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The Cannes-based film production company Sevana Films was founded in 2017 by Anaïs Calmels and Séverine Tibi. 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.

They have completed films on various continents, including the feature documentary FENUA AIHERE: THE HEART OF TAHITI, which was sold to France Télévisions and the short film CINDY, recently shortlisted for the Iris Prize’s Best British Award supported by Film4. Sevana Films is now at different stages of production on several projects. These include Aylin Gökmen’s documentary sponsored by Kodak Motion Film (Swiss/French co-production) and Lebanese/Canadian filmmaker Lara Zeidan’s fiction feature, BIRTHDAY, which won the CNC’s Development Award at the Crossroads Co-Production Forum, the Rotterdam Lab Award at Beirut Cinema Platform and was just selected to the Red Sea Souk in December 2021.

Anaïs and Séverine regularly attend film festivals as consultants, through talent development programmes and to discover the next generation of filmmakers. Most recently, they were International Film Mentors at SXSW for two years, part of the Young Jury for the Unifrance Short Film Award and selected to the Zurich Film Festival Academy. 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. In 2019, they won the Film & TV Charity’s John Brabourne Awards.