Focus Asia 2020

JUNE 29 - JULY 1, 2020 - UDINE

The principal aim of the Far East Film Festival has always been that of reducing the cultural distance between the East and the West by showcasing the films which are popular in Asia: the films people are actually going to see at the cinema - the blockbusters and genre films that rarely used to reach Western audiences except through pirated copies or in other unorthodox ways.

Over the past 20 years, many of the channels which provide access to films (free TV, pay TV, VOD, streaming and home video) have begun devoting varying amounts of space to the greatest Asian filmmakers.
And most of the titles which have reached Western audiences have passed through the Far East Film Festival.

The birth of Focus Asia has been, therefore, a natural development of the festival.

Focus Asia’s 2020 program will include:

Focus Asia project market selects every year projects in development with a strong co-production and co-financing potential with Europe or Asia. All selected teams have the opportunity to meet more than 200 professionals coming from all over the world.
The call for projects is available at the following link: Call for projects 2020

Far East In Progress is the only exclusive work-in progress section for Asian films in Europe. The platform represents a natural follow up for films previously presented in Asia project markets or developed at workshops such as Ties That Bind. The Guidelines and the Submission Form is available at the following link.


A unique showcase of previews of Cannes Market Screenings that gives the opportunity to selected international sales companies to present their new titles to all attending European and Asian buyers and festival programmers.

All FOCUS ASIA attendees have the opportunity to participate to the numerous panel talks and case studies that take place over the event’s three days. The overall programme focuses on very current matters such as TV shows, film remakes, different aspects of film distribution in Asia

Focus Asia is organized by Centro Espressioni Cinematografiche with the collaboration of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Audiovisual Fund and with the support of MIBAC. It is developed in collaboration with the workshop Ties That Bind and is promoted in association with Eave, European Film Promotion, HAF - Hong Kong, and Taipei Golden Horse Film Project Promotion. The Project selection is curated by the representatives of some of the major European and Asian festivals and industry events.