Far East Fest offers producer forum

Marco Mueller joins East West co-prod confab

ROME — Italy’s Far East Fest is boosting its industry ties by pacting with the European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs (EAVE) on a joint workshop for Asian and European producers which sees Marco Mueller on its panel of experts.

Besides being the Venice Film Festival’s artistic topper, Mueller is a producer with extensive knowledge of Asian-European co-productions, having shepherded works such as Chinese helmer Zhang Yuan’s “Little Red Flowers.”

Other experts expected at the Udine confab, being touted as the first East West co-production forum of this kind, include Youngjoo Suh, managing director of Seoul-based Finecut, Eurimages executive secretary Roberto Olla, and producer Masa Sawada, topper of Paris-based shingle Comme des Cinemas.

The April 26-28 workshop will look at financing sources, distribution practices, and legal frameworks on both continents.

The pact with EAVE will place the Far East Fest, which is Europe’s preeminent Asian cinema showcase, on the international circuit of fests offering high-profile producer confabs such as Cannes, Berlin, San Sebastian and Rotterdam.

As previously announced, hot Thai martial arts pic “Ong Bak 2” will have its European preem at the 11th edition of Udine where Japanese helmer Yojiro Takita’s foreign Oscar-winner “Departures” will also unspool. The fest, located in Northern Italy, runs April 24-May 2.

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