WEMW 2017 Final selection

22 film projects from 15 countries will be presented at the seventh edition of When East Meets West, the Italian co-production forum taking place on January 22-24, 2017 in the context of the Trieste Film Festival. This year WEMW will bring together more than 350 industry professionals from over 30 countries, particularly from the 2017 spotlight territories: France and the Baltic Countries (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania).

The 22 projects in development – 10 documentaries and 12 fiction features – were selected out of almost 300 submissions from 48 different countries. “This year more than ever we had a very hard time to finalize the selection as the overall quality of the applications received was outstanding. We are very happy with the 22 selected projects, both for their variety of stories and the talented directors and producers behind them. But now it comes down to us, WEMW, connecting each selected team with the right partners”, remarks Alessandro Gropplero, head of WEMW.

Along with the EAVE European Producers Workshop 2017 scholarship, the Flow Postproduction Award and TRL Espresso, all selected projects will compete for two new prizes: the CNC Development Award, a 5.000 EUR grant for the best project, and the EWA European Women’s Audiovisual Network Award, a cash prize for the best female director.

Together with the showcase of projects in development, When East Meets West 2017 will include several other initiatives: the work in progress section for documentaries Last Stop Trieste, the workshop for long feature fiction films in editing phase First Cut Lab, the showcase of completed films previously presented in the forum Born in Trieste and a rich programme dedicated to the co-production opportunities with the 2017 spotlight territories.

The 22 projects selected for WEMW 2017  are:

ABOUT THE END  by Cristina Picchi – SODA PICTURES (United Kingdom), INDYCA (Italy), ANNICK BLANC (Canada)

ALFA  by Una Gunjak – SCCA/pro.ba (Bosnia and Herzegovina), NUKLEUS FILM (Croatia)

BEFORE FATHER IS BACK  by Mari Gulbiani – NUSHI FILM (Georgia), Lufilms (France), FILMPUNKT (Georgia)

CHILDREN OF TALSINKI  by Moonika Siimets – AMRION (Estonia)

DEAD WOMAN  by Kadri Kõusaar – METEORIIT (Estonia)

FLESH OUT  by Michela Occhipinti – VIVO FILM (Italy)

GENTLE WARRIORS  by Marija Stonyte – MOONMAKERS (Lithuania)

I WILL CROSS TOMORROW  by Sepideh Farsi – CINÉ-SUD PROMOTION (France)

INSECT NIGHT  by Laila Pakalnina – HARGLA COMPANY (Latvia)

LUST FOR LIFE  by Radovan Síbrt – PINK PRODUCTIONS (Czech Republic)

MADAME LUNA  by Binyam Berhane – MOMENTO FILM (Sweden)

MONTAIGNE  by Luca Ferri – EFFENDEMFILM (Italy)

OUR FATHER  by Márton Vízkelety, Julianna Ugrin – ÉCLIPSE FILM (Hungary)

PEOPLE WE KNOW ARE CONFUSED  by Tomas Smulkis – JUST A MOMENT (Lithuania)

QUEENS  by Stefan Bohun – MISCHIEF FILMS (Austria)

SOLVING MY MOTHER  by Ieva Ozolina – FA FILMA (Latvia)

TELEPHONE SUICIDES  by Sandra Gugliotta – OJOBLINDADO (Argentina)

THE PASS  by George Ovashvili – WAGONNET (Georgia), ARIZONA PRODUCTIONS (France)

THE USERS  by Ivan Ikic – SENSE PRODUCTION (Serbia)

THE WIND  by Michal Bielawski – TELEMARK (Poland)

WISHING ON A STAR  by Peter Kerekes – VIDEOMANTE (Italy), MISCHIEF FILM (Austria), PETER KEREKES FILM (Slovakia)

 ZUHAL NAZLI  by Elif Durlu – ISTOS FILM (Turkey)