EAVE February News 2024

PUENTES: Extended Deadline for Applications

Applications for PUENTES, EAVE’s training programme for developing Latin-American-European co-productions is now extended until February 26th!

What ties together successful films such as REINAS, THE FISHBOWL, EL PARAISO, BLANQUITA, JESUS LOPEZ, KILLING THE DEAD, CLARA SOLA or LA CIVIL? All these films were developed at PUENTES in recent years. Apply today and join the network of EAVE producers!

Approaching the industry from a producer's perspective, PUENTES focuses on evaluating artistic potential, formulating marketing and distribution strategies, guiding through the development process and identifying market and financing opportunities in both Latin America and Europe.

The core experts include PUENTES Head of Studies Fernanda del Nido (Setembro Cine – AR/ES), known for her prestigious track record of co-productions involving Europe and Latin America (UNA MUJER FANTASTICA, LA BODA DE ROSA, NERUDA, PEQUEÑA FLOR, BLONDI, etc.), group leader and EAVE graduate Sophie Erbs (Gaijin – FR, Producer of LOS PERROS, COSTA BRAVA, LEBANON, MILLA, THE HARVESTERS, THE LOAD, etc.), script consultant Jacques Akchoti (FR), and Agustina Chiarino (Bocacha Films – UY, Producer of THE HEIRESSES, GIANT, SO MUCH WATER, EL 5, THE WAVES, I WOKE UP WITH A DREAM, 3, MONOS, etc.). They will be joined by various guest experts from both Europe and Latin America.


The workshop is targeted to film professionals from Latin America and Europe who wish to strengthen connections between the two regions.

The selected cohort consists of 10 producers focused on project development (fiction films only), along with 4-5 European film professionals with a focus on career development (not bringing a project), including sales agents, financiers, distributors, festival programmers, co-production market representatives, and European producers.

Latin American and European Film producers focusing on project development:

  • Experienced feature film producers with a strong interest with working with Europe and Latin America. The project must be able to demonstrate a clear involvement with Latin America, and vice versa.

European Film Professionals focusing on career development:

  • EU Citizens or residents that are sales agents, distributors, festival and market representatives, financiers, or European producers focusing on career development who wish to deepen their knowledge on Latin-American co-productions and market.


Applications are open until February 26th, and the selection will be announced by end of April 2024.

PUENTES takes place in the course of two weeks of the year. The first workshop of the 2024 edition will take place in Italy from July 15 – 21, 2024 in partnership with FVG Audiovisual Fund and MiC (Ministero dei Beni Ambientali e Culturali).

The second workshop will be held in Uruguay late November/early December (TBC), in partnership with Bocacha Films and supported by IBERMEDIA. Thanks to a special partnership, the PUENTES participants will attend VENTANA SUR after workshop 2, in order to strengthen their ties between both continents through networking in the most important market for audiovisual content in Latin America.


“Through this workshop, I gained insights into both my limitations and my untapped potential. Moreover, I had the pleasure of connecting with colleagues from across the globe, and I'm eagerly anticipating the prospect of collaborating with them on exciting new co-productions.”

Claudio Esposito, The Piranesi Experience, IT (PUENTES Participant 2023)

“PUENTES changed the way I approached film production. It creates a web of knowledge and contention on which one can rely on.”

Leandro Listorti, Maravillacine, AR (PUENTES Participant 2023)


Click here to Start your application and find out more information about the selection criteria.

In case of questions, do not hesitate to get in touch with the EAVE team:

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

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EAVE @ the 74th Berlin International Film Festival

EAVE is proud to announce a very strong presence of EAVE projects & producers at this year's Berlin Film Festival: 9 films in COMPETITION, 6 films in the ENCOUNTERS section, 11 films in PANORAMA, 11 at the FORUM, 6 at the GENERATION sections, 2 in BERLINALE SPECIAL, 22 projects at the BERLINALE CO-PRODUCTION MARKET and its sidebar sections, 3 projects at the TALENT PROJECT MARKET


