYE KURNAZ VS. GEORGE W. BUSH by Andreas Dresen, co-producer: EAVE+ graduate Tom Dercourt, sales: Match Factory
  • RIMINI by Ulrich Seidl, producer: EAVE graduate Dan Wechsler, sales: Coproduction Office
  • ROBE OF GEMS by Natalia López Gallardo, producers: PUENTES and EAVE+ graduates Benjamin Domenech, Santiago Gallelli, sales: Visit Films

 

Encounters

  • JOURNAL D’AMÉRIQUE by Arnaud des Pallières, producer: EAVE graduate Michel Klein, sales: Les Films d’Atalante
  • THE CITY AND THE CITY by Christos Passalis, Syllas Tzoumerkas, producer: EAVE graduate Maria Drandaki

 

Berlinale Special

  • ABOUT JOAN by Laurent Larivière, producer: EAVE graduate and Irish National Coordinator Katie Holly, sales: Playtime
  • DER PASSFÄLSCHER by Maggie Peren, producer: EAVE+ graduate Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu, sales: Beta Cinema
  • INCREDIBLE BUT TRUE by Quentin Dupieux, producer: EAVE graduate Jacques-Henri Bronckart, sales: WTFilms
  • NEST by Hlynur Palmason, producer: EAVE graduates Anton Máni Svansson, Katrin Pors, TTB graduate Mikkel Jersin, sales: EAVE graduate and Polish National Coordinator Jan Naszewszki, New Europe Film Sales
  • TERMINAL NORTE by Lucrecia Martel, producers: PUENTES and EAVE+ graduates Benjamin Domenech, Santiago Gallelli

 

Panorama

  • BEAUTIFUL BEINGS by Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson, producer: EAVE graduate Anton Mani Svansson, co-producer: EAVE graduate Nima Yousefi, sales: EAVE graduate and Polish National Coordinator Jan Naszewszki, New Europe Film Sales
  • BETTINA by Lutz Pehnert, producer: EAVE graduate Susann Schimk
  • CONVENIENCE STORE by Michael Borodin, producer: EAVE graduate Artem Vasilyev
  • DREAMING WALLS by Amélie van Elmbt, Maya Duverdier, producer: EAVE graduate Hanne Phlypo, co-producers: EAVE graduates David Herdies, Simone van den Broek, sales: Dogwoof
  • HAPPINESS by Askar Uzabayev, co-producer: EAVE graduate and Russian National Coordinator Anna Katchko
  • SWING RIDE by Chiara Bellosi, producer: EAVE+ graduate Carlo Cresta-Dino, sales: Vision Distribution
  • WE, STUDENTS! by Rafiki Fariala, co-producer: EAVE graduate Caroline Nataf, sales: The Party Film Sales

 

Forum

  • AFTERWATER by Dane Komljen, producer: EAVE graduate Natasa Damnjanovic
  • EUROPE by Philip Scheffner, co-producer: TTB graduate Karim Aitouna
  • MEMORYLAND by by Kim Quy Bui, producer: TTB participant Mai Nguyen, sales: Diversion
  • SUPER NATURAL by Jorge Jácome, producer: EAVE+ graduate Pandora Da Cunha Telles, sales: Portugal Film
  • WE HAVEN’T LOST OUR WAY by Anka Sasnal, Wilhelm Sasnal, producer: EAVE graduate Magdalena Kaminska

 

Generation Kplus

  • OINK by Mascha Halberstad, producer: EAVE graduate Marleen Slot
  • COMEDY QUEEN by Sanna Lenken, producer: EAVE graduate Peter Possne

 

Generation 14plus

  • ALIS by Clare Weiskopf and Nicolas van Hemelryck, producer: EAVE and PUENTES graduate Nicolas van Hemelryck, EAVE graduate Radu Stancu, executive producer: EAVE Head of Studies Lise Lense-Møller, sales: Latido Films
  • GIRL PICTURE by Alli Haapasalo, producers: EAVE graduates Leila Lyytikäinen, Elina Pohjola, sales: LevelK
  • THE LAND OF SASHA by Julia Trofimova, producer: EAVE graduate Katerina Mikhaylova

