EAVE project BEHIND THE HAYSTACKS receives funding from Eurimages

In Development July 2020


At the last funding round of EURIMAGES, the following EAVE projects and projects by EAVE graduates have been supported:

  • EAVE project BEHIND THE HAYSTACKS by Asimina Proedrou, producer: EAVE graduate Ioanna Bolomyti

  • BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH by Giordano Gederlini, producer: EAVE+ graduate Jean Yves Roubin 

  • BRUXA by Cristèle Alves Meira, producers: PUENTES graduates Tatiana Leite, Gaelle Mareschi, EAVE graduate Sébastien Delloye 

  • CHICKEN BOY by Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson, producer: EAVE graduate Anton Mani Svansson, PUENTES graduate Nima Yousefi

  • DISCO BOY by Giacomo Abbruzzese, producer: EAVE graduate Maria Blicharska

  • DREAMING WALLS by Amélie Van Elmbt, Maya Duverdier, producers: EAVE graduates Simone Van den Broek, David Herdies

  • GOOD LIFE by Viktorija Siaulyte, Marta Dauliute, producer: EAVE graduate Dagne Vildziunaite

  • PUENTES Project LA CIVIL by Teodora Ana Mihai, producer: EAVE and PUENTES graduate Irina Andreea Malcea

  • NORMAL by Olivier Babinet, producer: TTB graduate Valerie Bournonville

  • THE COW THAT SANG A SONG ABOUT THE FUTURE by Francisca Alegria, producer: EAVE graduate Sophie Erbs

  • THE DELEGATION by Asaf Saban, producers: EAVE group leader Roshanak Behesht Nedjad, EAVE graduate Agnieszka Dziedzic, EAVE+ graduate Yoav Roeh

  • THE GOOD DRIVER by Tonislav Hristov, producers: EAVE graduates Kaarle Aho, Tijana Visnjic

  • THE MAN OF A THOUSAND FACES by Sonia Kronlund, producer: EAVE graduate Beata Rzezniczek

  • THE NIGHTSIREN by Tereza Nvotova, producer: EAVE MW graduate Peter Badac

  • THE RESTLESS by Joachim Lafosse, producers: EAVE+ head of studies Jani Thiltges, EAVE graduates Anton Iffland Stettner, Alexandre Gavras

  • TRACES by Dubravka Turic, producer: EAVE group leader Ankica Juric Tilic

  • VICTIM by Michal Blasko, producers: EAVE graduates Pavla Janouskova Kubeckova, Saar Yogev 

  • WHITE PLASTIC SKY by Tibor Bánóczki, Sarolta Szabó, producers: EAVE graduate and Hungarian National Coordinator Viktoria Petranyi, EAVE graduate Juraj Krasnohorsky



The World Cinema Fund (WCF) jury has made their selection out of 153 submissions and awarded production funds totalling 395,000 €. Five of the selected films are produced by EAVE graduates.

WCF Production Funding

  • BOMB BAY by Nantenaina Lova, producer: EAVE graduate Nicole Gerhards

  • TTB project TIGER STRIPES by Amanda Nell, produced by TTB graduate Foo Fei Ling, co-producers: EAVE graduate Fran Borgia, TTB graduate Yulia Evina Bhara, EAVE graduate, TTB group leader and German national coordinator Jonas Weydemann  

WCF Europe 

  • LOVE IS A DOG FROM HELL by Khavn de la Cruz, producer: TTB graduate Stephan Holl

Distribution Funding

  • EAVE project ROJO by Benjamin Naishtat, producer: EAVE graduate Barbara Sarasola-Day, co-producers: EAVE graduates Ingmar Trost, Marleen Slot 

  • MONOS by Alejandro Landes, producer: EAVE graduate Fernando Epstein


 Hubert Bals Fund 

The Hubert Bals Fund (HBF) has announced the 2020 selection of its HBF+Europe: Minority Co-production Support scheme. Five film projects from Thailand, Columbia, Ukraine, Malaysia, and Mexico have received a contribution through their European co-producers.

