FNE at WEMW 2020: Bulgarian Project Women Do Cry Wins When East Meets West

    Valley of Monuments by Srdan Vuletic Valley of Monuments by Srdan Vuletic credit: Artikulacija Film

    TRIESTE: Bulgarian Women Do Cry directed by Mina Mileva and Vesela Kazakova was awarded the Film Center Serbia Development Award in the Co-Production Forum, the main section of the 10th When East Meets West (WEMW). The industry section of the Trieste Film Festival took place from 19 to 21 January 2020.

    \When East Meets West celebrated its 10th anniversary in style, with new initiatives alongside its traditional ones.

    A total of 22 projects participated in the Co-production Forum (dedicated to projects in the development stage), including projects from Serbia, Romania, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria.

    Five creative documentaries took part in the 6th edition of Last Stop Trieste, the work in progress section run together with the Trieste Film Festival.

    The first international fiction work in progress section First Cut + showcased eight feature films currently in postproduction, which had participated in First Cut Lab, with a focus on Central and Eastern Europe.

    This is IT presented nine Italian coproductions ready for festival premiere/international distribution.

    Ten producers took part in the first edition of Cold Open, a programme conceived together with MIDPOINT and aiming at helping independent producers to move from feature film to high quality television content.

    This year, WEMW double focused on Germany, Austria, Switzerland as well as on Hungary, Moldova and Romania. Over 500 producers, decision makers and film professionals from more than 40 countries participated in the 10th edition of WEMW.

    In its last day WEMW announced the awards for the Co-production Forum as well as for This Is IT. The other awards were announced on 20 January 2020 - click HERE.

    WEMW is organised by the FVG Audiovisual Fund in collaboration with the Trieste Film Festival, EAVE, Creative Europe Desk Italy and thanks to the support of the Creative Europe/MEDIA Programme, MIBAC -Direzione Generale per il Cinema, CEI – Central European Initiative, Film Center Serbia and the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia.

    WEMW Co-production Forum Awards:

    Film Center Serbia Development Award:
    Women Do Cry (Bulgaria)
    Directed by Mina Mileva, Vesela Kazakova
    Produced by Activist38

    EWA European Women’s Audiovisual Network Award:
    Irene’s World (Armenia)
    Directed by Mery Aghakhanyan

    EAVE Producers Workshop Scholarship:
    Electing Miss Santa (Moldova)
    Directed by Raisa Răzmeriță
    Produced by Niște Filme


    Valley of Monuments (Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia)   (Fiction)
    Directed by Srdan Vuletic
    Produced by Artikulacija Film
    Coproduced by ABA Film, Refresh Production, Biberche Production
    Supported by the Film Centre of Montenegro

    The Last Misfits By The Golden River (Finland) Documentary
    Directed by Juho-Pekka Tanskanen

    Flow Postproduction Award:
    Strandzha (Germany)
    Directed by Pepa Hristova  

    Pop Up Film Residency Award:
    Ordinary Failures (Czech Republic)
    Directed by Cristina Groșan
    Produced by Xova Film

    This Is IT:

    Laser Film Award:
    The Stonebreaker (Italy, France)
    Directed by Gianluca De Serio, Massimiliano De Serio