Lagos 2014

EAVE project development workshop for writers & producers

LAGOS, April 8 – 11, 2014




Project development workshop for writers & producers

Goethe-Institut Lagos, together with EAVE, announces a call for applications for developing Nigerian film projects and scripts. 

EAVE ON DEMAND will consist of one four-day workshop and online feedback taking place in Lagos from April 8-11, 2014.

The Goethe-Institut Lagos and EAVE will select a maximum of 6-8 producer-writer teams with feature or documentary film projects in development. 


Training Methodology

EAVE is Europe’s leading training, development and networking organization for producers. In addition to our flagship programme, the renowned European Producers Workshop, we are involved in a variety of programmes in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Russia, Africa and the Middle East. 

EAVE ON DEMAND IN LAGOS will combine the long experience that EAVE has in international training and networking with a tailor-made approach for producers from Nigeria, taking into account their specific needs as to be discussed with our partner. The objective is to improve the participants’ skills in film finance and management, marketing, script development and to confront them with the reality of the international market, also taking into account the local current reality and providing them with the necessary skills in order to succeed in a highly competitive international market.

The workshops will consist of group work for the selected 6-8 projects in development (documentary and feature films) and master-classes on script development, co-production and finance and legal issues of development and co-production for a larger group of professionals. 

During the group work, all projects are discussed and general topics will be tackled as they arise (basic tools of script development and structure, terminology, legal issues (author rights/options/contracts/music rights), cooperation producer-writer, co-production, development and project finance, pitching, packaging, B2B and B2C marketing, etc.- both from a pure script development point of view as well as from a production aspect as far as the development is concerned.  

After the workshops, the participants will be working on project development and will have been set specific tasks. Feedback will be given during workshop via online/ SKYPE sessions. 



The working language of the workshop is English. 


Target Group

For the group work: Nigerian feature and documentary producers with their writers wishing to work as a team and who have a full-length feature or documentary film project in development stage. 

For the master-classes: Producers, writers, directors and other related industry professionals, who are interested.


Experts of the Training

  • Script Consultant: JACQUES AKCHOTI
  • Head of Studies/Production Tutor: ROSHANAK BEHESHT NEDJAD
  • Sales Agent: JAN NASZEWSKI

Profiles of the experts are available at the end of this document.


Application Documents

Applicants must submit following application documents:

  • Application form, completed (please download the template here)
  • Producer’s Letter of motivation (max. 1 page)
  • Scriptwriter’s Letter of motivation (max. 1 page)
  • Producer’s 1-2 page CV (text, not tabular form)
  • Writer’s 1-2 page CV (text, not tabular form)
  • Brief description of production company or my professional activities
  • A list of company's productions: in development, pre-production, production and of those released
  • 1 photograph/portrait (.jpg or .pdf)
  • 1 page synopsis
  • treatment (max.15 pages)
  • Estimated production budget in €
  • Financing plan in €

Scripts (if available) are to be sent only on request.

All documents except for picture must be submitted in one file (Word format) in English language.
Incomplete application documents will not be reviewed.

Deadline for Submissions
The deadline for submitting applications is: March 21, 2014. 
Applications must be submitted to:

Please indicate “EAVE” in the subject line of the e-mail. 


Short Profiles of the EAVE Experts

Roshanak Behesht Nedjad – Flying Moon (DE) – PRODUCTION TUTORRoshanak began working in the film industry as a festival coordinator and production manager. In 1999, she started her company together with Helge Albers and Konstantin Kröning. Since then, Flying Moon has produced audience-oriented documentary and feature films with an edge and with a strong focus on international co-productions, with partners from countries like Ireland, UK, Turkey, Iran and many others.?Films by Flying Moon have been screened successfully in festivals and sold around the world, among them are award-winning projects like HAVANNA MI AMOR, winner of the German National Film Award for Best Documentary in 2001 and THE MARKET, which received, among others, Best Turkish Film and Script in 2008. The documentary FOOTBALL UNDER COVER received the Prix Europe Iris 2009.In 2012, Roshanak launched another company, LudInc together with Jan von Meppen. LudInc focuses on Transmedia and Serious Games, with the first project being based in schools in Berlin.Since 2007, there is a strong collaboration with various international training programmes. Roshanak also works as an expert and consultant for various institutions and training organisations such as MEDIA MUNDUS and EAVE. She is a member of the German Film Academy as well as the European Film Academy, an EAVE graduate and group leader.

Jacques Akchoti (FR) – SCRIPT CONSULTANTAfter his studies at the NYU film school, Jacques Akchoti has worked in different areas of film production with directors such as Robert Bresson, Jean-Jacques Beineix, Lars Von Trier.He then became a screenwriter, script consultant, and headed the development of many French and international films for cinema and television, which obtained selections and awards at major film festivals. Most recently, Jacques worked on “A Screaming Man” by Haroun Mahamat Saleh, recipient of many awards, notably the Jury Prize at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.He has directed a feature film for television and written several screenplays. One of his latest scripts, “Don’t Look back”, a film by Marina De Van featuring Sophie Marceau and Monica Bellucci was part of the Official Selection of the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.  Jacques has been teaching writing and directing at the Femis (National French Film School) since 1988 and has facilitated many international screenwriting and development workshops, which include EAVE, Sud Ecriture, DV8 films, Vision Cinema, Ekran, Interchange, Jerusalem Film Lab, etc.

Jan Naszewski - CEO, New Europe Film Sales (PL) – SALES AGENT
Jan has worked in film sales since 2008. After 2 years of working for a London-based short film sales company, in early 2010, he set up his own Warsaw-based boutique sales company New Europe Film Sales, which sells short films and art-house feature films. Since 2009, he has been organizing industry events at Poland’s biggest film festival - the T-Mobile New Horizons IFF in Wroclaw (Polish Days, New Horizons Studio) and the American Film Festival (US in Progress). He also works as a matchmaker for the Connecting Cottbus market and an expert for the European Film Academy (EFA Young Audience Award 2014 selection committee). Jan is a graduate and guest lecturer of EAVE and Wajda Film School in Warsaw.

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