EAVE project DALVA receives funding

In development / pre-production February 2020

Wallonia-Brussels Federation Film Centre

The Wallonia-Brussels Federation Film Centre grants writing, development or production support to short films, feature films, creative documentaries and experimental films. Among them:
Short feature films

  • SAUCE À PART by Yoann Zimmer, producer: EAVE graduate Benoît Roland
  • LA RENVERSE by Christine Grulois, producer: EAVE graduate Julie Esparbes
  • TITAN by Valérie Carnoy, producer: EAVE graduate Julie Esparbes
  • JUNIE by Grégoire Graesslin, producer: EAVE graduate Benoît Roland
  • MOZAIEK by Imge Ozbilge, producer: EAVE graduate Geraldine Sprimont

Feature Films

  • DÈVOLUTION by Antoine Bours, Nicolas Boucart, producer: TTB graduate Valérie Bournonville
  • LES AUTRES by Anne-Cécile Vandalem, producer: EAVE graduate Jacques-Henri Bronckart
  • APPELLE-MOI MARIE by Augusto Cesar Diaz, producer: EAVE graduate Geraldine Sprimont
  • EAVE project DALVA by Adil El Arbi, Bulle Decarpentries, producer: EAVE graduate Julie Esparbes
  • L’ÂGE NU by Valentina Maurel, producer: EAVE graduate Benoit Roland
  • CAPITAINE MBAYE by Joël Karekezi and Aurélien Bodinaux, producer: EAVE graduate Aurélien Bodinaux
  • SPA FRANCORCHAMPS by Bulle Decarpentries and Jean-François Hensgens, producer: EAVE graduate Jacques-Henri Bronckart
  • LUCIE, JOUR À JOUR by Elisabet Llado, producer: EAVE graduate Isabelle Truc
  • MISS MARX by Susanna Nicchiarelli, producer: TTB graduate Valérie Bournonville
  • TITANE by Julia Ducornau, producer: EAVE graduate Jean-Yves Roubin
  • L‘INONNUE by Peter Monsaert, producer: EAVE graduate Geraldine Sprimont


  • NOMAD SOLITUDE by Sébastien Willemans, producer: EAVE graduate Marie Besson
  • LA RÊVE DES CIGOGNES by Elodie Lelu, producer: EAVE graduate Isabelle Truc
  • LA DIVORCE DE MES MARRANTS by Anaïs Straumann-Levy and Romy Trajman, producer: EAVE graduate Annabella Nezri
  • LE SILENCE DES ÉTOILES by Valerik, producer: EAVE graduate Geraldine Sprimont
  • STICKING POINTS by Flo Flamme, producer: EAVE graduate Geraldine Sprimont

Estonian Film Institute

The Estonian Film Institute hands out its first round of production support and minority co-production support of 2020. Among them:

  • THE INVISIBLE FIGHT by Rainer Sarnet, producer: EAVE graduate Katrin Kissa
  • THE SLEEPING BEAST by Jaak Kilmi, producer: EAVE graduate Evelin Soosaar-Penttilä
  • MELCHIOR THE APOTHECARY by Margus Paju, producers: EAVE graduate Esko Rips and EAVE+ graduate Kristian Taska
  • THE CONFERENCE by Ivan I. Tverdovski, producer: EAVE graduate Esko Rips
  • LOVABLE by Stanislavs Tokalovs, producers: EAVE graduate and National Coordinator Latvia Aija Berzina and EAVE graduate Evelin Soosaar-Penttilä
  • A REPLY TO A LETTER FROM HELGA by Asa Helga Hjörleifsdottir, producer: EAVE on Demand graduate Madis Tüür


The transregional audiovisual cooperation and training initiative RE–ACT announced a selection of six projects, recipients of the fitfth round of RE–ACT co-development funding support. Among the selected projects:

  • THE JUNGLE by Gregor Bozic, producer: EAVE graduate Marina Gumzi
  • THE LOST SON by Darko Stante, producer: EAVE graduate Miha Dernec, co-producer: EAVE graduate Milan Stojanovic
  • GOD WILL NOT HELP by Hana Jusic, producer: EAVE graduate, group leader and Croatian National Coordinator Ankica Juric Tilic
  • HELLO ISABEL by Anja Kofmel, producer: EAVE graduate Sinisa Juricic

BEING ALICE directed and produced by EAVE graduate Nicolás van Hemelryck and Clare Weiskopf has won development funding both by Proimagenes (Colombian Film Fund) and Ibermedia, and has been invited to participate in CAMPUS LATINO (by documentary campus) and FICCI's Documentary Workshop (Cartagena Colombia).

EAVE graduate and German National Coordinator Jonas Weydemann’s company is expanding its international co-production activities with new projects from Argentina and Malaysia. Argentinean director-producer team Celina Murga and Juan Villegas are partnering with Jakob and Jonas Weydemann on the upcoming relationship drama THE SMELL OF FRESHLY CUT GRASS. Directed by Murga and written and produced by Villegas, the film follows a married couple, Pablo and Natalia, both university professors, who each embark on entangled affairs with their respective students, Luciana and Gonzalo. Like two sides of the same coin, the first half of the film revolves around Pablo and Luciana, with the second half centering on Natalia and Gonzalo. THE SMELL OF FRESHLY CUT GRASSis backed by Argentina’s Instituto Nacional de Cinematografia y las Artes Audiovisuals (INCAA) and from regional German funder Filmstiftung NRW. Production is set to start this year in Buenos Aires, with part of the post-production to take place in Germany.

The Weydemanns are also on board to co-produce Malaysian helmer Amanda Nell’s TIGER STRIPES which has been developed at TIES THAT BIND Asian-European co-production workshop. The  feature debut follows a carefree 11-year-old girl who suddenly starts experiencing horrifying physical changes. As her body morphs at an alarming and frightening rate, she struggles to conceal her grotesque alterations — until she decides that she no longer wants to hide from the world. The project in 2018 won the Hubert Bals Fund’s Bright Future development support at Rotterdam and the Talents Tokyo Award, and last year picked up the Sitges Pitchbox Award at the Network of Asian Fantastic Films at Bucheon. Foo Fei Ling is producing for Ghost Grrrl Pictures, a Malaysia-based company specializing in producing female-centric films from Southeast Asia. Fran Borgia of Singapore production house Akanga Film Asia and Yulia Evina Bhara of Indonesian production outfit KawanKawan Media are co-producing. TIGER STRIPES, which is expected to receive German regional funding, is scheduled to start principal photography in Malaysia later this year.

GOD WILL NOT HELP by Hana Jusic, producer: EAVE graduate, group leader and Croatian National Coordinator Ankica Juric Tilic is in development. The story written by Hana Jusic follows Teresa, a Chilean woman who arrives in a village at the foot of the Dinara Mountain, carrying a bag with the bones of her husband and looking for his Croatian family in order to bury him. She finds her husband’s sister and brothers, and starts to get acclimated to the village and the family. Yet, things are not exactly what they seem. Tilic’s Kinorama is producing in co-production with Gustav film from Slovenia and TICO Film Company from Italy. The producer has already secured project development from the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, as well as an additional support through the RE-ACT regional fund.

Page published 29 February 2020. Updated 4 March 2020.

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