– The picks for the sections aimed at films in the post-production phase, as well as the EAVE Slate and the Inspirational Labs, have been revealed by the Italian co-production forum

When East Meets West rounds off its selection

Director Goran Dević, who is taking part with Pavilion 6

The 14th edition of When East Meets West (WEMW) is scheduled to run from 21-24 January, drawing in over 500 film professionals from more than 50 countries to Trieste. An integral part of the 35th Trieste Film Festival, the Italian co-production forum is focusing on Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, alongside Spain, Portugal and Latin America, for the second consecutive year. The Co-production Pitching Forum selection was announced in December (see the news). Additionally, the event has now announced the line-up for its segments targeting films in the post-production phase as well as the participants in the EAVE Slate and the Inspirational Labs.

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The upcoming tenth edition of Last Stop Trieste (LST), the platform dedicated to documentary works in progress, organised in collaboration with the Trieste Film Festival, will feature six creative docs previously chosen from partner platforms: Ex Oriente Film, Docu Rough Cut Boutique, Balkan Discoveries, Baltic Sea Docs and ZagrebDox Pro. All selected films will be in contention for the Film Centre of Montenegro Award, a newly introduced cash prize of €2,000 sponsored by the Film Centre of Montenegro, alongside the long-standing HBO Award, a cash prize of €1,000.

In its seventh iteration, This is IT, a specialised category exclusively devoted to feature films and hybrid works distinguished by a robust visual and artistic approach, is being organised by WEMW and the Trieste Film Festival, in collaboration with the Milano Film Network. This section showcases productions either produced or co-produced by Italian producers, or originating from the spotlighted territories of East & West 2024. Nine films, primed for their premieres, will vie for the Arte Video Award, a cash prize valued at €5,000.

Continuing its tradition for the fifth successive year, WEMW is presenting the winter session of the global works-in-progress segment, First Cut+. This session aims to introduce eight promising titles from Brazil, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Israel, Kosovo, Lithuania, Slovakia and the Netherlands to attending sales representatives and festival programmers. These titles will vie for the TRT Award, a cash prize of €5,000 sponsored by the Turkish public broadcaster TRT.

Finally, WEMW has unveiled the 12 companies chosen for the third EAVE Slate programme, drawn from Europe and Latin America. Additionally, a total of 95 participants representing 35 countries will take part in nine Inspirational Labs. These labs are conducted in partnership with the CEE Animation Workshop, ESoDoc, the European Virtual Production Alliance, the MIDPOINT Institute, the Fantastic Film Forum and Spielfabrique. This collaborative effort is supported by Creative Europe and the IBERMEDIA Programme, and is realised in conjunction with Apulia Film Commission, Film Centre of Montenegro, Film Commission Vallée d’Aoste, Fondazione Campania Film Commission, the Greek Film Centre, ICAA – Spanish Film and Audiovisual Arts Institute, the Icelandic Film Centre, IDM Film Commission Südtirol, REACT Regional Audiovisual Cooperation & Training, the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Film Center Serbia, Friuli Venezia Giulia Audiovisual Fund, the Slovenian Film Centre and Telefilm Canada. The complete list of participants is available here.

Here is the list of the selected titles and companies participating in the WEMW sidebars:

Last Stop Trieste

AbandonedVytautas Puidokas (Lithuania/France)
Producers: Uku Films, Grande Ourse Films

Blueberry DreamsElene Mikaberidze (Georgia/France/Belgium)
Producers: Parachute Films, Wide Studios, Iota Production

Dad’s LullabyLesia Diak (Ukraine/Romania/Croatia)
Producers: DramaFree, Filmways, Petnaesta Umjetnost

DecemberGrzegorz Paprzycki (Poland/Lithuania)
Producers: Telemark, Just a Moment

ForbiddenAnelise Salan (Romania)
Producers: The L studio, Labyrinth Films

Pavilion 6 Goran Dević (Croatia/UK)
Producers: Petnaesta Umjetnost, BBC

This is IT

100 Litres of GoldTeemu Nikki (Finland/Italy)
Producers: It’s Alive Films Oy, The Culture Business

Before MemoryJoaquín González Vaillant (Uruguay)
Producers: Bocacha Films, Jabalina Films

CaravanZuzana Kirchnerová (Czech Republic/Slovakia/Italy)
Producers: MasterFilm, nutprodukcia, Tempesta

The Last SummerJoão Nuno Pinto (Portugal/Italy/Argentina)
Producers: Wonder Maria Filmes, Albolina Films, Aurora Cine

Man of the HouseAndamion Murataj (Albania/Italy/Austria/Croatia/Kosovo/North Macedonia/Greece)
Producers: Lissus Media, Palomar SpA, Ellly Films Gmbh, Peglanje Snova doo, Thumbs Up, Manufaktura Production, Akran

The Remnants of YouGala Gracia (Spain/Italy/Portugal)
Producers: Potenza Producciones, Bastian Films, Sajama Films, Garbo Produzioni, Fado Filmes

Still HereSuranga D Katugampala (Italy/Sri Lanka/France)
Producers: 5e6, Rai Cinema, Okta Film, Kaiya Collective, Suboscura Films

Still Life with GhostsEnrique Buleo (Spain/France/Serbia)
Producers: Quatre Films Audiovisuales SL, Cuidado con el perro, IKKI FILMS, This and That

WeightlessSara Fgaier (Italy)
Producers: Limen, Avventurosa, Dugong Films

First Cut+

CelebrationBruno Anković (Croatia)
Producer: Rea Rajčić (Eclectica)

ContinentDavi Pretto (Brazil)
Producer: Paola Wink (Vulcana Cinema)

HanaUjkan Hysaj (Kosovo)
Producer: Ujkan Hysaj (AJO Pictures)

Hunger Strike BreakfastKarolis Kaupinis (Lithuania)
Producer: Marija Razgute (M-Films)

March to MayMartin Repka (Czech Republic)
Producer: Tomáš Pertold (Breathless Films)

TropicanaOmer Tobi (Israel)
Producer: Hilla Medalia (Medalia Productions)

Wishing on a StarPeter Kerekes (Italy/Slovakia)
Producer: Erica Barbiani (Videomante)

(The) White FlashLaura Hermanides (Netherlands)
Producer: Chris Stenger (Family Affair Films)

EAVE Slate

80 Mundos SRL – Maria Eugenia Lombardi (Argentina)
CampfilmSára László (Hungary)
Casatarantula – Nicolas van Hemelryck (Colombia)
Chullachaki Cine – Enid Campos (Peru)
DecemberVlado Bulajić (Slovenia)
dispàrte srlAlessandro Amato (Italy)
Enquadramento Produções – Leonardo Mecchi (Brazil)
Fünferfilm UGJulia Cöllen (Germany)
Gargantua FilmsMarko Paljic (Serbia)
Goldman FilmEdwin Goldman (Netherlands)
PIPSER dooMiljenka Čogelja (Croatia)
Sisyfos Film ProductionAshley Smith (Sweden)

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