Group image from EAVE Producers Workshop 2017

ON THE BLOG: Rosie Crerar on the EAVE Producers Workshop

Every year the Creative Europe-supported EAVE Producers Workshop gathers 50 producers from 30 countries for a unique professional development course.

Covering everything from script and project development, to financial planning and marketing, the year-long programme aims to equip producers with the tools to successfully steer international projects forward and navigate through the often complex world of co-producing.

We caught up with Rosie Crerar, a Scottish producer who received the Dorothy Viljoen – Pact/ EAVE scholarship to take part in the workshop in 2017. Here she reflects on her experience and the importance of reaching out to her European peers.

What were you looking to gain from taking part in the EAVE Producers Workshop?

"Having started our company barrycrerar in October 2016 with the support of a BFI Vision Award, I went to EAVE to refresh and enhance my knowledge across the whole producing process and to develop relationships with my European contemporaries. As a Scottish producer with a European outlook, growing a company in increasingly politically fragmented and de-stabilising times, it also felt like an important moment to be front-footed in developing and maintaining relationships beyond the UK."

Lots of great films emerge from within EAVE’s programmes – are there any particular reasons why it has been so successful?

"The programme is an intensive experience that really challenges you to interrogate your working practices and the creative, financial and market viability of your projects. It offers the best of European and international industry expertise, providing you with practical and strategic tools to push you and your projects forward."

The course is run in three workshops over seven months – what are the benefits to this model?

"EAVE describe the Producers Workshop as a year-long programme. This time frame allows you to focus on areas in your own - and your projects' – development within a supportive and collegiate environment, enabling significant progress. The final workshop plays out like a mini-market where you put the learnings of the last year into practice, meeting with international sales agents, distributors, and financiers to pitch your projects."

Why are international programmes such as EAVE important? What are the benefits to meeting and working with producers from across Europe?

"The intensive group work enables you to develop relationships with producers outside your own country/region – my group are already discussing our next meet-up in 2018!  We plan to catch-up and action some of the learning garnered from EAVE group work outside the framework of the workshops. This network of the best emerging international producers is a great resource in terms of support, knowledge and experience. It has already proven invaluable, and will be my first point of contact when I come to ready my projects for the European market. We were lucky enough to have a great practising producer as our group leader, Didar Domehri (Maneki Films)

from Paris. Didar is hugely inspiring and was very generous in sharing her insight and expertise with the group."

What will you take away from the EAVE programme?

"Producing can be an isolating and challenging process. As part of a producing duo, who are both EAVE graduates, we now share an extensive network that provides us with international friendships, insight and expertise, and in the long-term, hopefully co-production partnerships."

EAVE recruits producers for this programme once a year, with a deadline every September. Find out more about EAVE's professional development opportunities on their website.

Find out more about Rosie on the barrycrerar website.

Explore more training programmes funded through Creative Europe's Training scheme here.

Image credit: Image of 2017 EAVE Producers Workshop participants. Copyright Géraldine Aresteanu.