EAVE Producers Workshop culminates in Leipzig


The EAVE 2019 Producers Workshop’s third and final session in Leipzig, Germany (October 28 – November 4), is organized in collaboration with DOK Leipzig and in partnership with MDM Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein.

78 leading international decision makers (complete list below) will meet the 51 top producing talents from 29 countries and discover the 29 fiction and documentary projects developed during this year’s EAVE Producers’ Workshop, as well as 2 guest projects from EAVE’s international programmes Puentes and Ties That Bind.

The week features two special events:
The EAVE Platform Day, which will also be attended by 30 selected German producers, and an EAVE Idea Lab on Reshaping Production Funding for the Future, a think tank for invited funders and EAVE producers.

In addition, there will be a rich programme of plenary sessions, group work and individual meetings with EAVE experts and guests.

The goal of the EAVE – Producing for the Platforms day is to provide producers with a general overview of the platforms including the opportunities and challenges they bring to the business. The confirmed speakers include Linda Beath (Ideal Filmworks IT), Yohann Comte (Charades, FR), Nicola de Angelis (Fabula Pictures, IT), Christoph Fey (Unverzagt von Have, DE), Timo Gössler (DE), Aleksandar Govedarica (Syndicado, CA), David Keitsch (Komplizen Serien, DE), Wolfgang Knöpfler (Terra Mater, AT), Nicola Lusuardi (Nightswim, IT), Grégoire Melin (Kinology, FR), Xavier Rambert (GLANCE, FR), Luis Singer (StickUp Filmproduktion, DE), Katarina Tomkova (MIDPOINT, CZ) and Sander Verdonk (New Amsterdam Film Company, NL).

The Platform Day is organized in cooperation with MIDPOINT TV Launch, Series Mania, Torino SeriesLab and DOK Leipzig, and supported by MDM Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein.

Reshaping Production Funding for the Future: an Idea Lab is a think tank introduced and moderated by EAVE Finance Expert Linda Beath (Ideal Filmworks IT), Petri Kemppinen (FI) and EAVE graduate Marleen Slot (Viking Film, NL). The participants of this think tank consist of 28 invited funders and EAVE producers.

The session Producing in and with Germany gives an overview of the production landscape in Germany, and its co-production possibilities. Speakers will be Martin Hampel (Pallas Film), Dana Messerschmidt (MDM), Malika Rabahallah (FFHSH) and Oliver Zeller (MBB). The session will be moderated by EAVE graduate Tanja Georgieva-Waldhauer (elemag pictures).

The 78 decision makers confirmed for Leipzig are:

