WEMW unveils LAST STOP TRIESTE and FIRST CUT LAB final line up

Everything is set for the seventh edition of When East Meets West starting on Sunday, January 22,nd with a new East & West double focus on the Baltic countries and France. After having revealed the pitching forum project selection, WEMW announces the final line up of the two side sections for films in post-production stage.

Following the great success of the first two editions, Last Stop Trieste, the work in progress section run together with the Trieste Film Festival, will present 5 creative documentaries to an exclusive panel of 40 international sales agents, festival programmers and TV commissioning editors. The LST international jury composed by Rudy Buttignol (Knowledge Network), Catherine Le Clef (CAT&Docs) and Claudia Schreiner (MDR) will deliver the HBO Europe Award, a cash prize of 2.000 EUR, and the Flow Digital Cinema Award, a full digital cinema package sponsored by Flow Postproduction.

First Cut Lab, the workshop for films in editing phase, has selected 3 long feature fiction films from Estonia, Slovenia and Ukraine with the main goal of fostering their artistic, sales and festival potential. To this aim, the producer/director teams invited to the lab will receive tailor-made advices from a consulting editor and ten international experts.

Alongside the pitching forum and the two side sections, WEMW will feature a rich programme including the “WEMW Coproduction Day” organized in cooperation with the Creative Europe Desks from France, Italy and the Baltic States; EAVE will lead the session “Shake up in the Digital Marketplace“, a plenary for film producers who can no longer question whether to distribute their films on the internet but only how; furthermore, the panel “How to Attract New Funding Players”, in cooperation with the French Embassy in Italy, will tackle the possibility to re-think the European funding model; finally, thanks to the partnership with the European Women’s Audiovisual Network, WEMW will host the session “Women in the European Film Industry – Success Stories and Challenges”.

Within the extensive network of 2017 partners, WEMW is pleased to announce the brand new partnership with Festival Scope Pro, the B2B platform for film professionals where it is possible to find the complete WEMW project selection and the directors’ previous works.

The 5 documentaries presented at Last Stop Trieste and the 3 long feature fiction films chosen for First Cut Lab are:

LAST STOP TRIESTE SELECTED PROJECTS

ABOUT STOPS, RUNS AND BANANAS 
Director: Arūnas Matelis
Producer: Algimantė Matelienė
Company: NOMINUM
Country: Lithuania

COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
Director: Pietro Jona, Stefano Cravero Producer: Enrica Capra
Company: GRAFFITI DOC
Country: Italy

IN PRAISE OF NOTHING
Director: Boris Mitic
Producer: Boris Mitic
Company: DRIBBLING PICTURES
Country: Serbia, Croatia

THE RUNNERS 
Director: Łukasz Borowski
Producer: Zuzanna Krol
Company: WAJDA STUDIO
Country: Poland

ULTRA
Director: Balázs Simonyi
Producer: László Józsa, Bálazs Simonyi
Company: SPEAK EASY PROJECT
Country: Hungary, Greece

FIRST CUT LAB SELECTED PROJECTS

SCANDINAVIAN SILENCE
Director: Martti Helde
Producer: Elina Litvinova
Company: THREE BROTHERS
Country: Estonia

STORIES FROM THE CHESTNUT WOODS
Director: Gregor Božic
Producer: Marina Gumzi
Company: NOSOROGI
Country: Slovenia

WHEN THE TREES FALL
Director: Marysia Nikitiuk
Producers: Igor Savychenko, Roman Klympush
Company: DIRECTORY FILMS
Country: Ukraine

FCL EXPERTS & TEAM 2017
Amra Baksic Camo SCCA/PRO.BA
Paolo Benzi OKTA FILM
Delphyne Besse URBAN DISTRIBUTION
Matthieu Darras TORINOFILMLAB
Didar Domeheri MANEKI FILMS
Joanna Lapinska TRANSATLANTYK FESTIVAL
Benjamin Mirguet MÔMERADE
Thomas Pibarot LE PACTE
Giovanni Pompili KINO PRODUZIONI
Riina Sildos AMRION
Marie-Pierre Valle WILD BUNCH
Alex Traila EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL
Meinolf Zurhorst ZDF