EAVE TIES THAT BIND focuses on Asian Distributors in Busan and world premiere of DOI BOY

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Are you participating at Busan International Film Festival this year? Are you ready to explore distribution and market opportunities with key experts from Asia and from Europe?

We are delighted to announce that EAVE TIES THAT BIND is preparing in cooperation with the European Film Promotion a series of roundtable talks with Asian distributors such as Wutichai Namjaiprasert (GDH 559, TH), Taewon Jung (Jinjin Pictures, KR), Selina Chen Si Yu (Flash Forward Entertainment, TW), and Jee-eun Kim (Challan, KR) this year in Busan.

The roundtable talks will explore the current situation of the Asian market in a friendly and informal atmosphere. They will be open to European sales agents and TTB alumni, and they will take place between October 7 – 9, 2023 at the TIES THAT BIND booth at ACFM (Asian Contents & Film Market).

Another TTB event in cooperation with the European Film Promotion will be a panel Cinematic Crossroads: Navigating European and Asian Film Markets on the challenges and opportunities encountered while introducing Asian art-house and commercial films to European audiences, and vice versa. The panel will be curated by Katarzyna Siniarska (New Europe Film Sales, PL) featuring speakers such as Patrick Mao Huang (Flash Forward Entertainment, TW), Kini Kim (The Jokers Films, FR), June Lee (WATCHA, KR), Valeska Neu (Films Boutique, DE), and Felix Tsang (Golden Scene, HK). The panel will take place on October 9, 2023 (Event Room C).

In Busan, TTB will also celebrate a world premiere of the highly anticipated TTB project DOI BOY by Nontawat Numbenchapol, which was developed at the TTB workshop in 2017 by Steve Chen (Anti-Archive, KH). Among the producers of the film is TTB 2019 alumna Supatcha Thipsena (Mobile Lab Project, TH) along with Daniel Mattes and Davy Chou. World sales is handled by Neramitnung Film.

Sorn, an ethnic Shan sex worker, tries to build a future in Chiang Mai, Thailand, as a refugee far from home, but he is drawn into a complex relationship with one client, a police officer investigating a political activist.

The director Nontawat Numbenchapol is known for his experimental docudrama #BKKY exploring the lives of Bangkok teenagers.

The film garnered anticipation even from its planning stages, having been selected for the Busan Asian Project Market (APM), Cannes L’Atelier, Berlinale Talents, and Talents Tokyo.

Furthermore, we are delighted to announce that the following projects of TTB graduates are selected for this year’s edition of the Asian Project Market:

  • Yulia Evina Bhara (KawanKawan Media, ID): Watch It Burn
  • Fran Borgia (Akanga Film Asia, SG): I'll Smile in September
  • Stefano Centini (Volos Films, TW): Mr. Tiger
  • Jeremy Chua (Potocol, SG): Filipinana
  • Monster Jimenez (This Side Up, PH):  Daughters of the Sea
  • Mai Nguyen (CineHanoi & Scarlet Visions, DE/VN): Mr. Van


For more information, please contact: Tanika Sajatovic, EAVE Project Manager:

EAVE TIES THAT BIND is supported by the Creative Europe - MEDIA sub-programme of the European Union.

Page published 6 October 2023.

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