  • ARCHITECTON by Victor Kossakovsky, producers: EAVE graduate Heino Deckert, co-producers: EAVE graduates Clara Vuillermoz, Estelle Robin You, sales: The Match Factory
  • BLACK TEA by Abderrahmane Sissako, co-producer: EAVE graduate Vincent Quénault, TTB graduate Tsai Hsin-Hung, sales: Gaumont
  • DAHOMEY by Mati Diop, producer: Interchange graduate Judith Lou Lévi, sales: Les Films du Losange
  • GLORIA! By Margherita Vicario, producer: EAVE+ graduate Carlo Cresto-Dina, sales: Rai Cinema International
  • MY FAVOURITE CAKE by Maryam Moghaddam and Behtash Sanaeeha, producer: EAVE graduate Christopher Zitterbart, PUENTES graduate Nima Yousefi, sales: Totem Films
  • SHAMBHALA by Min Bahadur Bham, co-producer: EAVE graduate Verona Meier, executive producer: Ruben Thorkildsen, associate producer: TTB graduate Jeremy Chua, sales: Totem Films
  • THE DEVIL’S BATH by Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala, co-producer: EAVE graduate Bettina Brokemper, sales: Playtime
  • THE EMPIRE by Bruno Dumont, co-producer: EAVE graduate Dorothe Beinemeier, sales: Memento International  
  • WHERE DO I BELONG TO by Meryam Joobeur, producer: EAVE graduate Sarra Ben Hassen, co-producers: EAVE graduates Dyveke Graver and Andrea Berentsen Ottmar, sales: Luxbox


  • ARCADIA by Yorgos Zois, producer: EAVE and TTB graduate Maria Drandaki, co-producer: EAVE graduate Veselka Kiryakova, sales: Beta Cinema
  • CIDADE; CAMPO by Juliana Rojas, co-producer: EAVE graduate Ingmar Trost, co-producer: EAVE graduate Simone Oliveira
  • DEMBA by Mamadou Dia, producer: EAVE graduate Nicole Gerhards, sales: The Party Film Sales
  • DIRECT ACTION by Guillaume Cailleau and Ben Russell, co-producer: EAVE graduate Michel Balagué, sales: Shellac
  • SOME RAIN MUST FALL by Qiu Yang, producer: TTB graduate Jeremy Chua, EAVE participant Alex Lo, sales: Goodfellas
  • THROUGH THE GRAVES THE WIND IS BLOWING by Travis Wilkerson, co-written and co-produced by EAVE graduate Ivan Peric


  • AFTERWAR by Birgitte Stærmose, producers: EAVE Head of Studies Lise Lense-Møller, EAVE graduates Mark Lwoff, Misha Jaari, Fredrik Lange
  • ANDREA GETS A DIVORCE by Josef Hader, producers: EAVE graduates Arash T. Riahi, Sabine Gruber, sales: Pluto Film
  • BALDIGA – ENTSICHERTES HERZ by Markus Stein, producer: EAVE graduate Olaf Jacobs, sales: Autentic
  • BRIEF HISTORY OF A FAMILY by Jianjie Lin, co-producer: EAVE graduate Rikke Tambo Andersen, sales: Films Boutique
  • CHANGE project A BIT OF A STRANGER by Svitlana Lishchynska, producer: CHANGE graduate Anna Kapustina
  • CROSSING by Levan Akin, co-producer: CHANGE graduate Anna Khazaradze, sales: Totem Films
  • CU LI NEVER CRIES by Pham Ngoc Lan, co-producers: TTB graduate and group leader Bianca Balbuena, TTB graduate Bradley Liew, EAVE graduates Verona Meier, Claire Lajoumard, sales: Square Eyes 
  • DIARIES FROM LEBANON by Myriam El Hajj, producers: EAVE graduates Myriam Sassine, Carine Ruszniewski, sales: MAD Solutions
  • I’M NOT EVERYTHING I WANT TO BE by Klara Tasovska, co-producer: EAVE graduate Jakub Viktorin, sales: Square Eyes 
  • I SAW THREE BLACK LIGHTS by Santiago Lozano Álvarez, co-producer: EAVE MW graduate Gudula Meinzolt, sales: ArtHood Entertainment
  • THE OUTRUN by Nora Fingscheidt, co-producer: EAVE graduate, TTB group leader and German National Coordinator Jonas Weydemann, sales: Protagonist Pictures

