Cannes Film Festival and Marché du Film

Source: Marché du Film © Alexandra Fleurantin

Palais des Festivals

Cannes’ Marché du Film has launched an initiative titled Spotlight Asia in a bid to boost film collaborations between Asia and Europe.

The market has partnered with the Ties That Bind and Focus Asia organisations to host the programme, which will comprise roundtable discussions, presentations and networking events throughout the Marché, which takes place alongside the film festival from May 16-24.

It targets industry from Europe and Asia that are looking to build networks and forge connections between the two continents.

It marks an anticipated return to the market by participants from Asia in the wake of the pandemic. Organisers said today  the number of participants from Japan, Indonesia and Malaysia has already doubled and there are five times more registered participants from Taiwan.

Panel discussions will include an overview of recent trends and new patterns observed in key Asian markets and a look at Asian countries offering co-financing opportunities for European animated films.There will also be an introduction to international, national and regional funds that support Asian-European co-productions, followed by a series of roundtable discussions with 130 producers and fund representatives that are due to attend from both continents.

The new initiative is intended to demystify the co-production process between Asia and Europe, introducing existing funding opportunities to helping navigate each country’s specific laws and production functionalities. It will also be the first time that the Marché has invited international film fund representatives to gather in the same room and guide producers through their different funding systems.

Spotlight Asia is supported by the British Film Institute (BFI), the Canada Media Fund, the Centre Val de Loire Ciclic, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), the Institute of Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts (ICAA) / Spain AVS Bureau (ICEX), the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology of the Republic of Indonesia, the Netherlands Film Fund, the Norwegian Film Institute (NFI), the Polish Film Institute, Taiwan Creative Content Agency (TAICCA) and VIPO | Visual Industry Promotion Organization.

Ties That Bind is backed and organised by Fondo Audiovisivo FVG, EAVE, Far East Film Festival and TAICCA.