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Meet the EWA Network Mentees 2021 (2nd Cycle)

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

We are pleased to present the selection of the mentees for EWA's Mentoring Scheme for emerging women producers who will virtually meet their mentors in the context of When East Meets West co-production market, in Trieste in January.

This year's programme will run for 12 months in two parallel cycles with the same functioning. The first cycle started  in THESSALONIKI hosted by the Agora Film market & Crossroads Co-Production Market in November 2020.  The second cycle is about to start in Trieste, hosted by When East Meets West co-production market with a second meeting in November 2021 at DOK Leipzig.

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.

Second Cycle



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 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).



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 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

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.


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-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.