SVEMIRKO FILM and AUDIOVISUAL ART PRODUCTIONS
Svemirko Film and Audiovisual Art Productions was co-founded in 2019 by Venice Atienza (Philippines) and Fan Wu (Taiwan) with the aim to direct and produce creative documentaries with strong personal stories. The word ‘’Svemirko” originates from the former Yugoslavian region. It translates to “dear little universe” or “a person from the cosmos” in English. Our ambition is to bring to life stories that open up universes that are often forgotten or disregarded.
We are producing Fan Wu’s film XiXi. The film was granted the Sundance Institute Documentary Fund 2022, and by National Documentary Production Fund (Taiwan) in 2019. In 2020, the project won Development Prize for the Best Female Director at Dok Leipzig’s Dok Industry. XiXi is also part of Circle Women Doc Accelarator.
We produced the film Last Days at Sea, which premiered at the 71st Berlinale – Generation. It was screened in Visions du Réel, HotDocs, and IDFA – International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam. The film was awarded the IDFA Bertha fund Classic in 2019. The film also won awards at DMZ Rough Cut Presentation and Visions du Réel Rough Cut Lab. In parallel,We are alumnae of IDFA Academy and are members of the Documentary Association of Europe.
Fan WU (1991, Taiwan) is a writer, director and producer for documentaries and audiovisual art. In her works, she has a personal care for human agency and freedom of choice.
She is an alumna of CIRCLE – Women Doc Accelerator, Rotterdam Lab, IDFAcademy, and European MFA program DocNomads. She co-founded SVEMIRKO FILM with Filipino filmmaker Venice Atienza.
Their first production LAST DAYS AT SEA, directed by Venice ATIENZA, premiered in 71st Berlinale and was selected for Visions du Reel 2021 and Hot Docs 2021. She is directing her first feature, “XiXi”, which is supported by the Sundance Institute. The film was awarded the Development Prize for the Best Female Director from the Saxon State Minister for the Arts in DOK Leipzig 2020, and is showcased in Cannes Doc 2021. She is a member of DAE- Documentary Association of Europe.
Venice De Castro Atienza (1989) is a Filipino documentarist whose curiosity is observing how personal and societal transformations manifest in everyday life.
To create a space for author driven documentaries, she co-founded Svemirko Film and Audiovisual Art Productions with Taiwanese Director and Producer, Fan WU. She’s an alumna of the DocNomads Erasmus Mundus Program.
Her first feature film, “Last Days at Sea” is supported by the IDFA Bertha Fund. It premiered at the 71st Berlinale – Generation KPlus, Visions du Réel 2021, Hot Docs and IDFA – International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam.
She was part of the International Jury of the 73rd Berlinale – Generation KPlus 2023 and the UNICEF Innocenti Film Festival 2021.
She is currently producing Taiwanese film director Fan WU’s documentary entitled “XiXi” which is supported by the Sundance Institute. It was part of CIRCLE – Women Doc Accelerator 2020 and showcased in Cannes Doc 2021.
She’s a member of DAE- Documentary Association of Europe.