EAVE December News 2018

Apply now for TIES THAT BIND 2019!

After a successful wrap of the 10th anniversary edition of TTB in Singapore, the call for applications for the next edition of TIES THAT BIND – Asia / Europe Co-Production Workshop in 2019 is now open until January 31, 2019.

NEW in 2019:

We are now also open to TV series or animation fiction films in development, in addition to feature fiction films.
TTB is targeted at European & Asian producers. We will select 5 European and 5 Asian producers.

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. In order to benefit from all aspects of the programme, they will be able to pair with a participant with a project and attend the meetings with the experts and decision makers together.

The 15 participants will attend 2 workshops:

Workshop 1 will take place from April 29 – May 3, 2019 within the framework of the Udine Far East Film Festival (April 26 – May 4, 2019) in Italy. Workshop 2 will be organised at the end of November/beginning of December 2019 in Singapore during the Southeast Asian Film Financing (SAFF) Forum in partnership with the Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association (SAAVA).

TIES THAT BIND is the leading training programme for European-Asian co-production. The participants will work with top-notch industry professionals from both continents. The sessions will focus on script development, co-production between Asia and Europe, public and private financing in the two regions, marketing and distribution, and the legal aspects of co-production. They will meet leading Asian and European sales agents, funders and potential co-producers during the FOCUS ASIA All Genres Project Market in Udine and the Southeast Asian Film Financing (SAFF) Forum in Singapore.

“The TIES THAT BIND workshop imbibes the characteristics we look for in a good producer: grounded and inspiring. I would definitely recommend this to active producers who want to step up their game. I realized that TTB’s effect is bigger than just my personal gain. Every year, it has trained active producers in Asia and Europe; creating ripples in our respective countries as we apply the things we’ve learned.”.
Monster Jimenez, Arkeo Films, Philippines, TIES THAT BIND 2018

“A top quality group of people and projects, with an unprecedented willingness to connect, help and suggest with positive constructive criticism.“
Konstantinos Vassilaros, StudioBauhaus, Greece, TIES THAT BIND 2018

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 2019.

TIES THAT BIND is organised by the Friuli Venezia Giulia Audiovisual Fund, EAVE, Udine Far East Film Festival and Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association (SAAVA), and supported by the Creative Europe - MEDIA sub-programme of the European Union, Silver Media Group and Aurora Media Holdings.

For more information please contact:

EAVE Coordinator - Tanika Sajatovic:,

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PUENTES heads to Montevideo

PUENTES Europe/Latin America Co-Production Workshop heads to Montevideo for the second workshop of this year’s edition (Dec 5 - 9). The 14 selected participants (complete list below) will meet again to work on each other’s projects under the guidance of the two group leaders Jean des Forêts (Petit Film, FR) and Fernando Epstein (Mutante Cine, UY). The experts will include Jacques Akchoti (Script Consultant, FR), Linda Beath (Ideal Filmworks Italia, IT), and Aranka Matits (Featurette, DE). Veteran indie producer Jim Stark (Icicle Films, USA),will talk about the role of the independent producer; Gaël Nouaille  (Borsalino, FR) will share his experience with distribution in Latin America and the newly appointed Head of the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes Paolo Moretti (La-Roche-Sur-Yon International Film Festival, FR) will give a session entitled festival insights. Aside from the plenary sessions, daily group work sessions will be the core of PUENTES.

In parallel to the workshop, local producers from Uruguay will attend PUENTES Uruguay sessions and have the opportunity to network with the PUENTES participants during the common plenary and networking events.

Thanks to a special cooperation with Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes, all PUENTES & PUENTES Uruguay participants will be able to attend VENTANA SUR (Dec 10 -15) in Buenos Aires after the workshop.

