EAVE November News 2021

TIES THAT BIND unveils the 2021 selection

For its 13th edition, TIES THAT BIND (TTB), the leading workshop programme connecting professionals from Asia and Europe, announces the selection of 25 participants including directors coming from 14 countries.

TTB takes place over a year through 2 workshops offering comprehensive knowledge of the European and Asian film industries and markets. The participants benefit from high-level development under the guidance of top-notch experts from both continents and have the opportunity to meet with key decision makers during the online edition of ATF - Asia TV Forum & Market (Singapore), and FOCUS ASIA, the Industry Section of the Udine Far East Film Festival (Italy).

The first workshop will take place online over 2 weeks during November 29 – December 3 and December 6 – 10, 2021. The second workshop will take place in Udine between April 25 – 29, 2022. The participants will work together in a group led by EAVE graduate Jonas Weydemann (Weydemann Bros., DE) and TTB graduate Bianca Balbuena (Epicmedia Productions, PH). The two group leaders will guide the participants’ discussion and analysis of each other’s projects from both an Asian and European perspective.

TTB Head of Studies Christophe Bruncher (Ici et Là Productions, FR) has put together a team of leading industry professionals. Script consultant Clare Downs (UK) will introduce the main script development tools to strengthen the participants’ understanding of narrative principles, in order to enable them to navigate their writers through the script development process. Sales agent Nicolas Brigaud-Robert (Playtime, FR) will elaborate on current trends in the international market. Marketing expert Constanza Arena (CinemaChile, CL) will guide the producers in developing innovative marketing strategies for their projects. Finance experts Jean-Baptiste Babin (Backup Media Group, FR) and Justin Deimen (108 Media, SG) will give detailed advice on the projects’ financing plans and how to access private equity.

Furthermore, TTB is partnering with SPM and ATF. The inaugural SEAScreen Project Market (SPM) will be launched at the Asia TV Forum & Market / ScreenSingapore (ATF/SS) on 1st December 2021 with its selection of 15 feature film and television projects slated for financing and co-production meetings with decision makers across ATF/SS. Formerly known as the Southeast Asian Film Financing Project Market (SAFF) which ran from 2015 to 2021, the event is now relaunched to include serialised content as well as feature films across all genres such as animation, factual entertainment, and digital shorts. SPM continues SAFF’s long-term partnership with TTB and will virtually co-locate its project selection with TTB’s own selection each year on the ATF Online+ platform, where interested co-producers and buyers are encouraged to schedule meetings with the curated projects.

The following 20 participants focusing on project development with feature films in development and 5 participants focusing on career development wanting to extend their knowledge and network towards Asia have been selected to participate in TTB 2021:


  • Vivian Yeran Bao, Guanyu Film, China

           Project: Sheep in the Forest by Tian Guan


  • Mariana Barassi, Program Ibermedia & Margenes Film Festival, Italy / Spain


  • Jacques-Henri Bronckart, Versus Production, Belgium

    Project: A Missing Part by Guillaume Senez


  • Johann Chapelan, Girelle Production, France

    Project: Picturehouse by Minh Nguyen-Vo


  • Claire Chassagne, Dolce Vita Films, France


  • Matija Drniković, Wolfgang&Dolly, Croatia


  • Anna Fam, Polished Productions, Vietnam / Poland


  • Iqbal Mohammad Hamdan, Catchlight Pictures Indonesia, Indonesia

    Project: Our Son by Luhki Herwanayogi


  • Junxiang Huang, Zhao Wei Films, Singapore

    Project: True Island by Harry & Henry Zhuang


  • Veronika Kührová, Analog Vision, Czech Republic

    Project: The Ugly Mandarine by Piaoyu Xie


  • Stelle Laguda, KT House Productions, Philippines

    Project: RA 8491 or How We Recall Lost Memories in Transit by Austin Tan


  • Aiko Masubuchi, Zakkubalan, Japan

          Project: Earthquake by Neo Sora


  • Mai Nguyen, CineHanoi & Scarlet Visions, Vietnam / Germany


  • Abel Ribeiro Chaves, Sociedade Optica Tecnica, Portugal

Project: Sakura by Pedro Magano


  • Els Vandevorst, N279 Entertainment, Netherlands

Project: Emerald Butterfly by Martin Koolhoven


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 and Aurora Media Holdings. TIES THAT BIND is held in conjunction with Asia TV Forum & Market and ScreenSingapore.

