EWA Network in the 75th Cannes Festival

EWA Network presence at the more female than ever 75th Festival de Cannes

This year we could not celebrate another Palme d'Or by a female director, however, Festival de Cannes finally got to include more than four films directed by women at the official competition, after many stagnant years and lots of criticism. A couple of days after their first announcement of Claire Denis's Stars At Noon, Kelly Reichardt's Showing Up, and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi's Les Amandiers making the cut, the festival touted a fleet of new films directed by women. Charlotte Vandermeersch, who co-directed new competition title The Eight Mountains with Felix Van Groeningen, and former Camera d’Or winner Leonor Serraille with her Un Petit Frère joined the slate.

Thus, festival de Cannes breaks its long-held record and raises the percentage of total films directed or co-directed by women in competition to 23.8 percent. 

As regards EWA Network's presence in the festival, scroll down for more details.


EWA Network partnered with the Marché du Film’s new programme titled impACT Lab presented first time during Cannes Film Festival 2022.

The ImpACT Lab was designed specifically to help emerging producers develop essential skills needed for the ideal positioning of their projects in the global marketplace. Tamara Tatishvili, Strategy Manager of EWA Network, acted as one of the ImpACT Lab experts helping selected participants explore funding landscapes of European coproductions as well as some trends of enhanced international cooperation in the AV sector.

Being first time official partner of Marche’s Co-Production Day, EWA Network has also co-hosted Co-Pro Party gathering all participating producers and EWA Network members for a fun night full of networking opportunities.

Meeting of  the EWA Network's Mentoring Group

The participants of the 4th edition of the EWA Network Mentoring Programme gathered in the underground level of the Palais des Festivals to catch up with their peers an debrief about the evolution of the programme. The co-production nigt has been the first stop for them in the festival, and the morning meeting and the EWA Network members cocktail would be the third.

Also, a meeting with the participants of the third edition took place in th Greek pavilion, hosted by pour partners of  the Thessaloniki Film Festival

EWA delegation at Marché Du Film co-production night

European Women's Audiovisual Network had a large delegation of talented filmmakers among 400 production experts in the famous Marché du Film Co-Production Night. The Co-Production Night was a very packed event but perfect to match up with potential co-producers and reps of the most important international co-production markets.

In addition to the informal stand-up presentations of the partners, the evening was spiced up with the ‘Co-Pro Night Live Band’, who kept us dancing!


EWA Network Annual Cocktail

And Cannes is not Cannes without the traditional EWA Network's cocktail, organised again at the International Village by courtesy of the Romanian Pavilion.

Alessia Sonaglioni, Alexia Muiños, Francine Raveney, Isabel Castro


A group of upcoming, established and talented producers gathered around for breakfast meeting with several experts at Marché du Film Producers Network breakfast meetings. EWA Network was presented by its executive director Jenni Koski. In the moderated discussion we address several issues around gender equality, workplace safety, access to market and inclusion in audiovisual production.

WScripted Cannes Screenplay

Another networking opportunity was to meet up with the WScripted CEO and to share the joy for the inclusion of two EWA members on the first WScripted Cannes Screenplay list, Nathalie Marchak  and Derya Durmaz, shortlisted at the Wscripted Cannes inaugural Screenplay

EWA members selected in the festival

This year we attended with pleasure the premiere of  PAMFIR (ПАМФІР), at la QUINZAINE des Réalisateurs
PA;FIR was producerd by Aleksandra Kostina (a mentee in our Mentoring Programme in 2019), co-produced by Laura Briand, also a mentor in our programme, and Silvana Santamaria, also a participant in the sescond edition of our Mentoring Programme. The film  as directed by Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk

Also, in the official competition of short-films, CHERRIES (UOGOS) produced by Lithuanian M- Films, founded by EWA member Marija Razguté. Cherries is the third shortfilm of Vytautas Katkus which had its World premiere at la Croissette.