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BERLIN: Projects and producers from Romania, Poland, Croatia and Bulgaria have been selected for the Berlinale Co-Production Market (22-26 February 2020).

BERLIN: Films and TV series from Poland, Lithuania, Slovakia and the Czech Republic are among the new titles announced by the 70th Berlin International Film Festival (20 February-1 March 2020) on 14 January 2020.

New short film project by Mateusz Pacewicz, the writer of Polish international hit Corpus Christi, will be presented at When East Meets West, together with new projects by award-winning filmmakers: Estonian Madli Laane, Nikos Tseberopoulos from Greece and Serbian Svetislav Dragomirovic.

MIDPOINT Shorts, our leading program dedicated to script and project development of short films, will conclude in Trieste with its second workshop and a showcase followed by a networking platform.

The program is led by Czech director and script consultant Pavel Marek who is accompanied by Lithuanian producer tutor Marija Razgute

The program of the final workshop (out of two in total) includes group meetings, individual consultations, lectures and pitching training. 

The participants will have the unique opportunity to pitch their short film projects in front of the audience full of experts from the short film industry. 

The project showcase of MIDPOINT Shorts will take place within When East Meets West co-production forum on Monday, January 20, 2020 from 15:00 to 16:00 in hotel Savoia.

For the accredited guests of WEMW. 
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Following projects will be presented:

Team Building / Poland
Mateusz Pacewicz / writer, director  
Ludka Kierczak / producer        

Jungle.Law / Estonia
Madli Lääne / writer, director  
Anneli Ahven / producer      

Soul Food / Greece 
Nikos Tseberopoulos / writer, director 
Eleni Kossyfidou / producer   

Tell No One / Serbia
Svetislav Dragomirovic / writer, director
Nevena Savic / producer        

Click here for more information about the workshop and the program.

MIDPOINT Happy Hour at WEMW  

You are warmly welcome to join us for a glass of wine on Monday, January 20 in Trieste and meet the faces of MIDPOINT! It will be the perfect opportunity to meet all the participants, tutors as well as the team. 

MIDPOINT Happy Hour / Monday, January 20 / 16.30 - 17.30 at the Library of Hotel Savoia Excelsior Palace

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MIDPOINT team is traveling to Trieste Film Festival and When East Meets West co-production forum, get in touch to schedule a meeting!

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MIDPOINT Shorts 2019-2020 is realized with the support of Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and Czech Film Fund. It is presented in cooperation with When East Meets West. MIDPOINT operates under the auspices of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.

The program designed by When East Meets West in collaboration with MIDPOINT is announcing its first-ever participants

MIDPOINT Cold Open targets independent producers, with a background in feature film producing, aspiring to shift to high quality television content and offers a diverse selection of participating countries. 

The program runs within When East Meets West 2020 in Trieste, Italy and will be led by tutors Gabor Krigler (HU), Steve Matthews (UK), Nebojsa Taraba (HR) and Meinholf Zurhorst (DE). 

For the 3-day workshop, 10 European producers have been selected. 

And who are they?

Karin Berghammer / Austria 

Claudia Schröter / Germany 

Eva Blondiau / Germany 

Johannes Jancke / Germany 

Vasilis Chrysanthopoulos / Greece

Luigi Giuseppe Chimienti / Italy

Nadia Trevisan / Italy 

Radu Stancu / Romania 

Dragana Jovovic / Serbia 

Natalia Libet / Ukraine 

Within the program, two lectures will be open to When East Meets West guests: 

Gabor Krigler: The Idea to Spawn a Thousand Stories (And How to Run With It)

Nebojsa Taraba: How to Switch from Sprint to Marathon

For more information about the program, its participants and lectures, click here.

MIDPOINT Cold Open is realized in partnership with When East Meets West. MIDPOINT operates under the auspices of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.

Czech cinema returns to the Oscars' red carpet! Daughter, directed by Daria Kashcheeva, produced by Zuzana Roháčová / FAMU and co-produced by MAUR film has been nominated for an Oscar in the category Animated Short Film.

Our Daughter is a dream of every parent. She is doing well and makes the parents happy. She grew up in the modest environment, but early on she confidently went to the world. In addition, her spiritual mother Daria Kascheeva is a great person and a talented filmmaker, which would make every producer happy. She gave birth to a remarkable film" said Martin Vandas, co-producer of the film.

Daugter's director, FAMU student Daria Kashcheeva, continues in a series of fantastic achievements. In the past months, Kashcheeva's film won the major prize at the world’s biggest animation film festival in Annecy, the student Oscar and it was also invited to more than 60 festivals all over the world, including Toronto IFF, Sundance IFF, Melbourne IFF or Tallinn BNFF.

Read more in the article HERE.

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Trieste, January 13th, 2020 – The 10th edition of When East Meets West kicks off in less than one week, on January 19thwith an exciting double focus on Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Hungary, Moldova, Romania. After having revealed the Co-Production Forum project selection, WEMW is now proud to announce that Marjorie Bendeck (CONNECTING COTTBUS), Tobias Pausinger (THE MATCH FACTORY) and Federico Pedroni (RAI CINEMA) will be the 2020 jury members and will decide the winners of all WEMW awardsAlongside the last details about the Co-Production Forum,WEMW is happy to finally unveil the complete line-up of the three side sections targeting films in post-production stage.