For more information please contact:

EAVE Coordinator, Tanika Sajatovic:

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INSPIRATIONAL LABS at WEMW 2022 - Special offer for EAVE graduates

Dear EAVE Producers,

After closing the call for the Co-Production Forum with a successful record number of over 430 submissions, WEMW launches a complete programme of Inspirational Labs, a series of mini-workshops meant to stimulate producers to develop new content, explore new business models and discover new markets.

The WEMW Inspirational Labs, run in collaboration with leading training programmes and international partners such as EAVE, will offer a deeper insight on TV series content, animation production, impact & outreach strategy, independent online distribution, and on the 2022 East & West spotlight markets. These new activities will be based on active participation and will have the main goal to offer to all participating professionals an impact on their future company business model. The final selection will be primarily based on the applicant’s profile and motivation, and up to 5 EAVE graduates from Europe and Canada will have the extraordinary opportunity to join physically the labs and the full programme of WEMW!

All Inspirational Labs will take place on site, in Trieste (Italy), during WEMW on January 24 - 26, 2022.



- all applications must include: complete online form, producer/company profile, motivation letter;

- it is possible to apply to max. 2 different labs, but it will be possible to attend only one Inspirational Lab;

- in case you already applied to other WEMW activities you can still apply to the Inspirational Labs.


In order to submit your application and the required materials you need to create your own account and fill in the online form following this link

Please mention you are an EAVE graduate in your profile or motivation letter!

There is no submission fee and the deadline is December 15, 2021, 23.59 CET.

The selection will be announced late December.



In case of selection in one of the labs, the participation fee is 200 EUR, including accreditation, tuition fee, lunches and access to the on-site and online WEMW programme.


Have a look at the WEMW Inspirational Labs and find the one that suits you best!


ANIMA SPIRIT| Animation Inspirational Lab

in partnership with CEE Animation Workshop

ANIMA SPIRIT is designed as an entrance door for experienced producers and film companies coming from live action or documentary, wanting to discover the exciting and complex world of animated film production. The Lab is hosted by the CEE Animation Workshop team and led by experts Jelena Popović (NFB, Canada) and Jean Francois Le Corre (Vivement Lundi!, France). It will combine group work, individual consultancies, and lectures on financial and creative aspects of animation production. More info HERE


COLD OPEN | Drama Series Inspirational Lab

in partnership with MIDPOINT Institute

COLD OPEN will once again select international producers, with a background in feature films, who aspire to shift to drama series content. The programme will be led by MIDPOINT Institute's tutors and experts, and will include lectures, group sessions and individual consultations, aiming to supply hands-on skills of development, production planning and financing of serialized drama content. More detailed info HERE


IMPACT PYRAMID | Outreach & Impact Inspirational Lab

in partnership with ESoDoc

Danielle Turkov & Amy Shepherd from Think-Film will lead a guided co-creation workshop, in which selected fiction and documentary projects develop impact loglines, goals and key action steps. The main objective is to enhance participants’ understanding of the value of impact and what it can achieve for their productions and society, introduce them to a range of tools they can use to design and deliver policy impact, give participants specific project advice and guidance. More detailed info HERE


VOD FOR PRODUCERS | Online Distribution Inspirational Lab

in partnership with EUROVOD

The lab is a unique opportunity to raise awareness of the diversified VOD landscape and discover new distribution models within the European digital market. The series of lectures will be led by EUROVOD experts and representatives of some of the most active and successful European VOD platforms, and will help to inspire attending film companies to plan ahead the digital distribution of their films.


WEMW FOCUS | East & West Inspirational Lab

in partnership with the 2022 East & West countries in focus (Russia & UK, Ireland, Canada, USA)

A complete journey through the main funding, distribution and market opportunities offered by the 2022 WEMW spotlight territories. All lectures, individual consultancies and exchange sessions will feature leading key players from these industries and will tackle a wide range of topics, from working with equity investors to the independent documentary scene in the US.



All applicants will have the opportunity to virtually meet with the WEMW team on November 29 from 10.00am to 11.00am to get more info about the Inspirational Labs and the submission process. To ensure your attendance and get the direct link to the INFO DAY, you need to register by writing to no later than November 26.

