Following a competitive application process, seven experienced and emerging New Zealand screen producers have been selected to participate in EAVE Ties That Bind On Demand in Singapore in early December.
The three-day workshop combines plenary lectures/masterclasses, group work and roundtables. Participants will also explore and foster opportunities for Europe-Asia-New Zealand co-production and other collaboration, and take part in the Asia TV Forum & Market (ATF) and ScreenSingapore.
Hosted by European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs (EAVE), in partnership with the New Zealand film Commission (NZFC) and Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association (SAAVA) with support from ATF, TTBOD will be held during the Southeast Asian Film Financing (SAFF) Project Market in Singapore from 4-6 December.
New Zealand film producers, Fraser Brown, Kerry Warkia, Trevor Yaxley and Alex Lee have been selected to attend, each with a feature film project in development. Emerging film producers, Angela Cudd, Hweiling Ow and Mia-Mārama Henry-Teirney will also attend for their own professional development. All seven producers will work on the development of the four projects, under the guidance of two group leaders/experienced producers, Fran Borgia (Akanga Film Asia, Singapore) and Jonas Weydemann (Weydemann Bros., Germany).
This is the first time that the NZFC has partnered with EAVE on one of the latter’s acclaimed producer training structures. NZFC’s Head of International Relations, Chris Payne, will accompany the participants to Singapore and provide a presentation on co-producing with New Zealand as part of the week-long schedule of activities. The NZFC, with Singapore-based NZ Inc. and industry partners, will host a range of events to maximise exposure and opportunities for the New Zealand producers and to stimulate increased New Zealand-Singapore collaboration.
New Zealand has a film and television co-production agreement with Singapore and both the NZFC and its sister agency, the Singapore Film Commission/IMDA are keen to see activity grow between the two industries.
Developing closer screen sector ties aligns closely with the New Zealand-Singapore Enhanced Partnership, signed in May 2019 by Prime Minister Ardern and Prime Minister Lee, and intended to bring benefits for the citizens of both countries and a substantive lift to the relationship.