FOCUS ASIA 2017
Two of the film projects presented at the Far East Film Festival market,Abracadabra by Faozan Rizal (Indonesia) and The Long Walk by Mattie Do (Laos), have already found financial backing.
UDINE – Two of the film projects presented at Focus Asia, the new genre film market of the Far East Film Festival in Udine, have already found financial backing: Aurora Media (Singapore) will be financing the Indonesian black comedy Abracadabra by Faozan Rizal (produced by Ifa Isfansyah of Fourcolours Films, Indonesia, and Isabelle Glachant of Yisha Production, France) and the supernatural drama The Long Walk by Laotian director Mattie Do(produced by Douangmany Soliphanh of Do Lao Art Media, Laos, and by Annick Mahnert of Screen Division, France).
If last year’s Focus Asia, which gave Asian and European buyers the opportunity to engage with genre films, was theFEFF‘s first industry experience, this year it went to the next level: Focus Asia has become an operative spacewhere the genre cinema of the future can be created and upcoming trends anticipated.
Each of the 13 selected projects (from Spain, Indonesia, Japan, France, Sweden, Taiwan, Italy, Brazil, Laos, Singapore, Finland, Serbia, Malaysia and Lithuania) were seen by over 100 decision makers, potential backers and sales agents from Asian and European markets: a total of over 250 meetings and a densely-packed programme ofone-to-one meetings and a series of panel discussions and case studies on development, financing and distribution strategies, including Fixing a Broken Model: Global Distribution in the Digital Age by Todd Brown (XYZ),Being John Malkovich – Or Getting into the Mind of Investors by Juliane Schulze (Peacefulfish) and the case study of the film Mr Long, a co-production between Japan, Taiwan and Germany which was recently presented at the Berlin Film Festival.
Focus Asia has therefore proved itself to be the ideal platform for finding partners in Asia and Europe for the development of high quality genre projects suitable for both markets.
Focus Asia is organized by Udine’s Far East Film Festival/Centro Espressioni Cinematografiche with the collaboration of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Audiovisual Fund, MIA (the International Audiovisual Market of Rome), the Trieste Science+Fiction Film Festival and with the support of the MiBACT (the General Directorate for Cinema), the Istituto Luce, the Ministry of Economic Development, the ICE (Agency for Foreign Promotion), the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia and the City of Udine.