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Crossing Borders 2017 Part 1

July 18-22, 2017. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Crossing Borders is a training programme for documentary professionals in Europe and Asia looking to access the international documentary market. The programme has so far taken place in China (2010), Malaysia (2011 & 2013), Indonesia (2015) and South Korea (2012 & 2016).

The Crossing Borders programme aims to bring together filmmakers and documentary experts from both Europe and Asia, who are highly motivated to collaborate with each other across national borders with the ambition to enter each other's markets both artistically and financially. Crossing Borders is organised by EDN and Documentary Campus and presented in partnership with FINAS – The National Film Development Corporation Malaysia and MyDocs.

This year's edition of Crossing Borders consists of four sessions: a development workshop kicking off the programme, a separate online session focusing on story development and trailers (scheduled for September), a pitch training workshop taking place in October in Leipzig, Germany (also see Crossing Borders Part 2) and a distribution & outreach workshop with presentations to financiers and sales agents in December.

To be eligible for Crossing Borders you either have to be an Asian resident with a company based in an Asian country or be a European with a European company address. Projects must either take place in Asia or have an Asian angle / relevance. The language of the workshop is English and all applications must be in English.


Story development workshop incl. new media and VR focus — 18-22 July | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
• Expert consultation sessions — September | Online
Pitch training workshop incl. presentation to international financiers — 24–29 October | Leipzig, Germany
Distribution & outreach workshop incl. presentation to financiers and sales agents — 6-9 December | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

List of Confirmed Tutors

  • ▪ Steven Seidenberg, Crossing Borders Head of Studies, UK
  • ▪ Lionel Chok, Creative Technologist, iMMERSiVELY, Singapore
  • ▪ Ami Aripin, Editor, Singapore
  • ▪ Ruth Berry, Director/Producer/Consultant, Australia/Germany
  • ▪ Chris Humphrey, AETN, Singapore
  • ▪ Aloke Devichand, Senior Producer, Documentaries Department, Aljazeera, Malaysia


Below you will find the list of selected projects for the 2017 edition of Crossing Borders. A PDF overview incl. the synopsis of each project can be found here.



Father’s Skin | Till Passow & Co | Germany
D: Till Passow

Generation War | Spot Productions | Hungary
D: Andras Takacs, Eszter Cseke | P: Viktoria Szabo, Andras Takacs, Eszter Cseke

HANAWON – A Place for One People | Looking Forward | Denmark
D: Frederik Sølberg

I Record China | Cinieri Lombroso | Italy
D: Leonardo Cinieri Lombroso | P: Leonardo Cinieri Lombroso | Co-Author: Désirée Marianini

Mao’s Ice Cream | Springroll Media | The Netherlands
D: Brindusa Ioana Nastasa, Annabella Stieren | P: Jialu Zhang

Tukdam | Making Movies Oy | Finland
D: Donagh Coleman | P: Kaarle Aho

Walter Spies of Bali – A German Artist in the Tropics | Nocturnes Prod. & Phish Communications | France
D: Raphaël Millet | P: Olivier Bohler, Shirlene Noordin


Nowhere To Go | Hidden Asia Media | Malaysia
D: Arlene Tan | P: Grace Cho

HO CHI MINH: The Man Who Saved Vietnam | Code Computer Design Sdn Bhd | Malaysia
P: Gerard Benedict

Tiger Tales with Michelle Yeoh | Novista | Malaysia
D: Harun Rahman | P: Lara Ariffin

Yan Can Cook | Fisheye Vision | Malaysia
D: Chew Han Tah | P: Chew Li Pahn


LOGBOOK – A Diary from the Sea | BOK Media | South Korea
D: Bok Jinoh | P: Sona JO

Madame Ching, Lady Pirate | Little Odyssey Ltd | China
D: Morgan Ommer | P: Linh Phan

Stepwells and Victoria | Tuk Tuk Films | India
D: Hemant Gaba | P: Hemant Gaba

About Crossing Borders

Crossing Borders is an international training programme launched in 2010 by Documentary Campus and the EDN – European Documentary Network. It brings together filmmakers and documentary experts from both Europe and Asia, who are highly motivated to collaborate with each other across national borders, and have the ambition to enter each other’s markets both artistically and financially.

Through one-to-one sessions with recognized professionals and trainers from around the world, the programme offers creative and practical support for targeting a project for the international market. The aim is to create an invaluable network between Europe and Asia and to furnish the participants with the necessary knowledge and contacts for their future work on an international level. For more information on previous editions of Crossing Borders and examples of participating projects and success stories visit



Crossing Borders is an initiative by:

EDN Contact

Cecilie Bolvinkel