TIES THAT BIND unveils the 2021 selection

press release

For its 13th edition, TIES THAT BIND (TTB), the leading workshop programme connecting professionals from Asia and Europe, announces the selection of 25 participants including directors coming from 14 countries.

TTB takes place over a year through 2 workshops offering comprehensive knowledge of the European and Asian film industries and markets. The participants benefit from high-level development under the guidance of top-notch experts from both continents and have the opportunity to meet with key decision makers during the online edition of ATF - Asia TV Forum & Market (Singapore), and FOCUS ASIA, the Industry Section of the Udine Far East Film Festival (Italy).

The first workshop will take place online over 2 weeks during November 29 – December 3 and December 6 – 10, 2021. The second workshop will take place in Udine between April 25 – 29, 2022. The participants will work together in a group led by EAVE graduate Jonas Weydemann (Weydemann Bros., DE) and TTB graduate Bianca Balbuena (Epicmedia Productions, PH). The two group leaders will guide the participants’ discussion and analysis of each other’s projects from both an Asian and European perspective.

TTB Head of Studies Christophe Bruncher (Ici et Là Productions, FR) has put together a team of leading industry professionals. Script consultant Clare Downs (UK) will introduce the main script development tools to strengthen the participants’ understanding of narrative principles, in order to enable them to navigate their writers through the script development process. Sales agent Nicolas Brigaud-Robert (Playtime, FR) will elaborate on current trends in the international market. Marketing expert Constanza Arena (CinemaChile, CL) will guide the producers in developing innovative marketing strategies for their projects. Finance experts Jean-Baptiste Babin (Backup Media Group, FR) and Justin Deimen (108 Media, SG) will give detailed advice on the projects’ financing plans and how to access private equity.

Furthermore, TTB is partnering with SPM and ATF. The inaugural SEAScreen Project Market (SPM) will be launched at the Asia TV Forum & Market / ScreenSingapore (ATF/SS) on 1st December 2021 with its selection of 15 feature film and television projects slated for financing and co-production meetings with decision makers across ATF/SS. Formerly known as the Southeast Asian Film Financing Project Market (SAFF) which ran from 2015 to 2021, the event is now relaunched to include serialised content as well as feature films across all genres such as animation, factual entertainment, and digital shorts. SPM continues SAFF’s long-term partnership with TTB and will virtually co-locate its project selection with TTB’s own selection each year on the ATF Online+ platform, where interested co-producers and buyers are encouraged to schedule meetings with the curated projects.

The following 20 participants focusing on project development with feature films in development and 5 participants focusing on career development wanting to extend their knowledge and network towards Asia have been selected to participate in TTB 2021:


  • Vivian Yeran Bao, Guanyu Film, China

           Project: Sheep in the Forest by Tian Guan


  • Mariana Barassi, Program Ibermedia & Margenes Film Festival, Italy / Spain


  • Jacques-Henri Bronckart, Versus Production, Belgium

    Project: A Missing Part by Guillaume Senez


  • Johann Chapelan, Girelle Production, France

    Project: Picturehouse by Minh Nguyen-Vo


  • Claire Chassagne, Dolce Vita Films, France


  • Matija Drniković, Wolfgang&Dolly, Croatia


  • Anna Fam, Polished Productions, Vietnam / Poland


  • Iqbal Mohammad Hamdan, Catchlight Pictures Indonesia, Indonesia

    Project: Our Son by Luhki Herwanayogi


  • Junxiang Huang, Zhao Wei Films, Singapore

    Project: True Island by Harry & Henry Zhuang


  • Veronika Kührová, Analog Vision, Czech Republic

    Project: The Ugly Mandarine by Piaoyu Xie


  • Stelle Laguda, KT House Productions, Philippines

    Project: RA 8491 or How We Recall Lost Memories in Transit by Austin Tan


  • Aiko Masubuchi, Zakkubalan, Japan

          Project: Earthquake by Neo Sora


  • Mai Nguyen, CineHanoi & Scarlet Visions, Vietnam / Germany


  • Abel Ribeiro Chaves, Sociedade Optica Tecnica, Portugal

Project: Sakura by Pedro Magano


  • Els Vandevorst, N279 Entertainment, Netherlands

Project: Emerald Butterfly by Martin Koolhoven


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 29 November 2021. Updated 30 November 2021.

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