TIES THAT BIND – Asia / Europe Co-Production Workshop

W1: in Udine, April 28 - May 2, 2015
W2: in Singapore, November 30 - December 4, 2015


The second workshop of the successful TIES THAT BIND programme is heading for the first time to Singapore from November 30 to December 4, 2015.

Thanks to the a new partnership with the Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association (SAAVA), TIES THAT BIND will take place during the inaugural edition of the Southeast Asian Film Financing Forum PROJECT MARKET, where the selected TTB projects will be presented together with 10 other selected projects from Southeast Asia to leading decision makers from Asia and Europe, such as: Zainir Aminullah (Ideate Media, MY), Kevin Balhetchet (Hub Media Group, SG), Pei Ling Chan (Starlight Media Consultants, SG), Gin Kai Chan (Silver Media Group, SG), Justin Deimen (Advent Media Group, SG), Allen Jordan (Goshen Media Group, ID), Mulani Mohan (Surya Ventures, SG), Jessel Monteverde (Abracadabra, PH), Chieko Murata (Sony Pictures Entertainment, JP), Jongsuk Thomas Nam(Buchon Int. Fantastic Film Festival, KR), Sreyashi Sen (Darpan Singapore, SG), Dhruv S Sinha (Reliance Ent. & Phantom Films, IN), and Leon Tan (DragonSlate, MY), Paolo Bertolin (Venice Int. Film Festival, IT), Guillaume de Seille (Arizona Productions, FR), Benjamin Illos (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, FR), Thierry Jobin (Visions Sud Est, CH), Frédéric Corvez (UDI - Urban Distribution International, FR), Keiko Funato (Alpha Violet, FR), and Meinolf Zurhorst (ZDF/ARTE), among others.

The TIES THAT BIND participants (see full list below) started to develop their projects under the guidance of leading industry experts during the first workshop in Udine, Italy (April 28 – May 2, 2015) within the framework of the Udine Far East Film Festival (April 23 - May 2, 2015). During the second workshop the participants will continue to develop and package their projects under the guidance of the TTB pedagogical team including TTB Head of Studies Christophe Bruncher (Ici et Là Productions, FR), Clare Downs (Script Consultant, UK), Shanty Harmayn-Hofman (Salto Films, Indonesia), Elise Jalladeau (Charivari Films, FR). Special focus during this session will be put on examining distribution networks across both Europe and Asia. Jean-Baptiste Babin (Backup Media Group, FR) and Samuel Y. Ha(Union Investment Partners, KR), will work with the participants on their financing plans and strategies and present the financing landscape in Europe and Asia.

Furthermore, they will be able to participate at the SAFF Conference, a one-day event bridging the gap between investors and producers, educating audiences on the creative and business sides of film financing. Top speakers from Asia and Europe will address the main topics around coproduction and financing between Europe and Asia. Find below the list of speakers and topics.

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). TIES THAT BIND is supported by the Creative Europe - MEDIA sub-programme of the European Union, and ScreenSingapore.

Speakers and topics at the SAFF conference:  

Crossing Continents: Guide to Structuring a Successful East-West Co-Production: The different funding mechanisms, cultural sensibilities, and work processes between East and West can be double-edged swords. They can create a minefield of difficulties for the aspiring filmmaker, or provide a host of opportunities for learning, exchange, and commercial rewards. Christophe Bruncher (EAVE TIES THAT BIND) and Chan Gin Kai (Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association (SAAVA) & Silver Media Group) will provide valuable insights into their respective regions’ media ecosystem and how successful East-West co-productions can be structured.

Europe: An Insight into European Film FinanceMeinolf Zurhorst (ZDF/ARTE), Paolo Vidali Alessandro Gropplero (Fondo Audiovisivo FVG, IT) and Thierry Jobin (Visions Sud Est, CH) will elaborate on how European producers have built an industry by navigating their co-productions through treaties and festivals to consolidate their financing.