Now in its sixth edition, Last Stop Trieste, the work in progress section run together with the Trieste Film Festival, will present 5 creative documentaries to an exclusive panel of 40 international sales agents, festival programmers and TV commissioning editors. All films will be in the running for theHBO Europe Award(cash prize of 1.000 EUR),Flow Digital Cinema AwardFilm Centre Serbia LSTAward (a cash prize of 2.500 EUR) and the brand new First Hand Fabulous Award (consistingin rough cut dramaturgy as well as promotion and distribution consultancy). The LST 2020 international jury will featurePierre-Alexis Chevit (MARCHÉ DU FILM - FESTIVAL DE CANNES), Jutta Krug (WDR) and Alex Szalat (DOCS UP FUND).

For the third edition, When East Meets West and Trieste Film Festival will renew the partnership with Milano Film Network for the section exclusively dedicated to long feature fiction films and hybrid works produced or co-produced by Italian producers. This is IT will present 9 films ready for festival premiere/international distribution and a jury composed by Cosima Finkbeiner (BETA CINEMA), Olivier Pelisson (SEMAINE DE LA CRITIQUE), Alexia De Vito MIA will deliver the prestigious Laser Film Award

Last but not least,WEMW will co-host the first international fiction work in progress section First Cut +a portfolio of 8 fiction feature films at the stage of post-production, which participated to First Cut Lab, with a focus on Central & Eastern Europe. All projects are available in world premiere and looking for an International sales agentFirst Cut + jury members Yohann Comte (CHARADES), Izabela Igel (ORKA FILM) and Thierry Jobin (FRIBOURG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL) will deliver the Orka FilmsAward for colour grading services and theSub-Ti Awardfor subtitles services.

Alongside the pitching forum and the three side sections, WEMW will feature a rich programme to celebrate its 10thanniversary that will start with the presentation of the brandnew WEMW report “Co-production trends between Eastern and Western Europe between 2008-2019”, and also includesIn the Spotlight”, where representatives from this year's spotlight territories will give a comprehensive insight into current trends in their film industries;EAVE will lead the session Streamers by the Numbers, a plenary for film professionals interested in how the sVoD platforms are performing given their newly competitive environment.

EWA will organise a showcase of the success stories with participants from previous editions, where prospective mentors and future mentees will be invited to share their views in the session “EWA Network Mentoring Programme Revisited @WEMW”.

Finally, ACE will for the first time in Trieste host the “ACE Interview with Roberto Olla”: the executive director of the European film fund Eurimages will be interviewed by esteemed European producer and ACE board member Cedomir Kolar. 

Finally, thanks to the cooperation with MIDPOINT, WEMWwill launch the first edition of Cold Open, a program targetingindependent producers with a background in feature film producingwho aspire to shift to high quality television content, which offers a diverse selection of participating countries.Thisone-off event consists of group sessions, individual consultations and two lectures dedicated to TV series open to all WEMW participantsThe idea to spawn a thousand stories (and how to run with it)andHow to Switch from Sprint to Marathon”.The ongoing cooperation with MIDPOINT will also this year bring 13 teams from Central Eastern Europe to Trieste to best develop their long feature and short projects. 

The 2020 programme combines many different ingredients to celebrate 10 successful years of WEMW to the fullest and we look forward to welcoming more than 550 registered participants from over 40 different countries to the city.

The 5 documentaries that will be presented at Last Stop Trieste, the 9 feature films selected for This is IT, the 8 international films chosen for First Cut + and the 10 producers participating in the first edition of Cold Open are:

LAST STOP TRIESTE 

BETWEEN TWO WARS (working title)

