Lagos 2015

Project development workshop for writers & producers

LAGOS, June 20 – 24, 2015


Project development workshop for writers & producers

EAVE is proud to organise for the second time an EAVE ON DEMAND session in co-operation with Goethe-Institut Lagos from July 20-24 in Lagos, Nigeria, for developing Nigerian film projects and scripts.

EAVE ON DEMAND will consist of one four-day tailor-made workshop and online feedback for 6 producer-writer teams with feature or documentary film projects in development. 

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

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 workshop, 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. 

Short Profiles of the EAVE Experts who will share their experiences during the workshop:

Roshanak Behesht Nedjad – In Good Company (DE) – PRODUCTION TUTOR

Roshanak began working in the film industry as a festival coordinator and production manager. In 1999, she started her first production company Flying Moon, together with Helge Albers and Konstantin Kröning. Until 2014 they produced arthouse films, with over 30 international awards, among them the German Film Award in Gold and the Prix Europe Iris. In 2012, Roshanak launched another company, LudInc together with Jan von Meppen, in order to produce Serious Games. LudInc’s first game, ‘Professor S.’, was already nominated for the European Innovative Games Awards and named a Pioneer of new education by the Lego Foundation in 2014. In 2014, she teamed up with Jani Thiltges and Claude Waringo, starting In Good Company in Berlin. The focus of IGC is on international co-productions, with an emphasis on European features, aiming to entertain on a smart level. 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 CONSULTANT

After 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.


David Horler – CEO and Producer Proper Film (ZA) – AFRICA–EUROPE CO-PRODUCTIONS 

David Horler is a South African filmmaker based in Cape Town. He is a magna-cum-laude BA graduate in film (AFDA); and an alumnus of the EAVE European Producers Workshop, Italy’s Biennale College Cinema, Durban Filmmart and Rotterdam Producer’s Lab among many similar training laboratories and forums. He was trained in physical production by Velocity Films & Egg Films, two of South Africa’s most awarded production companies; before having gained development experience through collaboration with Academy Award® winning studio, Focus Features. He has produced and collaborated on more than fifteen titles in both long and short-form documentary and narrative fiction; alongside film-related projects across a wide variety of media including television, advertising, music video production and online content. He has produced films such as THE FLEA (2013 Durban International Film Festival Official Selection / 2013 Cannes Court Metrage Short Film Corner); more recently having produced and facilitated the South African leg of multi-country, audio-visual documentary experience AETERNA, for Sweden’s multiple award-winning production company Fasad. Currently, he is the Managing Director of newly-formed, Cape Town-based media production company Proper Film, developing a diverse slate of elevated-genre films such as Jenna Bass’s all-female western adventure FLATLAND and Emma Bestall’s magical-realist LGBTIQ documentary project SHOW ME LOVE. He is also managing director of Attic, a film-specific productivity application for physical-production in South Africa; and programme director of the African Producers Workshop, a continental training and networking initiative in development; modelled after and endorsed by the European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs organisation (EAVE).

Upcoming EAVE ON DEMAND sessions in 2015: 

 EAVE ON DEMAND Chile, in partnership with the CHILE Film Industry Development Program “Training and Networks 2015” in September and December 2015 

Further EAVE ON DEMAND sessions for 2015 will be announced shortly.

Find more information about EAVE ON DEMAND on or contact

Page last updated 17 July 2015

Donate to the EAVE Alan Fountain International Scholarship Fund

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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