W1: in Udine, April 25 – 29, 2017
W2: in Singapore, December TBC, 2017

Call for applications for TIES THAT BIND 2017 is now open!

The call for applications for the ninth edition of TIES THAT BIND – Asia / Europe Co-Production Workshop in 2017 is now open until February 23, 2017

Among the successful films developed at TIES THAT BIND are A YELLOW BIRD by K. Rajagopal (Semaine de la Critique Cannes 2016), DOG DAYS by Jordan Schiele (Panorama section of the Berlinale 2016), INTERCHANGE by Dain Iskandar Said (Piazza Grande of Festival del Film Locarno 2016), BIG FATHER, SMALL FATHER AND OTHER STORIES by Di Phan Dang (Berlinale competition 2015), CHI - MR. ZHANG BELIEVES by Jiongjiong Qiu (Signs of Live section of the Festival del Film Locarno 2015), BLACK STONE by Roh Gyeong-Tae (Section Spectrum Premiere Rotterdam 2015), and FLAPPING IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE by Hoang Diep Nguyen (won Best Film at Venice Critics’ Week 2014).

TIES THAT BIND is the leading training programme for European-Asian co-production. It is targeted at European & Asian producers, 10 of which will be selected with a feature film in development for the workshop. We also welcome applications of other European professionals interested in working with Asia (sales agents, financiers, distributors, festival programmers, co-production market representatives) or European producers without project. 5 of them will be selected to be an active part of the group.

The 15 participants attend 2 workshops: Workshop 1 will take place from April 25 – 29, 2017 within the framework of the Udine Far East Film Festival (April 21 – 29, 2017) in Italy. Workshop 2 will be organised in early December 2017 in Singapore during the Southeast Asian Film Financing (SAFF) Forum in partnership with the Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association (SAAVA).

The participants work with top-notch industry professionals from both continents during the two workshops. Amongst a range of issues, sessions will focus on script development, co-production between Asia and Europe, financing in the two regions, marketing and distribution, and the legal aspects of co-production. They will also meet leading Asian and European sales agents, funders and potential co-producers during the Southeast Asian Film Financing (SAFF) Forum

«I am endlessly grateful for having participated at this amazing workshop and being exposed to years and years of experience from all the accomplished experts and industry professionals. Their input and care for my project was priceless, empowering and encouraging.» Isilay Yanbas (Karlakum Film, Turkey), TIES THAT BIND 2016

Find out all about the target group, the application criteria and regulations on the EAVE website:


The selection will be made by a selection committee and will be announced by the end of March 2017.

Page last updated 17 February 2017

Donate to the EAVE Alan Fountain International Scholarship Fund

A scholarship has been set up to honour the memory of Alan Fountain, former Head of Studies and President of EAVE, who passed away on March 3. Its goal is to enable one producer from outside the EU to participate in all three sessions of the EAVE Producers Workshop each year.

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