We remind that WEMW 2022 will grant physical access to the market venue only to the participants selected to one of the Inspirational Labs or to any other section in the programme. All other film professionals will be offered the possibility to enjoy the rich programme of WEMW and access the new WEMW Digital Universe by requesting an online accreditation from early December.


More information are available at 


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Obituary Darija Kulenović Gudan

The EAVE family mourns the passing of Croatian producer and EAVE graduate Darija Kulenović Gudan.

Croatian film producer, co-founder of the production company Studio DIM and beloved member of the EAVE community, graduate of the EAVE Producers Workshop, Darija Kulenovic Gudan has passed away in Zagreb aged 49.

Darija was one of the leading female film professionals in the region, producing films such as Aleksi by Barbara Vekarić, Night Ships by Igor Mirković, My Grandpa is an Alien by Marina Andree Škop and Dražen Žarković, as well as the documentary series The Housing Issue by Silvana Menđušić, the drama series In Treatment by Tomislav Rukavina and Marko Škop, children's series Laboratory at the End of the Universe, RECs, Njama, Njam, and many others. Her latest project was feature omnibus Heavens Above by Serbian director Srđan Dragojević, on which she worked as a coproducer. 

Darija’s power and strength as well as her warm smile will be missed by us all. 

Our heart and thoughts go out to her family, friends and all those who have admired her.

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EAVE PUENTES Workshop 2 happening in Uruguay!

The final session of this year’s EAVE’s Europe-Latin-America co-production workshop starts today, November 22 until November 29!

The whole duration of the workshop will take place in Hotel San Pedro de Timote (Florida, Uruguay), a remote finca turned into a hotel, surrounded by the wilderness and beauty of the Uruguayan countryside.

The 14 participants who have started the journey together online will finally meet in person in this exceptionally immersive workshop composed mainly by group work conducted by the two PUENTES group leaders Agustina Chiarino (Mutante Cine, Uruguay), and Jean des Forêts (Petit Film, France).

Other experts include PUENTES Head of Studies Fernanda del Nido, and Acquisition Expert Aranka Matits (Featurette, The Netherlands).

In addition to the group work, participants will have individual meetings with PUENTES script consultant Jacques Akchoti (France) to discuss the alterations made in the project’s stories since June, individual meetings with the group leaders to discuss their careers as well as on request meetings with Aranka Matits regarding sales and acquisitions.

Thanks to EAVE’s partnership with the Marché du Film, PUENTES participants are accredited to participate in the upcoming edition of Ventana Sur taking place onsite (in Buenos Aires) and online from November 29 to December 3.

PUENTES 2021 is the 11th edition and second one under the guidance of PUENTES head of Studies Fernanda del Nido.


EAVE would like to express its gratitude to its workshop 2 partners; Egeda Uruguay, MEC-DNC-INCAU, Montevideo Audiovisual and MUTANTE Cine for making this physical workshop possible, its workshop 1 partners Fondo Audiovisivo FVG, IDM Südtirol and MiC and to Creative Europe-MEDIA and IBERMEDIA for their year-round support. 

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EAVE Producers Workshop 2021 culminates in Barcelona with a bang

The EAVE 2021 Producers Workshop’s third and final session in Barcelona, Spain (November 8-15) will welcome a record number of 102 leading international decision makers (complete list below) to discover in physical or online meetings the 51 top producing talents from 37 countries and discuss the 31 fiction, documentary and serial projects developed during this year’s EAVE Producers’ Workshop.

On the menu is a rich programme of plenary sessions, group work and individual meetings with EAVE experts and exquisite guests. Some highlights include a session of Public Film Finance at a Crossroads by Tomas Eskilsson  (Film i Väst, SE), an interview with Beta Film’s Chief Content Officer Koby Gal Raday (Beta Film, DE) on series production, negotiation group sessions under the title About Conflict Styles & Negotiation Power. Knowledge to suceed in negotiations by Anja Henningsmeyer (DE) as well as a dedicated session on Producing in and with Catalonia with EAVE PUENTES graduate Andrea H. Català (Amor y Lujo), Carlota Guerrero (Catalan Film Commission), EAVE participant Mar Medir Benito (Catalan Films) and EAVE graduate Adrià Mones (Fasten Films).

Catalan industry professionals are joining the plenary sessions, in addition to which a group of 8 selected Catalan producers will work on their projects in group work sessions lead by EAVE Group Leader Riina Sildos (Amrion, EE).


