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CPH:DOX, EAVE and IMS set up new programme supporting European Eastern Partnership countries

We are proud to announce CHANGE – a brand new collaboration with EAVE, Europe’s leading training, development, and networking organisation for producers and IMS, International Media Support, promoting journalism and documentary film to strengthen the capacity of media to reduce conflict, strengthen democracy and facilitate dialogue.

As part of our overall goal to increase equality and access to the international film market, the objective of the programme is to stimulate inter-regional co-production and to connect projects, filmmakers and producers from the European Eastern Partnership countries (EaP) with the 1900+ European film professionals gathered annually at CPH:DOX. 

The co-production training course CHANGE will span over 6 months, consisting of two residential workshops that will take place in Kyiv, Ukraine in October 2021 and Tbilisi, Georgia in January 2022. The programme will culminate with a third module and presentation of the projects to the international industry at CPH:DOX in Copenhagen in March 2022.

8 producer-director teams have been selected development from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine representing the following projects:

  • 9-month Contract, prod. Anna Khazaradze, dir. Ketevan Vashagashvili, 1991 Productions, Georgia
  • Cadillac Dreams, prod. Elene Margvelashvili, dir. Elene Mikaberidze, Parachute Films, Georgia
  • Ever Since I Knew Myself, prod & dir. Maka Gogaladze, FORMO, Georgia
  • Mulberry Vodaka, prod. Nare Ter-Gabrielyan, Sona Margaryan dir. Anzhela Frangyan, Nerak, Armenia
  • Nagorno Karabakh, Life After the War, prod. Yelizaveta Petrosyan, dir. Mariam Ohanyan, Legal Gender Cultural Foundation LIZA, Armenia
  • Redhat, prod & dir. Parvana Rahimova, Fikirdöküm, Azerbaijan
  • Still Water, prod. Karina Kostyna, dir. Mdmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuck, Tabor, Ukraine
  • Confidential Project

Katrine Kiilgaard, Head of Industry & Training, CPH:DOX, said: “CPH:DOX shares fundamental values with both IMS and EAVE and has worked with both organisations individually for many years to advance documentaries as a tool for change. We are thrilled to venture into a this new collaboration, aiming to support documentary colleagues from the Eastern Partnership Countries to strengthen their craft as well as their international networks.”

EAVE CEO, Kristina Trapp, said: “CHANGE reflects some of EAVE’s core values, such as gender equality and inclusion. We encourage social responsibility and see our graduates as agents of change, contributing to the public debate leading to potential social, political or cultural change. Furthermore, we are delighted to team up for this programme with such renowned and knowledgeable partners as IMS and CPH:DOX.”

“I’m impressed by all the participants and by the level of their projects – and really looking forward to being part of this learning process. I hope this will be the start of some strong lasting partnerships,” said Henrik Underbjerg from IMS.


The partnership behind CHANGE

EAVE, European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs, is Europe’s leading training, development, and networking organisation for producers. In addition to our flagship programme, the renowned European Producers Workshop, we are involved in a variety of programmes in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Russia, Africa and the Middle East. Founded in 1988, EAVE’s objectives are to provide professional training opportunities and to bring producers from different regions of the world together with the aim of facilitating co-production relationships. EAVE’s unique international network comprises over 2,300 producers and key decision-makers.

CPH:DOX, Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, is a world leading documentary film festival supporting independent and innovative filmmaking and presenting the best and brightest in contemporary non-fiction film. The festival is known and widely respected for radically changing the documentary landscape with a focus on challenging the genre with cross over to other art forms, and for advancing art as an active voice in civil society. It runs a strong industry platform with the co-production and financing forum CPH:FORUM, CPH:MARKET, the CPH:CONFERENCE and the talent development programme CPH:LAB.

IMS, International Media Support, is promoting journalism and documentary film to strengthen the capacity of media to reduce conflict, strengthen democracy and facilitate dialogue. Our work is geared towards helping locally-based public interest media operating in armed conflicts, humanitarian crises and rapid political change, both positive and negative, to provide the public and “civic organizations” with public interest content they can trust and use. We work in more than 40 countries across four continents with a staff of about 150 people. CHANGE is made possible by the New Democracy Fund.