Focus Asia + Ties That Bind

14 titles have been selected by Focus Asia, the Far East Film Festival Project Market dedicated to genre cinema. 14 possible "films of tomorrow" with strong co-production and co-financing potential in Europe or Asia which will be presented during FEFF 20 (from the 25th to the 27th of April) to over 200 professionals in the sector as part of a packed programme made up of panels, one-to-one meetings, projections and networking opportunities.

The selection committee looked at 72 projects in total (which came to Udine from 35 countries) and is made up of four professionals, all leaders in the world of genre cinema: Thomas Jongsuk Nam of the NAFF - Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (Bucheon, South Korea), Sten Saluveer of the Black Nights Film Festival - Industry@Tallinn & Baltic Event (Tallinn, Estonia), Mike Hostench of the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia (Sitges, Spanish State) and Valeria Richter of Nordic Genre Boost (Oslo, Norway).

As everybody knows, the Project Market is organized by the Centro Espressioni Cinematografiche/Far East Film Festival of Udine with the collaboration of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Audiovisual Fund and with the support of the General Directorate for Cinema (MiBACT), the Istituto Luce, the Ministry of Economic Development, the ICE (Agency for Promotion Abroad), the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia and the Municipality of Udine.

From the 24th to the 28th of April - right in the heart of the Far East Film Festival - there will also be the Italian session of Ties That Bind, the Asia-Europe co-production workshop which this year reaches its milestone tenth edition, bringing together Asian and European professionals in the development of film projects (under the guidance of highly skilled industry experts from both continents).

For the first time, all the projects selected for the workshop will make up a collateral market section and will thus have the opportunity to meet the numerous producers, financiers and distributors present on the Focus Asia days.

Ties That Bind is organized by the Friuli Venezia Giulia Audiovisual Fund, EAVE, Udine Far East Film Festival and the Asian Audio-Visual Association (SAAVA) with the support of the Creative Europe - MEDIA sub-program of the European Union, Silver Media Group and Aurora Media Holdings.

The second session will take place next December in Singapore (Southeast Asian Financing Forum).

FOCUS ASIA 2018 – The 14 selected projects:

A Portrait of A Beauty by Surapong  Ploensang, produced by Yeonu Choi, CJ E&M (Thailand)      

Belen by Quark Henares, produced by Bianca Balbuena and Bradley Liew, Epicmedia Productions Inc (Philippines)

Black Cattle by Tetsuichiro Tsuta produced by Emi Ueyama, Article Films and Shozo Ichiyama, Office Kitano (Japan)

Bully Basher by Sang-woo Lee, produced by Pierce Conran, 2Mr Films (South Korea, United Kingdom)

CAR:Y by Olivier Guerpillon, produced by Olivier Guerpillon and Frida Hallberg, Silver Films AB (Sweden, France)

In the Next Life by Jake Wachtel, produced by Valerie Steinberg (USA)

Khun Pan Begins by Kongkiat Khomsiri, produced by Songpol Wongkondee, M Pictures Co., Ltd. (Thailand)

Quantum Suicide by Mikhail Red, produced by Micah Tadena, Media East Productions and Taro Imai, Harakiri Films (Philippines, Japan)

Recurrence by Marteinn Thorsson, produced by Gudrun Edda Thorhannesdottir, DUO Productions and Gunnar Carlsson, Anagram and Christian Riffard, Frosen Frog (Iceland, France, Sweden)

The Gamblers of Hong Kong by Freddie Wong, produced by Freddie Wong, Connoisseurs Production & Marketing (Hong Kong SAR China, Macao)

The Tunnel by Pål  Øie, produced by Einar  Loftesnes, Handmade Films In Norwegian Woods (Norway)     

Unpaved Road by Seunghoon Jung, produced by Yonghee Lee, 37thDEGREE (South Korea, Thailand)       

Wilderness by Nadira Ilana, produced by Nadira Ilana, Telan Bulan Films and Pamela Reyes, Create Cinema and Panuksmi Hardjowirogo, M'GO Films (Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore)

Young Tesla and the Idea Poachers by Petar Orešković, produced by Sinisa Juricic and Matija Drnikovic, Nukleus film/ Jaako Dobra Produkcija (Croatia, Austria, Netherlands, Serbia, Slovenia)


TIES THAT BIND 2018 – The 15 selected professionals and the 10 selected projects:

Bulgaria
Vesela Kazakova, Activist 38

Finland
Mark Lwoff, Bufo
Project: Memory of Water by Saara Saarela

France
Jordane Oudin, Hippocampe Productions 
Project: Riddle by Zhou Hao

Greece
Konstantinos Vassilaros, StudioBauhaus
Project: Holy Emy by Araceli Lemos

Indonesia
Yulia Evina Bhara, KawanKawan Media
Project: Autobiography by Makbul Mubarak

Italy
Iole Maria Giannatasio, MiBACT

Japan
Eiko Mizuno-Gray, Loaded Films
Project: Where Wolves Fear to Prey by Jason Gray

Myanmar
Ma Aeint, Electronic Pictures
Project: The Other Side of the River by Maung Maung San

Philippines
Monster Jimenez, Arkeo Films
Project: Return of the Owl by Martika Ramirez Escobar

Switzerland
Sarah Schiesser, Locarno Festival

Taiwan
Zi-Ning Chiou, Fennec Pictures
Project: 23.5°N by Zi-Ning Chiou

The Netherlands
Inke Van Loocke, International Film Festival Rotterdam

Ukraine
Anna Skrypka, Waverly Pictures
Project: Mango Avenue by Don Gerardo Frasco

United Kingdom
Weerada Sucharitkul, FilmDoo
Anna von Dziembowska, Victoria Films
Project: Far Frontiers by Maxim Dashkin