EAVE – TIES THAT BIND and ToolBox kick of a new cooperation

press release

The Open Doors ToolBox, the free learning and networking platform dedicated to directors and producers in South Asia, Southeast Asia and Mongolia, operated by Locarno Film Festival, is launching its first collaboration with the producer’s training program EAVE - Ties That Bind. Thanks to this partnership, the users of the ToolBox will be able to access exclusive content starting from today, the 11th of February.

EAVE is an established professional training, project development and networking organization for audio-visual producers. The professional resources developed for its main yearly-workshop and for its programme Ties That Bind, specifically designed to assist co-productions between Asia and Europe, will be now exceptionally available to the ToolBox members for a limited period of time.

I am delighted that EAVE is generously joining forces with us on the ToolBox initiative, stressing the collaborative approach we’re having with this professional web platform placed under the sign of sharing, inspiration and networking.

Sophie Bourdon, Head of Open Doors

"We are very happy to contribute to the Open Doors ToolBox, a partnership which is perfectly in line with EAVE’s mission to have an impact beyond our core workshop programs and to reach out to a wider group of professionals worldwide, offering access to tools and expertise. We believe that the support of independent voices, creative imagination and culturally driven companies within the global media industries is an urgent necessity in the 21st century. Through our work we aim to contribute towards the creation of strong networks of producers and to encourage the exchange of knowledge and skills which will strengthen independent production across the world."

Kristina Trapp, Chief Executive of EAVE

Since its launch in summer 2020, about 600 filmmakers and producers from Open Doors’ Asian regions in focus have become regular members of the ToolBox, benefiting of the free knowledge shared by industry members and other professionals.

As part of the new content available, the recording of the pitching training session at EAVE’s yearly professional workshop will be followed by additional material on pitching by expert Sibylle Kurz as well as ad-hoc resources by the Open Doors Team, and by more EAVE-signed releases through 2021.

Each item will be available on demand for a 30-day period, exclusively for the registered members of the ToolBox.

This collaboration brings new perspectives to our members and allows them to discover materials, learn techniques of filmmaking and production that they would not be able to access otherwise, given the current resources available in their home countries. I’m delighted that the ToolBox’s first collaboration starts with EAVE – Ties That Bind, a prestigious and well-established initiative with an incredible history of graduated producers and alumni. With this partnership, the ToolBox makes a big step toward its goal to become a unique and free platform for isolated filmmakers in our focused territories.

Zsuzsi Bánkuti, Open Doors Community Coordinator


We invite you to fully discover the ToolBox and all the useful resources that we are constantly publishing, and to get the chance to meet other registered professionals! 


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Open Doors is made possible by the collaboration of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Page published 11 February 2021. Updated 25 February 2021.

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