The 22 selected projects

22 film projects from 14 countries will be presented at the ninth edition of When East Meets West, the Italian co-production forum taking place on January 20-22, 2019 in the frame of the Trieste Film Festival. This year WEMW will bring together more than 450 industry professionals from over 35 countries, particularly from the 2019 East & West spotlight territories: Central Eastern Europe (Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine) and Benelux (Belgium, Luxembourg and Netherlands).

The 22 projects in development – 11 long feature documentaries and 11 fiction features – were selected out of 299 submissions from 49 different countries.

The 22 projects selected for WEMW 2019 are:

ALL-IN by Volkan Uce – Cassette for timescapes (Belgium)

BIGGER THAN TRAUMA by Vedrana Pribačić – Metar60 & Slavica Film (Croatia)

BLACK SALT by Marjoleine Boonstra – Volya Films (Netherlands)

BROTHERHOOD by Francesco Montagner – nutprodukce (Czech Republic)

DANIELS INFERNO by Egil Håskjold Larsen – Yellow Log (Norway)

HER/HIS by Anna Kazejak – Lava Films (Poland)

JUMP OUT by Nika Šaravanja – Playtime films (Belgium)

LE PARADIS C’EST ICI by Giovanni Troilo – Bright Frame (Italy)

LIVING by Vuk Ršumović – BaBoon Production, Art&Popcorn (Serbia)

METHUSALEM by Floor van der Meulen – Keplerfilm (Netherlands)

ONE OF US by Ergys Meta – Erafilm (Albania)

PRISON MAMA by Attila Till – Laokoon Filmgroup (Hungary)

PURE UNKNOWN by Mattia Colombo, Valentina Cicogna – Jump Cut (Italy)

THE LAST NOMAD by Petar Glomazić – Wake Up Films (Serbia), CUT UP (Montenegro)

THE MIRACLE  by Bartłomiej Żmuda – Projekcja Identyfikacja (Poland)

THE PALACE  by Federica Di Giacomo – Dugong (Italy)

THE SILENT TREATMENT by Caroline Strubbe – Minds Meet (Belgium)

THE ZIMOV HYPOTHESIS by Denis Sneg – Ethnofund (Russia)

VICTIM by Michal Blasko – nutprodukcia (Slovakia)

WHAT WILL THE TITLE BE? by Kata Oláh – Makabor Studio (Hungary)

WHO DO YOU LOVE THE MOST, BABY? by Tonia Noyabrova – ESSE Production House (Ukraine)

YEAR OF A WIDOW by Veronika Liskova – Artcam Films (Czech Republic)


The 2 guest projects are:

MY GRANDPA MADE PORN by Julio Adamor – Oka Comunicações (Brazil)
(N)OSTALGIA by Vicki Thornton – a_BAHN (Luxembourg)



  • Film Center Serbia Development Award – cash prize
  • EAVE scholarship – for the EAVE European Producers Workshop
  • Flow Postproduction Award – 15.000 EUR prize in post-production facilities
  • EWA Network Best Woman Director Award – cash prize for the best female director
  • Producers Network Prize – free accreditation to the Cannes Marche du Film Producer’s Network
  • Asterisk Visual Marketing Award – complete package including the prelaunch poster and dossier design, as well as content and text curation provided by Heretic Asterisk
  • Pop Up Film Residency Award, a 3-week residency with the guidance of international mentors