  • TTB project ARNOLD IS A MODEL STUDENT by Sorayos Prapapan, producer: TTB graduate Donsaron Kovitvanitcha, co-producer: EAVE graduate Denis

  • TTB project TIGER STRIPES by Amanda Nell, produced by TTB graduate Foo Fei Ling, co-producers: EAVE graduate Fran Borgia, TTB graduate Yulia Evina Bhara and EAVE graduate Jonas Weydemann



The Hamburg-based film fund Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein (FFHSH) is supporting two films made by EAVE graduates: 

  • FOLLOW ME by Joya Thome, producer: EAVE graduate Martin Heisler


 Netherlands Film Fund

Six new titles by EAVE graduates have been selected for support by the Netherlands Film Fund:

  • CHILDHOOD DREAMS by Bram Schouw, producers: EAVE graduates Arnold Heslenfeld, Laurette Schillings & Frans van Gestel 

  • DEAR DESTINY by Marc Schmidt, producer: EAVE graduate Simone Van Den Broek

  • HUSA’S SALON by Hany Abu-Assad, producer: EAVE + graduate Hanneke Niens

  • MNK BOY by Mete Gümürhan, producer: EAVE graduate Stienette Bosklopper

  • OCCUPIED CITY by Steve McQueen, producer: EAVE graduate Floor Onrust

  • PSYCHOLOGY OF CON ARTISTS by Victor Vroegindeweij, producers: EAVE graduates Arnold Heslenfeld, Laurette Schillings & Frans van Gestel


 Sreen Brussels

Ten new feature films, documentaries and TV series are supported by Among them:

  • BARAKI by Fred De Loof, Bérangère McNeese, Adriana Da Fonseca, Adolf El Assal, producer: EAVE graduate Benoit Roland

  • ENDLESS NIGHT by David Perrault, producer: EAVE graduate Jacques-Henri Bronckart

  • ENTRE LA VIE ET LA MORT (BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH) by Giordano Gederlini, producer: EAVE graduate Jean-Yves Roubin

  • REBEL by El Arbi and Bilal Fallah, producer: EAVE graduate Diana Elbaum

  • THE RESTLESS (LES INTRANQUILLES) by Joachim Lafosse, producer: EAVE graduate Anton Iffland Stettner, co-producer: EAVE + head of studies Jani Thiltges


 Film Fund Luxembourg

Film Fund Luxembourg’s selection committee has announced the recipients of its latest slate of funding. 12 fiction features, two animated features, one documentary feature, two TV series, one transmedia documentary, one docufiction series, one animated series and one VR project will be supported.

  • A COLÔNIA LUXEMBURGUESA by Dominique Santana, producer: EAVE+ Head of Studies Jani Thiltges 

  • BACHMANN & FRISCH by Margarethe Von Trotta, producer: EAVE + graduate Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu

  • CAPITANI by Christophe Wagner, producer: EAVE+ Head of Studies Jani Thiltges 

  • DIE SPALTUNG DER WELT by EAVE graduate Donato Rotunno 

  • FINDING ROSA by EAVE MW graduate Adolf El Assal

  • MISTER by Emily Atef, producer: EAVE+ Head of Studies Jani Thiltges 

  • MONK, PANNONICA ET LES JAZZMEN by Jacques Goldstein, producer: EAVE graduate Marion Guth

  • PAN DE LIMON by Benito Zambrano, producer: EAVE graduate Alexandra Hoesdorff

  • PUENTES project BLANQUITA by Fernando Guzzoni, producer: PUENTES graduate Giancarlo Nasi

  • QUARTET by Massoud Bakhshi, producer: EAVE + graduate Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu

  • SLEEPWALKERS by Radu Jude, producers: EAVE graduate and Romanian National Coordinator Ada Solomon, EAVE graduate Paul Thiltges, Adrien Chef

  • STARGAZER by Christian Neuman, producer: EAVE MW graduate Helene Walland

  • THE BELIEVERS by Christophe Wagner, producer: EAVE+ Head of Studies Jani Thiltges



Wallimage supports three films by EAVE graduates:

  • LE TEMPS D’AIMER by Katell Quillévéré, producer: EAVE graduate Jean-Yves Roubin

  • NORMALE by Olivier Babinet, producer: EAVE graduate Valérie Bournonville

  • VESPER SEEDS by Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper, producer: EAVE graduate Benoit Roland


 Lithuanian Film Centre

The Lithuanian Film Centre has announced its second round of funding pre-approvals for 2020, through which it will support 59 projects at various stages of production and development. Among the list of projects:

  • LOVE IN TIMES OF CORONA VIRUS by Laila Pakalnina, producer: EAVE graduate Dagne Vildziunaite 

  • MOTINOS by Birute Kapustinskaite, producer: EAVE + graduate Kestutis Drazdauskas 