director: Alina Gorlova

producers: Maksym Nakonechnyi, Ilona Bicevska, Patrick Hamm

countries: Ukraine, Latvia, Germany, Qatar

EVERYTHING WILL NOT BE FINE

directors: Adrian Pîrvu, Helena Maksyom

producers: Alexandru Solomon, Ada Solomon

countries: Romania, Ukraine

HOLY FATHER

director: Andrei Dascalescu

producer: Anda Ionescu

countries: Romania

I’LL STAND BY YOU

directors: Virginija Vareikye, Maximilien Dejoie

producers: Lukas Trimonis, Maximilien Dejoie, Mark Olexa

countries: Lithuania, Italy

SOVIET MAN

director: Ivo Briedis

producers: Elina Gedina Ducena, Inese Boka Grube

countries: Latvia, Lithuania, Czech Republic

This is IT

ATLAS

director: Niccolò Castelli

producers: Villi Hermann, Michela Pini

countries: Switzerland, Belgium, Italy

CENT’ANNI

director: Maja Prelog

producer: Rok Bicek

co-producers: Alessandro Leone, Massimo Casula

countries: Slovenia, Poland, Italy, Austria

DIVINATIONS

director: Leandro Picarella

producers: Luca Scarabelli, Luciano Barisone, Serge Lalou

countries: Italia, Francia

THE ANGEL IN THE WALL

director: Lorenzo Bianchini

producers: Sabrina Baracetti, Thomas Bertacche, Samantha Faccio

country: Italy

THE HOUSE OF LOVE

director: Luca Ferri

producers: Federico Minetti, Andrea Zanoli, Pietro De Tilla
country: Italy

THE JUNGLE

director: Cristian Natoli

producers: Chiara Toffolo, Anita Juka

country: Italy

THE LAST RIDE OF THE WOLVES

director: Alberto De Michele

producer: Francesco Bonsembiante

countries: Holland, Italy

THE STONEBREAKER

directors: Gianluca De Serio, Massimiliano De Serio

producers: Alessandro Borrelli

countries: Italy, France

THROUGH THE WAVES

director: Marco Amenta

producers: Simonetta Amenta, Cristina Pinto Marques

country: Italy

FIRST CUT +

24 HOURS OF SUNSHINE

director: Juris Poskus

producer: Madara Melberga

country: Latvia

AND THEY MAY STILL BE ALIVE TODAY

director: Tudor Cristian Jurgiu

producer: Bogdan Craciun

country: Romania

CHRYSANTHEMUM DAY

director: Simon Mozgovyi

producer: Alex Chepiga, Taras Bosak, Artem Koliubaiev

country: Ukraine

LISTEN

director: Ana Rocha de Sousa

producer: Paula Vaccaro

countries: Portugal, United Kingdom

THE GETAWAY KING

director: Mateusz Rakowicz

producers: Andrzej Papis, Maciej Sowinski, Aleksandra Kułakowska, Agnieszka Odorowicz, Beata Barcz and Ewa M. Pawłowska

country: Poland

NIMBY

director: Teemu Nikki

producer: Jani Pösö

countries: Finland, Germany, Sweden

SIMPLE THINGS

director: Grzegorz Zariczny

producers: Magdalena Sztorc, Przemysław Miekinia

country: Poland

THE STAFFROOM

director: Sonja Tarokic

Ankica Juric Tilic – Kinorama

country: Croatia

COLD OPEN

Karin Berghammer

company: Berg Hammer Film

country: Austria

Eva Blondiau

company: Color of May

country: Germany

Luigi Chimienti

company: Dispàrte

country: Italy

Johannes Jancke

company: Bon Voyage Films

country: Germany

Dragana Jovovic

company: Non-Aligned Flms

country: Serbia

Natalia Libet

country: Ukraine

Claudia Schroeter

companies: Kinderfilm GmbH/Grown Up Films

country: Germany

Radu Stancu

company: deFilm

country: Romania

Nadia Trevisan

company: Nefertiti Film

country: Italy

Vasilis Chrysanthopoulos

company: Plays2Place

country: Greece

WEMW is organized by the FVG Audiovisual Fund and the Trieste Film Festival in collaboration with ACE, EAVE, MIDPOINT, Creative Europe Desk Italy, EURIMAGES, EFA, German Film, and the support of Creative Europe/MEDIA Programme, MiBACT - Direzione Generale per il Cinema, CEI - Central European Initiative and the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia. The 2020 East & West focus is in cooperation and with the support of Federal Office of Culture, FOCAL, Film - und Medienstiftung NRW, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Berlin-Brandenburg Medienboard, Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein Filmförderung, Austrian Film Institute, Carinthia Film Commission, FISA – Film Industry Support Austria, Cine Tirol Film Commission, CINESTYRIA Filmcommission & Fonds, National Film Institute-Hungary, Romanian Film Center.

LOS ANGELES: North Macedonia’s Honeyland by Tamara Kotevska and Ljubo Stefanov, Poland’s Corpus Christi by Jan Komasa and Czech student film Daughter by Daria Kashcheeva have received nominations for the 92nd Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Awards. It is the first time that a Macedonian film has received two Oscar nominations.

TRIESTE: Latvian, Romanian, Lithuanian, Czech, Slovenian, Polish and Croatian projects are among the 22 projects selected for Last Stop Trieste, This is IT and First Cut +, while a Serbian is among the 10 producers participating in the first edition of Cold Open at the 10th edition of When East Meets West. WEMW will be held from 19 to 21 January 2020 within the Trieste Film Festival (17-23 January 2020).

TRIESTE: Eleven feature films will vie in the main competition of the 31st Trieste Film Festival, which will be held from 17 to 23 January 2020.

Trieste, January 13th, 2020 – The 10th edition of When East Meets West kicks off in less than one week, on January 19th, with an exciting double focus on Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Hungary, Moldova, Romania. After having revealed the Co-Production Forum project selection, WEMW is now proud to announce that Marjorie Bendeck (CONNECTING COTTBUS), Tobias Pausinger (THE MATCH FACTORY) and Federico Pedroni (RAI CINEMA) will be the 2020 jury members and will decide the winners of all WEMW awards. Alongside the last details about the Co-Production Forum, WEMW is happy to finally unveil the complete line-up of the three side sections targeting films in post-production stage.