ALIS © Casatarantula

 

Perspektive Deutsches Kino

  • WE MIGHT AS WELL BE DEAD by Natalia Sinelnikova, producer: EAVE graduate Julia Wagner

 

Berlinale Shorts

  • MEMORIES FROM THE EASTERN FRONT by Radu Jude, Adrian Cioflanca, producer: EAVE graduate and Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon

 

Berlinale Series

  • LUST by Ella Lemhagen, producers: EAVE graduates Sandra Harms, Karl Fredrik Ulfung
  • SUSPICION by Michal Blasko, producers: EAVE graduates Jakub Viktorin, Pavla Janouskova Kubeckova
  • THE SHIFT by Søren Balle, Ole Christian Madsen and Lone Scherfig, producer: EAVE graduate Malene Blenkov

 

Berlinale Series Market Selects

  • HARMONICA by Josephine Bornebusch, producer: EAVE graduate Sofie Palage
  • SPIN CONTROL written by Kaisa Pylkkänen, producer: EAVE graduates Venla Hellstedt, Elli Toivoniemi & EAVE participant Jenni Jauri
  • STORM LARA by Kadir Ferati Balci, producer: EAVE graduate Hanne Phlypo
  • TROM by Kasper Barfoed, David Oskar Olafsson, Peter Ahlen, producer: EAVE graduate Jon Hammer

 

HARMONICA © Warner Bros. ITVP, photo: Ragna Jorming

 

Berlinale Co-Production Market 2022

Official Project Selection

  • IN THE SHADOW OF THE HORNS by Ognjen Glavonic, producer: EAVE graduate Dragana Jovovic
  • LAS CORRIENTES by Milagros Mumenthaler, producer: EAVE graduate Eugenia Mumenthaler
  • MEHAL SEFARI by Abraham Gezahagne, producer: EAVE graduate Tamara Mariam Dawit
  • MOTHER by Teona Strugar Mitevska, producer: EAVE graduate Sébastien Delloye
  • ORTALAN by Nariman Aliev, producer: EAVE graduate Vladimir Yatsenko
  • SLOW by Marija Kavtaradze, producer: EAVE graduate Marija Razgute 
  • TEXAS SOUL SISTER by Pascale Lamche, producer: EAVE graduate and group leader Didar Domehri 
  • THE PARIS PROJECT by Arno Salters, producer: EAVE graduate and group leader Diana Elbaum
  • THE DIFFICULT BRIDE by Rubaiyat Hossain, producer: EAVE graduate Aadnan Imtiaz Ahmed
  • THE WOLF WILL TEAR YOUR IMMACUALTE HANDS by Nathalie Alvarez Mesén, producer: PUENTES graduate Nima Yousefi
  • TRULY MADLY DEEPLY by Carlo Sironi, producer: EAVE graduate Giovanni Pompili 

 

Berlinale Directors 

  • HEIA, HEIA, SAFARI by Radu Jude, producer: EAVE graduate and Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon

 

Rotterdam-Berlinale Express

  • LOVE ON TRIAL by Koji Fukada, producer: EAVE graduate Carine Chichowsky

 

Co-Pro Series

  • SPIN CONTROL by Alli Haapasalo, producer: EAVE graduate and Finnish National Coordinator Elli Toivoniemi

 

Project in co-operation with Series Mania

  • PICADERO created by Almudena Monzú, producers: PUENTES graduates Andrea Herrera Català and Juan Diego Villegas.

