TIES THAT BIND goes hybrid in Udine

press release

The hybrid edition of TIES THAT BIND’s second workshop is in full swing in Udine (IT), in parallel to FOCUS ASIA from June 30 to July 2.

TTB participants, Focus Asia industry guests & Far East Film Festival guests either have the opportunity to gather on-site in Udine, or to connect online via the specially designed Focus Asia platform, featuring all panel sessions and individual meetings between project representatives and decision makers, as well as informal chats in the virtual Café. All the guests of Focus Asia also have access to the films selected for FEFF on the platform.

The rich programme of the plenary sessions for the TTB workshop is prepared in collaboration with FOCUS ASIA. It features a co-production case study of TTB project MONEYBOYS by C.B. Yi, which will premiere in Un Certain Regard in Cannes. The film is produced by EAVE graduate Barbara Pichler (KPG Filmproduktion, AT), in co-production with the TTB graduate Guillaume de la Boulaye (Zorba Production, FR) and TTB expert Patrick Mao Huang (Flash Forward Entertainment, TW), and Panache Productions (BE). World sales are handled by TTB graduate Bérénice Vincent (Totem Films, FR).

International co-production TASTE by Lê Bảo, which was awarded at Berlinale Encounters this year, is the focus of the second case study held by producers Weijie Lai (E&W Films, SG) and EAVE graduate Marie Dubas (Deuxième Ligne Films, FR), who share their co-producing experiences between Europe and Asia.

Patrick Mao Huang (Flash Forward Entertainment, TW) and Vincent Wang (House on Fire, FR) elaborate on the opportunities for co-production funding in Greater China. Patrick Mao Huang shares his expertise on how to deal with equity investors together with TTB group leader Bianca Balbuena (Epicmedia Productions, PH).

Furthermore, the TTB participants have the opportunity to receive feedback on the marketing and distribution potential of their projects in both territories from Asian distributors such as Vincent Quek (Anticipate Pictures, SG), Kana Koido (The Klockworks, JP), Pamela Lingyan Bai (Beijing Hugoeast Media, CN), Shaoyi Chen (Screenworks Asia, TW), and European distributors such as TTB graduates Stephan Holl (Rapid Eye Movies, DE) and Fernanda Renno (Fidalgo Film Distribution, NO), and Claire Marty (Terracotta Distribution, UK). The Asian distributors also highlight the opportunities for distribution in their respective countries – Singapore, Japan, China, Taiwan - in Focus Asia panel dedicated to the latest trends of distribution in Asia.

This year we have organised for the first time a series of curated meetings with industry professionals giving advice on specific project needs and advising the participants regarding their next career steps. These meetings involved top-notch experts such as Todd Brown (XYZ Films, US), Gabor Greiner (Films Boutique, DE), Quentin Bosschaert (m-appeal, DE), Claire Lajoumard (Acrobates Films, FR), Sergina Stavroulaki (Heretic, GR), Pamela Bai (Beijing Hugoeast Media, CN), Wonsun Shin (Hanmac Culture Group, KR), Frédéric Pittoors d'Haveskercke (Series Mania, FR), Lucas Schmidt (Studio Zentral, DE), Annick Mahnert (Screen Division, ES), EAVE graduate Mathivanan Rajendran (Stray Factory, IN), Deepti DCunha (Film Programmer, IN), Phang Dang Di (DNY Productions, VN), Joyce Tang (TAICCA, TW), Toshifumi Makita (VIPO, JP), among others.

In the new ASIAN GATES section of Focus Asia which is aimed at European film professionals who want to deepen their knowledge of the opportunities offered by the Asian market, TTB & EAVE graduate Raymond van der Kaaij (Revolver Amsterdam) targets his session to producers, while Matteo Lovadina (Reel Suspects, FR) dedicates his session to sales agents, in collaboration with the EFP.

In addition to the plenary sessions which are moderated by Christophe Bruncher (TTB Head of Studies), the TTB participants have individual meetings with key industry professionals of Focus Asia, to foster new collaborations between European and Asian professionals.

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.


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EAVE Coordinator - Tanika Sajatovic:,



Page published 1 July 2021.

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