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EAVE Producers Workshop kicking off in Lodz

Press releases 2017-06-16

The second workshop of the EAVE Producers Workshop programme 2017 will take place in Lodz, Poland, during June 19–26. The workshop, co-financed by the Polish Film Institute and the City of Lodz and co-organized by KIPA – Polish Audiovisual Producers Chamber of Commerce and EC1 Lodz / Lodz Film Commission, will bring together 50 participants from 40 countries.

The workshop week in Lodz is the second out of the three workshops of the year-long EAVE training for independent producers. The participants of this year were selected from a total of 172 applicants, and come from all over the world. In addition to most of the European member states, many other countries are represented as well, such as Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Dominican Republic, Israel, Nepal, Nigeria, Russia, South Africa and Turkey for example.

During the workshop week, various aspects of film production will be addressed, including marketing, financing and international sales. EAVE’s 2017 pedagogical core team is composed of EAVE Head of Studies Jani Thiltges (Luxembourg), the four group leaders (all active, experienced producers), Roshanak Behesht Nedjad (In Good Company GmbH, DE), Didar Domehri (Maneki Films – Full House, FR), Lise Lense-Møller (Magic Hour Films, DK) and Riina Sildos (Amrion, EE); the script consultants Clare Downs (UK), Jacques Akchoti (FR), Martin Daniel (USA), and documentary expert Sylvia Stevens (Faction Films, UK). They are supported by the specialized experts for Pitching: Sibylle Kurz (DE), Finance: Linda Beath (Ideal Filmworks, IT), Marketing: Gudrun Burie (The PR Factory, BE) and Legal Issues: Pierre-Emmanuel Mounthuy (BE), who share their expertise in plenary and group work sessions and individual meetings with the EAVE participants.

Music rights expert Laurence Kaye from the UK will discuss the music rights issues related to the projects of the participants. Jean-Christophe Simon (Films Boutique, DE) will share his expertise with sales and international market.

An expert panel – EAVE Head of Studies Jani Thiltges, EAVE Finance Expert Linda Beath, EAVE group leader Danijel Hocevar (Vertigo, SI) and producers Christine Alderson (Ipso Facto Films, UK), Malene Flindt Pedersen (Hansen & Pedersen, DK) and Titus Kreyenberg (UNAFILM, DE), as well as Roberto Olla (Eurimages, FR) – will give detailed advise on the project finance plans.

Outreach & Impact Producer Karianne Berge (NO) will give an insight into thinking in terms of outreach, through a case study about August B. Hanssen’s documentary film Ida’s Diary.

Eurimages project manager Susan Newman (Eurimages, FR) will give an in-depth overview of the rules and regulations of Eurimages and share useful tips for applying, and EAVE Finance Expert Linda Beath (Ideal Filmworks, IT) will share her knowledge about co-production possibilities and financing sources in Canada, the new member of Eurimages, in a session titled “Canada – Mining for Gold”.

The local film industry presents itself to the EAVE participants in a special session on Producing in and with Poland by Robert Balinski from the Polish Film Institute, Monika Glowacka from EC1 / Lodz Film Commission, Alicja Grawon-Jaksik from KIPA, Lukas Dzieciol from Opus Film, Mariusz Wlodarski from Lava Films and Wojciech Leszczynski, Anna Mroczek and Justyna Rucinska from WJTeam/Likaon.

In addition, on June 23, EAVE organises a tailor-made EAVE@Lodz workshop for local professionals. In this workshop, EAVE Pitching Expert Sibylle Kurz (DE) looks in depth into the art of pitching, EAVE Finance Expert Linda Beath (Ideal Filmworks, IT) brings up to date the discussion about Digital Single Market, EAVE Script Consultant Jacques Akchoti (FR) looks into the process of developing a script with a script consultant, and EAVE Head of Studies Jani Thiltges (Samsa Film, LU) shares his experience of learning from the successes and failures in international co-productions. In addition, selected companies and projects from Poland will have individual coaching meetings with the EAVE experts.

Partners of the EAVE workshop in Lodz are Transatlantyk Festival, Lodz Film School, Opus Film, Animapol Film Production, Centrala, Lava Films, WJTeam/Likaon and Klub Wina.

EAVE is supported by the Creative Europe - MEDIA sub-programme of the European Union, Film Fund Luxembourg, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée, Fondo Audiovisivo Friuli Venezia Giulia, PACT – the Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television, Cinema do Brasil, the Polish Film Institute, Berlinale Co-Production Market and the partners who have hosted the workshops since 1988.