Apply now for TIES THAT BIND 2023/2024!

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The call for applications for the 15th edition of TIES THAT BIND Asia - Europe Co-Production Workshop in 2023 is now open until 25 August 2023.

We are very proud to renew the partnership with TAICCA - Taiwan Creative Content Agency and to unveil the new dates and location of the Asian session of the workshop!

TAICCA: “Ties That Bind offers expertise and networking opportunities and is a great platform for Asian and European professionals to connect. We are very delighted to continue the partnership for the third year to consolidate the ties between Asia and Europe.”

Kristina Trapp, EAVE: “2021 has been the start of our privileged partnership with TAICCA for TIES THAT BIND and the experience has been amazing. Taipei is a perfect home for our programme that offers a bridge between Asia and Europe for producers and professionals from both continents to create strong professional networks and cooperations.”

Sabrina Baracetti, Far East Film Festival: “We are happy to renew the collaboration with TAICCA which is confirmed to be a strategic partner both for the Udine festival and for Focus Asia and Ties That Bind. A collaboration that from this year becomes multi-year allowing adequate and stimulating planning!"

Paolo Vidali, Friuli Venezia Giulia Audiovisual Fund: ”TTB has grown steadily over its 15+ year life. Year by year we have adjusted the offer to have constant and organic growth. The upcoming edition will face changes that will allow it to achieve even more ambitious objectives.”

What is TTB?

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, pitching, marketing and distribution. They will meet leading Asian and European sales agents, funders and potential co-producers during FOCUS ASIA in Udine.

Target Group

TTB is targeted at European & Asian producers focusing on project development. We will select 5 European and 5 Asian producers. In addition to feature fiction films, we are open to TV series or animation fiction films in development. We encourage you to bring your directors to the workshop.

We also welcome applications from European professionals interested in working with Asia such as sales agents, financiers, distributors, festival programmers, co-production market representatives, or European producers who wish to focus on their career development. We will select 5 career participants to be an active part of the group. In order to benefit from all aspects of the programme, they will be able to partner with project participants and attend the meetings with the experts and decision makers together.

2 Workshops

  • Workshop 1 will take place November 5 - 9, 2023, in Taipei, Taiwan, within the framework of the TCCF - Taiwan Creative Content Fest.
  • Workshop 2 will take place April 28 - May 2, 2024, in Udine, Italy, within the framework of the Udine Far East Film Festival & FOCUS ASIA.

Participation fees & conditions

  • Participants focusing on project development: 600 Euro*
  • Participants focusing on career development: 400 Euro

The fee includes the tuition costs, accommodation and subsistence costs during the workshop stay.

*Participants focusing on project development will have the possibility to attend the workshop with the project director. In this case, the participation fee for directors is 200 Euro and includes tuition and subsistence costs during the workshop stay.

To name just some of the success stories from the last few years, TIGER STRIPES by Amanda Nell Eu (Cannes Critics’ Week Grand Prix 2023), MAMMALIA by Sebastian Mihailescu (Berlinale Forum 2023), LEONOR WILL NEVER DIE by Martika Escobar (World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award: Innovative Spirit at Sundance 2022), AUTOBIOGRAPHY by Makbul Mubarak (FIPRESCI Award for Best Film at Venice Horizons 2022), TO THE NORTH by Mihai Mincan (Venice Horizons 2022), ARNOLD IS A MODEL STUDENT by Sorayos Prapapan (Filmmakers of the Present Locarno 2022), MONEYBOYS by C.B. Yi (Un Certain Regard in Cannes 2021), HOLY EMY by Araceli Lemos (Special Mention Award in Locarno 2021), WHETHER THE WEATHER IS FINE by Carlo Francisco Manatad (Youth Jury Award in Locarno 2021), THE SEEN AND UNSEEN by Kamila Andini (Grand Prize of the Generation 14plus International Jury at Berlinale 2018), A YELLOW BIRD by K. Rajagopal (Cannes Critics’ Week 2016). 