On the occasion of this 10th anniversary, Ventana Sur and the San Sebastian Film Festival are launching PROYECTA, a new collaboration to foster Co-Productions with and within Latin America and inviting 3 projects participating to the Puentes-Europe/Latin America Co-production Workshop:

PABLO, by Enrico Maria Artale, producer: Carla Altieri (Italy - Puentes)
SHOCK LABOR, by Marcos Diaz Sosa, producer: Maria Carla del Rio (Cuba - Puentes)
MATUFIA, directed and produced by Aparicio García, (Urugay - Puentes Uruguay)

Other recent successes include:

PUENTES project AMAZONA, directed by Clare Weiskopf & produced by Nicolas Van Hemelryck (casaTARANTULA, Colombia) has just won Best Documentary, Best Editing and Best Music at Colombia’s 2018 Macondo Academy Awards. Market screenings will take place at Ventana Sur.

PUENTES project I DREAM IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE (SUEÑO EN OTRO IDIOMA), directed by Ernesto Contreras & produced by Agencia SHA (Mexico) & Alebrije Cine y Video (Mexico) & Raymond van der Kaaij (Revolver, The Netherlands) has won Best Picture & Best Original Screenplay & Best Cinematography & Best Original Score & Best Sound & Best Actor at Mexico's 60th Ariel Awards 2018.

PUENTES project: THE HEIRESSES (LAS HEREDERAS), directed by Marcelo Martinessi & produced by Sebastian Peña Escobar (La Babosa Cine, Paraguay) & developed by PUENTES participant Karen Fraenkel (Mira, Paraguay) has won Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize & Silver Bear Best Actress & FIPRESCI Award & Teddy Readers’ Award at the Berlinale 2018 as well as the Premio Netflix Ópera Prima and Best Director at Latin America Fénix Film Awards 2018. The film has been nominated to represent Paraguay at Foreign Language Academy Awards race.

PUENTES project UN TRADUCTOR (UN TRADUCTOR), directed by Sebastián & Rodrigo Barriuso & produced by Sebastián Barriuso (Creative Artisans Media, Canada) & Lindsay Gossling (Involving Pictures, Canada) has premiered at the Sundance World Cinema Dramatic Competition 2018, San Francisco IFF, has won the Golden Globe for Best Director at Shanghai 2018. Market screenings will take place at VENTANA SUR.

PUENTES project THE ACCUSED (ACUSADA), directed by Gonzalo Tobal & produced by Santiago Gallelli (Rei Cine, Argentina) & K&S Films and co-produced by Telefe and Piano has had its world premiere in Venice 2018, and was selected for Toronto and Busan IFF.

PUENTES project THE SHARKS (LOS TIBURONES), directed by Lucía Garibaldi & produced by Pancho Magnou Arnábal and Isabel García has been selected to Sundance World Cinema Dramatic Competition.


PUENTES is organized by EAVE in partnership with MiBACT, Mutante Cine, FVG Audiovisual Fund, Ventana Sur, and with the support of Creative Europe – MEDIA sub-programme of the European Union.

 For more information please contact:

EAVE – Francesca Buffa, Coordinator:


The PUENTES 2018 participants are:

Carla Altieri, Young Films, Italy
Project: Pablo, director: Enrico Maria Artale
Gema Arrieta, Selva Films, Spain / Costa Rica

Ezequiel Borowinski, Wanka Cine, Argentina
Project: La Intemperie - The cold within, director: Juan Schnitman
Laure Dahout, Tiresias Films, France
Maria Carla Del Rio, Marinca Films, Cuba
Project: Shock Labor (Obra de choque), director: Marcos Diaz Sosa
Beatrice Gulino, Senior Acquisitions Professional, Italy
Alice Kharoubi, Festival de Cannes – Marché du Film, France

Irina Malcea, One For The Road, Belgium /Luna Film Luna Film, Romania
Project: La Civil, director: Teodora Ana Mihai

Leonardo Mecchi, Enquadramento Produções, Brazil
Project: Canaan, director: Clarissa Knoll
Daniel Méndez Kunschke, Mano Negra Films, Spain
Project: ECO, director: Ainhoa Menéndez
Elisa Pirir Ruiz, Mer Film, Norway
Project: Ixquic, director: Elvis Caj Cojoc

Juan Mauricio Ruiz Correa, Malta Cine SAS, Colombia
Project: Job Interview, director: Carlos Osuna

Estela Valdivieso, House On Fire Productions, France
Project: Rest in La Paz, director: John Hsu  
Camille Vandenbunder, Canica, Puerto Rico
Project: La Pecera, director: Glorimar Marrero Sánchez

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Singapore welcomes TIES THAT BIND for the fourth time!

