Focus Asia and Ties That Bind

15 titles have been selected by Focus Asia, the Far East Film Festival's Project Market dedicated to “films of tomorrow” with convincing potential for co-production and co-financing in Europe or Asia, which will be presented from the 30th of April to the 2nd of May during FEFF 21 to over 200 professionals from the sector as part of a densely-packed programme of panels, one-to-one meetings, screenings and networking opportunities.

The selection committee examined 95 projects in total (which arrived in Udine from 31 countries) and is composed of four professionals who are leaders in the world of genre cinema: Thomas Jongsuk Nam of NAFF - Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (Bucheon, South Korea), Sten-Kristian 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 Factory / Nordic Genre Boost (Oslo, Norway).

This year the project market includes the new Chinese Focus section which includes 6 Chinese language projects and is part of China Coproduction Day, an event dedicated entirely to opportunities for cooperation between China and Europe (organized in collaboration with Katherine Lee, producer of My Favorite Films – Hong Kong).

Furthermore, thanks to the new collaboration between the Far East Film Festival and HAF - Hong Kong, the winner of the Focus Asia Award assigned in Hong Kong (the Philippine The Grandstand by Mikhail Red) will have the opportunity to participate in the event in Udine. Focus Asia has also launched a further international partnership with Golden Horse Film Project Promotion – Taiwan.

Let's not forget that the Project Market is organized by the Centro Espressioni Cinematografiche/Far East Film Festival of Udine with the help of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Audiovisual Fund and of the MiBACT General Directorate for Cinema.

From the 29th of April to the 3rd of May, again in the heart of the Far East Film Festival, the Italian session of Ties That Bind will also be taking place - the Asia-Europe co-production workshop which this year reaches its eleventh edition, bringing together Asian and European professionals in the development of film projects (under the guidance of highly qualified industry experts from both continents).

All the projects selected for the workshop will be featured in a collateral section of the market and will thus have the opportunity to meet the numerous producers, financiers and distributors present during Focus Asia.

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

The second session will take place next December in Singapore as part of the fifth edition of the Southeast Asian Financing Forum.

FOCUS ASIA 2019 – The 15 projects selected:

Everybody Leaves, by Phyllis Grae Grande and produced by Alemberg Ang (Philippines)
Hope dies last, by Stephanie Leitl and produced by Hong Kai Sun Austria (China)
In Youth we Trusted, by Hoang Diep Nguyen and produced by Hoang Diep Nguyen and Thach Thao Vo (Vietnam)
Plan 75, by Chie Hayakawa and produced by Eiko Mizuno-Gray (Japan)
Rosamie, by Joon Goh and produced by Elise Shick (Malaysia)
The Convenience Store, by Satoshi Miki and produced by Emi Ueyama e Mark Schilling (Japan)
The Sleepless Girl, by François Chang and produced by Ke Ma (France, Taiwan, Canada)
Under Construction, by Nadim Tabet and produced by Georges Schoucair and Myriam Sassine (Lebanon)

FOCUS ASIA Award at the HAF - Hong Kong:

The Grandstand, by Mikhail Red and produced by Pauline Zamora (Philippines)

CHINESE FOCUS:

Faruk & Abdullah, by Tawfiq Nizamidin and produced by Stefano Centini and Chuti Chang (Taiwan, France, Netherlands)
Honey Badger, by Yan Zhou and produced by Yuan Li (China)
Lovers on the Volcano, by Yahan Lei and produced by Li Fang (China)
Money Is Everything, by Mandrew Kwan and produced by Jacqueline Liu and Yuin Shan Ding (Hong Kong SAR China)
The Alaya: Mind Divers, by Chung LEE and produced by Sky T.H. Chao (Taiwan)
The Boy from Pluto, by Chuang Shiang-an and produced by Patrick Mao Huang (Taiwan)

TIES THAT BIND 2019 – The 15 professionals and the 10 projects selected:


France  
Dennes Nathalie, The Living

Greece 
Drandaki  Maria, Homemade Films
Project: Titanic Ocean

Malaysia  
Foo Fei Ling, Ghost Grrrl Pictures 
Project: Tiger Stripes

South Korea
Han Sunhee, Plain Pictures 
Project: The Final Print

Romania 
Ionescu Anda, Alien Film
Project: Igor Cobileanski

China
Lin Chi-an, Coolie Films
Project: Uncharted

Indonesia
Raharja Siska, Elora Films 
Project: Mayday

Norway
Renno Fernanda, Fidalgo Film

Belgium
Schoesetters Nancy, TM Media Productions 

Romania
Stancu Mihalcea Radu, deFilm 
Project: To the North

Poland  
Tatko Joanna, Staron-film  

Thailand  
Thipsena Supatcha, Mobile Lab 
Project: Babylon

The Netherlands
Van der Kaaij, Raymond Revolver
Project: Blood of Ghost

Slovenia  
Virc Bostjan, Studio Virc 

France  
Zhou Xinyu, Alcatraz Films  
Project: Children