A BIT OF A STRANGER © Albatros Communicos Ukraine, ZDF, Vilda Bomben AB, Film I Vast


  • EAVE project MARIA’S SILENCE by Davis Simanis, producer: EAVE graduates Gints Grube, Inese Boka-Grube, co-producer: EAVE+ graduate Kęstutis Drazdauskas
  • HOLY WEEK by Andrei Cohn, co-producer: EAVE graduate Dan Wechsler, sales: Shellac
  • INTERCEPTED by Oksana Karpovych, co-producer: EAVE graduate Darya Bassel, sales: Lightdox
  • OASIS OF NOW by Chee Sum Chia, producer: EAVE and TTB graduate Fran Borgia, sales: Diversion
  • REAS by Lola Arias, producer: EAVE + graduate Gema Juarez Allen, EAVE graduate Ingmar Trost, sales: Luxbox
  • REPRODUCTION by Katharina Pethke, producer: EAVE and TTB graduate Julia Cöllen, sales: Pluto Film
  • SKIN IN SPRING by Yennifer Uribe Alzate, co-producer: EAVE MW graduate Rebeca Gutierrez Campos
  • SLEEPING WITH A TIGER by Anja Salomonowitz, producer: EAVE graduate Antonin Svoboda
  • THE EDITORIAL OFFICE by Roman Bondarchuk, producer: Darya Bassel, co-producers: EAVE graduates Dagmar Sedláčková, Tanja Georgieva-Waldhauer, EAVE graduate and Slovak National Coordinator Katarina Krnacova
  • THE NIGHTS STILL SMELL OF GUNPOWDER by Inadelso Cossa, producer: CPI graduate Thomas Kaske, co-producer: EAVE graduate and Dutch National Coordinator Frank Hoeve, EAVE graduate Elisa Pirir, sales: Syndicado Film Sales
  • TRACES OF MOVEMENT BEFORE THE ICE by René Frölke, producer: EAVE graduate Ann Carolin Renninger

MARIA'S SILENCE © Mistrus Media, photo: Lauris Aizupietis

Forum Special

  • THOSE DAYS IN TEREZIN by Sibylle Schönemann, producer: EAVE graduate Heino Deckert


  • ABOVE THE DUST by Wang Xiaoshuai, producer: EAVE graduate Leontine Petit
  • DISCO AFRIKA: A MALAGASY STORY by Luck Razanajaona, producer: EAVE graduate Nicole Gerhards, sales: Sudu Connexion
  • ELBOW by Asli Özarslan, producer: PUENTES graduate Jamila Wenske, co-producers: EAVE graduates Guillaume Dreyfus, Delphine Schmit
  • MY SUMMER WITH IRENE by Carlo Sironi, producer: EAVE graduate Giovanni Pompili
  • PUENTES project REINAS by Klaudia Reynicke, producers: PUENTES and EAVE+ graduate Britta Rindelaub, EAVE participant Thomas Reichlin, EAVE+ graduate Valérie Delpierre, sales: The Yellow Affair
  • YOUNG HEARTS by Anthony Schatteman, producer: EAVE graduate Xavier Rombaut, co-producers: EAVE graduates Floor Onrust, Annabella Nezri, sales: Films Boutique

REINAS © Alva Film, Inicia Films, Maretazo Cine, photo: Diego Romero

Berlinale Special

  • CUCKOO by Tilman Singer, producer: EAVE graduate Maria Tsigka, sales: Neon
  • THE STRANGER’S CASE by Brandt Andersen, producer: EAVE graduate Ossama Bawardi, sales: Mister Smith Entertainment

