Macedonian Film Agency and EAVE Announce the EAVE European Producers workshop in Skopje



The second edition of the EAVE Producers Workshop which will take place in Skopje, over the period of June 24- July 1, 2015 was officially announced today at 11 am, at a press conference held within the premises of the Macedonian Film Agency.

The press conference was attended by the Macedonian Minister of culture, Mrs. Elizabeta Kanceska Milevska, the Macedonian Film Agency Acting Director, Mr. Darko Basheski and EAVE Producers Workshop manager, Ms Satu Elo, who expressed their satisfaction over the fact that the Republic of Macedonia will for the first time be a host of one of the largest training workshops in the film industry.

The Macedonian Minister of culture states:“This is an event of special significance to our country and furthermore to the development of our film industry and the education and training of the Macedonian film professionals, who will have the opportunity to attend the week-long workshop through the open sessions and individual meetings as a means to boost their knowledge and skills as well as discuss international co-production opportunitiesand connect with potential new partners.

I strongly believe that this workshop will be greatly beneficial for the introduction of new effective mechanisms for the promotion of film heritage which not only affirms the culture of one country but also represents an important generator of its economic well-being. In this context, I would like to invite all Macedonian producers to take part in this significant event which could be greatly beneficial for their further professional engagements and communication with the world. “


Darko Basheski and Satu Elo offered a brief overview of all the activities which will take place over the next week as part of the workshop: during the workshop week, various aspects of film production will be addressed, including marketing, financing and sales. The 2015 EAVE pedagogical team is composed of EAVE Head of Studies Jani Thiltges (Luxembourg), the four group leaders (all active, experienced producers), RoshanakBeheshtNedjad (In Good Company GmbH, DE), Lise Lense-Møller (Magic Hour Films, DK), RiinaSildos (Amrion, EE) and Patrick Sobelman (Agat Films &Cie, FR); 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: Sarah Calderon (The Film Agency, ES) and Legal Issues: Roberto Olla (Eurimages, EU), 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. Didar Domehri (Full House – Manekifilms, FR) will share her insight into sales and international market. An expert panel – EAVE Head of Studies Jani Thiltges, EAVE Finance Expert Linda Beath and producers Christine Alderson (Ipso Facto Films, UK), EAVE group leader Danijel Hocevar (Vertigo, SI), Titus Kreyenberg (unafilm, DE) and Leena Pasanen (DOK Leipzig, DE) – will give detailed advice on the project finance plans.

The local film industry presents itself to the EAVE participants in a special session on Producing in and with Macedonia. The session will be opened by Minister of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia Ms. Elizabeta Kanceska Milevska. Acting Director of the Macedonian Film Agency Darko Basheski will present the co-production possibilities and cash rebate in Macedonia. Producer Ognen Antov (Dream Factory) will present a case study of “Monument to Michael Jackson”, EAVE 2011 project co-produced by Antov (SR/GE/MK/HR co-production).

In addition, there will be on June 28-29 a separate EAVE@Skopje workshop for local professionals, during which 4 selected projects from Macedonia will be consulted in group work and individual meetings by EAVE experts Linda Beath, Sibylle Kurz, Titus Kreyenberg and Anita Voorham, in addition to which Didar Domehri will give a plenary on Sales and International Market tailor-made for the local participants.


At the very end, the Macedonian Film Agency Acting Director, Darko Basheskiadded: “It is a great honor and pleasure of ours to be the host for the second edition of the EAVE Producers Workshop 2015. We are very grateful for this opportunity and trust which will further complement the successful collaboration and partnership that the Macedonian Film Agency and the EAVE team have established throughout the years.  Even though this would indeed be a very intensive workshop, I sincerely hope that each of the participants would get a chance to experience a glimpse of Macedonia. I would also like to thank Tikvesh Winery who once again offered their generous support for events of great significance to our country. The participants and the experts at the workshop would get an opportunity to enjoy some of the finest Macedonian wines.”

In her written statement, EAVE CEO Kristina Trapp states: “We are particularly happy to bring the second EAVE workshop this year to Skopje because of our strong partnership with the Macedonian Film Agency, its director DarkoBasheski and his great team with whom we have a long history in organizing workshops in the region.

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