 

Berlinale Talents

  • PUENTES graduate Barbara Defanti
  • EAVE graduate Kobi Mizrahi

 

Talent Project Market 

  • AVAILABLE NOW by Assaf Machnes, producer: EAVE graduate Kobi Mizrahi 
  • PUENTES project CACHALOTE by Angelo Defanti, producer: PUENTES graduate Barbara Defanti

 

Berlinale Talents Script Station

  • A SONG THAT SLAYS by Mo Scarpelli, producers: EAVE graduate Alessandro Amato, EAVE participant Luigi Chiementi
  • FILIPINANA by Rafael Manuel, producer: TTB graduate Jeremy Chua
  • SHE by Agnieszka Zwiefka, producer: EAVE graduate Iza Igel

 

European Film Market

  • 107 MOTHERS by Peter Kerekes, producer: EAVE graduate Katarina Tomkova, co-producer: EAVE graduate Jiri Konecny, sales: Films Boutique
  • 70 IS JUST A NUMBER by Johanna Vuoksenmaa, producers: EAVE graduates Riina Hyytiä, Nina Laurio, sales: Picture Tree International
  • THE 9TH STEP by Irma Puzauskaite, producer: B’EST graduate Lukas Trimonis, sales: Film Republic 
  • ABOUT JOAN by Laurent Larivière, producer: EAVE graduate and Irish National Coordinator Katie Holly, sales: Playtime
  • A BUTTERFLY’S HEART by Inesa Kurklietyte, producer: EAVE graduate Zivile Gallego
  • AEIOU – A QUICK ALPHABET OF LOVE by Nicolette Krebitz, producer: EAVE graduate Jonas Dornbach, sales: Match Factory
  • A HOUSE MADE OF SPLINTERS by Simon Lereng Wilmont, producer: EAVE graduate Monica Hellström, sales: Cinephil
  • AFTERWATER by Dane Komljen, producer: EAVE graduate Natasa Damnjanovic, sales: Square Eyes
  • ALCARRAS by Carla Simon, producers: EAVE graduate Giovanni Pompili, EAVE graduate and Spanish National Coordinator Maria Zamora, sales: mk2 Films
  • ALIS by Clare Weiskopf and Nicolas van Hemelryck, producer: EAVE and PUENTES graduate Nicolas van Hemelryck, sales: Latido Films
  • A PIECE OF SKY by Michael Koch, producer: EAVE+ graduate Christof Neracher, sales: EAVE graduate Jan Naszewszki, New Europe Film Sales
  • BEAUTIFUL BEINGS by Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson, producer: EAVE graduate Anton Mani Svansson, co-producer: EAVE graduate Nima Yousefi, sales: EAVE graduate Jan Naszewszki, New Europe Film Sales
  • BEAUTIFUL HELEN by George Ovashvili, co-producer: EAVE graduate Guillaume de Seille
  • B’EST project OTAR’S DEATH by Ioseb Bliadze, producer: EAVE graduate Eva Blondiau, sales: The Yellow Affair  
  • BETTINA by Lutz Pehnert, producer: EAVE graduate Susann Schimk
  • CHRISTMAS IN THE JUNGLE by Jaak Kilmi, producers: EAVE FFF graduaste Roberts Vinovskis and EAVE graduate Evelin Soosaar-Penttilä
  • COMEDY QUEEN by Sanna Lenken, producer: EAVE graduate Peter Possnesales: REinvent International Sales
  • COP SECRET by Hannes Thor Halldorsson, producer: EAVE graduate Lilja Snorradottir
  • DARKLING (MRAK) by Dusan Milic, producers: EAVE graduates Konstantina Stavrianou and Snezana van Houwelingen, sales: Wide
  • DER PASSFÄLSCHER by Maggie Peren, producer: EAVE+ graduate Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu, sales: Beta Cinema
  • DETECTIVE BRUNO by by Mariusz Palej and Magdalena Niec, producer: EAVE graduate Joanna Szymanska
  • DREAMING WALLS by Amélie van Elmbt, Maya Duverdier, producer: EAVE graduate Hanne Phlypo, co-producers: EAVE graduates David Herdies, Simone van den Broek, sales: Dogwoof
  • EAVE project LOOKING FOR VENERA by Norika Sefa, producer: EAVE graduate Besnik Krapi
  • EAVE project OTHER PEOPLE by Aleksandra Terpinska, producer: EAVE graduate Beata Rzezniczek, sales: EAVE graduate and Polish National Coordinator Jan Naszewszki, New Europe Film Sales
  • EAVE project SILENT LAND by Aga Woszczynska, producers: EAVE graduates Agnieszka Wasiak, Giovanni Pompili, sales: EAVE graduate and Polish National Coordinator Jan Naszewszki, New Europe Film Sales
  • EAVE Marketing Workshop project QUIET FREEDOM by Wendla Nölle, producers: EAVE+ graduates Dirk Decker, Andrea Schütte
