Ties That Bind 2020 - Call for Applications

press release

The call for applications for the next edition of TIES THAT BIND Asia - Europe Co-Production Workshop in 2020 is now open until January 30, 2020.

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 in Udine and the Southeast Asian Film Financing (SAFF) Forum in Singapore.

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

We also welcome applications of 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.

The 15 selected participants will attend 2 workshops:
Workshop 1 will take place from April 27 – May 1, 2020 within the framework of the Udine Far East Film Festival (April 24 – May 2, 2020) in Italy. Workshop 2 will be organised at the end of November/beginning of December 2020 in Singapore during the Southeast Asian Film Financing (SAFF) Forum in partnership with the Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association (SAAVA) and with support from Asia TV Forum & Market.

“The TIES THAT BIND workshop felt like a natural place for European producers who want to work with Asia and vice versa; a very fulfilling experience."
Maria Drandaki, Homemade Films, Greece, Ties That Bind 2019

"The TIES THAT BIND is very intense workshop, which pushes our limits to achieve maximum results, both for our film project and our professional career."
Siska Raharja, Elora Films, Indonesia, Ties That Bind 2019

Find out all about the target group, the application criteria, regulations, application form:


The selection will be made by a selection committee and will be announced by the end of March 2020.

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:,

Page published 13 December 2019. Updated 16 January 2020.

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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 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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