TIES THAT BIND celebrates the success of TIGER STRIPES and its second workshop in Udine!

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We are delighted to announce the world premiere of TTB film TIGER STRIPES by Amanda Nell Eu in Cannes Critics’ Week!

The film was developed at TTB in 2019 and is produced by TTB graduate Foo Fei Ling (Ghost Grrrl Pictures, MY) in co-production with the TTB graduates Jonas Weydemann (Weydemann Bros., DE), Fran Borgia (Akanga Film Asia, SG), Yulia Evina Bhara (Kawankawan Media, ID), TTB expert Patrick Mao Huang (Flash Forward Entertainment, TW), EAVE graduate Ellen Havenith (PRPL, NL) and Still Moving (FR).

"Tiger Stripes is the 1st Malaysian film to make it into Cannes Critics’ Week — this is a momentous occasion and a dream come true for our team. Because of co-production, we made it this far and TTB has played an essential role in the development where I have found my lifelong mentors, collaborators and friends."

Foo Fei Ling

The second workshop of the 14th edition of TIES THAT BIND will take place between April 24 – 28, 2023, in Udine, in parallel to FOCUS ASIA, the Industry section of the Udine Far East Film Festival.

The rich programme of the plenary sessions for the TTB workshop is prepared in collaboration with FOCUS ASIA. It will feature three co-production case studies, moderated by TTB Head of Studies Christophe Bruncher:

  • TTB graduates Bianca Balbuena and Bradley Liew (Epicmedia Productions, PH), Junxiang Huang (Zhao Wei Films, SG) and Stefano Centini (Volos Films, TW) produced IN MY MOTHER'S SKIN by Kenneth Dagatan, which premiered in Midnight Section at Sundance 2023 as the only non-English-language film and was sold to Amazon.  
  • TTB graduates Jeremy Chua (Potocol, SG) and Bostjan Virc (Studio Virc, SI) will elaborate on producing debut feature LAST SHADOW AT FIRST LIGHT by Nicole Midori Woodford.
  • Emilie Georges (Paradise City Films, FR & Memento International, FR) will share her experiences on 4-country-co-production (FR-UK-GR-SG) DRIFT by Anthony Chen, shown in the Premieres Section at Sundance 2023. Sales are handled by Memento International.

Furthermore, the TTB participants will have the opportunity to receive feedback on the distribution potential of their projects from top-notch European and Asian distributors such as Kana Koido (The Klockworks, JP), Vincent Quek (Anticipate Pictures, SG), Chris Yu (Green Narae Media, KR) and TTB graduates Stephan Holl (Rapid Eye Movies, DE) and Samantha Faccio (Tucker Film, IT), and Alexis Dantec (Les Films du Losange, FR).

Sales agent Nicolas Brigaud-Robert (Playtime, FR) will elaborate on the current trends of the international market. Additional sessions will provide insight into working with private equity investors by Emilie Georges (Paradise City Films, FR & Memento International, FR) and Winnie Lau (SK Global Entertainment, US).

Individual meetings with TTB experts will be organised on topics such as Asian films and festivals with Roger Garcia (HK) and sales strategies with Yasmine Talli (mk2 films, FR). TTB’s script consultant Clare Downs (UK) will focus on developing their scripts and TTB’s pitching consultant Sibylle Kurz (DE) will work on their presentation and communication skills.

The participants will also have individual meetings with key industry professionals at Focus Asia to foster new collaborations between European and Asian professionals.

In the 14 years of its existence, TTB has become the leading training programme for European-Asian co-production, in partnership with EAVE, Europe's leading training provider for producers.

To name just some of the success stories from the last few years, TIGER STRIPES by Amanda Nell Eu (Cannes Critics’ Week 2023), MAMMALIA by Sebastian Mihăilescu (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 is organised by the Friuli Venezia Giulia Audiovisual Fund, EAVE, Udine Far East Film Festival and the Taiwan Creative Content Agency (TAICCA) and supported by the Creative Europe - MEDIA sub-programme of the European Union.

The selected participants are:

  Kristina Aschenbrennerova, International Film Festival Rotterdam & Slovak Queer Film Festival, Slovakia

  Ivry Braun, Yilisoo Films, France/China

Project: SPIN by Baer Xiao

  Ieva Cern, Film Jam, Lithuania

Project: CHINA SEA by Jurgis Matulevicius

  António Ferreira, Persona Non Grata Pictures, Portugal

Project: LAND OF HURRICANES by António Ferreira

  Josune Hahnheiser, Black Forest Films, Germany/Singapore

  Pedro Hernández Santos, Aquí Y Allí Films, Spain

Project: THE HIDDEN SOUND OF THINGS by Pedro Collantes

  Chris Huang, Roji Film, Japan

Project: OMIONNA by Koji Shiraishi

  Celine Kao, Ksana Films, Taiwan

  Charlotte Lelong, Trance Films, France

Project: SHE MAKES AND UNMAKES by Jonas Bak

  Wilfredo Manalang, Fusee, Philippines

Project: VIOLET FLOWER by Jerome Zamora

  Tommaso Muffato, BBC Studios, Italy/UK

  Giancarlo Nasi, Quijote Films, Italy/Chile

Project: CELESTIAL TWINS by Niles Athala

  Xuan Trang Nguyen Thi, Lagi Production, Vietnam

Project: CHA CHA CHA by Do Quoc Trung

  Ivy Shen, Betula Films, Taiwan


  Jeske Van der Slikke, Hubert Bals Fund | International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands

  Aleksandra Zakharchenko, Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes, Ukraine/France


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EAVE Project Manager - Tanika Sajatovic:,

Page published 18 April 2023. Updated 28 April 2023.

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