Fiction Work In Progress Section

When East Meets West and Trieste Film Festival are happy to present the fifth edition of This is IT, work in progress section exclusively dedicated to long feature fiction films and hybrid works with a strong visual and artistic approach with Italian majority or minority co-producers.

Starting from this year, This is IT will launch the new section This is NOW, special selection of works in progress from the annual East & West spotlight countries, in 2022 Russia & UK, Ireland, Canada, USA.

The selected teams will have the chance to present their works and screen 8′ of their films both physically and online to an exclusive panel of international sales agents, festival programmers and buyers.

All applications must be submitted by the Italian producer/co-producer or by the producer from one of the 2022 countries in focus, and must include: complete online application form and video material not less than 10 minutes long. In order to submit your application and the required material, you need to create your own account and fill in the online form following this link.

The extended deadline for submissions is December 5, 2021 and the results of the final selection will be announced by the end of December, 2021.
Thanks to the partnership with Milano Film Network (MFN), all applications for This is IT and L’Atelier will be shared and taken into consideration by the two selection committees. Furthermore, one of the finalists of L’Atelier MFN 2021 will be selected by WEMW and TSFF to be presented within the programme of This is IT 2022.
This is IT will take place alongside When East Meets West and the Trieste Film Festival on January 25th, 2022. Please find here below the complete guidelines and detailed info about the submission process.

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  1. General aspects:
    Please note: the extended deadline for submitting a project to This is IT is DECEMBER 5, 2021.
    In order to submit your application and the required material, you need to create your own account and fill in the online form following this 
    Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.
    Application materials and subtitles should be in English.
    The selection committee’s decisions cannot be appealed.
  2. Submission:

All applications must include the complete online application form.
It is mandatory for the submitted video material to have English subtitles.
The video material submitted must be not less than 10 minutes long.
The video materials should be either 1 full scene or maximum 3 separate scenes.
The video is mandatory to be available via streaming service password protected (e.g. Vimeo). No transfer services or cloud storage is accepted.
The application has to be finalized and submitted via this link with all the required documents by DECEMBER 5, 2021

III. Selection Criteria:
This is IT has interest to support long feature fiction films and hybrid works with a strong cinematic language and artistic imprint of the director. No specific themes or styles are preferred. There are no other specific fixed criteria and each individual project will be considered on its own merits.
Projects should be new or recent and there should be a potential international market.
The projects should be feature films with theatrical potential (minimum length of 70 minutes)
The project can be in different stages of post-production, though highly recommended to be in its early editing phase and still looking for international distribution and festival premiere.

  1. Specific Conditions:
    There is no entry fee for applications
    Once a project has been selected, one representative of the film should be present during This is IT (25 January 2022).
    Finished films selected should mention This is ITand display its logo in their credits. Preferably, the following sentence should be mentioned in the credit list: “[film title] has participated at This is IT of WEMW and TSFF”.
    The logo will be sent upon request.