“TIES THAT BIND was an incredible experience. I have gained from it more than anything I could have hoped for. Beyond having concrete tools and meetings to develop my project, I met with a great group of fellow producers who were so generous in sharing their experience to mutually support each other and appreciate the strengths and difficulties of cross-cultural collaborations.”
Charlotte Lelong, Trance Films, France, Ties That Bind 2022

“TIES THAT BIND was one of the greatest networking experiences I have had so far! The group was diverse and TTB created an open environment where the exchange happened easily. Close ties have been formed that I know will last and grow.”
Josune Hahnheiser, Black Forest Films, Germany/Singapore, Ties That Bind 2022

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


Find out all about the application criteria and regulations and apply by filling in the form here.

The selection will be made by a selection committee and will be announced by late September 2023.

TIES THAT BIND is organised by the Friuli Venezia Giulia Audiovisual Fund, EAVE, Udine Far East Film Festival and TAICCA, and supported by the Creative Europe - MEDIA sub-programme of the European Union. A special thanks goes to SAAVA and ATF Asia TV Forum & Market for hosting the workshop since 2015 in Singapore and for continuing offering special support for the future plans of Ties That Bind.

For more information please contact: 

TTB Coordinator – Alessandra Pastore:,

European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs, EAVE, is a professional training, project, development and networking organisation for audiovisual producers. Working with a worldwide network of partners we are involved in programmes for producers worldwide.

FVG Audiovisual Fund
First experience in the Italian panorama, the aim of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Audiovisual Regional Fund is to support the development of local film companies and promote the regional audiovisual works in national and international markets. The Fund operates in three main sectors: training, to encourage the participation of local audiovisual professional in national and international courses for directors, scriptwriters, producers, editors, camera operators, and sound engineers; development, to cover all the activities between the idea and the production phase, from the script writing and the research, to the casting, the fundraising and the presentation of a promo; distribution, along with the promotion of the projects, this last action includes a financial support to cover the production expenses, so as to create more competitive products.
Along with the ordinary management of the fund, the FVG AUDIOVISUAL FUND has organized several events aimed at creating platforms for cinema professionals from all around the world and developing the local audiovisual industry.

Far East Film Festival
Established in Udine (Italy) in 1999 after the success achieved in 1998 by the Hong Kong Film focus, Far East Film is about to reach its 24th edition, and still represents a unique opportunity to experience current trends in East and South-East Asian filmmaking.
Every year, during its nine days of screenings, Far East Film offers the chance to watch the most successful recent Asian releases as well as staging important retrospectives. In the pleasant, informal and relaxing festival mood, the newest feature films from the Far East are presented along with tributes and focuses on specific directors.
Since 2016, FEFF also hosts its own industry section called FOCUS ASIA that brings together over 120 producers, investors, sales and buyers from Asia and Europe, and which includes a Project Market for films in development and a series of Panels & Case Studies dedicated to the latest trends in European and Asian cinema.

TAICCA - Taiwan Creative Content Agency
Taiwan Creative Content Agency (TAICCA), established in June 2019 and supervised by the Ministry of Culture, is a professional intermediary organization that promotes the development of Taiwan’s content industries. TAICCA supports various cultural content industries in Taiwan, including film and television, pop music, publishing, ACG, and fashion, artworks and cultural technologies.
With advanced information and communication technology infrastructure and emerging technologies in Taiwan, TAICCA manages the National Development Fund to develop intellectual property (IP), incubate culture technologies, and facilitate startups.
Through international distribution channels, TAICCA strives to promote Taiwan’s cultural brand in the world. TAICCA enhances Taiwan’s cultural content industries and creates new value for Taiwan’s national brand. Profitable and eco-friendly, the creative industries are now valued as a key economic indicator worldwide.

Page published 21 July 2023. Updated 31 July 2023.

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A scholarship has been set up to honour the memory of Alan Fountain, former Head of Studies and President of EAVE, who passed away in 2016. 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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