Berlinale Co-Production Market

  • ANTONIVKA by Kateryna Gornostai, producer: EAVE graduate Dagne Vildziunaite
  • A WOMAN BUILDS by Huang Ji, Ryuji Otsuka, producer: EAVE graduate and TTB group leader Fran Borgia
  • DIVORCE DURING THE WAR by Andrius Blazevicius, producer: EAVE and TTB graduate Marija Razgute
  • FOLK PLAY by Mirjana Karanovic, producer: EAVE graduate Snezana van Houwelingen, co-producer: EAVE participant Ulysse Payet 
  • FRAGMENTS OF THIS BEAUTY by Burak Cevik, producer: EAVE graduate Ipek Erden
  • THE GIRL WITH THE LEICA by Alina Marazzi, producer: Interchange graduate Marta Donzelli
  • IDDA’S BREATH by Irene Dionisio, producer: EAVE graduate Giovanni Pompili
  • ICH BIN MARIKA by Hajni Kis, producer: EAVE graduate and Hungarian National Coordinator Viktoria Petranyi
  • LAST TRIP by Ziad Kalthoum, producer: EAVE graduate May Odeh
  • MARRIAGE By ABDUCTION by Sophia Mocorrea, producer: EAVE graduate Nicole Gerhards
  • REMAINS OF LIFE by Sevda Shishmanova, producer: EAVE graduate Veselka Kiryakova
  • SCREAMING GIRL by Antonio Lukich, producer: EAVE graduate Volodymyr Yatsenko
  • THE SIDE EFFECTS OF TRUSTING LIFE by Ahmad Ghossein, producer: EAVE graduate Myriam Sassine
  • TO DIE ON YOUR FEET by Maria Paz Gonzalez, producer: EAVE +, TTB and PUENTES graduate Giancarlo Nasi

Series Market Selects

  • SOVIET JEANS by Stanislavs Tokalovs, Juris Kursietis, producer: EAVE graduate and Latvian National Coordinator Aija Berzina
  • ZORRAS (TRAMPS) by Aritz Moreno, Ana Vázquez, produced in collaboration with EAVE graduate Merry Colomer

Co-Pro Series

  • DEATH TO LOVE by Carlota Pereda, producer: EAVE graduate Merry Colomer
  • MIRRORS by AIDA BEGIC, producer: EAVE graduate and National Coordinator Bosnia Herzegovina Amra Baksic Camo
  • THE CORONER’S ASSISTANT by Elina Psykou, producer: EAVE+ graduate Fenia Cossovitsa
  • THE PALM LINE by Fulvio Bernasconi, producer: EAVE + graduate Christof Neracher
  • THE WEREWOLF & RENÉE by Katrin Gebbe, producer: EAVE graduate Verena Gräfe-Höft
  • WOLVES by Sina Ataeian Dena, producer: EAVE graduate Heino Deckert

Rotterdam-Berlinale Express

  • THE DIPLOMATS by Andreas Fontana, producer: EAVE graduate Eugenia Mumenthaler
  • HOLD TIME FOR ME by Fradique, producer: EAVE participant Laura Kloeckner

Talent Project Market

  • ASTANA INTERNET STARS by Assel Aushakimova, producer:EAVE+ and MW graduate Antoine Simkine
  • POGANA by David Kapac, producer: EAVE MW graduate Rea Rajcic
  • EAVE project BAD GAYS by Loïc Hobi, producer: EAVE graduate Michael Graf
  • UPTIGHT ASS by Matija Gluscevic, producer: TTB graduate and EAVE participant Čarna Vučinić

Company Matching Programme

  • Hobab, Sweden (Nima Yousefi)
  • Ukbar Filmes, Portugal (Pandora Da Cunha Telles)

Berlinale Talents

  • TTB graduate Taro Imai
  • EAVE graduate Michael Graf
  • EAVE graduate Fani Skartouli
  • EAVE MW graduate Tetiana Mala
  • EAVE MW graduate Kamila Dohnalova
  • EAVE MW graduate Rea Rajcic
  • EAVE graduate Clemens Köstlin
  • TTB graduate Huang Junxiang
  • TTB graduate and EAVE participant Čarna Vučinić
  • EAVE graduate Laurine Pelassy

Script Station

  • AWAIITING BIRDS by Sofia Quiros, producer: PUENTES graduate Mariana Murillo
  • MARCH 14TH by Alberto Gross Molo, producer: EAVE MW graduate David Aymerich

Jury Members

Part of the GWFF Best First Feature Award Jury: EAVE graduate Katrin Pors


ACE Round Table Consultancy Sessions

EAVE CEO Kristina Trapp will present EAVE and its various programmes at the round table “Strategies on how to develop your project at International Training Platforms” in cooperation with ACE Producers.

