EAVE Producers Workshop virtually in Ireland

The second session of this year’s EAVE Producers Workshop will take place online “in Ireland” in September-October 2020, bringing together 52 participants and their scriptwriters from 38 countries with a selection of 20 top industry experts.

The EAVE workshop “virtually in Ireland” is organized in co-operation with Fís Éireann / Screen Ireland, Greasán na Meán, Screen Skills Ireland, BAI, TG4, Creative Europe Desk Ireland – MEDIA Office Galway and Danú Media.

This session 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 249 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, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Ethiopia, Gabon, India, Israel, Mauritius, Moldova, Qatar, South Africa, Tunisia and Ukraine.

Experts & sessions

EAVE’s 2020 pedagogical core team includes EAVE Head of Studies Lise Lense-Møller (Magic Hour Films, DK), the four group leaders Diana Elbaum (Beluga Tree , BE), Ankica Jurić Tilić (Kinorama, HR), Michael Kitzberger (Nikolaus Geyrhalter Filmproduktion GmbH, AT), and Riina Sildos (Amrion, EE); the script consultants Clare Downs (UK), Jacques Akchoti (FR), Martin Daniel (USA), TV series consultant Ossi Nishri (Quiddity, IL), 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) and Legal Issues: Pierre-Emmanuel Mouthuy (BE). They are joined by sales expert Hédi Zardi (Luxbox, FR).

Script consultant Anita Voorham (Bravado Film, NL) will share her insight with the producers on how to make creative collaboration work, while script consultant Martin Daniel (USA) will discuss with the scriptwriters how to deal with feedback.

Renowned producer Eilon Ratzkovsky (Quiddity, IL) will give a masterclass on writing for TV series.

Sergio Garcia de Leaniz (Eurimages, FR) will give an insight into the rules and regulations of Eurimages and share concrete tips for preparing your application.

Michael Comyn (Fearless Organization, IE) will prepare the EAVE participants for individual meetings during which he will work during the third workshop week of the year with the participants on resilience.

Spotlight on Irish film industry

The Irish film industry presents itself to the EAVE participants in a special panel session on Producing in and with Ireland by Cian McElhone from Screen Ireland, Prionsias Ní Ghráinne from TG4, documentary producer John Murray from Crossing the Line and drama producer, EAVE National Coordinator in Ireland Katie Holly from Blinder Films. The panel is moderated by EAVE graduate, producer Paddy Hayes from Magamedia (Galway, Ireland).

In addition, EAVE organises various special plenary sessions designed specially for the Irish film industry professionals. EAVE Finance Expert Linda Beath gives an overview of European Film Financing and EAVE Head of Studies Lise Lense-Møller shares her long experience on the producer’s role from development to audience. EAVE Marketing Expert Sarah Calderon (The Film Agency, ES) shares her recent experience on trends and new models in marketing and distribution that have been evolving in the 2020 pandemic.

Also the plenary sessions of the whole workshop are open for Irish industry professionals.

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, the Polish Film Institute, Doha Film Institute, Telefilm Canada, IDM Südtirol Alto Adige, Fonds Jeune Création Francophone, Projeto Paradiso, Berlinale Co-Production Market and the partners who have hosted the workshops since 1988.