Mentoring for Women Producers

The film mentoring programme is specifically aimed at women producers who already have a relevant experience at the national level and wish to evolve further to a European/international dimension. In most cases this growth also involves a strategic and business development of their company.

Why Mentoring?

Mentoring has revealed to be one of the most effective tools to help women grow within closed business environments. Women do not need « more » training, on average they are already well trained, and often better than men, but in industries where networking and personal links are very strong, women need to learn from more experienced professional how to join the club and neutralise gender bias that frequently occur. That is why EWA Network launched its first mentoring programme in 2018.

We are proud to launch now a new edition with the partnership of  Thessaloniki's AGORA co-production Market,  ODESA Film Market at Odesa International Film Festival, When East Meets West co-production market in Trieste and DOK Leipzig co-production market.

What is Mentoring?

Business mentoring is a one-to-one relationship focused on the needs of the mentee to develop/reinforce specific competences, skills, and a problem solving attitude, as well as on the availability and capability of the mentor to provide advice on those issues. It is a scheme where the experience and competences of the mentor match the specific needs of the mentee.

Mentoring is not training. Training schemes have general objectives, well structured activities and group dynamics. Mentoring is a tailor-made activity based on the relationship between mentor and mentee. It is a space where the mentee can ask questions that would be difficult to raise in a training group.

EWA’s Producer’s Mentoring Scheme would 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 not achieving results in a specific project/activity, but to bring the mentee professional growth to an upper level.

Who is involved in the programme?

EWA Network disposes of a pool of experienced women producers who have a successful track record and a consolidated practice in European/international co-production and business development at large. You can glance at their bios here.


Zeynep Atakan




Rea Apostolides

Anemon/ pro



Laura Briand

Les Films d'Ici



Martichka Bozhilova

AGITPROP / Balkan Documentary Center



Carlotta Calori

Indigo Film



Bettina Brokemper

Heimat Film



Martina Haubrich

CALA Filmproduktion



Enrica Capra

Graffiti Doc/ Tag Film

Italy /France


Marta Donzelli

Vivo Film



Elizabeth Karlsen

Number 9 Films



Natalia Drozd




Ada Solomon

Hi Film Productions



Paula Vaccaro

Pinball London



Cristina Zumarraga

Tandem Films



Naomi Levari

Electric Sheep GmbH /
Black Sheep Film Productions

Germany & Israel

Jelena Mitrovic

Jelena Mitrovic

Film House Baš Čelik



Marianne Slot

Slot Machine



Olena Yershova

Tato Film



Madeleine Ekman


FF photo

Francesca Feder

 Æternam Films



Linda Beath

Canada/ Italy

Tutor of the programme

Linda Beath set up Ideal Filmworks in Canada 25 years ago to raise development and production financing for international co-productions of high quality feature films and television programmes. It was incorporated in Italy in 2000 adding Business and Strategic Planning to its core business of entertainment industry financing. Linda Beath annually works with producers to find funding for four or five projects which range from features to documentaries, animated features and primetime television drama. She trains producers and other practitioners in Europe and occasionally internationally in project financing and strategic business planning for their companies. She consults to public funders on policy issues, especially with respect to the industry\'s need for new business models involving digital media.

Linda Beath has been tutoring the EWA Network Mentoring programme since the first edition.

The call for applications to the 2021 edition is not open yet.

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How does the programme work?

The programme runs 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. During the first meeting a masterclass on business development will be held by a consultant.

A second meeting hosted by ODESA Film Market at Odesa International Film Festival, will close the cycle of mentoring in July 2021.

A parallel cycle will start in Trieste hosted by WEMW market in January 2021 and will close in Leipzig hosted by DOK Leipzig co-production market in October 2021.

During the year, further informal gatherings will be organized for the participants attending the Berlinale and Cannes Film Festival.

During the cycle, mentors and mentees will work online at their own pace. Each mentor will be available for four hours per month.

For each cycle a maximum number of 10 mentees will be selected.

The programme is free of charge. EWA Network, in partnership with the hosting markets, will cover the accommodation, accreditation and meals during the meetings. The mentees have to take charge of the travel expenses. We strongly advise the applicants to check if in their countries they are eligible for scholarships.

Who can apply?

  • Women producers established in Europe (larger Europe, 47 Council of Europe countries) having a proven experience of at least five years in film production department and having produced (delegate and executive producer are accepted) at least one long feature film (fiction or documentary) already distributed (theatrically, TV, or wide festival trajectory)
  • Who are EWA members; If you are not an EWA member you can join us now
  • Who are motivated to grow professionally, acquire new skills (financial, managerial, negotiation) and evolve in a European environment and/or have a business growing plan
  • Who are fluent in English

How to apply

To apply to EWA’s mentoring scheme for emerging producers, please follow the link below to send us following elements before JULY 31st:

  1. CV in English
  2. Copy of a valid ID
  3. Motivation letter of maximum 500 words explaining why the applicant wishes to take part of a mentoring programme and which skills and competences she wishes to develop/improve;
  4. Description of the projects on which the applicants is currently working (maximum 5.000 characters);
  5. Business development plan (only applicable if the producer is a company owner) or career orientation plan - this element is not compulsory but strongly recommended.

Selection Criteria

The mentees will be selected on the basis of their motivation and professional growth potential.

After the selection committee has revised the applications, candidates will have an in-depth interview with EWA Network director. The match-making with the senior producers will be made thereafter.

Meet the mentees!