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Ties That Bind 2017 Finalists Announced

7 film projects in development will represent Asia in Udine.


Ties That Bind (TTB) Asia/Europe Co-Production Workshop, the innovative programme that assists producers from Asia and Europe in securing potential European-Asian co-production partners, is launching its 9th edition this 25th – 29th April, 2017 at the Udine Far East Film Festival (FEFF). 10 producers with feature films in development have been selected to participate together with 5 additional European professionals wanting to extend their knowledge and network towards Asia.

TTB is a two-part programme that first takes place in Udine in Italy within the framework of the Udine Far East Film Festival happening on the 21st – 29th, April 2017. The second half of TTB will be during the Southeast Asian Film Financing Forum (SAFF) in Singapore from 25th November – 1st December, 2017. TTB brings together the best feature-length film concepts from leading filmmakers and producers from Southeast Asia and Europe to meet with international co-producing partners, festival programmers, distributors, financiers, and other key players.

Beginning last year, TTB has partnered with FOCUS ASIA, the Industry section of the FEFF wherein plenary sessions for more than 100 film professionals from both continents were organized. Some of this edition’s plenary sessions in FEFF include the following – Fixing A Broken Model: Global Distribution In The Digital Age by Todd Brown (XYZ, United States), Getting Into The Mind of Investors by Juliane Schulze (peacefulfish, Germany), and Independent Distribution in Europe by Guillame de Seille (Arizona Productions, France).

Aside from the plenary sessions, daily group work sessions will be the core of TTB. Participants will be discussing and analyzing one another’s projects under the guidance of Elise Jalladeau (Charivari Films, France and Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Greece) and Shanty Harmayn (Salto Film, Indonesia).   The esteemed roster of key decision makers who will meet and guide participants includes Jongsuk Thomas Nam (Buchon International Fantastic Film Festival, South Korea), Meinolf Zurhorst (ZDF/ARTE, Germany), Justin Deimen (Aurora Media Holdings, Singapore), Vincenzo Bugno (World Cinema Fund, Germany), Gin Kai Chan (Silver Media Group, Singapore), Sten-Kristian Saluveer (Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Estonia), Shinji Sakoda (Pony Canyon, Japan), Nathan Fischer (Stray Dogs, France), Judy Ahn (Showbox, South Korea), Marco Müller (Pingyao Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon International Film Festival, China), among others.

TTB is organized by the Friuli Venezia Giulia Audiovisual Fund, EAVE, Udine Far East Film Festival and Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association (SAAVA), and supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA sub-programme of the European Union, Silver Media Group, and Aurora Media Holdings.

The selected participants for Ties That Bind 2017 are: 

Tonee Acejo, Quiapost Productions, Philippines
Project: Never the Bright Lights, director: Dodo Dayao

Danilo Bećković, Gargantua Films, Serbia
Project: Trials of Chul, director: Danilo Bećković

Nadine Chaussonnière, Red Lion, France/Luxembourg

Steve Chen, Anti-Archive, US/Cambodia
Project: Doi Boy, director: Nontawat Numbenchapol

Stephan Holl, Rapid Eye Movies, Germany

Valeria Jamonte, Tempesta, Italy

Ying Liang, Chinese Shadows, China
Project: Ningdu, director: Lei Lei

Diana Paroiu, Hi Film Productions, Romania
Project: Double Happiness, director: Sebastian Mihailescu

Nicolas Piccato, Panda Media, France/South Korea
Project: Warm Blood, director: Yann Kerloc’h

Ajay Rai, In Front Films, United Kingdom
Project: Yellow Poppy, director: David Tse

Ivan Sanna, Culture Synapses, Italy

Julia Terrey, Freelance Producer, Germany

Ryohei Tsutsui, Trixta, Japan
Project: Synchronicity, director: Yusuke Kinoshita

Sein Lyan Tun, PS Films, Myanmar
Project: Beyond Wishes, director: Sein Lyan Tun

Céline Zen, KOI Films, China/France
Project: Bada, Director: Ji Un Choi


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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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