WEMW announces the new BALTIC AWARD and unveils the final line up of LST, FCL and THIS IS IT

The eighth edition of When East Meets West kicks off in 10 days, on January 21st with an exciting double focus on the Nordic countries and South East Europe. After having revealed the pitching forum project selection, WEMW announces its new Baltic Award! Thanks to the cooperation with the three Baltic Film Institutes selected projects will compete for a cash prize of 3.000 EUR. Along with the co-production forum WEMW is proud to unveil the complete line-up of the three side sections targeting films in post-production stage.
Now in its fourth edition, Last Stop Trieste, the work in progress section run together with the Trieste Film Festival, will present 7 creative documentaries to an exclusive panel of more than 40 international sales agents, festival programmers and TV commissioning editors. All films will be in the running for the HBO Europe Award and the Flow Digital Cinema Award.
First Cut Lab, the workshop for films in editing phase, has finally selected 3 long feature fiction films from Poland, Russia and Lithuania 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 tailormade advices from a consulting editor and international experts.
After the successful past editions of these two side sections, When East Meets West and Trieste Film Festival will expand their initiatives targeting projects in post-production phase and will launch in partnership with Milano Film Network a new section exclusively dedicated to long feature fiction films produced or co-produced by Italian producers. This is IT will present 6 films ready for festival premiere/international distribution and will deliver the Laser Film Award.
Alongside the pitching forum and the three side sections, WEMW will feature a rich programme including a “Coproduction Day” organized in cooperation with the Creative Europe Desks from South East European countries, Italy and the Nordic countries; “In the Spotlight”, where fund representatives from this year’s spotlight territories will give a comprehensive insight into current trends in their film industries. The panel “The Road to Project and Film Marketing: Checkpoints and Pitfalls”, in cooperation with Heretic Asterisk, will shed light on the way marketing can impact a project during its all different stages: from development to delivery and distribution. EAVE will lead the session “Towards 2030: Creating New Business Models for Film”, a plenary for film professionals interested in the current status of digital distribution, its future growth and how to create a strong, sustainable and dynamic European industry. Finally, EDN – European Documentary Network will host the session “Victim of Changes? Or Drivers of Innovation?”, where a number of leading voices from public service broadcasters will discuss how they see the future for public media in the digital age.

The 7 documentaries presented at Last Stop Trieste, the 3 long feature fiction films chosen for First Cut Lab and the 6 Italian films selected for This is IT are:

LAST STOP TRIESTE
100 TRIPS AROUND THE SUN
director: Víctor Cruz
producer: Fito Pochat, Giovanni Pompili
countries: Argentina, Italy

BALTIC NEW WAVE
directors: Audrius Stonys, Kristine Briede
producer: Uldis Cekulis
countries: Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia

BEFORE FATHER GETS BACK
director: Mari Gulbiani
producer: Tekla Machavariani
countries: Georgia, France, Germany

EXEMPLARY BEHAVIOUR
director: Audrius Mickevičius
producer: Rasa Miškinytė,
countries: Lithuania, Bulgaria, Italia

HOME GAMES
director: Alisa Kovalenko
producer: Stephane Siohan
countries: Ukraine, France, Poland

MY UNKNOWN SOLDIER
director: Anna Kryvenko
producer: Michal Kráčmer
countries: Czech Republic, Latvia, Slovakia

PAYING A VISIT TO FORTUNA
director: Mátyás Kálmán
producer: Ágnes Horváth-Szabó
country: Hungary

FIRST CUT LAB
CORE OF THE WORLD
director: Natalia Meschaninove
producers: Natalia Drozd, Sergey Selyanov
countries: Russia, Lithuania

SUMMER SURVIVORS
director: Marija Kavtaradze
producers: Marija Razgute, Klementina
Remeikaite
country: Lithuania

THE MUTE
director: Bartosz Konopka
producer: Anna Wydra
countries: Poland, Belgium

This is IT
CITTA’ GIARDINO
director: Marco Piccarreda
producers: Marco Piccarreda, Gaia Formenti
country: Italy

IL RUMORE DEL SOLE
director: Mirko Locatelli
producers: Mirko Locatelli, Giuditta Tarantelli
countries: Italy, France

DUE PICCOLI ITALIANI
director: Paolo Sassanelli
producer: Tommaso Arrighi
countries: Italy, Iceland

MENOCCHIO
director: Alberto Fasulo
producer: Nadia Trevisan
countries: Italy, Romania

STORIES FROM THE CHESTNUT WOODS
director: Gregor Božič
producers: Marina Gumzi, Igor Princic
countries: Slovenia, Italy

THE WORLD IS FLAT
director: Matteo Carrega Bertolini
producers: Matteo Carrega Bertolini, Paola Dall’Olio
countries: Italy, France, Switzerland