Trieste, January 11th, 2018 – The eighth edition of When East Meets West kicks off in 10 days, on January 21st with an exciting double focus on the Nordic countries and South East Europe. After having revealed the pitching forum project selection, WEMW announces its new Baltic Award! Thanks to the cooperation with the three Baltic Film Institutes selected projects will compete for a cash prize of 3.000 EUR. Along with the co-production forum WEMW is proud to unveil the complete line-up of the three side sections targeting films in post-production stage.
Now in its fourth edition, Last Stop Trieste, the work in progress section run together with the Trieste Film Festival, will present 7 creative documentaries to an exclusive panel of more than 40 international sales agents, festival programmers and TV commissioning editors. All films will be in the running for the HBO Europe Award and the Flow Digital Cinema Award.
First Cut Lab, the workshop for films in editing phase, has finally selected 3 long feature fiction films from Poland, Russia and Lithuania with the main goal of fostering their artistic, sales and festival potential. To this aim, the producer/director teams invited to the lab will receive tailor-made advices from a consulting editor and international experts.
After the successful past editions of these two side sections, When East Meets West and Trieste Film Festival will expand their initiatives targeting projects in post-production phase and will launch in partnership with Milano Film Network a new section exclusively dedicated to long feature fiction films produced or co-produced by Italian producers. This is IT will present 6 films ready for festival premiere/international distribution and will deliver the Laser Film Award.
Alongside the pitching forum and the three side sections, WEMW will feature a rich programme including a “Coproduction Day” organized in cooperation with the Creative Europe Desks from South East European countries, Italy and the Nordic countries; “In the Spotlight”, where fund representatives from this year's spotlight territories will give a comprehensive insight into current trends in their film industries. The panel “The Road to Project and Film Marketing: Checkpoints and Pitfalls”, in cooperation with Heretic Asterisk, will shed light on the way marketing can impact a project during its all different stages: from development to delivery and distribution. EAVE will lead the session “Towards 2030: Creating New Business Models for Film”, a plenary for film professionals interested in the current status of digital distribution, its future growth and how to create a strong, sustainable and dynamic European industry. Finally, EDN – European Documentary Network will host the session “Victim of Changes? Or Drivers of Innovation?”, where a number of leading voices from public service broadcasters will discuss how they see the future for public media in the digital age.
The 7 documentaries presented at Last Stop Trieste, the 3 long feature fiction films chosen for First Cut Lab and the 6 Italian films selected for This is IT are:
LAST STOP TRIESTE
100 TRIPS AROUND THE SUN
director: Víctor Cruzproducer: Fito Pochatcountries: Argentina, Italy
BALTIC NEW WAVE
directors: Audrius Stonys, Kristine Briedeproducer: Uldis Cekuliscountries: Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia
BEFORE FATHER GETS BACK
director: Mari Gulbianiproducer: Tekla Machavarianicountries: Georgia, France, Germany
director: Audrius Mickevičiusproducer: Rasa Miškinytė,countries: Lithuania, Bulgaria, Italia
director: Alisa Kovalenkoproducer: Stephane Siohancountries: Ukraine, France, Poland
MY UNKNOWN SOLDIER
director: Anna Kryvenkoproducer: Michal Kráčmercountries: Czech Republic, Latvia, Slovakia
PAYING A VISIT TO FORTUNA
director: Mátyás Kálmánproducer: Ágnes Horváth-Szabócountry: Hungary
FIRST CUT LAB
CORE OF THE WORLD
director: Audrius Mickevičiusproducers: Natalia Drozd, Sergey Selyanovcountries: Russia, Lithuania
director: Marija Kavtaradzeproducers: Marija Razgute, Klementina Remeikaitecountry: Lithuania
director: Bartosz Konopkaproducer: Anna Wydracountries: Poland, Belgium
This is IT
director: Marco Piccarredaproducers: Marco Piccarreda, Gaia Formenticountry: Italy
DUE PICCOLI ITALIANI
director: Paolo Sassanelliproducer: Tommaso Arrighicountries: Italy, Iceland
director: Alberto Fasuloproducer: Nadia Trevisancountries: Italy, Romania
IL RUMORE DEL SOLE
director: Mirko Locatelliproducers: Mirko Locatelli, Giuditta Tarantellicountries: Italy, France
STORIES FROM THE CHESTNUT WOODS
director: Gregor Božičproducers: Marina Gumzi, Igor Princiccountries: Slovenia, Italy
THE WORLD IS FLAT
director: Matteo Carrega Bertoliniproducers: Matteo Carrega Bertolini,Paola Dall’Oliocountries: Italy, France, Switzerland
WEMW is organized by the FVG Audiovisual Fund and the Trieste Film Festival in collaboration with EAVE, Maia Workshops, Creative Europe Desk Italy, EURIMAGES 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 2018 East & West focus is in cooperation and with the support of all South East Europeans funds - Albanian National Center of Cinematography, Association of Filmmakers of BiH & Sarajevo Film Fund, Bulgarian National Film Center, Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Film Centre of Montenegro, Film Center Serbia, Greek Film Centre, Kosovo Cinematography Center, Macedonian Film Agency, Slovenian Film Centre - and all Nordic film institutes - Danish Film Institute, Finnish Film Foundation, Icelandic Film Centre, Norwegian Film Institute, Swedish Film Institute.