Ties That Bind 2023/2024

For its 15th edition, TIES THAT BIND (TTB), the leading workshop programme connecting professionals from Asia and Europe, announces the selection of 25 participants including directors coming from 13 countries. 

TTB takes place over a year through 2 workshops offering comprehensive knowledge of the European and Asian film industries and markets. The participants benefit from high-level development under the guidance of top-notch experts from both continents and have the opportunity to meet with key decision makers during the edition of TCCF – Taiwan Creative Content Fest (Taipei), and FOCUS ASIA, the Industry Section of the Udine Far East Film Festival (Italy). 

The first workshop has been held in Taipei (TW), November 5 - 9, 2023 and the participants worked together in a group led by Jonas Weydemann (Weydemann Bros., DE) and TTB graduate Bianca Balbuena (Kroma Entertainment, PH). The two group leaders guided the participants’ discussion and analysis of each other’s projects from both an Asian and European perspective.


The second workshop will take place in Udine (IT), from April 28 to May 2, 2024.


TTB Head of Studies Christophe Bruncher (Ici et Là Productions, FR) has put together a team of leading industry professionals. Script consultant Clare Downs (UK) will introduce the main script development tools to strengthen the participants’ understanding of narrative principles, in order to enable them to navigate their writers through the script development process. Financing and legal expert Jean-Baptiste Babin (Backup Media Group, FR) will elaborate on Legal Aspect of Co-Productions and, in a joint session with Patrick Mao Huang (Flash Forward Entertainment, TW), will give detailed advice on the projects’ financing plans. Nicolas Brigaud Robert (Playtime, FR) will present the sales agents' current perspective while Olivier Père (Arte France Cinéma, FR) will share all about ARTE. Foo Fei Ling (Ghost Grrrl Pictures, MY), Ellen Havenith (PRPL, NL), Jonas Weydemann (Weydemann Bros., DE), Patrick Mao Huang (Flash Forward Entertainment, TW) and Yulia Evina Bhara (KawanKawan Media, ID) will join the co-production case study of the film TIGER STRIPES. In addition to these sessions, all selected participants will have individual meetings with Gabor Greiner (Film Boutique, DE), Keiko Funato (Alpha Violet, FR), Ming-Jung Kuo (Quinzaine des Cinéastes, FR) and Tanja Meissner (DE).

The following 10 participants focusing on project development with feature films in development and 5 participants focusing on career development wanting to extend their knowledge and network towards Asia have been selected to participate in TTB 2023/2024

- Alessia Acone, International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Netherlands

- Haziqah Azemi, Kapsul Studio, Malaysia
Project: GAREK by Cech Ardea

- Florence Giovani Chandra, Studio Antelope, Indonesia
Project: FIRST BREATH AFTER COMA by Jason Iskandar 

- Svetlana Cherrier, Ciclic Centre-Val de Loire, France

- Stefano Chiavarini, Piroetta Srl, Italy

- Marta Cruanas Compes, Canada, Spain

- Guillaume Dreyfus, Tripode Productions, France
Project: THREE TIMES JENNY by Milena Beurer Doenst

- Martin Horyna, Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Republic

Frauke Kolbmüller, Oma Inge Film GmbH, Germany
Project: IF I STAY by Su Jin Song 

Maya Korn, MHK Productions, UK/Germany
Project: ICON by Christina YR Lim 

Mina Moteki, Kowatanda Films, Japan 
Project: TIDES by Anshul Chauhan 

- Alexandra Maria Poblete, Los Otros, Philippines
Project: THE BOY AND THE FIGHT OF SPIDERS by Jarell Mahinay Serencio

Yu-Hao Su, InLight Film Studio, Taiwan

Katalina Tobón, BAM - Bogotá Audiovisual Market, Spain

Čarna Vučinić, Čarna Vučinić ENTP, Serbia
Project: HOLY DAD by Dušan Zorić and Matija Gluščević 

TIES THAT BIND is organised by the Friuli Venezia Giulia Audiovisual Fund, EAVE, Udine Far East Film Festival and Taiwan Creative Content Agency (TAICCA) and supported by the Creative Europe - MEDIA sub-programme of the European Union. TIES THAT BIND is held in conjunction with Taiwan Creative Content Festival - TCCF.

For more information please contact: 
TTB Coordinator, Tanika Sajatovic: tanika@eave.org