The business side of running film companies: EAVE+ is back and streaming Live!

Press release

Running a company - a real, functioning company - was not supposed to be what a real film producer does … but guess what?

At EAVE+, 12 experienced producers from 8 countries and 6 seasoned industry professionals will gather for 4 days to discuss the structure of their companies, useful best management practices and alternate business models.  Find the full list of participants at the end of the press release.

The 7th edition of EAVE+, with a new hands-on format, takes place from September 6-10, 2017 at the hotel Légère Premium in Luxembourg.

During immersive role-playgroup work, one-to-one meetings and through an interdisciplinary approach, the EAVE+ workshop will tackle the business requirements of running an effective film company.

A Special EAVE Facebook Live stream of the "Team Leadership" session by management coach Michael Comyn will be airing on Thursday, September 7, from 9 AM CEST on 

Top-notch business and management coaches will explore topics ranging from cash management tools, leadership skills, long term company strategies, negotiations with financiers and partners, distribution models and revenue streams, to raising corporate financing from private investors.

EAVE Finance Expert Linda Beath (Ideal Filmworks, IT) will explore the topic of how to develop an efficient slate of projects, as well as share her insight into the art of successful hiring and firing.

Management coach Michael Comyn (Fearless Organization, IE) will work with the producers on team leadership and management skills.

Marc Bordure (FR), General and Financial Manager of the French production company AGAT FILMS & Cie / Ex Nihilo, will discuss questions related to the company structure and go into some detail about setting up a production company development fund.

Questions related to strategic and operational decision making will be addressed by  Adrian Johnson and Johan Sundberg by engaging the participants in hands-on simulation role play based on the series IMPACT tool.

EAVE+ Head of Studies Jani Thiltges (Samsa Film, LU), will lead discussions following each topic.

Additionally, participants will be able to go into more detail into the topics which are most urgent and most important to them and to their companies, during one-to-one meetings with the core EAVE+ team and with each other.

Some comments from the 2016 edition: 

« EAVE+ is the right place to take a step back, breathe and find your focus back. This is essential to manage your company and creativity. » 

Peter De Maegd, Potemkino, Belgium  

« I recommend EAVE+ for all experienced producers. The way the program is designed gives you the opportunity to reshape your thinking about our business and take a step back from everyday concerns giving the opportunity to see the "bigger picture"! »

Fenia Cossovitsa / Blonde, Greece

« EAVE+ gives the opportunity to step back on our way of managing a film industry company... in which we actually never have the time to do it. »

Jean-Yves Roubin / Frakas Productions, Belgium 

The selected participants for the seventh edition of EAVE+ are:

  • Mayra Espinosa Castro, Velarium Arts, Mexico
  • Károly Fehér, POPFILM Ltd., Hungary
  • Iker Ganuza, Lamia Producciones Audiovisuales, S.L., Spain
  • Nicole Gerhards, NiKo Film Nicole Gerhards, Germany
  • Jonas Katzenstein, augenschein Filmproduktion GmbH, Germany
  • Amanda Livanou, Neda Film, Greece
  • Francine Lusser, Tipi’mages Productions sàrl, Switzerland
  • Viktória Petrányi, Proton Cinema, Hungary
  • Julius Ponten, New Amsterdam Film Company, The Netherlands
  • Mikko Räisänen, Lucy Loves Stories Oy, Finland
  • Elias Ribeiro, Urucu Media, South Africa
  • Maria Zamora, Avalon P.C., Spain

EAVE+ is organised once a year in Luxembourg with different keynote speakers and it curates the most urgent, contemporary topics for each session according to industry need. 

EAVE+ is supported by the Creative Europe - MEDIA sub-programme of the European Union and the Luxembourg Film Fund. 

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Page published 4 September 2017. Updated 7 September 2017.

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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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