The Cannes-based film production company Sevana Films was founded in 2017 by Anaïs Calmels (based in Annecy) and Séverine Tibi (based in Los Angeles), both originally from the south of France. Sevana Films’ purpose is to find, nurture and promote talented and unique emerging filmmakers with distinctive voices in order to produce meaningful high-quality films that people across the globe can engage with.
Sevana Films has produced various films in several countries and with international teams, which have screened at festivals around the world. Currently, their feature documentary FENUA AIHERE: THE HEART OF TAHITI (2018), bought by France Télévisions, is available to watch on Air Tahiti Nui flights and their short documentary EVER SINCE, I HAVE BEEN FLYING (2023), which premiered at Locarno, is being distributed by Square Eyes. Their ongoing projects include Lara Zeidan’s Lebanese fiction feature, BIRTHDAY, which won awards at the three markets it participated in (Crossroads Co-Production Forum, Beirut Cinema Platform and the Red Sea Souk), and Sarah AlMuneef’s THE MIDDLE ONE, one of the five Saudi projects selected at the 2023 Red Sea Lodge.
Anaïs and Séverine regularly attend film festivals as consultants, through talent development programmes and to discover the next generation of filmmakers. They are also alumni of the Sundance Producers Summit, the Rotterdam Lab and the Zurich Film Festival Academy, previous Mentors at SXSW and winners of the Film & TV Charity’s John Brabourne Award.