EAVE project DEFENDING ONGWEN receives funding

In Development March 2021


Europe's Eurimages Fund will support 24 feature film projects, including 3 documentaries and 3 animation films. Among them 16 projects produced & co-produced by EAVE graduates:

  • BEANIE by Slobodan Maksimovic, producer: EAVE graduate Ida Weiss, co-producers: EAVE MW graduate Adolf El Assal, EAVE graduate Darija Kulenovic Gudan
  • DESERTS by Faouzi Bensaïdi, producer: EAVE graduate Nicole Gerhards
  • EAVE project DEFENDING ONGWEN by Lukasz Konopa, Emil Langballe, producer: EAVE graduate Heidi Kim Andersen
  • EAVE project ORDINARY FAILURES by Cristina Grosan, producer: EAVE graduate Marek Novak
  • FOREVER HOLD YOUR PEACE by Ivan Marinovi, producer: EAVE graduate Marija Stojanovic
  • FORTRESS by Jessica Woodworth, producer: EAVE graduate Peter Brosens, co-producers: EAVE participant Maarten D’Hollander, EAVE graduate and group leader Diana Elbaum, EAVE graduates Denis Vaslin & Fleur Knopperts
  • KAYMAK by Milcho Manchevski, co-producer: B‘EST graduate Ion Prior
  • PIGGY by Carlota Pereda, producer: EAVE graduate Merry Colomer
  • QUEENS by Yasmine Benkiran, producer: EAVE graduate and PUENTES group leader Jean des Forêts, EAVE+ graduate Hanneke Niens
  • REBEL by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, producer: EAVE graduate and group leader Diana Elbaum
  • SICK OF MYSELF by Kristoffer Borgli, producers: EAVE graduates Dyveke Bjørkly Graver, Andrea Berentsen Ottmar
  • SISTERS by Linda Olte, producer: EAVE participant and MW graduate Roberto Cavallini
  • STICKING POINTS by Flo Flamme, producer: EAVE graduate Tomas Leyers, Géraldine Sprimont, Anne-Laure Guégan
  • THE WATER by Elena Lopez Riera, producer: EAVE graduate Eugenia Mumenthaler, co-producer: EAVE participant Alejandro Arenas
  • TEMPS MORT (TIME OUT) by Eve Duchemin, producer: EAVE graduate Annabella Nezri
  • WAYS TO RUN by Aboozar Amini, producer: EAVE graduate Eva Blondiau



The French CNC label Aide aux Cinémas du Monde has published its first funding decisions for 2021. Among them:

  • ADEMOKA by Adilkhan Yerzhanov, producer: EAVE graduate Guillaume de Seille
  • LES LARMES DU CROCODILE by Tumpal Tampubolon, producer: EAVE graduate Claire Lajoumard 
  • ON BARREN WEEDS by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, co-producer: EAVE graduate Jonas Dornbach
  • STRANGER EYES by Yeo Siew Hua, producer: EAVE graduate Jean-Laurent Csinidis
  • TTB project TITANIC OCEAN by Konstantina Kotzamani, producer: EAVE graduate Maria Dandraki
  • YARMOUK, JOURNAL D’UN ASSIÉGÉ by Abdallah Al-Khatib, producer: EAVE graduate Jean-Laurent Csinidis
  • ZÈ by Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir, producer: Interchange graduate Charlotte Vincent


Finnish Film Foundation

The Finnish Film Foundation supports 12 new projects, among them 7 fiction features, 3 documentaries and 2 short films. Among them:

  • THE GRUMP 3 by Mika Kaurismäki, producer: EAVE graduate Jukka Helle
  • HAMSTERS by Markku Pölönen, producer: EAVE+ graduate Marko Röhr
  • SOMETHING BLUE by EAVE graduate Aleksi Bardy
  • THE TWIN by Taneli Mustonen, producer: EAVE graduate Aleksi Hyvärinen
  • RESISTANT by Ville Suhonen, producer: EAVE graduate Joonas Berghäll
  • SPIRAL by Salla Sorri and Eva-Maria Koskinen, producer: EAVE graduate Jussi Rantamäki


Netherlands Film Fund

In the first round of the Netherlands Film Production Incentive of 2021 contributions were made to 21 productions including 12 feature films, 5 documentaries, 2 drama series and 2 documentary series. Among them:

  • CROSSING by Jacqueline van Vugt, producer: EAVE, PUENTES and  TTB graduate Raymond van der Kaaij
  • NATASHA’S DANCE by Jos Stelling, co-producer: EAVE graduate Heino Deckert 
  • QUEENS by Yasmine Benkiran, producer: EAVE graduate and PUENTES group leader Jean des Forêts, EAVE+ graduate Hanneke Niens
  • SEA SPARKLE by Domien Huyghe, producer: EAVE MW graduate Sanne Sandaert
  • THE LIFE by Giancarlo Sanchez, producers: EAVE graduates Arnold Heslenfeld, Laurette Schillings & Frans van Gestel
  • WHITE BERRY by Sia Hermanides, producer: EAVE graduate Floor Onrust


EAVE project SOUVENIRS OF WAR by Georg Zeller, producer: EAVE graduate Moritz Bonatti has been selected for production funding by the IDM Film Fund Südtirol-Alto Adige. About the film: When Hasan, a survivor of the genocide, recounts how his brother was killed in front of him, there is always a visitor who suffers more from the heat, than from the stories told. Adis instead, may seem somewhat cynical, transforming real battlefields to playgrounds for war gamers. But most of the time, in the film, we feel that creating a life after the destruction of a war, is not easy for anyone. Set in the booming tourist destination Bosnia, 25 years after a war that violently split a multi-ethnic society and left 100.000 dead and 2 million displaced, the field of tension between the moral duty to remember and the convenience of oblivion, characterizes a society whose traumas won’t heal by time alone. Tourists can learn lessons of grief and forgiveness and with their presence, may disrupt some of the obstacles to the catharsis urgently needed.


First IDFA Bertha Fund selection of 2021 supports ten documentary projects through IBF Classic, the Fund’s flagship grant program that supports independent, critical, and artistic voices from Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe, including

  • THE NIGHTS STILL SMELL OF GUNPOWDER by Inadelso Cossa, producer: INDABA graduate Thomas Kaske


  • EVA’S CALL by Jenni Toivoniemi, producers: EAVE graduates Alise Gelze and Venla Hellstedt received a Latvian Co-financing Programme Grant. The project is co-produced by Latvia’s White Picture and Finnish outfit Tuffi Films.


  • LIFE INTERRUPTED by Ilze Kunga-Melgaile, producer: EAVE graduate and Latvian National Coordinator Aija Berzina received a Production Grant from the National Film Centre of Latvia.


  • EAVE project STREETFOOD by EAVE graduate Victoria Thomas receives support from MIBACT Minority co-pro fund. The film explores the human condition of the refugee crisis in Italy, a country notorious for its love for food almost as it is for its current concerns about refugees.


  • MEN OF DEEDS by Paul Negoescu, producer: EAVE graduate Anamaria Antoci starts shooting in May. The screenplay, written by Radu and Oana Romaniuc, focuses on Ilie, the forty-something chief of police in a village in Northern Romania, close to the Ukrainian border. Surrounded by illegalities (for example, both the mayor and the village priest smuggle cigarettes on the side) and dreaming of settling down, Ilie will soon feel the pressure to finally do what he has been supposed to do for years: protect the villagers and fight the abuse of power. The 25-day shoot will start on 10 May. Support comes from the Romanian National Film Center, the Bulgarian National Film Center, the Creative Europe - MEDIA programme and Eurimages.


  • EAVE project TO THE NORTH by Mihai Mincan, producer: EAVE and TTB graduate Radu Stancu, co-producers: EAVE graduates Konstantinos Vassilaros and Mikulas Novotny is in pre-production. The screenplay, written by Mincan, centres on a religious Filipino sailor working on a transatlantic ship, who happens upon Dumitru, a young Romanian stowaway. Moved by the fact that the frightened Dumitru is clutching a Bible, the sailor starts playing a dangerous game in order to save the boy’s life. The project is supported by the Romanian National Film Center, the Czech Film Fund, the Bulgarian National Film Center and the Greek Film Centre. TO THE NORTH will be shot over 29 days in April and May, in ports in Romania and Greece.


  • TRANSAMAZONIA by Pia Marais, producer: EAVE graduate Sophie Erbs has been selected for Cinema For Change, the industry initiative of the Le Temps Presse Festival. Written by Pia Marais, Martin Rosefeldt, Willem Droste, the film tells the story of a missionary pastor and his daughter, a miracle healer, who are tangled up in a violent conflict between an Amazonian indigenous tribe and marauding loggers. Developed with the support of the Collectivité territoriale de Guyane, Angoa, Aide au développement franco-allemand, Film-and Medienstiftung NRW, MEDIA Creative Europe, Supported by CNC – Aide aux Cinémas du Monde, CNC – Aide à la coproduction franco-allemande, collectivité territoriale de Guyane.

Page published 29 March 2021.

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