ASEF would like to congratulate Ties That Bind: Asia Europe Film Producers Workshop (TTB), a project selected under ASEF’s Creative Encounters (3rd edition) in 2014, on receiving support from Creative Europe, the European Commission's financial support programme for the creative, cultural and audiovisual sectors in Europe. The new programme which will run until 2020, unites the previous MEDIA and Culture programmes under a single banner. TTB is the only project which was previously funded by the former programme MEDIA Mundus to receive funding in this transition year.

Ties That Bind was organised alongside the 16th Far East Film Festival in Udine, between 29 April - 3 May 2014. The 5-day workshop was attended by 22 selected producers and industry experts from 15 different ASEM countries. Ties That Bind is organised by the FVG Audiovisual Fund (Italy), EAVE (Luxembourg), Far East Film Festival (Italy), Busan International Film Festival/Asian Film Market (South Korea). The workshop is supported by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), Arts Network Asia (ANA), Trans Europe Halles and Creative Europe.

ASEF’s support to Ties That Bind respond to one of the recommendations during the 6th ASEF Experts’ Meeting & Public Forum: Creative Economy in Asia and Europe - Emerging Pillar of Economic Growth & Development, which took place in Hanoi, Viet Nam on 4-5 December 2013. The meeting suggested potential area of Asia-Europe collaboration and focused on co-production and mediating curatorial initiatives.  

“Co-production and co-creation must be widely advocated and actively supported. This is premised on supply and value chains being inherently global, in addition to the mobile nature of the modern society and workforces. The mobility of cultural professionals must be strengthened and reciprocal exchange emphasised upon. Digital technologies may also be harnessed to facilitate co-creation. Mediating curatorial initiatives must be encouraged to support cultural products that suffer from poor accessibility to markets.”

With this new funding, confirmed, TTB will organise the second phase of this year’s workshop in Busan, Korea, along the 19th Busan International Film Festival between 2-11 October 2014. TTB is also planning to organize a gathering of all former participants in Cannes, to introduce the new participants and enrich the network with its decision makers.

Alessandro Gropplero, in charge of International Relations at Fondo Audiovisivo FVG shared insight on the development of TTB. Report of Ties That Bind is now available at the document section of this page.

Justin Deimen from Singapore, one of the participants from Asia and Europe that participated in this year TTB’s edition also shared his inside perspective

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