Small Body wins the 2018 edition of When East Meets West

The Italian project Small Body is the winner of the eighth edition of When East Meets West. The project directed by Laura Samani and produced by Nadia Trevisan (Nefertiti Film) is a rough fairy-tale about Agata and her dangerous journey to bring her stillborn baby back to life, just enough time for one breath. The international WEMW jury consisting of Benjamin Illos (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs), Petri Kemppinen (Nordisk Film & TV Fond), Riina Sildos (Amrion) and Mila Turajlic (Dribbling Pictures) honoured Small Body with the Film Centre Serbia Development Award (3.000 EUR cash prize) as the best of the 21 projects in competition.

The new Baltic Award, another prize of the value of EUR 3.000, has been delivered by the three Baltic Film Centres to I’ll Stand by You, a Lithuanian/Italian film by Virginija Vareikyte and Maximilien Dejoie. For the second consecutive year the European Women’s Audiovisual Network comes back to Trieste and gives the EWA Network Best Woman Director Award to Haidy Kancler, director of the Slovenian documentary Skiing in Scarves.

Thanks to the partnership with a large international network of training programmes and markets, Serbian producer Dragana Jovovic (Theory at Work) received a scholarship for the participation in the EAVE European Producers Workshop, producers Snezana Penev (Film Deluxe International, Serbia) and Eirin Hogetveit (Norsk Fjernsyn, Norway) will have a free accreditation to the Cannes Marche du Film Producer’s Network whilst the Hot Docs Industry Pass has been granted to the Bosnian director/producer Srdjan Sarenac (Novi Film).

Futhermore, the Flow Postproduction Award, prize of 10.000 EUR in post-production facilities, goes to the Dutch project Confessions of Love produced by Fleur Knopperts (Volya Films) and directed by Tatjana Bozic, whilst the Czech project Plague will be offered a complete marketing package thanks to the new Asterisk Visual Marketing Award.

Lastly, three prices have been granted for the two sidebar sessions targeting films in the post production phase. The jury of Last Stop Trieste composed by Sabine Bubeck-Paaz (ZDF/ARTE), Ryan Harrington (Hot Docs) and Esther Van Messel (First Hand Films) has delivered the HBO Europe Award to the Argentinian/Italian documentary 100 Trips Around the Sun by Victor Cruz and the Flow Digital Cinema Award to the Czech/Latvian project My Unknown Soldier by Anna Kryvenko.

The international jury of This is IT, the brand new work in progress session dedicated to films produced or co-produced by Italian producers, including Rémi Bonhomme (Cannes – Semaine de la  Critique), Gabor Greiner (Films Boutique) and Iole Maria Giannattasio (DG Cinema MiBACT) gave a special mention to the film Città Giardino by Marco Piccarreda and granted the Slovenian/Italian film Stories from the Chestnut Woods by Gregor Božic with the Laser Film Award.

The eighth edition of WEMW ends with a series of impressive numbers: 21 projects selected, almost 300 submissions, over 45 different countries represented, 200 international decision makers, 460 registered participants and more than 600 scheduled one-to-one meetings.

FILM CENTRE SERBIA Development Award
SMALL BODY by Laura Samani – Nefertiti Film (Italy)

I’LL STAND BY YOU by Virginija Vareikyte, Maximilien Dejoie – M&N (Italy), InScript (Lithuania)

EWA European Women’s Audiovisual Network Award
SKIING IN SCARVES by Haidy Kancler – Studio Virc (Slovenia), Kinocompany (Finland), Flairfilm (Austria)

Dragana Jovovic – Theory at Work (Serbia)

Snezana Penev – Film Deluxe International (Serbia)
Eirin Hogetveit – Norsk Fjernsyn (Norway)

Srdjan Sarenac – Novi Film (Bosnia and Herzegovina/Serbia)

Flow Postproduction Award
CONFESSIONS OF LOVE by Tatjana Bozic – Volya Films (The Netherlands)

PLAGUE by Jan Tešitel – Sirena Film (Czech Republic)

HBO Europe Award
100 TRIPS AROUND THE SUN by Victor Cruz – 16m films (Argentina), Kinoproduzioni (Italy)

Flow Digital Cinema Award
MY UNKNOWN SOLDIER by Anna Kryvenko – Analog Vision (Czech Republic), Baltic Pine Films (Latvia)

Laser Film Award
STORIES FROM THE CHESTNUT WOODS by Gregor Božic – Nosorogi (Slovenia), Transmedia (Italy)

WEMW is organized by the FVG Audiovisual Fund and the Trieste Film Festival in collaboration with EAVEMaia WorkshopsCreative Europe Desk ItalyEURIMAGES and the support of CREATIVE EUROPE/MEDIA ProgrammeMiBACT – Direzione Generale per il CinemaCEI – Central European Initiative and the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia. The 2018  East & West focus is in cooperation and with the support of all South East Europeans funds – Albanian National Center of Cinematography, Association of Filmmakers of BiH & Sarajevo Film Fund, Bulgarian National Film Center, Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Film Centre of Montenegro, Film Center Serbia, Greek Film Centre, Kosovo Cinematography Center, Macedonian Film Agency, Slovenian Film Centre – and all Nordic film institutes – Danish Film Institute, Finnish Film Foundation, Icelandic Film Centre, Norwegian Film Institute, Swedish Film Institute.