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Far East Film Festival’s Focus Asia 2017 Selection Revealed

13 genre film projects from 13 different countries to be presented in Udine.


FOCUS ASIA, the co-production film market that was launched 2 years ago at the Udine Far East Film Festival (FEFF) in northeastern Italy, recently unveiled the diverse lineup of its participant projects for the upcoming FEFF happening on 26th to 28th April.

FEFF, the biggest film festival in Europe dedicated solely to Asian Cinema, decided to expand the Focus Asia programme for this year’s 2nd edition by making it into an actual film market in order to bridge Asia and Europe even closer, bringing together topnotch projects and key industry players from both sides of the globe under one roof.

From a pool of 72 applications, the selected 13 genre film projects for this year’s Focus Asia hail from Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, and Taiwan from the Asian region; Finland, France, Italy, Lithuania, Spain, and Sweden from the European region; and Brasil from the South American/other region. All participants will be presenting genre-long, feature fiction films in their development stage. Participating filmmakers will be meeting over 100 buyers, financiers, distributors, and other potential stakeholders from all over the world, most particularly from Asia and Europe.

FEFF has also helped in the development of numerous Asian and European film projects through its Ties That Bind (TTB) Asia-Europe Co-Production Workshop in partnership with the European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs (EAVE) and the Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association (SAAVA), which will be running its 9th edition this year.

FEFF launched Focus Asia last year as an Industry section dedicated for genre decision makers from both regions, and the success of that first edition paved the way for this year’s launching of Focus Asia as a standalone project market with the prime purpose of matching genre projects with strong co-production or co-financing potential with Asia or Europe.   Some of the confirmed companies attending the one-on-one pitches, panel meetings, and case study sessions at the project market include Media Asia, M-Line, Showbox, Reel Suspects, Wild Bunch, and M-Appeal among others.


The 13 genre film projects to be presented at Focus Asia 2017 are listed below:

30 Thousand Kicks by Santiago Alvarado, produced by Joaquim Vivas of Magno Entertainment (Spain)

Abracadabra by Faozan Rizal, produced by Ifa Isfansyah of Fourcolours Films (Indonesia) and Isabelle Glachant of Yisha Production (France)

Alone Like A Fool by Yutaka Tsuchiya, produced by Kazuhisa Matsumoto of D-Atelier, Inc. (Japan)

Femme Fatale by Kyoko Miyake, produced by Guillaume de Seille of Arizona Productions (France) and Freddy Olsson of Bokomotive (Sweden)

Last Memory by Wei-Hao Cheng, produced by Cody Huang of Tape Writers (Taiwan)

Mr. Zhang by Patrizio Gioffredi, produced by Antonio Tozzi of Yanez Film and Laura Catalano of 8 Production (Italy)

The Inheritance by João Cândido Zacharias, produced by Tatiana Leite of Bubbles Project (Brasil)

The Long Walk by Mattie Do, produced by Douangmany Soliphanh of Lao Art Media (Laos) and Annick Mahnert of Screen Division (France)

The Watchers produced by Giulia Achilli by Dugong SRL (Italy)

Tiong Bahru Social Club by Bee Thiam Tan, produced by Bee Thian Tan and Wan Ping Looi of 13 Little Pictures (Singapore), Glenn Goei of Tiger Tiger Pictures (Singapore), and Antti Tiovonen (Finland)

Trials of Chul by Danilo Bećković, produced by Marko Paljić and Danilo Bećković of Garguantua Films (Serbia)

Vektor by Dain Iskandar Said, produced by Nandita Solomon of Apparat SDN BHD (Malaysia)

Vesper Seeds by Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper, produced by Kristina Buozyte of Natrix Natrix (Lithuania)


FEFF runs this coming 21-29 April, 2017 at the Teatro Nuovo, Visionario in Udine, Italy. For more information, you can check their website out at:

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Janice freelances as a Screenwriter and Director in the Philippines and the U.S., but her first, great love will always be Creative Writing. She's contributed for dailies and magazines in her island hometown of Cebu from the age of 14. One of her most exciting writing gigs was in the Film section of the now-defunct lifestyle webzine, Limité, in which she got to interview one of her filmmaker heroes, Richard Linklater in New York City in 2012. When she's not writing or daydreaming up stories, Janice loves to go backpacking around small islands, making driftwood art, and playing with her Shih-Poo dog, Brandy.

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