First experience in the Italian panorama, the aim of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Audiovisual Regional Fund is to support the development of local film companies and promote the regional audiovisual works in national and international markets. The Fund operates in three main sectors: training, to encourage the participation of local audiovisual professional in national and international courses for directors, scriptwriters, producers, editors, camera operators, and sound engineers; development, to cover all the activities between the idea and the production phase, from the script writing and the research, to the casting, the fund raising and the presentation of a promo; distribution, along with the promotion of the projects, this last action includes a financial support to cover the production expenses, so as to create more competitive products.
Along with the ordinary management of the fund, the FVG AUDIOVISUAL FUND has organized several events aimed at creating platforms for cinema professionals from all around the world and developing the local audiovisual industry. The main purpose is to offer new training possibilities and set up new market places, where professionals can meet up, share experiences and start to collaborate. These are some of the main activities the FVG AUDIOVISUAL FUND has organized in the last few years:
WHEN EAST MEETS WEST – Co-production Forum
WEMW is organized by the FVG Audiovisual Fund and the Trieste Film Festival, in collaboration with EAVE, Maia Workshops, Creative Europe Desk Italy, EURIMAGES, and the support of the Creative Europe/MEDIA Programme, MiBACT- Direzione Generale per il Cinema, CEI – Central European Initiative and the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia. The last edition of When East Meets West (Trieste – January 20-23, 2019) had a new East & West double focus, bringing together over 500 film professionals from all over Europe and, in particular, from the 2019 spotlight territories: Central Eastern Europe (Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine) and Benelux (Belgium, Luxembourg and The Netherlands). All 20 selected producers pitched their projects – feature films and documentaries in development – to a large panel of decision makers attending the event and had the opportunity to set individual meetings. The main aim is to set up a platform where it is possible to meet funds representatives, commissioning editors, sales agents and possible co-producers from both sides of Europe. Along with the WEMW Co-production Forum, When East Meets West includes the training programme designed for 3 long feature fiction films in editing phase from Eastern Europe and Italy First Cut Lab and the work in progress section for documentaries Last Stop Trieste. Furthermore it presents a series of panels and case studies dedicated to the co-production opportunities with the spotlight territories. The main goal is to offer a complete and detailed overview of both film industries, so to offer to all participants the chance to fully understand the co-production and distribution possibilities.
TIES THAT BIND – Asia / Europe Co-Production Workshop
TIES THAT BIND is an innovative programme designed to assist 10 producers from Asia and Europe with potential European-Asian co-production projects. In the seven years of its existence, the workshop has become the most relevant and successful training programme for developing European-Asian co-production. TIES THAT BIND is supported by the CREATIVE EUROPE – MEDIA subprogramme of the European Union and was set up in 2009 by the FVG Audiovisual Fund, EAVE, Udine Far East Film Festival with the collaboration of the Busan International Film Festival and, starting from last year, in partnership with SAAVA (Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association), founder of the Southeast Asian Film Financing Forum (SAFF) in Singapore.
TIES THAT BIND is targeted at 10 Asian & European producers with projects. Starting from 2015 the call is open in addition also to other European professionals interested in working with Asia (sales agents, financiers, distributors, festival programmers, co-production market representatives) or producers without project. 5 of them will be selected to be an active part of the group.
REACT (Regional Audiovisual Cooperation and Training)
RE-ACT is a transregional initiative for co-developing audiovisual projects and fostering international co-productions. Set up in 2015 by the CROATIAN AUDIOVISUAL CENTRE, FVG AUDIOVISUAL FUND (IT) and SLOVENIAN FILM CENTRE, RE-ACT has two components: an innovative co-development funding scheme for feature -length projects, and a series of specifically targeted training programmes.
The initiative is a natural progression, stemming from a successful and long-standing history of cooperation between the three film funds. In the last few years alone, this collaboration has resulted in the development of several training/networking activities, as well as the joint funding of several multi-award-winning co-productions.
EURODOC 2009/2011
In 2009 the FRIULI VENEZIA GIULIA AUDIOVISUAL FUND started a long-term cooperation with EURODOC, one of the leading training programmes designed towards European professionals of the documentary field. The FVG Film Commission has developed the project in collaboration with the SLOVENIAN FILM FUND and the CROATIAN AUDIOVISUAL CENTER, so to welcome every year one producer from each of the three neighbouring countries and strength the collaboration with South-East European audiovisual professionals. At the end of September the city of Gorizia will host both the third session of the international programme and the first edition of the Eurodoc trans-regional workshop, offering to a group of 12 professionals (4 from Slovenia, 4 from Croatia and 4 from Friuli Venezia Giulia), a full access to this training course alongside the other European participants.

