TIES THAT BIND kicks-off in Udine!

press release

The second workshop of the 15th edition of TIES THAT BIND will take place between April 28 – May 2, 2024, in Udine, in parallel to FOCUS ASIA, the Industry section of the Udine Far East Film Festival.

Under the guidance of the two group leaders, Bianca Balbuena (Kroma Entertainment - Anima Studios, PH) and Jonas Weydemann (Weydemann Bros., DE), the participants will continue developing their projects, companies and careers.

The rich programme of plenary sessions is prepared in collaboration with FOCUS ASIA. It will feature three case studies:

  • Thomas Bruxelle (Bright Lights Films, FR) will give insight into the remake and Netflix success story of RESTLESS
  • TTB graduates Bianca Balbuena and Bradley Liew (Epicmedia Productions, PH) and Stefano Centini (Volos Films, IT/TW) produced VIET AND NAM by Trương Minh Quý (Un Certain Regard Cannes 2024). Together with Christian Jilka (Scarlet Visions, DE) they will share their experience on this 8-country-co-production.
  • Vincent Wang will elaborate on co-producing BLACK TEA by Abderrahmane Sissako (Berlinale Competition 2024)

Furthermore, Sami Arpa (Largo Films, CH) will give a hands-on workshop on AI usage for film industry.

VIET AND NAM © Epicmedia Productions, Volos Films


The TTB participants will 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), Albert Yao (Swallow Wings Films, TW), Johanna Mayer (Jour2Fête, FR), Alberto Vandenbroucke (Surtsey Films, ES) and TTB graduate Stephan Holl (Rapid Eye Movies, DE).

Individual meetings with TTB experts will be organised on topics such sales strategies with Nathalie Jeung (Kinology, FR) and PUENTES graduate Marie Lamboeuf (Urban Sales, FR), private equity financing with Winnie Lau (JEM Production, HK), Asian films and festival strategies with Roger Garcia (General Film Services, UK/HK) and Marco Müller (Taormina Film Festival, IT). TTB’s script consultants Clare Downs (UK) and Nayeem Mahbub (EE/BD) will focus on developing the participants’ scripts, and the TTB’s pitching consultant Sibylle Kurz (DE) will work on their presentation and communication skills. Career participants will meet with TTB Head of Studies Christophe Bruncher (Ici et Là Productions, FR) to address company-, career- or project-related questions.

The participants will also have individual meetings with key industry professionals at Focus Asia and benefit from meeting the participants of the second edition of the Distribution Lab organised in partnership with Europa Distribution and Focus Asia. Once again it will bring to Udine over 20 distributors from over 15 countries. The 2-day workshop will include case studies, group work and screenings, and will be entirely dedicated to discovering and sharing best practices and innovative strategies for promoting the distribution of Asian cinema in Europe and vice versa.

The selected participants are:


  •  Acone Acone, IFFR Pro | International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Netherlands


  •  Haziqah Azemi, Kapsul Studio, Malaysia
    • Project: GAREK by Cech Adrea


  •  Svetlana Cherrier, Ciclic Centre-Val de Loire, France


  • Stefano Chiavarini, Piroetta, Italy


  • Marta Cruañas, Canada, Spain


  •  Guillaume Dreyfus, Tripode Productions, France
    • Project: THREE TIMES JENNY by Milena Beurer Doenst


  •  Florence Giovani, Studio Antelope, Indonesia
    • Project: FIRST BREATH AFTER COMA by Jason Iskandar


  • Martin Horyna, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Republic


  • Frauke Kolbmüller, Oma Inge Film, Germany
    • Project: IF I STAY by Su-Jin Song


  •  Maya Korn, MHK Productions, UK/Germany
    • Project: ICON by Christina YR Lim


  • Mina Moteki, Kowatanda Films, Japan
    • Project: TIDES by Anshul Chauhan


  • Alex Poblete, Los Otros, Philippines
    • Project: THE BOY AND THE FIGHT OF SPIDERS by Jarell Mahinay Serencio


  •  Yu-Hao Su, InLight Film Studio, Taiwan
    • Project: WILL YOU STILL BE MY FRIEND by Po Shun Lu


  • Katalina Tobón, BAM - Bogotá Audiovisual Market, Spain


  • Carna Vucinic, Naked, Serbia
    • Project: HOLY DAD by Dusan Zoric & Matija Gluscevic


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.

For more information please contact:

EAVE Project Manager - Tanika Sajatovic:,

Page published 26 April 2024. Updated 29 April 2024.

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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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