The Cannes-based film production company Sevana Films was founded in 2017 by Anaïs Calmels and Séverine Tibi, who currently live in Paris and London, respectively. 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.
So far they have worked on three films on three continents, including a feature documentary and two fiction shorts. Their feature documentary, FENUA AIHERE: THE HEART OF TAHITI, was broadcast on French TV (France Ô) on 2018 and their short film CINDY by Rosanagh Griffiths was just shortlisted for the Iris Prize Best British Award supported by Film4, following on from selections in festivals such as Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Inside Out LGBT Film Festival, Chéries-Chéris and Women Make Waves. Their latest co-production is the short film THE REF by Peter Edlund with Visual Pollution, which was shot in Seattle and will have its world premiere in 2021. Sevana Films is now at different stages of production on several projects, both fiction and documentary, such as Lara Zeidan’s first fiction feature in Lebanon, BIRTHDAY, and Thomas Delorme’s upcoming documentary project co-directed with Virginie Tetoofa in the Polynesian Triangle. In November 2020, BIRTHDAY wins the Script Development Award from the CNC at the Crossroads Co-Production Forum.
Anaïs and Séverine regularly attend film festivals (online and in person) as consultants, through talent development programmes and to discover the next generation of filmmakers (including Odense, Edinburgh, Cannes, Venice and Toronto). Most recently, they were International Mentors at SXSW for two consecutive years to share their experiences on funding and distribution, were part of the Young Jury for the Unifrance Short Film Award and selected to the Zurich Film Festival Academy in 2020. Other highlights include being among the 80 women who came together at the 2018 BFI London Film Festival to celebrate women filmmakers and those working in the film industry all over the world and winning the Film & TV Charity’s John Brabourne Awards in 2019.