EWA Mentoring Program Thessaloniki November 2021

The European Women’s Audiovisual Network (EWA) supports women working in the European film industry.Through networking opportunities, career-boosting programs, research and advocacy, and further member benefits, EWA encourages the professional development of women in the audiovisual sector.
The EWA Mentoring Program is aimed at women cinema producers, who already have a relevant experience at a national level and wish to evolve further to a European/international dimension.

The EWA Team

 

Linda Beath | Producer & Tutor, Ideal Filmworks & EWA Network

Linda Beath set up Ideal Filmworks in Canada 25 years ago to raise development and production financing for international co-productions of high quality feature films and television programs. It was incorporated in Italy in 2000 adding Business and Strategic Planning to its core business of entertainment industry financing. She works with producers to find funding for projects. She trains producers and other practitioners in Europe, and occasionally internationally, in project financing and strategic business planning for their companies. She consults to public funders on policy issues, especially with respect to the industry's need for new business models involving digital media.

Alessia Sonaglioni | Creator, Outgoing Executive Director – EWA Network

Alessia is a founding member of EWA Network. With a long standing experience as a media lawyer and program manager at the Council of Europe, she joined Eurimages in 2010 as project manager gaining experience in legal and financial issues linked to European film co-production. She is also a certified coach and a human rights expert. Alessia was EWA Network's Executive Director since February 2016 from August 2021.

Alexia Muiños | Director of Programs – EWA Network

With a background on Science and Music, Alexia left her hometown for Barcelona where she graduated in Film Studies and completed her training in New York City. 15+years of experience in the Audiovisual industry, both in the creative side, founding her production company in 2015 and also in the industry backstage, as a jury member, curator of showcases, training and film critic. Knowledgeable in the European gender arena, her committment to gender equality started by joining Spanish women's networks and in 2013 she joined the EWA Network team.

 

Mentors

 

Zeynep Atakan | Producer, ZeynoFilm - Turkey

Zeynep Atakan graduated from the Department of Film and TV at the Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts. Atakan worked in the TV advertisement industry from 1986 to 1999, and established Zeynofilm in 2007 to focus on producing film projects. Producing Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s films since 2006, Atakan has won the European Film Academy’s Prix Euromages Best European Co-Producer Award 2010. She was the Chairwoman of SE-YAP, the Turkish Movie Producers Professional Association between 2011 and May 2017. She is currently a Board Member in SE-YAP. Atakan is Vice President of the EWA Network. A Member of the European Film Academy and the Asia Pacific Screen Academy, Atakan has been directing the Antalya Film Forum, organized as part of the International Antalya FF, since 2014. In 2014, Atakan was awarded the Uçan Süpürge Bilge Olgaç Achievement Award, and her latest production Winter Sleep won the Palme d’Or at the 67th Cannes FF.

Laura Briand | Producer, Les Films d’Ici - France

Laura Briand had been working for 15 years at Les Films d’Ici and is producing on her own for 6 years. She’s producing both fiction films for cinema and documentaries for major broadcasters.

Bettina Brokemper | Producer, Heimat Film - Germany

Bettina Brokemper is founder and managing director of Heimatfilm and has produced and co-produced more than 50 feature films. Her producer credits include The Syrian Bride by Eran Riklis, the 2010 Berlinale winner Honey by Semih Kaplanoglu, and Hannah Arendt by Margarethe von Trotta (German Film Award in Silver for Best Picture). In 2017 she received the German Film Award in Bronze for Best Picture for Wild by Nicolette Krebitz. Since 2001, she is Managing Director of Zentropa Köln and has co-produced several Lars von Trier films like Dogville, Manderlay, Antichrist, Nymphomaniac, Melancholia and most recently The House that Jack Built. She is a member of the European Film Academy and German Film Academy and in 2008 was awarded with the Prix Eurimages for Outstanding European Co-production. In 2014 she received the Cultural Manager of the Year 2013 Prize of the Kölner Kulturrat. Until 2016 she was member of the management board of Les Rendez-vous franco-allemands du cinéma.

Martichka Bozhilova | Producer-Director, AGITPROP, Balkan Documentary Center - Bulgaria

A producer for AGITPROP, Bulgaria since 1999. She has co-produced with Germany, Finland, Switzerland, Sweden, Italy, USA, Greece, Cyprus, Croatia, Romania. Her documentaries have been selected and awarded at Cannes, Berlin, IDFA, Toronto, Sundance, Tribeca, Pusan and many others, and broadcast all over the world. Producer of the first original Bulgarian content for HBO and National Geographic Channel. Founder and director of the Balkan Documentary Center for supporting documentary filmmakers from the Balkans. Within the Center she organizes with the support of Creative Europe - MEDIA the annual education three-module programme BDC Discoveries, as well the Documentary Rough Cut Boutique in partnership with Sarajevo FF. She is a Chairperson of DokuFest, Prizren and has been a Jury member at IDFA, DokLeipzig, Docudays - Kiev, and CineDOC - Tbilisi. She’s a commissioner at the Re-Act Co-Development and Malik Funds, and a lecturer at various workshops in the field of documentary cinema. Martichka received the International Trailblazer Award at MIPDOC in Cannes for creativity, innovation, originality and breakthrough in the field of documentary cinema.

