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Ties That Bind announces its selection for 2016


- The Asian-European co-production workshop has selected ten producers with feature films in development, together with five additional European professionals

Ties That Bind announces its selection for 2016
An image from last year's edition of Ties That Bind

The selection for the eighth edition of Ties That Bind has been announced. Out of over 40 applications from Europe and Asia, ten producers with feature films in development have been selected to participate, together with five additional European professionals wanting to extend their knowledge and network towards Asia.

The Ties That Bind Asian-European co-production workshop has become the reference for developing European-Asian co-productions. To name just some of the most recent success stories, the Ties That Bind project Dog Days premiered this year in the Panorama section of the Berlinale, Big Father, Small Father and Other Stories [+see also:
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 premiered in the Berlinale competition in 2015, Chi – Mr Zhang Believes had its world premiere in the Signs of Life section of the 2015 Locarno Film Festival, and Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere [+see also:
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 won Best Film in the Venice Critics’ Week 2014. 

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The first Ties That Bind workshop will take place in Udine (Italy) from 26-30 April 2016 within the framework of the Udine Far East Film Festival (22-30 April 2016). The second workshop will be organised in Singapore during the Southeast Asian Film Financing Forum (SAFF), a project market held alongside ScreenSingapore (7-9 December 2016), matching the best Southeast Asian projects and filmmakers with financiers, festivals and co-producers from around the world while being the regional touchstone for media investment and industry trends.

The Ties That Bind workshop will bring together 15 producers and other professionals from Europe and Asia to work on feature-film projects in development. They will be working together throughout the year with leading experts from both continents on script development, pitching, co-production, financing, legal aspects, marketing, distribution and sales, and will meet with decision makers during both sessions, such as Meinolf Zurhorst (ZDF/ARTE, Germany), Roger Garcia (Hong Kong International Film Festival), Vincenzo Bugno (World Cinema Fund, Germany), Iwana Chronis (Hubert Bals Fund, Netherlands), Shanty Harmayn (Salto Film Company, Indonesia), Elise Jalladeau (Charivari Films, France), Sibylle Kurz (pitching and communication skills, Germany) and Clare Downs (script consultant, UK), among others.

The selected participants for Ties That Bind 2016 are:

Bożena Bogdziewicz – Kosmos Production, Poland
Angelica Cantisani – Filming Europe, Italy/Belgium
Stefano Centini – Hummingbird, Italy/Taiwan
Samantha Faccio – Tucker Film, Italy
M. Raihan Halim – Papahan Films, Singapore
Uzma Hasan – Little House Productions, United Kingdom
Taro Imai – Harakiri Films, Japan
Mikkel Jersin – Snowglobe, Denmark
Vanja Kaludjercic – Holland Film Meeting, Croatia/the Netherlands
Charles Lei – Thunder Communications, China
Bradley Liew – Epicmedia Productions, Malaysia/Philippines
Marilyne Maia – Scope Pictures, France/Belgium
Pamela L Reyes – PelikulaRed, Philippines
Paul Ruven – Talent United Film & TV, the Netherlands
Isilay Yanbas – Karlakum Film, Turkey 

The selected projects are:

The Sand in My Eyes – Chia-Hsin Liu
The Angel in the Wall – Lorenzo Bianchini
Prey – M Raihan Halim
Marijuana Family – Yuki Kuwazuru
Jutlandia – Kasper Gaardsøe
The Proving Ground – Jonathan Finnigan
Motel Acacia – Bradley Liew
Lost Dahlias – Mikhail Red
Suddenly – Paul Ruven
Clown is Down – Esra Saydam

Ties That Bind is organised by the Friuli Venezia Giulia Audiovisual FundEAVE, the Udine Far East Film Festival and the Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association (SAAVA). It is supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA sub-programme of the European Union, and Silver Media Group.

For more information please contact: 
EAVE – Tanika Sajatovic, international coordinator:
FVG Audiovisual Fund – Alessandro Gropplero, international relations:

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