EAVE on Demand Kyiv

Call for applications open by September 9th

EAVE is proud to organise  in co-operation with Ukrainian Film Academy and in partnership with Odesa International Film Festival supported by Ukrainian Cultural Foundation in October 15-18, 2019, in Kyiv, Ukraine for developing  10 Ukrainian film projects and scripts.

The objective is to improve the participants’ skills in international coproductionfilm finance and managementmarketingpackaging as well as script development, allowing them to take the next step in their careers and businesses.

EAVE ON DEMAND session will consist of 4 days of masterclasses and group work sessions, as well as individual meetings for 10 producers and their writers with their projects in development.

The experts confirmed include the EAVE group leader Diana Elbaum (Beluga Tree, BE), script consultant Clare Downs and sales and marketing consultant Aranka Matits (Featurette, NL). 

The workshop will be held in English.

The fee for participation in master- classes is 500 EUR.



Diana ELBAUM (BE) – Beluga Tree 


Diana moved from advertising to film production thanks to Chantal Akerman’s decision to hire her as a young producer on A couch in New York in 1996, since then she has produced and coproduced over 70 feature films and documentaries. Most of them where showcased and awarded in A class festivals. Her films cover a large sample of genre and come from all horizons and cultures. She is known for her skill in working with renown talents as well as her audacity in producing emerging talents.
Diana is deeply committed to develop the International film industry and spends time tutoring at and for EAVE since 2007 (Europe, Africa, Middle East, Caribbean)  and creating, in 2009, the program EP2C now renamed APost Lab. In 2017, Diana sets up Le Boost Camp, the first French speaking workshop for women directors. 
Her tutoring, mentoring, and lectures made her travel the world around several time.
Diana created Entre Chien et Loup in 1989. Almost 30 years later, in 2017, she sold the company to open Beluga Tree in association with the Caviar Group as well as the sister company, Beluga Jungle, dedicated to documentaries and children content.
Throughout her career, Diana has worked with talents such as Chantal Akerman, Mahamat Saleh Haroun, Lisa Azuelos, Julie Bertucelli, Yuval Adler, Paul Verhoeven, Raoul Peck, Nabil Ben Yadir as well as Ira Sachs, Eran Kolirin, Isold Uggadottir, Peter Brossens and Jessica Woodworth.
Her latest films in development are Borough Park by Michale Boganim, Horse Boy by Ari Folman, Lingui by Mahamat Saleh Haroun (coproduction).
Diana lives in the heart of Europe, Brussels, with her two multicultural children.


 Clare DOWNS (UK)

EXECUTIVE :Co-Director of the Association of Independent Producers (1978-1980). Director of International Creative Affairs for the Ladd Company/Warner Bros (1981-1983).Director of Council of Europe’s FIRST FILM EUROPE (1989 -1990)

PRODUCING :THE DRESS (1985) BAFTA, Gold Plaque, Chicago. HIGH SEASON (1987) Best screenplay - San Sebastian Film Festival. Co-producer BORDERLINE (1993) Locarno. Best Director, International Film Critics Prize,Thessaloniki Film Festival.

DEVELOPMENT & TRAINING: Founder member of the Script Analysisteam of EAVE - since 1989.Joint Head of Studies of the Scottish/Irish EAVE Regional programme (1993),EAVE Greek Regional programme (1994).Script analyst of the EAVE International Programme - TIES THAT BIND - EAVE Asia, and B’EST – Baltic Bridge East and West. EAVE ON DEMAND - Tbilisi, Georgia; Durban, South Africa, Trinidad & Tobago, Palestine, Armenia, Cairo. Senior/Visiting Tutor in Script Development /Producing at the National Film and Television School, UK, (since 1996), the MA scriptwriting/producing courses at de Montfort University (since 1999), the University of the Arts, London.Joint Head of Studies of the Southern African Producer training programme, AVEA (2000- 2005).Script consultant to FOCAL funded IFA-SC, the Independent Filmmakers Association - South Caucasus Training programme (2006 – 2009).Evaluator - Malta Film Fund. Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society. Script analyst for Jerusalem International Film Lab - since its inception 2011.

