Participants announced for first EAVE On Demand Access Program in Canada

Forty-three (43) creators have been selected for the inaugural EAVE On Demand Access Program – a high-impact training and entrepreneurship opportunity presented by the Canada Media Fund (CMF)European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs (EAVE) and the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI).

EAVE On Demand Access Program is a part-time program focused on building stable and strong production companies owned by Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) creators, along with the development of their intellectual property for national and international financing and distribution.

Through world-class training and coaching, the EAVE On Demand Access Program will provide producers with tools and resources to move their projects, companies and careers forward.

The program builds skills in enhanced revenue streams, distribution, export and coproduction with an aim to facilitate professional cross-border relationships. Previous EAVE graduates have seen a 182% increase in coproduction projects after participation.

“We’re delighted to support 43 outstanding Indigenous, Black and People of Colour creators, as they take their companies and content to the next level,” said Valerie Creighton, President and CEO, CMF. “Initiatives like the one presented through EAVE and in partnership with the National Screen Institute are part of our Equity and Inclusion Strategy, which is designed to remove barriers in the industry and encourage talented creators to take their stories to screens around the world.”

The program features two in-depth workshops each spanning 10 days, as well as one six-day on-site workshop. Workshops consist of masterclasses, one-on-one meetings and group discussions led by experienced producers and industry experts. The first workshop begins on March 14.

Participants will develop their leadership and business skills while studying pitching, script writing, financial and company planning and contract writing from industry experts such as Colette Vosberg (Firestarter Productions), David Zitzerman (Entertainment Law Group, Goodmans LLP), Heather Marshall (Marshall Business Affairs Inc.), Kyle Irving (Eagle Vision) and Will Lomoro (Canadian finance expert).

Of the selected participants, 18 will participate as individual producers and 25 will participate as producer/writer teams. Producers were able to apply with or without a project.

The selected participants are:

  • Alex Eskandarkhah (producer, AB)
  • Anand Ramayya (producer, SK), Agam Darshi, Leena Manro (co-writers, SK) – The Making Of Mona
  • Dawn Bird (producer, SK)
  • Fonna Seidu (producer, ON), Tristen Sutherland (writer, ON) – Halfwayboy
  • Gentille Menguizani Assih (producer, QC), Emilie Porry (writer, QC) – Kasàlà, ou l’art de la célébration
  • Gursimran Datla (producer, ON)
  • Heather Hatch (producer, AB)
  • Haui (producer, ON), Sharada Eswar (writer, ON) – Diaries of a Dowry
  • Jeanette Kong (producer, ON)
  • Jennifer Pun (producer, ON)
  • Kulbinder Saran Caldwell (producer, ON)
  • Mitra Knight (producer, AB)
  • Mylène Augustin (producer, QC)
  • Natasha Vassel (producer and writer, ON) – A Camaican in Quebec
  • Neegan Trudel (producer, QC), Ossie Michelin (writer, QC) – People of the North
  • Ngardy Conteh George (producer, ON)
  • Panta Mosleh (producer and writer, BC) – Pass the Salt
  • Paola Arriagada Nuñez (producer, QC), Juan Andres Arango (writer, QC) – Whispering Skin
  • Patricia Scarlett (producer, ON), Diane De La Haye (writer, ON) – Shalom Jamaica
  • Praneet Akilla (producer, BC)
  • Raj Panikkar (producer, ON)
  • Ramin Eshraghi-Yazdi (producer and writer, AB) – Just A Guy
  • Rua Wani (producer, ON), Andrew Moir (writer, ON) – See You in Church
  • Ryan Singh (producer, ON), Shyiem Blair (writer, ON) – Witness
  • Saira Rahman (producer, MB), Nilufer Rahman (writer, MB) – Winnipeg Streets
  • Shant Joshi (producer, ON), Rae Human (writer, ON) – Ape Town
  • Shasha Nakhai (producer, ON)
  • Shayan Bayat (producer, BC)
  • Shehrezade Mian (producer, ON)
  • Teresa Ho (producer, ON), Muna Deria (writer, ON) – 15 Kinds Of Casual Sex

Read the participants’ bios here.

EAVE On Demand Access Program is led by EAVE’s chief executive Kristina Trapp and program manager Satu Elo. National Screen Institute faculty includes program advisor Jeff Peeler, program manager Ursula Lawson with program support from Oyinkansola Bolaji-Idowu.


EAVE On Demand Access Program is presented by the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) with support from Presenting Partner Canada Media Fund (CMF); Program Patron Telefilm Canada; Host Partner Alberta Film Commission; Strategic Sponsors Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC)Ontario Creates; Provincial Sponsors Creative BCCreative SaskatchewanManitoba Film & Music; Industry Supporter Bell Fund. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.

About EAVE, European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs
EAVE, European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs, is Europe’s leading training, development and networking organization for producers. In addition to their flagship program, the renowned European Producers Workshop, they are involved in a variety of programs in Europe, Asia, Latin America, North 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.

About the Canada Media Fund
The Canada Media Fund (CMF) fosters, develops, finances and promotes the production of Canadian content and applications for all audiovisual media platforms. The CMF guides Canadian content towards a competitive global environment by fostering industry innovation, rewarding success, enabling a diversity of voice and promoting access to content through public and private sector partnerships. The CMF receives financial contributions from the Government of Canada and Canada’s cable, satellite and IPTV distributors.

About the National Screen Institute – Canada
Propelled by a visionary network of donors, private and public organizations, board and staff, the National Screen Institute supports creators from across Canada to tell unforgettable stories. Through industry-informed training and mentoring in film, television and digital media, students and alumni find their voice and place on the global stage, inspiring us to shape a better world.

The National Screen Institute is committed to training participants from a diverse community of voices including Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning and two-spirit (LGBTQ2S+), people with disabilities, those outside large urban centres, those from regional and remote areas and various religious groups.


All media enquiries:

Canada Media Fund
André Ferreira
Senior Communications Manager
(416) 554-2768

National Screen Institute
Rachel Young
Outreach and Engagement Lead

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