The 102 decision makers joining physically or online are:

Salma Abdalla / Autlook Filmsales (AT), Helen Ahlsson / Swedish Film Institute (SE), Scilla Andreen / Indieflix (US), Olivier Barbier / mk2 films (FR), Kazz Basma / Sideways Film (UK), Mariela Besuievsky / Tornasol Films (ES), Karin Beyens / Orange Entertainment (FR), Francesca Breccia / Coccinelle Film (IT), Kristian Brodie / Curzon CM Development Fund (UK), Todd Brown / XYZ Films (US), Manuela Buono / Slingshot Films (IT), Laure Caillol / Haut et Court (FR), Daniela Cölle / Pluto Film (DE), Jack M. Dalgleish / JD Entertainment (US), Claas Danielsen / Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (DE), Esra Demirkiran / TRT Cinema (TR), Lucie Desquiens / Charades (FR), Elaine Dumont / SODEC (CA), Karoliina Dwyer / The Yellow Affair (FI), Noemi Ferrer Schwenck / DR Sales (DK), Leslie Finlay / Creative Scotland (UK), Adrienne Frejacques / ARTE France (FR), Marco Valerio Fusco / Intramovies (IT), Simon Gabriele / Indie Sales (FR), Koby Gal-Raday / Beta Cinema (DE), Iole Maria Giannattasio / Ministry of Culture (MiC) (IT), Aleksandar Govedarica / Syndicado Film Sales (CA), Gabor Greiner / Films Boutique (DE), Alessandro Gropplero Italy / Friuli Venezia Giulia Audiovisual Fund (IT), Laufey Guðjónsdóttir / Icelandic Film Centre (IS), Faruk Güven / TRT Cinema (TR), Harriet Harper-Jones / Endeavor Content (UK), Barbie Heusinger / Sola Media (DE), Alexis Hofmann / BAC Films (FR), Yaba Holst / SF Studios (SE), Yuval Horowitz / Keshet Media Group (IL), Hanaa Issa / Doha Film Institute (QA), Marcella Jelic / Taskovski Films (UK), Thierry Jobin / Visions Sud Est & Fribourg Int. Film Festival (CH), Susa Katz / Zürcher Filmstiftung (CH), Ali Kechen / Doha Film Institute (QA), Susan King / Telefilm Canada (CA), Tine Klint / LevelK (DK), Danny Krausz / DOR FILM (AT), Zuzana Kucerova / Czech Television (CZ), Pierre-Alexandre Labelle / Under The Milky Way (FR), Louise Lantagne / SODEC (CA), Ioana Lazareanu / Romanian Film Centre (RO), Juan Pablo Libossart / Swedish Film Institute (SE), Marcin Łuczaj / New Europe Film Sales (PL), Katrien Maes / Screen Flanders (BE), Noël Magis / Screen Brussels (BE), Gaetano Maiorino / True Colours Glorious Films (IT), Fiorella Moretti / Luxbox (FR), Anthony Muir / Film i Väst (SE), Birgit Oberkofler / IDM Südtirol - Alto Adige (IT), Simon Ofenloch / ZDF/ARTE (DE), Christina Pelekani / Endorphin Film Sales (GR), Agneta Perman / Sveriges Television (SE), Michel Plazanet / CNC - Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée (FR), Malika Rabahallah / MOIN – Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein (DE), Maryanne Redpath / Berlin International Filmfestival – Generation (DE), Ilse Ronteltap / Netherlands Film Fund (NL), Andreas Rothbauer / Picture Tree International (DE), Gabriele Röthemeyer / Consultant (DE), Cécile Salin / Diaphana Distribution (FR), Lucas Schmidt / Studio Zentral (DE), Katriel Schory /Senor Consultant International Co-productions (IL), Edith Sepp / Estonian Film Institute (EE), Anna Shalashina / Kinoprime Foundation (RU), Riina Sildos / Amrion Production (EE), Patrick Sobelman / Agat Films – Ex Nihilo (FR), Joakim Rang Strand / Film i Skåne (SE), Nathalie Streiff / Institut Français / Cinémas du Monde (FR), Weerada Sucharitkul / FilmDoo (UK), Irena Taskovski / Taskovski Films (UK), Roland Teichmann / Austrian Film Institute (AT), Marie-Pierre Vallé / Wild Bunch (FR), Esther van Messel / First Hand Films (CH), Lena Vurma / Filmwelt Verleihagentur (DE), Kimberely Warner / Ffilm Cymru Wales (UK), James Webber / Dogwoof (UK), Michael Werner / Eyewell (SE) and Oliver Zeller / Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg (DE)


