Kazakh Project A Winner Is Seen at the Start Wins WEMW


    TRIESTE: The Kazakh project A Winner Is Seen at the Start by Zhannat Alshanova won the 5,000 EUR Film Center Serbia Award at the 11th edition of When East Meets West, which concluded on 27 January 2021. The film also received the Pop Up Film Residency Award, and Alshanova was also crowned with the European Women’s Audiovisual Network Award for the Best Woman Director, which was given out for the fifth year at WEMW.

    North Macedonian producer Marija Dimitrova (List Productions) received a scholarship for the participation in the EAVE European Producers Workshop. Lithuanian producer Marija Razgutė (M-Films) and Italy’s Matteo Pecorara will have a free accreditation to the Cannes Marche du Film Producer’s Network.

    The special Out of the Box Edition of WEMW ended with record numbers: 680 registered participants connected to the WEMW Digital World from 56 different countries; over 600 scheduled individual meetings with more than 150 decision makers and 30 business angels; 1,778 chats and 141 video calls within the platform; 4 lottery winners; and more than 100 producers participating in 22 Out of the Box events.



    Film Center Serbia Development Award
    A Winner is Seen at the Start (Kazhakstan)
    Directed by Zhannat Alshanova

    Flow Postproduction Award
    A Safe Place (Germany)
    Directed by Sara Summa

    DAE Accelerator Award
    Foals (France)
    Directed by Salomé Hévin

    Pop Up Film Residency Award
    A Winner Is Seen at the Start

    EWA Network Best Woman Director Award
    A Winner Is Seen at the Start

    EWA Network Membership Award
    The Mechanics of Things (France)
    Directed by Alessandra Celesia


    HBO Europe Award
    Brotherhood (Czech Republic, Italy)
    Directed by Francesco Montagner
    Producers: Pavla Janoušková Kubecková, Nadia Trevisan

    Flow Digital Cinema Award
    Museum of the Revolution (Serbia, Croatia, Czech Republic)
    Directed by Srđan Keča
    Producer: Vanja Jambrović

    First Hand Fund Award
    Reconciliation (Slovenia, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo)
    Directed by Marija Zidar
    Producer: Danijel Hočevar


    Laser Film Award
    Crown Shyness (Italy)
    Directed by Valentina Bertani

    Special Mention
    Darkling (Serbia. Italy, Greece, Denmark, Bulgaria)
    Directed by Dušan Milić
    Producers: Snezana van Houwelingen, Debora Chiara Desio


    Blind Pit (Italy, Latvia)
    Directed by Giorgio Bianchi and Federico Schiavi
    Producers: Nacne, Baltic Balkan Productions

    Bijuterie (Lithuania, Estonia, Italy)
    Directed by Tomas Vengris
    Producers: Socialinės atsakomybės projektai, Allfilm and Rosamont