Helen Ahlsson / Swedish Film Institute (SE), Jennifer Armitage / Creative Scotland (UK), Mohammed Bel-Haj / Aljazeera (QA), Steven Bestwick / Yellow Affair (SE), Stine Bomholt (LevelK, DK), Francesca Breccia / Coccinelle (IT), Todd Brown / XYZ (US), NataĊĦa Bucar / Slovenian Film Center (SI), Manuela Buono / Slingshot Films (IT), Daniela Cölle / Pluto Film Distribution Network (DE), Pierre Dallois / CICLIC (FR), Claas Danielsen / Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (DE), Tijana Djukic / Taskovski Films (UK), Simone Emmelius / ZDF (DE), Elin Erichsen / Norwegian Film Institute (NO), Noemi Ferrer Schwenck / Danish Film Institute (DK), Katrin Fürnkranz / Autlook Film Sales (AT), Marco Valerio Fusco / Intramovies (IT), Jennyfer Gautier / Urban Distribution International (FR), Iole Maria Giannatasio / MiBACT (IT), Maria Gradowska / Polish Film Institute (PL), Gabor Greiner / Films Boutique (DE), Veronika Grob / Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg (DE), Alessandro Gropplero / Friuli Venezia Giulia Audiovisual Fund (IT), Laufey Gudjonsdottir / Icelandic Film Center (IS), Faruk Güven / Turkish television, TRT (TR), Rym Hachimi / Memento Films International (FR), Margot Halböck / DOR Film (AT), Klaus Hansen / Film Fyn (DK), Helle Hansen / Norwegian Film Institute (NO), Barbie Heusinger / Sola Media (DE),  Alexis Hofmann / BAC Films (FR), Yaba Holst / SF Studios (SE), Thierry Jobin / Visions Sud Est (CH), Johanna Karppinen / Friday Capital (FI), Hanka Kastelicova / HBO Europe Documentaries (PL), Zuzana Kucerova / Czech TV (CZ), Pierre-Alexandre Labelle / Under the Milky Way (FR), Antoine Le Bos / Le Groupe Ouest (FR), Caroline Ljungberg / Film i Väst (SE), Marcin Luczaj / New Europe Film Sales (PL), Noël Magis / Screen Brussels (BE), Christopher Peter Marcich / Croatian Audiovisual Centre (HR), Fiorella Moretti / Luxbox (FR), Susan Newman / Eurimages – Council of Europe (FR), Brigid O’Shea / DOK Leipzig (DE), Simon Ofenloch / ZDF/ARTE (DE), Rickard Olsson / Picture Tree International (DE), Edward Parodi / FILM CONSTELLATION (UK), Agneta Perman / Sveriges Television (SE), Malika Rabahallah / Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein (DE), Jan Roekens / Screen Flanders (BE), Cécile Salin / Diaphana Distributions (FR), Katriel Schory / Israel Film Fund (IL), Edith Sepp / Estonian Film Institute (EE), Weerada Sucharitkul / FILMDOO (UK), Jani Thiltges / Samsa Film (LU), Agathe Valentin / TOTEM FILMS (FR), Marie-Pierre Vallé / Wild Bunch (FR), Monika Weibel / Frenetic Films (CH) and Heidi Tao Yang / Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Film Festival (CA).

Various special guests from Europe’s leading co-production markets EAVE has partnerships with will be available for one-to-one meetings:  

Marjorie Bendeck / Connecting Cottbus (DE), Martina Bleis / Berlinale Co-production Market (DE), Anna Ciennik / Les Arcs Coproduction Village (FR), Armin Hadzic / CineLink (BA), Juraj Krasnohorsky / Pop-Up Residency/ CEE Animation Forum (SK), Marge Liiske / Baltic Event (EE), Helena Mackenzie / Film London/London Production Finance Market (UK), Tereza Simikova / CPH:DOX (DK), Lennart Ström / M:Brane (SE), Gülin Üstün / Meetings on the Bridge (TR), Marit van den Elshout / CineMart (NL), Aleksandra Zakharchenko / Producers Network/Ventana Sur (FR) and Pierre Ziemniak / Series Mania (FR).

Plenary sessions, group work and individual meetings with EAVE experts and guests:

Group work with EAVE group leaders Didar Domehri (FR), Ankica Juric Tilic (HR), Titus Kreyenberg (DE) and Riina Sildos (EE).

Linda Beath (IT) - Strategic Planning for Production Companies, Sibylle Kurz (DE) - Pitching, Pierre-Emmanuel Mouthuy (BE) – Legal Aspects of Distribution and Sales and Lise Lense-Møller (DK) - Career Development.

EAVE Management coach Michael Comyn (The Fearless Organisation, IE) will give an introduction to the art of negotiation and train the participants in group sessions, as well as offer individual meetings on Emotional Intelligence and Resilience.

Prior to the official programme, an optional pre-workshop on Mindfulness, leadership and creativity by Michael Ulrich (Phuset, DK) is offered, where the participants learn about mindfulness, develop their personal leadership and understand how the tools presented can offer another way to be in highly intensive and challenging processes and let creativity flourish.

The first two sessions of the EAVE 2019 Producers Workshop took place in Luxembourg (March 8-15) and Novi Sad, Serbia (June 20-27).

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EAVE is supported by the Creative Europe - MEDIA sub-programme of the European Union, Film Fund Luxembourg, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée, Fondo Audiovisivo Friuli Venezia Giulia, PACT – the Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television, Cinema do Brasil, the Polish Film Institute, Doha Film Institute, Telefilm Canada, Berlinale Co-Production Market and the partners who have hosted the workshops since 1988.

Page published 30 October 2019. Updated 29 November 2019.

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