  • SAUSIS by Viesturs Kairiss, producer: EAVE + graduate Kestutis Drazdauskas 

  • SAY YOU LOVE ME by Elena Rozukaite, producer: EAVE graduate Ieva Norviliene


 EAVE Project MAYSOON by Nancy Biniadaki, producer: EAVE participant Christopher Zitterbart is in development. The film has received the first production funding in Germany. The German Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM) supports the project. The plot: The safe and happy life of a young Egyptian woman in Berlin threatens to break when her partner is leaving her for another woman. Repressed stories from her former political activities suddenly reappear, and she is facing the danger of losing. Developed through MFI Script 2 Film, participation at FEST Pitching Forum, supported by Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the EU.


 TRANSIT TIMES by Ana-Felicia Scutenicu, producer: EAVE graduate Jonas Weydemann is in development. The plot: Mid 1990s somewhere in the former Soviet Empire. Tamara struggles for survival for her family, her two kids. The old values and stability of the communist era have become meaningless, but still no new ones have been established. The film receives funding from the German Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM), Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Creative Europe.


 EAVE project THE HERD by Milko Lazarov, producer: EAVE participant Veselka Kiryakova is in development. The project is about the particularities of the small, vanishing communities and their way of life, religion and culture in the context of threat from globalization and the unification of cultural values. This subject is dramatically explored through the relationship between a boy from the mountains with special abilities and a girl from the nearest village, both children belonging to different ethnographical identity. The project’s main message is the belief that only children as carriers of the new are capable of letting go of age-old enmities and cultural differences. The film is supported by the Bulgarian National Film Centre and Creative Europe - MEDIA. Support comes from the Bulgarian National Film Centre, Bulgarian National Television, 42 Film (MDM Germany), Arizona Productions (CNC France), ZDF/ARTE and Eurimages.


 EMBODIED CHORUS by Mohamed Sabbah & Danielle Davie producer: EAVE graduate Julia Wagner & Yara Abi Nader, MADAME LE TAPIS, co-producer: Hélène Walland & Chris Neuman, Wild Fang Films is in pre-production. The hybrid / creative documentary presents a HIV-positive woman and a gay man who experience living with sexually transmitted infections in Lebanon. They engage with others to wake up to the feeling that everything is possible. The project was selected for the IFP week / Spotlight on documentaries section and received IDFA Bertha Fund Europe, OIF Fonds Images de la Francophonie and Luxembourg Film Fund. Confirmed partners: IDFA Bertha Classic development fund, Springboard El Gouna Egypt: Main Jury Award, Lebanese Ministry of Culture fund, IMS Media Support Denmark, PostOffice Beirut, AFAC Arab fund for Arts and Culture, BUSAN ACF/AND Asian Cinema Fund, Luxemburg Film Fund.


 THE HAPPIEST MAN IN THE WORLD by Teona Strugar Mitevska, producer: EAVE graduate Labina Mitevska receives support from the North Macedonia Film Agency.


 RHINOCEROS by Oleg Sentsov, producers: EAVE graduates Izabela Wojcik, Heino Deckert, EAVE + graduate Violetta Kaminska is in pre-production. RHINOCEROS takes place in the 90s in the Ukraine, during the transition from the Soviet Union. "We have seen a lot of films about criminals but I am interested mostly in an average person: what a person feels, why they act this way, whether such a person can change... . After all, there are no bad people, there are people who do bad things," Sentsov said. The co-production between the Ukraine, Poland and Germany is supported by the State Film Agency of Ukraine, the Polish Film Institute and the German film fund Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg. The preparation for the shooting of RHINOCEROS started back in 2013, but was halted due to Sentsov’s imprisonment in Russia.


 THE FRAGILE BEAUTY OF MASCULINITY by Andrea Culkova, producer: EAVE graduate Katarina Krnacova is in development
Produced by Czech Duracfilm, Slovak Silverart, and  Norwegian Chezville, the film sets out to explore the crisis of masculinity, which would not be possible without also looking at femininity. The plot revolves around a married couple and their relationship, which starts shifting following Adam’s adrenaline-fuelled exploits. The director attended a scriptwriting residency by the European Women’s Audiovisual Network under the guidance of experienced script consultant Suzanne Pradel. In July, the film was presented KVIFF & MIDPOINT Feature Launch 2020.

Page published 30 July 2020. Updated 26 August 2021.

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