Southeast Asia: Overview of Southeast Asian Film Financing: Cash is king in Southeast Asia’s film financing landscape as public money remains scarce in the region and private money continues to be poured into funding entertainment products in this part of the world. But progress is hampered by the lack of strong distribution entities and an overreliance on film festivals to travel beyond Asian shores. Sridhar Sreekakula (Barking Cow Media Group), Zainir Aminullah (Ideate Media), Jessel Monteverde (Abracadabra), Allen Jordan(Goshen Group), Kevin Balhetchet (Hub Media Group) and Dato’ Kamil Othman (National Film Development Corporation Malaysia - FINAS) will discuss on the trends and future of how and what films will be funded in future.

Meet the Financiers: what are film financiers looking for, and how do you structure packages that appeal to them? The following financiers, Chan Pei Ling (Starlight Media Consultants), Mohan Mulani (Surya Ventures), Chan Gin Kai (Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association (SAAVA) & Silver Media Group), Samuel Y. Ha (Union Investment Partners), Chieko Murata (Sony Pictures Entertainment) and Leon Tan (DragonSlate Media), will advise how you can you be creative in structuring your financing strategy, and offer funders maximum safety nets through pre-sales, timetables, insurances and bonds, and rewarding early backers.

Understanding Distribution and FestivalsAchieving Critical Acclaim and Commercial RewardsBenjamin Illos (Programmer, Cannes Film Festival - Director’s Fortnight), Thomas Nam, (Network of Asian Fantastic Films - NAFF), Paolo Bertolin (Programmer, Venice Film Festival), Frédéric Corvez (UDI - Urban Distribution International), Dhruv S Sinha (Reliance Entertainment & Phantom Films) will demystify the numbers games in film sales and recoupment, clarify the ever evolving sales market and bring light to the trends and developments in the festival circuit.

Marketing and Distribution in a Global Context: Patrick Frater (Variety) and Cheryl Boone Isaacs (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) will address the evolving landscape of marketing and distribution in independent films, and the many educational and outreach programs the Academy provides and produces.

The following producers and professionals were selected for TIES THAT BIND 2015:  

  • Aiess Alonso, Quantum Films, Philippines; Project: A Wrong Season, director: Carlo Francisco Manatad
  • Muhammad Bahir, Wayang Works, Malaysia; Project: Motif, director: Nadiah Hamzah
  • Gilles Chanial, Les Films Fauves, Luxembourg; Project: Dobari, director: TBC
  • Iwana Chronis, International Film Festival Rotterdam – Hubert Bals Fund, The Netherlands
  • Christopher Granier-Deferre, Poisson Rouge Pictures, United Kingdom; Project: Fox Spirit, director: Maja Bodenstein
  • Kasia Karwan, Premium Films, Poland/France
  • Eun-Zi Kim, DCM World, Germany
  • Donsaron Kovitvanitcha, 185º Equator, Thailand; Project: Arnold is a Model Student, director: Sorayos Prapapan
  • Jen Nee Lim, Pilgrim Pictures, Singapore; Project: For Adults Only, director: Leon Cheo
  • Kyoko Miyake, Brakeless, Japan/United Kingdom; Project: The Promise, director: Kyoko Miyake
  • Freddy Olsson, Göteborg Film Festival / Bokomotiv, Sweden
  • Niko Post, Line Up Entertainment, The Netherlands; Project: Bangkok Detour, director: Martijn Heijne
  • Florian Caspar Richter, Propeller Film, Germany; Project: Junana, director: Chantal Bertalanffy
  • Elli Toivoniemi, Tuffi Films, Finland, Project: Wife, director: Selma Vilhunen
  • Jérémy Zelnik, Arcs 1950 Coproduction Village / Paris Coproduction Village / Dibona Films, France

For more information please contact: 

EAVE - Tanika Sajatovic, International Coordinator:

FVG Audiovisual Fund – Alessandro Gropplero, International Relations:, 

Page last updated 24 November 2015

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