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EWA’s mentees for 2020/2021

Discover the mentees of EWA's 2020-2021 mentoring programme for emerging women producers

We are pleased to announce the selection of the mentees for EWA's Mentoring Scheme for emerging women producers who will virtually meet their mentors in the context of Thessaloniki Film Festival in November.


The programme will run for 12 months in two parallel cycles with the same functioning.

The first cycle starts with a two day introductory meeting of mentees and mentors in THESSALONIKI hosted by the Agora Film market & Crossroads Co-Production Market in November 2020. A second meeting hosted by ODESA Film Market at Odesa International Film Festival, will close the cycle of mentoring in July 2021. The second cycle will start in January 2021 in Trieste, hosted by When East Meets West co-production market with a second meeting in November 2021 at DOK Leipzig.

Additionally to the monthly online mentoring sessions, the mentoring group hopefully will be able to catch up in person at the different festivals where EWA will be present such as Berlinale and Cannes.

EWA’s Producer’s Mentoring Scheme will allow mentees to upgrade the core skills and competences needed in their profession such as financing, negotiating, management and business development. Mentors do not deliver solutions to mentees, the purpose of mentoring is to bring the mentee’s professional growth to an upper level.

First Cycle


Anaïs Bertrand

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 Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival.  Her first feature film, « JUMBO » by Zoé Wittock (2020), premiered in Sundance Film Festival and received the Gild Filmpreis at Berlinale (section Generation 14+)


Manuela Buono

Manuela Buono was born and still live 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, art-house and creative documentaries. She has been involved in film and tv 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 è Sogno” by Giovanni Cioni, together with Igor Prinčič and Giovanni Cioni. The film premiered at Locarno Film Festival 2019. With Slinghot Films, she is produced “Fango Rosso”, feature documentary by Alberto Diana, premiered at Torino Film Festival and the short film “Freiköperkultur” by Alba Zari, now in post-production. Manuela Buono is member of the EFA – European Film Academy.


Ana Castañosa

Ana Castañosa 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 in 2016. She runs, together with Rebeca Villar, the company 9am Media Lab. Ana has also worked 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.

Some of her last works with 9am Media Lab are the feature documentaries "The Rise Of The Synths" (I.Castell, 2019. Currently in distribution. Selected at the International Film Festival of Rotterdam 2020), "Courtroom 3H" (A.Méndez Esparza, 2020, premiered at San Sebastian International Film Festival 2020) or the webdoc "Synthetizados" (2019) for RTVE Lab. She is currently working on the feature documentary "Life Within" (Ariadna Relea and Mariona Guiu. In production)


Mina Dreki

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, experienced and dedicated to film production. 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.


Niamh Fagan

Producer Niamh Fagan, whose recent international award-winning feature documentary Shooting the Mafia, had its worldwide theatrical release 2019/2020, 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.


Mina Keshavarz

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.

She has made several awarded documentary films on social issues which have premiered in IDFA, Thessaloniki, Sheffield, Tribeca, London Film Festival including “Profession: Documentaries”, “Braving the Waves” and “Unwelcome in Tehran”

She established her documentary film production “MinDoc Film Production “in Iran in 2013 with the aim to produce creative documentaries with a focus on social, political issues. Since then Mina produced 2 interactive documentaries, including "Scheherzade Now" and 3 feature length documentary film including "Braving the Waves" , "Fish Eye" and "The Art of Living in Danger". Mina is alumni of Berlinale Talents, HotDocs Emerging Docs Accelerator Lab, Nipkow Film Residency and she has pitched her project in Tribeca, Thessaloniki, IDFA Pitching Forum and HotDocs deal maker. She has experience as a jury member in National and International film festivals and participated in several development workshops like GreenHouse, ESODoc, Docedge Kolkata.


Simona Pelliccioli

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” (Maternità in Fiamme).


Magdalena Petrović

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.

Second Cycle


Kata Oláh

Kata Oláh is a producer and director. She has worked in the Television and film industry all her life. She has started as a story editor, and host of a weekly cultural talk show on the Hungarian National Television. She was the local producer of Grundy Pearson Tv, a London based production company, producing game shows for the Hungarian RTL Club, then she was the head of communication of the Hungarian Motion Picture Foundation for five years. She was producing short fiction films and Tv documentaries. She started to direct short fiction and documentary films in 2010.

Her films have received several national and international awards. Her first feature length documentary film, distributed in Hungarian cinemas, “The Bar Mitzvah boys” has been nominated to compete in the PRIX EUROPA 2018, Berlin. She was awarded the best editor 2019 prize for her TV documentary “Couture behind the iron curtain” by The Hungarian Film Academy. Her latest short documentary received the best short documentary award at BIDF 2019. After a year festival tour the film “Mignon” was nominated for best documentary 2020, by the Hungarian Film Academy. She is recently working as director-producer on two feature length documentaries, one in post-production, the other one is in development. She is the executive producer of “Divas”, a debut feature length documentary film coproduced with HBO. She is the board member of the Hungarian Documentary Film Association.


