How to run sustainable film companies: EAVE+ wrapped up in Luxembourg!

press release

The 10th edition of EAVE+, took place from September 22-27, 2020 at the hotel Parc Belle-vue in Luxembourg. We were thrilled to be able to hold the event physically in Luxembourg with a slightly reduced size and with reinforced sanitary safety measures.

8 experienced producers from 6 countries and 6 seasoned industry professionals gathered for 4 days to discuss the structure of their companies, best management practices and new business models.  Find the full list of participants at the end of the press release.

«EAVE+ was a ground breaking step in the shaping of the future of our company.»

Santiago Gallelli, Rei Cine, Argentina, EAVE+ 2019

During immersive design thinking exercises, group work, plenary sessions, one-to-one meetings and through an interdisciplinary approach, the EAVE+ workshop tackles the business requirements of running an effective film company.

Top-notch business and management coaches 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.

Marketing strategist and business development consultant AC Coppens (The Marketing Catalysts) introduces a special innovative workshop supporting the producers in their entrepreneurial effort - as company founders, leaders or managers. With strategic scenario development tools and exercises specifically designed for their individual purposes, we explore strategy options to sustain and develop their company in a challenging and competitive context.

EAVE Finance Expert Linda Beath (Ideal Filmworks, IT) and Marc Bordure (FR), General and Financial Manager of the French production company AGAT FILMS & Cie / Ex Nihilo, explore the topic of how to develop an efficient slate of projects. Marc Bordure also tackles questions related to company finance, and Linda Beath addresses the topics of company formats and platforms today.

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

Questions related to working with banks are addressed by  Christophe Vidal (Natixis Coficiné, FR).

EAVE+ Head of Studies Jani Thiltges (Samsa Film, LU), leads group discussions following each plenary session.

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

Some comments from previous editions:

«EAVE+ is THE workshop for you when you feel that your production company needs an upgrade.»

Francine Lusser / Tipi’mages Productions, Switzerland

« It is a fantastic opportunity to gain some perspective on your business. I learnt to be more strategic and less reactive. »

Elias Ribeiro / Urucu Media, South Africa


The selected participants for the 10th edition of EAVE+ are:

Alva Film Production: Britta Rindelaub, Germany/Switzerland

Akka Films: Palmyre Badinier, France/Switzerland

Akka Films: Philippe Coeytaux, Switzerland

Fidelio Films: Mauro Mueller, Mexico

Kaléo Films: Olivier Charvet, France

Storyhouse: Maarten Schmidt, Belgium

Tangaj Production: Anamaria Antoci, Romania

Tangaj Production: Anda Ionescu, Romania


EAVE+ takes place once a year in Luxembourg with different experts and curates the most urgent, contemporary topics for each session according to industry needs. 

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 18 September 2020. Updated 1 October 2020.

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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 in 2016. 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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