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EWA Network in 79th Venice Film Festival

EWA Network at the Venice Film Festival

EWA Network will be represented in this year's Venice Film Festival by the president of board Ada Solomon and the director of programes, Alexia Muiños Ruiz.

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Mentoring Programme

In our programme, 16 European Female producers, selected after their motivation and proven experience, are following a career enhancement program which allows them to upgrade the core skills and competencies needed in their profession such as financing, negotiating, management and business development. It is a scheme where the experience and competences of the mentor match the specific needs of the mentee.

Curently the programme is halfway through its completion and the group will have an informal meeting in the Venice Production  Bridge.

Meet the participants of the 4th edition here and find their mentors here.


Participants: Giovanna Ribes, Nici Brueckner, Elisa F Pirir, Irina Malcea, Ada Bonvini, Greta Akcijonaite, Tamara Bogdanova, Alejandra Mora, Karina Kostyna, Emma Franz, Rebecca Anastasi, Anna Stylinska, Anna  Khazaradze, Antra Gaile, Marta  Krzeptowska, Isabel Delclaux

Mentors: Ada Solomon, Nadya Gorshkova Sára Laszlo, Costanza Coldagelli, Anita Elsani, Katleen Goossens, Leila Lyytikäinen, Olena Yershova, Snezana van Houwelingen, Martichka Bozhilova, Rea Apostolides, Zeynep Atakan, Martina Haubrich, Laura Briand, Madeleine Ekman, Jelena Mitrovic

EWA members in Venice

At the ORIZZONTI sidebar section, we find the last film by EWA member Teona Strugar Mitevska, The happiest Man in the World. The films follows Asja, a 40-year-old single woman lives in Sarajevo. In order to meet new people, she ends up spending her Saturday in a speed dating event. She is matched with Zoran, a 43-year-old banker. However, Zoran is not looking for love, but forgiveness. Congratulations, Teona.

On the other hand, we see a slight improvement in the number of female filmmakers who made it to the line-up in the official competition. Mati Diop, Joanna Hogg, Susanna Nicchiarelli, Laura Poitras and Rebecca Zlotowski's films will vie for the Golden Lion. It makes 21.7 % slightly better than previous years in Venice but still far from what we would like. Wilde and Argentieri's films are out of competition and so are  the shorts from Lucrecia Martel and Sally Potter.


Venice GAP FINANCING Selection

We are delighted to see projects from our community at the Venice Gap-Financing Market. EWA mentor Martichka Bozhilova (FüR IRENA, a Lithuania, Estonia, Bulgaria documentary) will present her project at this 3 day market which will showcase 63 projects from around the world in the final stages of development and funding. The selection reflects the great diversity of backgrounds, stories and talents, aesthetics, genres and budgets of the projects submitted for consideration.

Furthermore, Ludovica Fales's  THE THREAD. STORIES ABOUT MOTHERHOOD (UK, Italy), is one of the eleven projects that have been developed during the workshop of Biennale College Cinema VR, and that have reached different stages of development, pre-production and post-production.