“Women Do Cry” wins the 2020 edition of When East Meets West

The Bulgarian project “Women Do Cry” is the winner of the 10th edition of When East Meets West. The project co-directed and produced by Mina Mileva and Vesela Kazakova (Activist38) is the story of a family full of women who oppose notions of mother and women, in a society where “gender” is an unfamiliar word.

The international WEMW jury consisting of head of Connecting Cottbus Marjorie Bendeck, Tobias Pausinger from The Match Factory and Rai Cinema’s representative Federico Pedroni honoured Women Do Cry with the Film Centre Serbia Development Award (5.000 EUR cash prize) as the best of the 22 projects in competition.

For the fourth consecutive year the European Women’s Audiovisual Network comes back to Trieste and gives the EWA Network Best Woman Director Award to Mery Aghakhanyan, director of the Armenian project Irene’s World.

Thanks to the partnership with our international network of training programmes and markets, Moldovan producer Ion Gnatiuc (Electing Miss Santa) received a scholarship for the participation in the EAVE European Producers Workshop whilst producers Ivan Djurovic (Valley of Monuments, Montenegro) and Isabella Karhu (The Last Misfits by the Golden River, Finland) will have a free accreditation to the Cannes Marche du Film Producer’s Network.

Futhermore, the Flow Postproduction Award, prize of 15.000 EUR in post-production facilities, goes to the German project Strandzha produced by Julia Cöllen (Fünferfilm) and directed by Pepa Hristova, whilst the Czech project Ordinary Failures by Cristina Groșan and produced by Marek Novák (Xova Film) has been awarded with the Pop Up Film Residency  Award.

Lastly, five prizes have been granted for the two sidebar sessions targeting films in the post production phase. The jury of Last Stop Trieste made up of Pierre-Alexis Chevit (Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes), Jutta Krug (WDR) and Alex Szalat (Docs Up Fund) has delivered the 2.500 EUR cash prize granted by Film Center Serbia to Holy Father by Andrei Dascalescu and the HBO Europe Award (1.000 EUR) to Between Two Wars by Alina Gorlova, whereas both the Flow Digital Cinema Award and the brand new First Hand Fabulous Award go to Everything Will Not Be Fine by directors Adrian Pîrvu and Helena Maksyom.

The international jury of This is IT, the work in progress session dedicated to fiction films and hybrid works produced or co-produced by Italian producers, including Cosima Finkbeiner (Beta Cinema), Olivier Pelisson (Semaine de la Critique) and Alexia De Vito (MIA) granted the Italian/French film The Stonebreaker by Gianluca and Massimiliano De Serio with the Laser Film Award.

Last but not least, the Italy-Baltic Development Award for Co-Production, cash prize of EUR 30.000, has been delivered by MiBAC-Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, Estonian Film Institute, Lithuanian Film Centre, National Film Centre of Latvia to Bandiera Rossa. Ovvero come a otto anni sono diventato comunista e adesso non so più chi cazzo votare, an Italian/Estonia film co-produced by  SAYONARA FILM (Italy) and EXIT FILM (Estonia) and to The Sisters co-developed by FENIX (Latvia) and ALBOLINA FILM (Italy).

The 10th edition of WEMW ends with a series of record numbers: 22 projects from 17 countries selected for the co-production forum, more than 330 submissions, 14 films in the work in progress sections, 550 registered participants, over 50 different countries represented and more than 700 scheduled one-to-one meetings.


FILM CENTRE SERBIA Development Award

WOMEN DO CRY by Mina Mileva, Vesela Kazakova – Activist38 (Bulgaria)

EWA European Women’s Audiovisual Network Award
IRENE’S WORLD by Mery Aghakhanyan (Armenia)

Ion Gnatiuc – ELECTING MISS SANTA (Moldova)

Ivan Djurovic – VALLEY OF MONUMENTS (Montenegro)

Flow Postproduction Award
STRANDZHA by Pepa Hristova – Fünferfilm (Germany)

Pop Up Film Residency  Award
ORDINARY FAILURES by Cristina Groșan – Xova Film (Czech Republic)


Film Centre Serbia LST Award

HOLY FATHER by Andrei Dascalescu (Romania)

HBO Europe Award
BETWEEN TWO WARS by Alina Gorlova (Ukraine)

Flow Digital Cinema Award
EVERYTHING WILL NOT BE FINE by Adrian Pîrvu and Helena Maksyom (Romania)

First Hand Fabulous Award
EVERYTHING WILL NOT BE FINE by Adrian Pîrvu and Helena Maksyom (Romania)


Laser Film Award

THE STONEBREAKER by Gianluca and Massimiliano De Serio – La Sarraz Pictures (Italy)


WEMW is organized by the FVG Audiovisual Fund and theTrieste Film Festival in collaboration with ACE, EAVE, MIDPOINT, Creative Europe Desk Italy, EURIMAGES, EFA, German Film and the support of Creative Europe/MEDIA Programme, MiBACT – Direzione Generale per il Cinema, CEI – Central European Initiative and theAutonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia. The 2020 East & West focus is in cooperation and with the support of Federal Office of Culture, FOCAL, Film – und Medienstiftung NRW, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, Berlin-Brandenburg Medienboard, Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein Filmförderung, Austrian Film Institute, Carinthia Film Commission, FISA – Film Industry Support Austria, Cine Tirol Film Commission, CINESTYRIA Filmcommission & Fonds, National Film Institute-Hungary, Romanian Film Center.