  • EUROPE by Philip Scheffner, co-producer: TTB graduate Karim Aitouna, sales: Square Eyes
  • FEARS by Lukasz Ronduda & Lukasz Gutt, producer: EAVE graduate Kuba Kosma, sales: Film Republic
  • FEATHERS by Omar El Zohairy, co-producers: EAVE graduates Derk-Jan Warrink, Verona Meier, EAVE+ graduate Giorgos Karnavas, sales: Heretic
  • GIRL PICTURE by Alli Haapasalo, producers: EAVE graduates Leila Lyytikäinen, Elina Pohjola, sales: LevelK
  • JOURNAL D’AMÉRIQUE by Arnaud des Pallières, producer: EAVE graduate Michel Klein, sales: Les Films d’Atalante
  • MEDITERRANEO by Marcel Barrena, producers: EAVE graduate Konstantinos Kontovrakis, EAVE+ graduate Giorgos Karnavas, EAVE graduate Adria Mones
  • MELCHIOR THE APOTHECARY by Elmo Nüganen, producers: EAVE graduate Esko Rips, EAVE+ graduate Kristian Taska
  • MEMORIES FROM THE EASTERN FRONT by Radu Jude, Adrian Cioflanca, producer: EAVE graduate and Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon
  • MEMORYLAND by by Kim Quy Bui, producer: TTB participant Mai Nguyen, sales: Diversion
  • MONTE VERITA by Stefan Jäger, co-producers: EAVE graduates Barbara Pichler, Gabriele Kranzelbinder
  • OINK by Mascha Halberstad, producer: EAVE graduate Marleen Slot, sales: LevelK
  • OMERTA 6/12 by Aku Louhimies, producer: EAVE graduate Mikko Tenhunen, sales: REinvent International Sales
  • PUENTES project CLARA SOLA by Nathalie Alvarez Mesén, producer: EAVE graduates Nima Yousefi, co-producer: PUENTES graduate Géraldine Sprimont, EAVE graduate Anne-Laure Guégan, sales: Luxbox
  • PUENTES project JESUS LOPEZ by Maximiliano Schonfeld, producer: PUENTES graduate Georgina Baisch, sales: Pluto Film
  • RABIYE KURNAZ VS. GEORGE W. BUSH by Andreas Dresen, co-producer: EAVE+ graduate Tom Dercourt, sales: Match Factory
  • RIMINI by Ulrich Seidl, producer: EAVE graduate Dan Wechsler, sales: Coproduction Office
  • ROBE OF GEMS by Natalia Lopez Gallardo, producers: PUENTES and EAVE+ graduates Benjamin Domenech, Santiago Gallelli, sales: Visit Films
  • SMALL BODY by Laura Samani, producers: EAVE graduates Nadia Trevisan, co-producer: EAVE group leader Danijel Hocevar, sales: Alpha Violet  
  • SO DAMN EASY GOING by Christoffer Sandler, producer: EAVE graduate Annika Hellström
  • SUSPICION by Michal Blasko, producers: EAVE graduates Jakub Viktorin, Pavla Janouskova Kubeckova
  • SWING RIDE by Chiara Bellosi, producer: EAVE+ graduate Carlo Cresta-Dino, sales: Vision Distribution
  • TERMINAL NORTE by Lucrecia Martel, producers: PUENTES and EAVE+ graduates Benjamin Domenech, Santiago Gallelli
  • THE ALBANIAN VIRGIN by Bujar Alimani, co-producers: EAVE graduates Peter de Maegd, Besnik Krapi, sales: The Playmaker Munich
  • THE CITY AND THE CITY by Christos Passalis, Syllas Tzoumerkas, producer: EAVE graduate Maria Drandaki, sales: Homemade Films
  • THE COW WHO SANG A SONG INTO THE FUTURE by Francisca Alegría, producer: EAVE+ graduate Tom Dercourt
  • THE EMPLOYER AND THE EMPLOYEE by Manuel Nieto Zas, co-producers: PUENTES graduates Georgina Baisch, Barbara Francisco, sales: Latido Films
  • THE FUNERAL by Orçun Behram, producer: EAVE graduate Müge Özen, sales: Reel Suspects
  • THE GHASTLY BROTHERS by Michael Van Ostade, producer: EAVE graduate Tomas Leyers
  • THE GRAVEDIGGER’S WIFE by Khadar Ayderus Ahmed, producers: EAVE graduates Misha Jaari, Mark Lwoff, Martin Hampel
  • THE ISLAND, directed and produced by EAVE graduate Anca Damian
  • THE LAND OF SASHA by Julia Trofimova, producer: EAVE graduate Katerina Mikhaylova
  • THE LAST TEMPTATION OF THE BELGIANS by Jan Bucquoy, producer: EAVE graduates Anton Iffland Stettner, Eva Kuperman, sales: Be For Films
  • TTB project LEONOR WILL NEVER DIE by Martika Ramirez Escobar, producer: TTB graduate Monster Jimenez
  • WE MIGHT AS WELL BE DEAD by Natalia Sinelnikova, producer: EAVE graduate Julia Wagner
  • WE, STUDENTS! by Rafiki Fariala, co-producer: EAVE graduate Caroline Nataf, sales: The Party Film Sales

