W1: in Taipei (TW), November 3 – 8, 2024

W2: in Udine (IT), April 27 – May 1 2025

We are very proud to renew the partnership with TAICCA – Taiwan Creative Content Agency and to unveil the new dates and location of the Asian session of the workshop!!

What is TTB?

TIES THAT BIND is the leading training programme for European-Asian co-production. The participants will work with top-notch industry professionals from both continents. The sessions will focus on script development, co-production between Asia and Europe, public and private financing in the two regions, pitching, marketing and distribution. They will meet leading Asian and European sales agents, funders and potential co-producers during FOCUS ASIA in Udine.

Target Group

TTB is targeted at European & Asian producers focusing on project development. We will select 5 European and 5 Asian producers. In addition to feature fiction films, we are open to TV series or animation fiction films in development. We encourage you to bring your directors to the workshop.

We also welcome applications from European professionals interested in working with Asia such as sales agents, financiers, distributors, festival programmers, co-production market representatives, or European producers who wish to focus on their career development. We will select 5 career participants to be an active part of the group. In order to benefit from all aspects of the programme, they will be able to partner with project participants and attend the meetings with the experts and decision makers together.

2 Workshops

  • Workshop 1 will take place November 3 – 8, 2024, in Taipei, Taiwan, within the framework of the TCCF – Taiwan Creative Content Fest.
  • Workshop 2 will take place April 2025, in Udine, Italy, within the framework of the Udine Far East Film Festival & FOCUS ASIA.

Participation fees & conditions

  • Participants focusing on project development: 600 Euro*
  • Participants focusing on career development: 400 Euro

The fee includes the tuition costs, accommodation and subsistence costs during the workshop stay.

*Participants focusing on project development will have the possibility to attend the workshop with the project director. In this case, the participation fee for directors is 200 Euro and includes tuition and subsistence costs during the workshop stay.

To name just some of the success stories from the last few years, TIGER STRIPES by Amanda Nell Eu (Cannes Critics’ Week Grand Prix 2023), MAMMALIA by Sebastian Mihailescu (Berlinale Forum 2023), LEONOR WILL NEVER DIE by Martika Escobar (World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award: Innovative Spirit at Sundance 2022), AUTOBIOGRAPHY by Makbul Mubarak (FIPRESCI Award for Best Film at Venice Horizons 2022), TO THE NORTH by Mihai Mincan (Venice Horizons 2022), ARNOLD IS A MODEL STUDENT by Sorayos Prapapan (Filmmakers of the Present Locarno 2022), MONEYBOYS by C.B. Yi (Un Certain Regard in Cannes 2021), HOLY EMY by Araceli Lemos (Special Mention Award in Locarno 2021), WHETHER THE WEATHER IS FINE by Carlo Francisco Manatad (Youth Jury Award in Locarno 2021), THE SEEN AND UNSEEN by Kamila Andini (Grand Prize of the Generation 14plus International Jury at Berlinale 2018), A YELLOW BIRD by K. Rajagopal (Cannes Critics’ Week 2016).

“Ties That Bind is a great workshop, building bridges between Europe and Asia in a super professional and nice environment!
We managed to build a new and credible strategy for the development and the production of our project. Thanks to the workshop we also managed to find new potential business partners from Asia and new projects.”

Guillaume Dreyfus, Tripode Productions, France – Ties That Bind participant 2023/2024

“I am very happy with how my project and I have evolved during the Ties That Bind workshop.
While I understand that the growth for the project takes time, I could see significant personal growth within myself, and I feel much more confident.”

Mina Moteki, Kowatanda Films, Japan – Ties That Bind participant 2023/2024

Selection Procedure

We aim to be transparent and unbiased in our selection process. EAVE TTB is keen to ensure the widest possible participation in our programmes and has a strong focus on securing as diverse a selection of people and projects as possible.  Diversity is viewed as a primary focus, not only with regards to nationality, geographic spread, race, age and gender, but also type of projects, experience and background. Our experience is, that the richer the pool of people and projects, the richer the overall experience of the participants and the more dynamic the group, the mutual learning exchange and inspiration.

TIES THAT BIND is open to applicants from all over Europe, i.e. all countries eligible for Creative Europe – MEDIA support and from the following countries in Asia: Japan, Korea, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Mongolia, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines and Indonesia. The selected participants need to be established producers in their own countries and continents with a good working knowledge of systems of development, funding and distribution in their own territories and regions. They should have a solid national track record and wish to work on an international scale and to create long-term relationships between Europe and Asia.

All applicants need to have a proven industry track record of at least 5 years.


Producers can apply with or without a project. Projects should be feature films at development stage – i.e. with a well-developed treatment or 1st/2nd draft script. The European projects presented should qualify as European (according to the European Convention on Cinematographic Co-Production) and have the potential for co-production and circulation between Europe and Asia. The applicants must be the lead producer of the project being submitted and must have completed at least one film released in the last 3 years.

Participants without projects can either be European film professionals working in relevant fields(such as sales agents, distributors, festival and market representatives, fund representatives, etc.) or European producers without a project who wish to work at international level and to create long-term creative and business relationships with Asia. Out of the applications, 5 participants without a project are chosen.

The selection is based on the assessment of the applicants’ and their company’s track record and the level of professional background and suitability of the project for the workshop.

The selection committee also takes into account the following two criteria:

•      the extent to which the applicant will benefit from her/his experience at TIES THAT BIND;

•      the extent to which the applicant’s presence will be beneficial to the rest of the group/the other participants.

Priority is given to applicants working within independent and/or small and medium-sized companies.

The selection process will be carried out in 2 phases:

In the first phase, the Head of Studies and the 2 group leaders will evaluate each of the applications received. They will separately assess their evaluation according to a structured point system.

The final selection is conducted by the TTB Head of Studies and group leaders: in a joint call they will review and discuss all evaluations, and shape the final group of participants.

The final selection decision is commented upon and approved by the EAVE and FVG board.

EAVE TTB has set up a clear and transparent catalogue of selection criteria and a point system, making sure that each TTB applicant can upon request receive a personal explanation for his or her rejection.

The final decision will be taken 2 months before the event, after which the participants will be informed and will have to confirm their attendance within one week.

TIES THAT BIND is organised by the Friuli Venezia Giulia Audiovisual Fund, EAVE, Udine Far East Film Festival and TAICCA, and supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA sub-programme of the European Union.

For more information please contact:

TTB Coordinator – Alessandra Pastore: tiesthatbind@eave.org

www.eave.org, www.tiesthatbind.eu

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