TIES THAT BIND turns 10 this year and returns to Singapore for the forth time. TTB is the reference for developing European-Asian co-productions, with many award winning films such as THE SEEN AND UNSEEN by Kamila Andini, Grand Prize of the Generation 14plus International Jury at Berlinale 2018, to mention only one of our recent success stories.

During the second TTB workshop in Singapore (December 3 – 7), the participants will continue to develop and package their projects under the guidance of the TTB Head of Studies Christophe Bruncher (Ici et Là Productions, FR), script consultant Clare Downs (UK), and 2 group leaders Bianca Balbuena (Epicmedia Productions, PH) and Jonas Weydemann (Weydemann Bros., DE).

For the first time Alex Jia (Beijing WD Pictures, CN) will advise on scripts from the Asian perspective. Nicolas Brigaud-Robert (Playtime, FR) will elaborate on the international market for independent films. Jean-Baptiste Babin (Backup Media Group & Millimages, FR) and Patrick Mao Huang (Flash Forward Entertainment, TW) will give detailed advice on the project finance plans. Jean-Baptiste Babin will also hold a session on legal aspects of co-production.

Furthermore, TTB & EAVE graduate Fran Borgia (Akanga Film Asia, SG) will give a case study on 3 countries co-production A LAND IMAGINED by YEO Siew Hua together with EAVE graduates Denis Vaslin (Volya Films, NL) and Jean-Laurent Csindis (Films de Force Majeure, FR). The film was co-produced by mm2 Entertainment (SG). Visit Films is handling international sales. A LAND IMAGINED won Golden Leopard at the Locarno IFF, Golden Star at El Gouna FF, Roberto Rossellini Awards Jury Prize at the Pingyao IFF and TFL Audience Design Fund Award of the TorinoFilmLab.

Thanks to the partnership with the Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association (SAAVA), the second workshop of TTB 2018 will be held during the Southeast Asian Film Financing (SAFF) Forum, where the selected TTB projects will be presented together with 15 other selected projects from Southeast Asia to leading decision makers from Asia and Europe.

This year the following decision makers will attend SAFF in Singapore: Najwa Abu Bakar (Astro Shaw, MY), Gin Kai Chan (Silver Media Group, SG), Justin Deimen (Aurora Media Holdings, SG), Mary Liza Diño (Film Development Council of the Philippines – FDCP, PH), Keiko Funato (Alpha Violet, FR), Georges Goldenstern (Cinéfondation, FR), Lee V. Ho (CN), Mike Hostench (Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, ES), Michael Lim (Singapore Media Festival, SG), Mandy Marahimin (Tanakhir Films, ID), Jessel Monteverde (Ursa Entertainment, PH), Abhi Rastogi (108 Media, SG), Nicolas Rebeschini (Charades, FR), Mikhail Red (Media East Productions, PH), Malou N. Santos (Star Creatives, PH), Jeremy Sim (Aurora Global Media Capital, SG), Nandita Solomon (Apparat, MY), Marie-Pierre Vallé (Wild Bunch, FR), Li Zhu (Juben Pictures, CN), among others.

The participants will also participate at the SAFF Conference on December 7, a one-day event bridging the gap between investors and producers, educating audiences on the creative and business sides of film financing. Top speakers from Asia and Europe will address the main topics around coproduction and financing between Europe and Asia.
For more information please check the website:

TIES THAT BIND is organised by the Friuli Venezia Giulia Audiovisual Fund, EAVE, Udine Far East Film Festival and Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association (SAAVA), and supported by the Creative Europe - MEDIA sub-programme of the European Union, Silver Media Group and Aurora Media Holdings.

For more information please contact:
EAVE Coordinator - Tanika Sajatovic:,

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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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