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EAVE Interview: India – an ecosystem in transition

EAVE producer Mathivanan Rajendran, founder and leader of the successful independent production house STRAY FACTORY since 2010, has moved from Chennai to a small village by the sea in Goa during his EAVE year in 2020. The process of zooming out and having more time and space to reflect on the overall situation of his industry led him to build the ambitious project ROOT.AX with the Storiculture Company. The transmedia accelerator programme aims to help South Asian producers and creators get their voices out more effectively in South Asia’s ever-changing audio-visual environment.

In India, there is not just one industry, most people immediately think of the big Bollywood industry which has the biggest visibility, but there are a whole range of languages and cultures that have independent industries – it’s like Europe in that respect. The assumption is that most stories are told in Hindi, but actually each language has its own industry and dedicated audience of millions of people. Not to mention that a large diaspora audience watches the Indian productions from many different countries outside of India.

In terms of financing, until recently the situation was more comparable to the Wild West: bank loans are not readily available, there are hardly any grants, producers raise money and create their own financing system often using very high interest debt. Generally, only one producer was credited, the one who finances the film.

With the change that OTTs have brought to the country, the industry is now undergoing a major transformation. Creative producers are finding their way into the industry by working with platforms and studios.  For directors, the change means they do not have to take on production duties like they used to when there was only one producer with the money. The mindset and approach is changing and filmmaking is also becoming more organised in terms of roles. 

But the modernity of the structures, the new system of permits, legal documents, blockchain, IP rights, creative feedback and so on are also very intimidating for filmmakers. In the past, the filmmaker could find a producer and if they liked the story and gave the money, there were no obstacles and a unique film could be made. “Today if the few decision makers do not like the film, it’s game over.”

