Tο πρόγραμμα mentoring του EWA (Ευρωπαϊκό Οπτικοακουστικό Δίκτυο Γυναικών) απευθύνεται σε γυναίκες που ασχολούνται με την κινηματογραφική παραγωγή, έχουν ήδη μια σχετική εμπειρία σε εθνικό επίπεδο και επιθυμούν να εξελίξουν σε διεθνές επίπεδο τη στρατηγική και επιχειρηματική ανάπτυξη της εταιρείας τους. Το σχήμα mentoring παραγωγών του EWA επιτρέπει στις mentees (καθοδηγούμενες) να αναβαθμίσουν βασικές δεξιότητες και ικανότητες που απαιτεί το επάγγελμα, όπως η εύρεση χρηματοδότησης, η διαπραγμάτευση, η διαχείριση (management) και η επιχειρηματική ανάπτυξη.
Το δίκτυο EWA αποτελείται από μια ομάδα από έμπειρες γυναίκες παραγωγούς που διαθέτουν ένα επιτυχημένο ιστορικό και μια συνεκτική πρακτική σε ευρωπαϊκές/διεθνείς συμπαραγωγές, καθώς και στην επιχειρηματική ανάπτυξη εν γένει. Οι φετινές συμμετέχουσες είναι:
Mina was born at a small seaside town in Greece, obtained her BA in Mass Media and her MA in Linguistics from the University of Westminster, while working for British post-production houses and attending workshops on production and post-production workflows. She earned a second BA in European Studies and started working at international productions, TV shows and successful Greek features. She is member of the Marni Films team since 2010. She is a member of EWA and SAPOE, great with numbers & deadlines, focusing on projects that can empower new voices and spark the interest of international audiences. “Motorway 65”, a shortfilm she co-produced, was selected in Cannes Official Selection 2020.
Ana Castanosa is a producer focused in documentary films. After 10 years working in Madrid and Barcelona, she lived for a couple of years in Miami (Fl) before moving to Lausanne, Switzerland, in 2016. She runs, together with Rebeca Villar, the company 9am Media Lab. Besides film production, Ana has also worked and collaborated in various film festivals such as DocsBarcelona, DOC NYC, Miami International Film Festival, or currently the FIFDH in Geneva. She is also an executive member of SWAN (Swiss Women's Audiovisual Network).
Magdalena Petrović (Croatia/France) obtained her degree in Drama, Art and Music Studies - DAMS at the University of Bologna, Italy. She spent several years working in Croatia as journalist and documentary producer before leaving for Paris in 2010 where she coordinated a film festival than worked as line producer for independent filmmakers and foreign crews. End 2015 she founded, with the award-wining director Tatjana Božić, the company LEWA productions based in Zagreb and managed from Paris and Amsterdam. Currently, the company has two feature documentaries in production, a fiction and several other projects in development.
Based in Italy, she graduated in Business and Economics in Bergamo and professionally trained in Writing and Filmmaking in Milan and Rome. Following her first experience for the experimental project Lombardia Film Commission she dealt with the first sets and started her twenty-year career path in the audiovisual industry as a freelancer. Currently, she is focused on her own company, Dandy Projects, and her first international projects in development: "Wings Behind" (Le Ali Dietro), drama animation-live action feature presented at Match Me! - Locarno 2019 and Festival of Slovenian Film in Portorose - Coproduction Meeting and Pitching Forum 2019, and the documentary “Burning Motherhood” (Maternita in Fiamme).
A documentary filmmaker and producer Mina Keshavarz was born in Shiraz in 1984. Since 2002 she has been working as a documentary filmmaker, journalist, and researcher for documentary film projects. She is Co-founder of visual documentary magazine” From Tehran” and she is also Co-founder of a website on documentary film issues “ Vamostanad “ from 2009-2014 in Iran.
Producer Niamh Fagan, whose recent international award-winning feature documentary Shooting the Mafia, had its worldwide theatrical release, has over 25 years of experience in the film and television industry. Fagan started out working in feature film cutting rooms in Dublin, London & Hollywood, learning the craft of storytelling and filmmaking from editors like Jim Clarke, Johnny Jympson, and Gerry Hambling, working on films with directors Neil Jordan, Jim Sheridan, Michael Caton-Jones, and Anjelica Huston. From being an accomplished editor, Fagan gravitated towards producing, creating award-winning TV series for RTE & TG4 - Trouble in Paradise, The Last Furlong and Rasai na Gaillimhe 1&2. Fagan's first theatrical feature documentary, Shooting the Mafia, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Kim Longinotto, had its World premiere at Sundance World Cinema Documentary Competition and European premiere at Berlinale's Panorama in 2019. Fagan & her production company Lunar Pictures, operates from Westport County Mayo.
Manuela Buono was born in Trieste (Italy). In 2013 she founded production and distribution company Slinghsot Films, specialized in creative documentaries and art-house fiction films with a focus on debuts, arthouse and creative documentaries. She has been involved in film production and festivals organization for more than 10 years. Mega Plus 2010 graduated (Media Business School Master in European Audiovisual Management), she received a Nipkow fellowship in 2011 and was selected for Berlinale Talent – Distribution Studio, in 2014. With Arch Production she produced “Non e Sogno” by Giovanni Cioni, together with Igor Prinčič and Giovanni Cioni. The film premiered at Locarno Film Festival 2019. With Slinghot Films, she produced “Fango Rosso”, feature documentary by Alberto Diana, premiered at Torino Film Festival and the short film “Freikoperkultur” by Alba Zari, now in post-production. Manuela Buono is member of the EFA – European Film Academy.
Anais Bertrand founded Insolence Productions in 2012 after working as a reader for several production companies and then as a VFX producer. Her company produced 29 shorts films that won almost 200 awards all over the world. In 2019, she received the ≪ Best film producer ≫ award during Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival. Her first feature film, ≪ JUMBO ≫ by Zoe Wittock (2020), premiered in Sundance Film Festival and received the Gild Filmpreis at Berlinale (section Generation 14+)