Various special guests from Europe’s leading co-production markets EAVE has partnerships with will be available for one-to-one meetings: 

Marjorie Bendeck / Connecting Cottbus (DE), Martina Bleis / Berlinale Co-Production Market (DE), Gabriele Capolino / The Gotham (US), Francesco Capurro / Series Mania (FR), Camille Cohen / Series Mania (FR), Alexia de Vito / MIA Market (IT), Mercedes Fernandez / TorinoFilmLab (IT), Alessandro Gropplero Italy / When East Meets West (IT), Armin Hadzic / CineLink (BiH), Marge Liiske / Baltic Event (EE), Helena Mackenzie / London Production Finance Market (UK), Tereza Simikova / CPH:DOX (DK), Mira Staleva / Sofia Meetings (BG), Lennart Ström / m:brane (SE), Nadja Tennstedt / DOK Leipzig (DE), Gülin Üstün / Meetings on the Bridge (TR), Marit van den Elshout / IFFR Pro (NL), Aleksandra Zakharchenko / Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes (FR) and Jeremy Zelnik / Les Arcs Coproduction Village (FR)


The EAVE 2021 Producers Workshop’s third and final session in Barcelona, Spain (November 8-15), is organized in partnership with the City Hall of Barcelona, Ministerio de Cultura y Deporte, the Government of Catalonia through the Catalan Institute for Cultural Companies (ICEC) and in collaboration with Catalan Films, Catalunya Film Commission and Barcelona Film Comission

The first two sessions of the EAVE 2021 Producers Workshop took place from March 7-12 & April 12-19 (online) and from July 19-26 (onsite in Orléans, France).

For more information, please contact

EAVE is supported by the Creative Europe - MEDIA sub-programme of the European Union, Film Fund Luxembourg, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée, Fondo Audiovisivo Friuli Venezia Giulia, PACT – the Producers Alliance for Cinema and Television, the Polish Film Institute, Doha Film Institute, Telefilm Canada, SODEC, IDM Südtirol Alto Adige, Projeto Paradiso, TRT - Turkish Radio and Television Corporation, French Institute of South Africa, Berlinale Co-Production Market and the partners who have hosted the workshops since 1988.

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TIES THAT BIND ON DEMAND in Taiwan kicks off in November!

We are delighted to announce our first TIES THAT BIND ON DEMAND hybrid workshop in Taiwan in cooperation with Taiwan Creative Content Agency (TAICCA).

Between November 1 - 5, 2021 and following the successful EAVE methodology, the selected Taiwanese producers will work on the development of their projects under the guidance of TTB core experts such as TTB Head of Studies Christophe Bruncher (Ici et là Productions, FR), script consultant Clare Downs (UK), sales expert Nicolas Brigaud-Robert (Playtime, FR) and group leader Jonas Weydemann (Weydemann Bros., DE).

Clare Downs will elaborate on script development tools. Sales agent Nicolas Brigaud-Robert will give insight into the international market, while Christophe Bruncher will focus on production opportunities in Europe and Asia. During the group work sessions, the participants will analyse each other’s projects from the script, sales and financing perspective under the guidance of experienced TTB group leader Jonas Weydemann. The participants will also meet all experts in individual meetings.

The following participants were selected for the workshop:

  • Yi-Jou HSIEH, Hyper Pictures, project: Forbidden Blossom
  • Susan HUANG, Static Film Productions, project: Borderless
  • Celine KAO, Original Films, project: The Horse
  • Bo-Tsun KO, Bourgeois Bohemian Creative Film, project: Dear Goodbye
  • Evril KUO, Flash Forward Entertainment, project: Suli
  • Ivy Yu-Hua SHEN, TYDAL Productions, project: Malice
  • Amanda TSENG, ENLA Media, project: Honey Milk

The facilitator of the hybrid workshop is TTB graduate Stefano Centini (Volos Films, TW). Ties That Bind On Demand Taiwan workshop is organised by Friuli Venezia Giulia Audiovisual Fund and EAVE in cooperation with Taiwan Creative Content Agency (TAICCA).

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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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