EAVE – Training – Development – Networking
European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs, EAVE, is a professional training, project development and networking organization for audiovisual producers. Working with a worldwide network of partners we are involved in programmes for producers in Europe, Russia, Latin America, the Arab world, Asia and Africa.
EAVE Europe
EAVE’s flagship programme has been running for over twenty years and has created a thriving network of over 2,000 European graduates. It is year-long programme focussed on three intensive weeks featuring professional development through working on the development of fiction and documentary projects.
EAVE+ is a workshop event for independent producers running their own company wishing to discuss with their colleagues their company structures, management practices and new business models together with high-profile industry experts. In immersive role-plays, group work, individual coaching and through an interdisciplinary approach, the EAVE+ workshop will tackle the business side of running a film company. Top-notch business and management coaches will explore topics such as cashflow management, leadership, company strategies, negotiation with financiers and partners, distribution models and revenue streams, and raising finance from investors.
The EAVE Marketing Workshop is a four-day hands-on 360° marketing training to master new marketing methods and audience engagement. Blending group work and practical exercises, case studies and examples of innovative marketing strategies of latest films, the workshop will cover introduction to SWOT, benchmarking, targeting and positioning, hands-on tips and tools for international sales strategies and materials, distribution strategies and materials, classic PR and digital media, grassroots and alternative marketing and motivating audience. All these aspects are analysed through and applied to the concrete examples of the participants’ projects.
EAVE International
PUENTES – EAVE Europe – Latin America Co-production Workshop
Puentes features two workshops: one in Europe and the other one in Montevideo. The programme brings together producers and other professionals from Latin America and Europe to work together on their feature projects in development. They will work together with leading experts from both continents on script development, co-production between Latin America and Europe, financing in the two regions, legal aspects of co-production, marketing, pitching and promotion, and will meet with decision makers during both sessions. The programme also features a special partnership with VENTANA SUR in Buenos Aires.
TIES THAT BIND EAVE EAVE Asia – Europe Co-Production Workshop
Ties That Bind brings together Asian and European producers with feature film projects and related professionals during two workshops, guided by top-level Asian and European industry professionals. During the two workshops in Udine, during the Udine Far East Film Festival and in Singapore during the Southeast Asian Film Financing Forum the participating producers will work on the development and packaging of their projects, explore the sources of financing, market and co-production opportunities in both continents, and will meet with decision makers during both sessions.
EAVE on Demand
In addition to EAVE’s European and international schemes, EAVE also offers tailor-made “à la carte” workshops. Previous EAVE ON DEMAND workshops have been organised in Albania, Armenia, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Denmark, Dubai, Ecuador, Estonia, France, Georgia, Guadeloupe, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Montenegro, Norway, Palestine, Poland, Ukraine, Ethiopia, Montenegro, Nigeria, Russia, Spain and Trinidad & Tobago.

The Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association (SAAVA) is a non-profit association that seeks to unify media producers in the region. The association’s mission is to advance creative development across the region, promote Southeast Asian media content and capabilities internationally, as well as stimulate business collaborations between its members.
With a population of more than 650 million and a robust growing economy, the region provides tremendous opportunities for the media and entertainment industry. By strengthening regional alliances and partnerships between established producers, as well as encouraging and mentoring new media professionals, SAAVA aims to help its members ride on the growth of the region and succeed on international markets. Our members include producers, financiers, directors, distributors and exhibitors from the film, TV and digital media sectors.
SAAVA’s Objectives are:
To promote co-productions and collaborations between media producers in Southeast Asia
To facilitate skills-enhancement, and adoption of best practices, and technologies
To organize media industry-related events in Southeast Asia and on virtual platforms
To offer prizes, awards, grants and sponsorships to media students and professionals, and accreditation for media professionals
To develop and provide information and database resources for media professionals and organisations in Southeast Asia
To spur research, development and institution of industry best practices and codes of conduct
To develop and establish connections with similar organisations and associations globally
To promote Southeast Asian media content internationally, Southeast Asia as a location for media production, and Southeast Asian producers as co-production collaborators
SAAVA’s Programmes & Initiatives:
Southeast Asian Film Financing Forum (SAFF)
The SAFF is an annual market, meeting, and conference for audio-visual producers. Part of the Singapore Media Festival that is held every year in December, SAFF brings together international producers and decision makers.
In development:
SAAVA Professional Learning (SPL)
In collaboration with acclaimed local and international media professionals as trainers, SAAVA intends to organise and conduct workshops and masterclasses to uplift regional filmmaking standards and promote best practices in production.
SAAVA Producers’ Portal (SPP)
In line with SAAVA’s remit of providing relevant and useful production-related information, the SPP is intended to provide this in the form of an online repository, to assist producers keen on working in countries within the ASEAN region.

Centro Espressioni Cinematografiche (C.E.C.) is a cultural organization founded in Udine in 1973 with the aim of promoting and presenting the best of national and world cinema. C.E.C. has evolved into a key organization for cultural development in the region, presenting a broad yearround programme of film premieres, retrospectives and educational events. Thanks to the wellknown movie theatres Cinema Visionario (3 screens for a total of 400 seats, plus a vast exhibition space, located in downtown Udine) and Cinema Centrale (2 screens) in Udine, C.E.C. has been, since the 1980s, a highly regarded gathering spot that gives the locals the unique opportunity to watch the kind of films that often are neglected by big distribution companies. The daily programming of Cinema Visionario focuses on previews and themed retrospectives on national and international filmmakers, with the participation of directors, actors and producers.
April 26 – May 4, 2019
21th edition
Premieres, Discoveries, Tributes, Retrospectives
Europe’s Largest Showcase of Popular Asian Cinema
Born in 1999 after the success achieved in 1998 by the Hong Kong Film focus, Far East Film is about to reach its 21th edition in Udine (Italy) and still represents a unique opportunity to experience current trends in East Asian filmmaking. Every year, during its nine days of screenings, Far East Film offers the chance to watch the most successful recent Asian releases as well as staging important retrospectives. In the pleasant, informal and relaxing festival mood, the newest feature films from the Far East are presented along with tributes and focuses on specific directors. From 2016 FEFF also hosts its new industry section called FOCUS ASIA that brings together over 120 producers, investors, sales and buyers from Asia and Europe, and will include a Project Market for films in development and a series of Panels & Case Studies dedicated to the latest trends of European and Asian cinema. Growing every year, the 20th Udine FEFF was Europe’s largest showcase of Asian Popular Cinema: a total of 60.000 viewers and more than 1.200 accredited guests coming from 20 different countries, plus more than 140 VIPs (film directors, stars, producers and Asian film experts), 200 international/domestic journalists, buyers and representatives of International Film Festivals attended FEFF 2018.


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