Tokyo Gap Financing Market unveils 20 projects selected for the second edition | New


The Tokyo Gap Financing Market (TGFM) announced the 20 projects selected for the second edition of the fundraising event, which is expected to take place virtually in the TIFFCOM content market (November 1-3).

This year’s submissions saw an increase in dramas featuring LGBTQ and social minorities in lead roles, as well as films dealing with diversity and changes in social and personal contexts, primarily targeting a teen audience. Of the 20 selections, five are made by women and ten are produced by women.

The line-up includes Elise Girard’s international co-production project Sidonie in Japan, taking place in Kyoto and starring Isabelle Huppert; a new, untitled feature film project by Atsushi Funahashi, whose previous works have screened at festivals in Berlin, Busan and Tokyo; and Today Tomorrow… By Ray Yeung from Hong Kong, whose latest film Suk Suk has also performed in Berlin and Busan.

TGFM aims to provide producers of feature films and TV series projects who need additional funding with the opportunity to meet one-on-one with industry experts to support their projects. In order to be eligible for submission, projects must have 60% of the total budget (50% for TV series projects) already secured and must include an Asian element.

Among the projects selected for last year’s inaugural edition of TGFM was Indonesian filmmaker Edwin Revenge is mine, everyone else pays cash, who won the Golden Leopard at this year’s Locarno Festival.

Feature film – Fiction (14 Projects)

Adabana (Japan) – dir: Sayaka Kai, cos prod: Robot Communications

Beauty is the message (Sweden, Japan, India, Lithuania) – director: Robin Ehlde, cos prod: Crip Film

Electric child (Switzerland, Germany) – dir: Simon Jaquemet, prod cos: 8chevaux

Big Sky (France, Belgium) – director: Akihiro Hata, cos prod: Good Fortune Films

Hungry ghost dinner (Malaysia) – dir: We Jun Cho, cos prod: Kinovisuals

In the morning of the little death (Taiwan) – director: Yu-Lin Wang, cos prod: Flash Forward Entertainment, Magnifique Creative Media Production

Movers Bangladesh (Bangladesh, Taiwan, France) – director: Nuhash Humayun, production cos: Goopy Bagha Productions

Sidonie in Japan (Japan, France, Germany, Switzerland) – dir: Elise Girard, cos prod: 10:15 am! Productions

* To be announced (Japan) – director: Atsushi Funahashi, production cos: The Directors Alliance, Big River Films

Shame (Switzerland, France Bulgaria) – director: Konstantin Bojanov, production cos: Akka Films

Titanic Ocean (Greece, France, Spain, Romania, Singapore) – dir: Konstantina Kotzamani, prod cos: Homemade Films

Today Tomorrow…(Hong Kong) – director: Ray Yeung, cos prod: New Voice Film Productions

Turtle stone (Malaysia) – director: Woo Ming Jin, cos production: Greenlight Pictures

Visit (United Kingdom, Iran) – director: Mehdi Norowzian, production cos: Joy Films

Feature film – Animation (3 projects):

Another world (Hong Kong, Singapore) – dir: Kai Chung Ng, prod cos: Point Five Creations

Schirkoa (India, France, Germany) – dir: Ishan Shukla, cos prod: Dissidenz Films, Red Cigarette Media

Zsah Zsah against the Amazonians of planet X (Philippines, France) – director: Avid Liongoren, production cos: Ghosts City Films

TV Series – Fiction (1 project)

Daddy and daddy (Taiwan) – director: Nancy Chen, cos prod: Portico Media

TV Series – Animation (2 projects)

Rainbow hunters (Chile, Brazil) – director: Santiago O’Ryan, cos prod: Lunes Animation Studio

Sex symbols (Spain, Belgium) – director: Paloma Mora, cos prod: Admirable Films


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