Armine Anda

Armine Anda started her career in theatre & TV. Having lead roles in theatre, she made a TV show for children telling her stories. In 2008 she established HOSHKEE FILM LLC to produce films such as the short animation BOJO by Mikayel Vatinyan; feature film JOAN AND THE VOICES received a Goteborg IFF Project Award in Asian Project Market, had its World Premiere at Busan IFF.  The animated short WHEN I AM SAD by Lili Altunyan, co-written and produced by Anda, was the Animation du Monde winner at ReaAnimania IFF, received an Award at MIFA Pitches, ANNECY IFF in 2019, and is currently in production as  a co-production with FOLIMAGE, France. Another animated short, THE SONG OF FALLING LEAVES, co-written, co-directed and produced by her, is a co-production with HOORAKHSH STUDIOS, Iran. She does trainings on acting, storytelling, fantasy writing, creativity and pitching.

Anda was Berlinale Talent Campus 2009 participant as a producer/actor. She is the leading actor credit in such film titles, as JOAN AND THE VOICES (feature), TWO WORLDS AS KEEPSAKE (feature), FLIGHT (short), EARING (short), WIND BLOWS (short).


Ingvild Evjemo

4 ½  is an independent Norwegian production company, founded in 1998. 4 ½  has produced quality

Scandinavian films with directors such as Pål Sletaune, Marius Holst, Sara Johnsen, Joachim Trier  and Hans Petter Moland In 2019, we launched "Out Stealing Horses" by Hans Petter Moland which was critically acclaimed and award winning. The company has co-produced several award-winning  films by Roy Andersson, Lars von Trier, Ole Christian Madsen and Per Fly.

Ingvild producing feature and series, with both young talents and established directors and writers. Her last short, «Play Schengen» directed by Gunhild Enger premiered at Locarno International Film Festival August, 2020.


Hanne Phlypo

Hanne Phlypo is a Belgian producer and founder of Clin d’oeil films. The company focuses on creative documentaries and author-driven film with a clear preference for films with a social or political statement by innovative filmmakers.

Among her prior films are BY THE NAME OF TANIA (selected for the Generation 14+ at Berlinale 2019), WAITING FOR AUGUST (Nominated for EFA, Best International Documentary Awards Hot Docs), SAMUEL IN THE CLOUDS (Gold Hugo at Chicago International Filmfestival), A FAMILY AFFAIR (Nominated for European Films Awards), HOUSES WITH SMALL WINDOWS (Nominated for EFA) and MANU (IDFA 2018). Hanne is a alumni of EURODOC, member of FLANDERS DOC and tutors at the Belgian Film School INSAS

Rahma El Madani

Rahma Benhamou El Madani

Moroccan French director,  Rahma Benhamou El Madani grew up in France. Graduated in sciences of the language, Literature and Cinema. She founded her company PLEIN CADRES in 1996 where she writes, directs and  produces documentary and fiction.

Rahma is working on a documentary film Oranie, back to the native country for many years, which which takes place between France and Morocco and Algeria, this film follows her documentary Du côté de chez soi, released in 2003 co-produced by the Dardenne brothers, and broadcast on the Moroccan channel 2M.


Sylvia Nagel

Dr. SYLVIA NAGEL is a director, author and producer of documentary films with more than 25 years of professional experience. She has worked for a variety of public broadcasters such as NDR, WDR, SWR, MDR, ZDF and Arte.

As deputy editor in chief for NDR/Arte she commissioned many documentaries, several of which were award-winning such as: 2008 Adolf-Grimme-Award for “Luise – A German Muslim” and 2006 German Television Award nomination for “I am Al Qaeda – The Life of Zacarias Moussaoui”. As an author and director, Sylvia has been involved in the production of films both in Germany and abroad. Her work has a strong focus on socio-political issues. Her documentary film “China’s Public Enemy No. 1. Rebiya Kadeer’s Battle for the Uyghurs” has been shown at festivals worldwide. Sylvia has also been a lecturer at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK). In 2015, Sylvia Nagel and Sonya Winterberg founded their production company Medienkontor Winterberg & Nagel. The company is as a trademark for a number of acclaimed documentaries for television and theatrical release with a focus on women and children.


Eugénie Michel

Eugénie Michel-Villette is a french producter. She created the company Films du Bilboquet in 2014. Les films du bilboquet produces films at the "frontiers of genre."

Since then, she has produced twenty films, all presented at international festivals such as Tinselwood (Berlinale, FID, Viennale), In Mansourah, you separated us (Visions du réel, Idfa, JCC) Sankara is not dead (Cinéma du réel, Camden, DokLeipzig) which had a theatrical release. Now, she produces fiction. Before creating her artistic company, she worked as an executive producer on roughly 50 documentary films and as a fiction development officer for Zadig Productions.

Member severals commissions (CNC, regional fund…). Alumni of Eurodoc. Part of EWA, Rhizom, Friends of Cinema du reel.