Source: UniJapan


The 3rd Tokyo Gap-Financing Market (TGFM) has unveiled 20 projects selected for financing and development at TIFFCOM, the affiliated content market of Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF).

Selections include new projects by known directors such as recent Berlinale Generation 14plus prize-winner Farkhat Sharipov (Scheme), Ash Mayfair (The Third Wife) and Tom Waller (The Cave).

Hong Kong’s Toe Yuen, known for Annecy prize-winner My Life As McDull (2001), also has a new animation in the lineup.

Organised by UniJapan, TGFM will run as part of TIFFCOM online October 25-27. The 35th edition of TIFF is set to run as an in-person event from October 24-November 2.

For the first time, TGFM has projects from South Korea, Vietnam, Bhutan, Kazakhstan, New Zealand, Poland and Luxembourg. All in all, this year’s 20 projects are from 24 countries and regions.

TGFM provides the opportunity for feature film and TV series projects in the financing stage to meet one-on-one with sales agents, distributors, financiers, broadcasters and funds.

Eligible film projects must have 60% of their total budget secured while TV series projects must have 50%. All must have an Asia-related element.

Previous TGFM projects include Indonesian director Edwin’s 2021 Locarno Golden Leopard winner Vengeance Is Mine, All Others Pay Cash (Indonesia-Singapore-Germany), which is currently in theatres in Japan, and recent Locarno Fipresci award-winner Stone Turtle, directed by Malaysia’s Woo Ming Jin.

“The many meetings we had at TGFM 2021 provided us a blueprint and inspiration on how to put together our project. By talking and meeting [with] producers around the world, we were able to share and exchange information. It reinforced our desire to take a more international approach with our project,” said Edmund Yeo, producer of Stone Turtle.

Tokyo Gap-Financing Market 2022

Feature Film - Fiction (17 projects)

AMA (Lux-Belg-Fr-Jap)
Dir Yuki Kawamura
Prod Les Films Fauves

China Sea (Lith-Pol-Tai)
Dir Jurgis Matulevicius
Prod Film Jam

Deep Quiet Room (Taiwan)
Dir Ko-Shang Shen
Prod Flash Forward Entertainment

Diamonds In The Sand (Jap-Phil)
Dir Janus Victoria
Prods Project 8 Projects, Paperheart Sdn. Bhd

Gaspar (Indonesia)
Dir Yosep Anggi Noen Kawan
Prods Kawan Media, Visinema

Helldiver (US-HK-Malay)
Dir Tod Kip Williams
Prod Straight Up Films

I, The Song (Bhut-Fr-Nor-Tai)
Dir Dechen Roder
Prod Dakinny Productions

In The Belly Of A Tiger (India-Tai-Fr-US-China)
Dir Jatla Siddartha
Prod Flash Forward Entertainment

Kiss Of The Con Queen (Thai-Indo-Jap-Ire)
Dir Tom Waller
Prod De Warrenne Pictures

Love Before Sunrise (working title) (Tai-Jap)
Dir Chen-Ti Kuo
Prod A Thousand Tree Films

Skin Of Youth (Viet-Sing)
Dir Ash Mayfair
Prods An Nam Production, Akanga Films

Soldier Of Love (Kazakhstan)
Dir Farkhat Sharipov
Prod Medeor

Some Nights I Feel Like Walking (Phil-Sing-Tai)
Dir Petersen Vargas
Prod Daluyong Studios

The Spark (India)
Dir Rajesh S. Jala
Prod The Elements

Untamed (China-UK)
Dirs Pengfei Song, Justin Chadwick
Prod Juben Pictures

Who Were We? (Japan)
Dir Tetsuya Tomina
Prod Tetsuya to Mina Film

Winter In Sokcho (Fr-S Kor)
Dir Koya Kamura
Prod Offshore

Feature Film - Animation (1 Project)

A Mighty Adventure (HK-Tai-Malay)
Dir Toe Yuen
Prod Zero One Film

TV Series - Fiction (2 Projects)

Till The World Ends (Thailand)
Dir Anusorn Soisa-ngim
Prod Commetive Production

Wine Lovers (Tai-NZ)
Dir Wesley Ko
Prod AwesomeWorks Production