Far East Film Festival 20

Udine Italy April 20th/ April 28th 2018
The Film Festival For Popular Asian Cinema



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Ties That Bind

The call for applications for the ninth edition of TIES THAT BIND – Asia / Europe Co-Production Workshop in 2017 is now open until February 16, 2017.

Among the successful films developed at TIES THAT BIND are A YELLOW BIRD by K. Rajagopal (Semaine de la Critique Cannes 2016), DOG DAYS by Jordan Schiele (Panorama section of the Berlinale 2016), INTERCHANGE by Dain Iskandar Said (Piazza Grande of Festival del Film Locarno 2016), BIG FATHER, SMALL FATHER AND OTHER STORIES by Di Phan Dang (Berlinale competition 2015), CHI - MR. ZHANG BELIEVES by Jiongjiong Qiu (Signs of Live section of the Festival del Film Locarno 2015), BLACK STONE by Roh Gyeong-Tae (Section Spectrum Premiere Rotterdam 2015), and FLAPPING IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE by Hoang Diep Nguyen (won Best Film at Venice Critics’ Week 2014).

TIES THAT BIND is the leading training programme for European-Asian co-production. It is targeted at European & Asian producers, 10 of which will be selected with a feature film in development for the workshop. We also welcome applications of other European professionals interested in working with Asia (sales agents, financiers, distributors, festival programmers, co-production market representatives) or European producers without project. 5 of them will be selected to be an active part of the group.

The 15 participants attend 2 workshops: Workshop 1 will take place from April 25 – 29, 2017 within the framework of the Udine Far East Film Festival (April 21 – 29, 2017) in Italy. Workshop 2 will be organised in early December 2017 in Singapore during the Southeast Asian Film Financing (SAFF) Forum in partnership with the Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association (SAAVA).

The participants work with top-notch industry professionals from both continents during the two workshops. Amongst a range of issues, sessions will focus on script development, co-production between Asia and Europe, financing in the two regions, marketing and distribution, and the legal aspects of co-production. They will also meet leading Asian and European sales agents, funders and potential co-producers during the Southeast Asian Film Financing (SAFF) Forum.

«I am endlessly grateful for having participated at this amazing workshop and being exposed to years and years of experience from all the accomplished experts and industry professionals. Their input and care for my project was priceless, empowering and encouraging.» Isilay Yanbas (Karlakum Film, Turkey), TIES THAT BIND 2016

Target group:

- Applicants WITH A PROJECT: experienced feature film producers from Asia (Japan, Korea, China incl. Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, Mongolia, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines and Indonesia) and Europe (European Union and the countries mentioned in the following document as eligible to apply for the MEDIA SUB-programme: https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/sites/eacea-site/files/20112015-eligible-countries_en.pdf) wishing to create long term creative and business relationships between Europe and Asia. Interested producers should apply with a feature film project in development. European projects should have a strong co-production or co-financing potential with Asia.
- Applicants WITHOUT PROJECT: European film professionals (e.g. sales agents, distributors, festival and market representatives, financiers) or European producers without project and wishing to create long term creative and business relationships with Asia.

Project criteria:
- feature-length fiction film (for theatrical release) with strong potential to find co-producers and/or  attract Asian private financiers. We are open to any genre and type of project (from arthouse to commercial projects)
- preferably a minimum of 20% should be in place
- applicants must be the lead producer of the submitted project
- producer must have completed at least one film released in the last 3 years (theatrically, TV, DVD, VOD)
- 1st draft of the script must be available in English for the workshop

Application documents for applicants with a project:

- completed Application Form (available for download on www.eave.org)
- 1 page Letter of Motivation: please explain why you wish to participate at the workshop and what you expect from it
- 1-2 page CV of the Producer and the Director
- Brief description of the production company & a list of the company’s productions: in development, pre-production, production and of those released (please specify if the film was released theatrically, on TV, DVD, VOD, etc.)
- 1 page Producer’s Note of Intention: please explain how and why you wish to develop your project (financing sources, co-production partners, sales and distribution partners, etc.)
- 1 page Director’s Note of Intention: it should express the artistic vision of the director, how and why you want to direct this film (tone, visual style, etc)
- 1 page Estimated Budget (in Euro)
- 1 page Financing Plan (in Euro)
- 1 page Synopsis
- 8-10 pages Treatment

Scripts (in English) are to be sent only on request but should be ready in time for the first workshop by April 4, 2017.

Application documents for applicants without project:

Completed Application Form
1 page Letter of Motivation: please explain why you wish to participate at the workshop and what you expect from it
1-2 page CV
Brief description of the company (if any)

All documents have to be sent in English – the working language of the workshop will be English.
Participation fees & conditions:
The participation at Ties That Bind is free of charge. Each participant will be offered accommodation and part of the meals during the workshop stay. A limited number of partial travel scholarships are available in specific cases.

The selection will be made by a selection committee and will be published by the end of March 2017.

For further information please contact: Tanika Sajatovic tanika@eave.org
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