Co-productions are slowly finding their way, for example Rohena Gera’s film SIR was very successful this year. It was successful on Netflix and it had been released in theatres in India and Europe across the country. There are many other native stories that are waiting to be told, across borders.

 

 

Root.ax – a bridge between producers and creators

In India, there are not many frameworks that connect the financial and creative sides of filmmaking, and only a few labs are exposed to the industry. Root.ax acts as a transmedia accelerator offering creative mentorship, audience/buyer understanding & most importantly multimodality training for South Asian filmmakers to bridge this gap.

“We are noticing that making a single film is no longer sustainable for a filmmaker. Filmmakers spend 3 years building everything around the film. The question is: In how many other ways can the story of the film travel?” – Mathivanan explains.

It’s about amplifying the impact of the film and increasing the filmmakers’ revenue from the same content. On an artistic level, we can think of extending the content to film installations, museum screenings, screenings with live orchestra. On a commercial level, the film could be extended into series, podcasts, graphic novels and even digital products and communities.       

In practice, the creators are taken through a multimodality workshop, to show them the different options they have to amplify the impact and revenue of their project. “Good filmmakers usually have great source material; they can multiply it because they have a clarity of where it comes from.”

If their content is rich and they are willing to collaborate with other creators who can amplify the effect, Root.ax offers them three different labs: MAKE (For Development), BRIDGE (For Pitching) and MOVE (For IP Extensions). The content must be bold and meaningful. In the sense that it must be something that pushes the boundaries either socially or artistically. This is not limited to art-house or independent films. Even if it’s a genre film, participating in the online workshops can make a difference if it’s bold in terms of aesthetics or in terms of social impact.

Mathivanan has a background in digital design strategy and has extensive experience delivering design workshops virtually across the globe. So he knows the importance of making the sessions immersive and developing personal engagement in an online event. The pool of creators and mentors has expanded thanks to this virtual setup. Mentors such as pitching expert Stefano Tealdi from Italy and script consultant Mmabatho Kau from South Africa (both EAVE graduates) are able to attend easily despite the distance.

“It’s also good for industry professionals: not everyone can attend a hundred pitches a day but we can record them and share them with the interested buyers and partners.

Root.ax aims to match projects with platforms and the right partners throughout the process. Every 2-4 weeks they will check in on the project to ensure success.

Industry networking will be facilitated through the Root.ax Festival in March, which will physically bring creators and mentors together. The plan is to hold such an event once a year as face-to-face meetings are also essential.

“We will encourage our filmmakers to meet international mentors who can help them. We also want to connect them with co-production markets. The main goal is to explain the structures to local Indian and South Asian producers and vice versa, so that more and more local producers, including big local studios, are interested in co-producing with other countries. Right now there is very little knowledge, so we see our role as passing on the information and acting like a bridge.”

 

The power of community

After attending the EAVE Producers Workshop, Mathivanan felt that he could have done many things differently as a producer. He wished more people in the industry had the information he has now. Being able to share information very quickly across multiple projects could really improve the way native stories are told, he feels. “South Asian stories are not seen because we have not found a system to get them out into the world. I am very passionate about finding filmmakers and amplifying their stories is very important to me.”

Did the EAVE year contribute to Mathi’s project in any way?

“Totally. My year made me believe that curating people is the most important thing. As I understood later, EAVE spends a lot of time trying to identify the right people – mentors, creators, projects, then industry finally – and that’s what multiplies. That was a big learning. It’s not only about a project. It’s about how to curate people well.

Secondly, what I particularly enjoyed was being able to hear different perspectives from the people in my group regarding the same story. It tells us that a story can resonate across geographies and that there are common themes that matter to all us. The power of community is ultimately inspiring. What I learnt from EAVE was that the magic lies in putting the right people in a room

 

If you are interested in offering your expertise as a mentor to Root.ax, you can contact mathivanan@thestoriculturecompany.com.

Read more about Root.ax:

https://www.thestoriculturecompany.com/root-ax

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