Saturday, February 17th, 11:00 - 12:00



Only Writers In The Building is an international showcase of eleven talented writers committed to working professionally in the TV series industry, who have trained their drama writing skills within TorinoFilmLab and MIDPOINT Institute series-oriented intensive programmes. In collaboration with EAVE.

Monday, February 19th, 16:00 – 18:00


EFM Roundtable: #DocSafe Initiative

Presentation of #DocSafe, an initiative towards a Global Code of Conduct to make our documentary industry a safer space for all.

Speakers: Magdalene Reddy (DFMI), Nivedita Das (BGDM), EAVE CEO Kristina Trapp and Jane Mote (The Whickers) will share their experience and perspective with the group. 

Sunday February 19th, 16:30-18:00 (fully booked)


European Equity & Inclusion Pathways Seminar

EAVE is an ambassador of the EFM’s Equity and Inclusion Pathways seminar, funded by Creative Europe MEDIA and taking place yearly at the European Film Market 2023, 2024 and 2025. The Equity & Inclusion Pathways Seminar is an industry-wide consultation forum that brings together European decision-makers, advocacy groups, stakeholders and change-makers with the aim of shifting the needle regarding equity, inclusion and accessibility in terms of policymaking, strategy, measures and actions.

The change and advances that this Seminar aims to bring about for the European film industry are resolutely structural and involves not only integrating marginalised groups into a European film sector that is free of biases, barriers and exclusions but also valuing the hitherto unrealised potential of the contributions of marginalised film professionals to the industry as well as redistributing resources and decision-making power more equitably.

Tuesday, February 20th, 9.00-13:45 (closed and by invitation only)


EAVE at the Creative Europe MEDIA stand (Central Hall, Stand number: 24) of the EFM: February 15 - 21

Kristina Trapp, CEO:  February 16 - 21

Satu Elo, Deputy CEO:  February 15 - 21, +352 661 44 52 10

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EAVE+ Extended Deadline for applications

The EAVE+ Call for Applications is now extended until February 9th, 2024!

Join this compact workshop to get a comprehensive industry update and an insight into the latest business models. EAVE+ offers 15 producers the opportunity to discuss their company structures and management practices together with high-profile industry experts during 4,5 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 change. 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. All producers will work on their individual leadership qualities and resilience in private coaching sessions.

EAVE+ will take place from April 19-24, 2024 in Luxembourg.

“It brought us inspiring perspectives from our Business and challenged us to make brave reflections about our own strategies.”

Mariana Oliva, Maria Farinha Filmes, Brazil

“Terrific workshop to rethink and improve the structure and administration of our company.”

Jose Alba, Pecado Films, Spain

Applications are open for independent producers with a solid track record and international experience from Europe and the rest of the world until February 9th, 2024. 

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 structure my company more efficiently? How to grow as a company? How to sustain a viable business? How to diversify your company slate? What kind of leader am I? How to improve my team management? How to achieve a better life work balance? 

EAVE allocates a specific scholarship for European residents and citizens who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Colour. EAVE also offers a limited number of scholarships covering the participation fee (incl. accommodation). Priority is given to candidates from LCC countries as defined by Creative Europe (Bulgaria, Cyprus, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Slovakia, Slovenia).

Thanks to our partnerships, SODEC will offer a scholarship for one participant from Quebec and Canada Media Fund (CMF) will offer a scholarship for 1-2 participants from one Canadian company owned and controlled by persons from Racialized or Indigenous communities. To be eligible, the company needs to have a slate of content and have received production funding from the CMF in the past 4 years. Projeto Paradiso will offer a scholarship for one Brazilian participant attending EAVE+.

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 here or contact

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Donate to the EAVE Alan Fountain International Scholarship Fund

A scholarship has been set up to honour the memory of Alan Fountain, former Head of Studies and President of EAVE, who passed away in 2016. Its goal is to enable one producer from outside the EU to participate in all three sessions of the EAVE Producers Workshop each year.

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