Endeavor has bigger presence at Tokyo film fest

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Although the Tiffcom market itself will be the main focus for buyers, fest programmers and other visitors, Tiffcom-sponsored programs and seminars make it even more of a must for anyone working in or with the Asian biz. Some samples:

Tokyo Project Gathering

An international project market, Tokyo Project Gathering has midwifed three pics to be screened at this year’s TIFF: Chung Mong-hong’s “The Fourth Portrait” and Li Cho’s “Zoom Hunting” in the Wind of Asia Middle East Films section and Yoichi Higashi’s “Wandering Home” in the Japanese Eyes section.

This year, TPG will host 28 projects, up from 25 in 2009. Names attached range from international indie faves Ryuichi Hiroki (“Vibrator”), Yuya Ishii (“Bare-Assed Japan”) and Yutaka Tsuchiya (“Peep TV Show”) to Korean producer Yong-bae Choi, who’ll pitch a follow-up to his 2006 smash shocker “The Host,” and Tokyo-based scripter-helmer Norman England, who will try to stun investors with his horror project “Zombie My Zombie.”

UniJapan Entertainment Forum

Skedded Oct. 25-27, this event will feature speakers from Japan and 10 other countries. The focus will be the Japanese and Asian biz in all its aspects: pic, toon and TV program production, plus the introduction of new technologies.

The Oct. 25 kickoff speaker will be Jeremy Thomas, TIFF adviser and Oscar-winning producer (“The Last Emperor”), talking about his latest project, the Takashi Miike samurai swashbuckler “13 Assassins,” and the intricacies of international co-production. He will be followed by a special business section on “East Asia Contents Presentation,” with speakers from those territories discussing the problems of content production and the potential for international sales and partnerships.

Other programs on offer include:

• Secrets of Pitching: Tips for Promotion in the North American Market

• Asian Casting Forum

• Community Promotion Through Film Contents

• How Will the Business in Hollywood and Asia Develop?

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