Female-focused POV scheme of Screen Ireland supports 3 projects by EAVE producers

In development / pre-production May 2019

Hubert Bals Fund

IFFR's Hubert Bals Fund (HBF) announced its spring 2019 selection. HBF has selected 14 projects by both upcoming talents and established filmmakers. Among the films selected for funding are:

  • CHOCOBAR by Lucrecia Martel, producer: PUENTES graduate Benjain Domenech
  • SHANGHAI YOUTH by Wang Bing, producer: EAVE graduate Denis Vaslin

Slovenian Film Centre

The Slovenian Film Centre supports eight minority coproduction projects. Among them:

  • USERS by Ivan Ikic, producers: EAVE graduates Milan Stojanovic, Derk-Jan Warrink, EAVE participant Marija Stojanovic
  • LITTLE BODY by Laura Samani, producers: EAVE graduates Nadia Trevisan, EAVE graduate and group leader Danijel Hocevar
  • THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY by Slobodan Sijan, producer: EAVE graduate Marko Paljic, co-producers: Sinisa Juricic, Bostjan Virc

Film Center Serbia

Film Center Serbia has announced the recipients of its newest round of grants. Among them:

  • HADZIJINO ZVONO by Milutin Petrovic, producer: EAVE graduate Snezana van Houwelingen
  • MIT O PRAVOM COVEKU by Milica Filipovski, producer: EAVE graduate Natasa Damnjanovic
  • CRNA REKA by Goran Stankovic, producer: EAVE graduate Snezana van Houwelingen

Polish Film Insitute

  • LEK by Slawomir Fabicki, producer: EAVE graduate Violetta Kaminska receives a production grants by the Polish Film Insitute.

Screen Ireland

Screen Ireland has announced the four projects that will go into production as part of the inaugural edition of its female-focused POV scheme. The aim of the POV scheme is to enable distinct Irish female voices with a passion to tell stories on the big screen through the development and production of feature films. 3 projects are produced by EAVE graduates:

  • IT IS IN US ALL by Antonia Campbell-Hughes, producer: EAVE graduate Conor Barry
  • SUNLIGHT by Claire Dix, producer: EAVE graduate Katie Holly
  • YOU ARE NOT MY MOTHER by Kate Dolan, producer: EAVE participant Deirdre Levins

Projects in pre-production

  • THE RACER by Kieron J Walsh, producer: EAVE graduate Katie Holly is in pre-production. The plot: It’s 1998, and the early stages of the annual Tour de France have been relocated to Ireland. A Belgian rider in his late thirties, called Dom Chabol, has been one of the best support riders on the Tour for the last 20 years. Dom secretly harbours a desire to wear the yellow jersey – just once – before his career is over. At the start of what will likely be his last Tour, Dom is unceremoniously dropped from the team he has dedicated his life to. His best mate, Sonny, the team masseur, fails to reassure him about his future. However, a chance liaison with Lynn, a young Irish doctor, softens the blow, and Dom starts to accept the idea of civilian life. Nonetheless, as he gears up to go home and to face his estranged sister, a massive doping error knocks another teammate off the Tour, and Dom is thrown back in the saddle. The flick, set to film in Ireland and Luxembourg, is being produced by Katie Holly and Yvonne Donohoe for Irish outfit Blinder Films, Jesus Gonzalez-Elvira for Calach Films (Luxembourg), and Robin Kerremans and Dimitri Verbeeck for Caviar Films (Belgium). The production has received financial support from Screen Ireland, the Film Fund Luxembourg, Eurimages, Screen Flanders, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland’s Sound & Vision Fund and Irish public broadcaster RTÉ.

  • THE ISLAND by EAVE graduate Anca Damian is in development. The Romanian/Belgian co-production is an upside-down Robinson Crusoe story and a contemporary fable set on an island in the Mediterranean Sea. The film will mix 2D and 3D animation in a musical with the music composed by Ada Milea and Alexander Balanescu, who made the music for the acclaimed musical The Island, based on Gellu Naum’s stage play under the same title. Damian and Augusto Zanovello wrote the script. Damian is producing through Aparte Film in co-production with Belgium’s Take Five. The project is supported by Creative Europe Programme – MEDIA and the Romanian Film Centre. The production is set to begin in November 2019 and to wrap in 2020, with the premiere date set for 2021.

German production company Weydemann Bros., who is among Variety’s 2019 Producers to Watch, has unveiled two projects in the works, including an English-language drama written and directed by one of Germany’s most prolific young actresses:

  • FALLING INTO PLACE by Aylin Tezel, producer: EAVE graduate and German National Coordinator Jonas Weydemann is preparing a film with the German actress Aylin Tezel in her directorial debut. The love story set in Scotland and London follows a romance between Kira and Ian, two 30-somethings who meet while on the run from themselves. The script offers a portrait of today’s restless generation as it struggles with such existential questions as: “How do we use the time that is given to us? Who do we share it with? And do we have to chase, escape or let life happen in order to be happy?”. Jonas and brother Jakob Weydemann are currently financing the film and aim to start principal photography next year.
  • NIEMAND IST BEI DEN KÄLBERN by German-Iranian director Sabrina Sarabi, producer: EAVE graduate and German National Coordinator Jonas Weydemann. Based on the successful novel by young German author Alina Herbing, the film follows a young woman living with her boyfriend on a dairy farm in a rural eastern German village who becomes increasingly desperate to break free and move to the city. “It’s a very contemporary story about the young generation in Germany’s former East, and about a young woman,” Jakob Weydemann says. “We already received script funding from regional German funder Filmbüro Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and are now financing and casting the project, to be shot in the German language next [summer].”

Page published 24 May 2019. Updated 28 May 2019.

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