Enrica Capra | Producer, Graffity Doc, Tag Film - Italy, France

Founder and CEO of Graffiti Doc (est. 2004), and more recently co-founder of Tag Film, set up in Paris in 2019. Among her latest productions, One More Jump (Festa del Cinema of Rome 2019, Visions du Réel 2020); Country for Old Men (Special Jury Award at Trieste IFF 2018, David di Donatello 2018); Thy Father’s Chair (IDFA 2015 Main Competition); Another Me (International Competition Audience Award at Festival dei Popoli 2015). She served as Vice-President of Doc/It in 2011-2013, and is a member of the European Film Academy.

Jelena Mitrovic | Producer, Film House Baš Čelik - Serbia

Jelena Mitrovic, Belgrade, Yugoslavia (now Serbia),1977. With her company Film House Baš Čelik she has produced and co-produced more than 20 films, including The Trap by Srdan Golubovic (the film was screened at Berlinale Forum, has won 22 international awards and was short listed for the Best Foreign Film at the Oscars,) Clip by Maja Milos (Tiger Award at 2012 IFFR), short animated film Rabbitland by Nikola Majdak and Ana Nedeljkovic (Crystal Bear at 2013 Berlinale, section Generation 14+), Circles by Srdan Golubovic (Special Jury Prize at Sundance 2013, Prize of Ecumenical Jury at Berlinale Forum) and Father by Srdan Golubovic (Prize of Ecumenical Jury, Audience Award at Berlinale Panorama 2020). The films she has produced have been screened at more than 800 festivals worldwide and won more than 180 international film awards.

Martina Haubrich | Producer, CALA Filmproduktion - Germany

CALA Filmproduktion Berlin was established in 2016 and produces fiction and documentary films for cinema and series for the international Market. Producer Martina Haubrich is supported by her experienced partners from different fields of the industry such as distributors, writers and directors and a producer from Austria. From 2004 until 2016, Martina was running the Berlin office of LOOKS, one of Germany’s leading production houses for documentaries. She has produced more than 20 documentary films and series, which were shown on major public channels such as ARD, ZDF, ARTE, PBS, Netflix and were sold internationally with great success. Feature film productions such as Michael Petrucciani by Michael Radford, Michael Kohlhaas by Arnaud des Pallières and From Caligari to Hitler by Rüdiger Suchsland premiered at Cannes FF and Venice FF. Her most recent production Mademoiselle Paradis by Barbara Albert will premiere in Toronto and San Sebastian in 2017.

Ada Solomon | Producer, Hi Film Productions - Romania

In 2004, Ada Solomon opens together with Avi Karpick the film production company Hi Film. Since then, she has produced & co-produced over 50 films, won over 180 awards around the world in major festivals like Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, Locarno, Karlovy Vary, and Sarajevo. She has co-produced with over 15 countries around Europe & sold her films in over 50 territories around the world & continued to serve with passion as executive producer for TV series & foreign productions working with directors as Dominik Graf and Hermine Huntgeburth. Her latest achievements as producer include the Special Mention Sebastiano in San Sebastian, Special Mention in CPH:PIX, Best Debut in FIFF Namur, Best Director in Auteur FF Belgrade, Special Jury Prize CinEast for Soldiers. Story from Ferentari; the FEDEORA award in Karlovy Vary for Marița; the Silver Leopard in Locarno & Silver Astor in Mar del Plata for Scarred Hearts; the Golden Bear for Child’s Pose by Calin Netzer; the Silver Bear for Best Director for Aferim! by Radu Jude & the contribution as executive producer to the Oscar nominated & multi European Academy Awards winner Toni Erdmann.

 

Mentees

 

Mina Dreki | Producer, Marni Films - Greece

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 short film she co-produced, was selected by Cannes FF Official Selection 2020.

Ana Castañosa | Producer, 9am Media Lab - Switzerland

Ana Castañosa is a producer focused on 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 for and collaborated with various film festivals such as DocsBarcelona, DOC NYC, Miami IFF, or currently the FIFDH in Geneva. She is also an executive member of SWAN (Swiss Women's Audiovisual Network).

Magdalena Petrovic | Producer, LEWA productions – Croatia

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 a journalist and documentary producer before leaving for Paris in 2010 where she coordinated a film festival. She then worked as a line producer for independent filmmakers and foreign crews. At the end of 2015 she founded, along with award-winning 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.

Simona Pelliccioli | Producer, Dandy Projects - Italy

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, a 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.

Mina Keshavarz | Filmmaker & Producer - Iran

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 the visual documentary magazine From Tehran and she is also co-founder of the Vamostanad website on documentary film issues from 2009-2014 in Iran.

Niamh Fagan | Producer, Lunar Pictures - Ireland

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 TV 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 and her production company Lunar Pictures, operates from Westport County Mayo.

Manuela Buono | Producer, Slingshot Films - Italy

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. She has been involved in film production and festivals’ organization for more than 10 years. A Mega Plus 2010 graduate (Media Business School Master in European Audiovisual Management), she received a Nipkow fellowship in 2011 and was selected for Berlinale Talents – Distribution Studio, in 2014. With Arch Production she produced Non è Sogno by Giovanni Cioni, together with Igor Prinčič and Giovanni Cioni. The film premiered at Locarno FF 2019. With Slinghot Films, she produced Fango Rosso, a documentary feature by Alberto Diana, that premiered at Torino FF and the short film Freiköperkultur by Alba Zari, now in post-production. Manuela Buono is a member of the European Film Academy.

Anaïs Bertrand | Producer, Insolence Productions

Anaïs 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 the Clermont-Ferrand International Short FF. Her first feature film, Jumbo by Zoé Wittock (2020), premiered at Sundance FF and received the Gild Filmpreis at Berlinale (section Generation 14+).