SCRIPT CONSULTING/WRITING/MASTERCLASSES: Clare has delivered numerous script-writing workshops, and Master classes in Screenwriting and in Development Strategies, internationally. She works as aconsultant, evaluator, writing reports and working on individual projects with both film funds and filmmakers throughout the world. She has rewritten several screenplays in the run up to production.

RECENT SCRIPT CONSULTATIONS: The Kindergarten Teacher (Cannes - Critics’ Week 2014), Why Me? (Berlin – Panorama 2015), United States of Love (Berlin - Best Screenplay 2016), Mellow Mud (Berlin - Crystal Bear 2016), The Apprentice (Cannes - Un Certain Regard2016), The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki (Cannes Winner - Un Certain Regard 2016), Interchange (Locarno 2016), Wajib (Locarno, Toronto 2017),Suleiman Mountain (Pingyao - Best Film & Audience Award 2017), The Accused (Venice, Toronto 2018), The Son (Sarajevo 2019).


 Aranka MATITS (NL)

Aranka Matits, as the founder of Featurette, advises on acquisitions, coproductions and strategic planning. Current and past clients include theatrical distributors in France, the Benelux, Switzerland, Germany, the UK, Italy, Spain, Portugal or the US as well as an international sales agent, on-demand aggregators and a multinational broadcaster. Acquisitions range from Palme d’Or winner Parasite or Shoplifters to Oscarwinner/ nominee Still Alice, Una Mujer Fantástica or On Body and Soul to festival hits like The Florida Project or Toni Erdmann to breakout debuts such as God’s Own Country or The Guilty. Previously, Aranka headed acquisitions for French distributor Pretty Pictures and she worked at ThinkFilm International, where she sold a diverse slate of established and new talent. She began her career working in film finance where she was involved in executive producing films by Woody Allen or Werner Herzog. Aranka trains on sales and distribution for organizations like EAVE, Doha Film Institute or IMCINE. She is a regular speaker at industry events such as Producers Network and a voting member of the European Film Academy. For almost two decades Aranka worked in London and New York, where she obtained a PhD in German Literature & Film Studies. Originally from Cologne, she now lives in Amsterdam.



To apply, please fill in the form here:

Please send your application by September 92019.


If you have any questions, please contact : All applicants will be informed about the selection results by September 16, 2019.

EAVE on Demand Kyiv is organized by EAVE and Ukrainian Film Academy in partnership with Odesa International Film Festival and supported by Ukrainian Cultural Foundation. 

EAVE is Europe’s leading training, development and networking organization for producers. In addition to our flagship programme, the renowned European Producers Workshop, we are involved in a variety of programmes in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Russia, Africa and the Middle East. Founded in 1988, EAVE’s objectives are to provide professional training opportunities and to bring producers from different regions of the world together with the aim of facilitating co-production relationships. EAVE’s unique international network comprises over 2,700 producers and key decision makers (funders, sales agents, distributors, commissioning editors etc.).

The Ukrainian Film Academy is an association comprised of experts and professionals in the cinema and film industry. The Academy objectively marks the achievements of Ukrainian filmmakers in twenty nominated categories and presents annual awards. Established in 2017, the academy’s mission is to provide comprehensive support and development to the Ukrainian national cinema.

Odesa International Film Festival is the festival which has one of the largest audiences in Eastern Europe. It is an annual film festival held in cinema capital of Ukraine – Odesa. Founded in 2010 for the popularization of high-level intellectual films among Ukrainian viewers and also for support, development of cinema inside the country and internationally. Festival is the biggest film event in Ukraine and one of the most popular film festivals in Europe. OIFF became the leading platform for film industry professionals with its Film Industry Office and Film Market, creating opportunities for co-productions and cooperation between international producers, Ukrainian professionals, cinemas, film studios, distributors etc. Besides the actual festival in July, OIFF also organizes a Winter Film Market and industry training events.

The Ukrainian Cultural Foundation is a state-owned institution created in 2017 in correspondence with the Law of Ukraine with aim to facilitate development of culture and arts in Ukraine, to provide favourable environment for development of intellectual and spiritual potential of individuals and society, wide access for the citizens to national cultural heritage, to support cultural diversity and integration of the Ukrainian culture into the world cultural space. The Ukrainian Cultural Foundation supports projects through a competitive selection process.

Page published 28 August 2019.

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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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