When East Meets West: focus on Benelux
by Camillo de Marco
- The titles of the 22 projects selected for the Trieste co-production forum, dedicated to co-productions with Eastern Europe, have been announced
A total of 22 cinema projects from 15 different European countries will be presented to industry workers during the edition of When East Meets West, the co-production forum for co-productions between countries in Eastern and Western Europe, which will take place 20-22 January 2014 within the context of the Trieste Film Festival.
Organised by the Friuli Venezia Giulia Audiovisual Fund, When East Meets West will focus on Benelux this year. The programme will include a series of panels and meetings for co-production opportunities with Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxemburg.
The commission, composed of international experts, took 200 options into consideration – 23 from Benelux, 32 from Italy and the rest from Eastern Europe. Of the candidates from 29 European countries, 22 projects to be developed were selected for pitching purposes. Of these, 10 are documentaries and 12 are feature length fiction films. All will be presented to an audience of possible co-producers and international distributors.
“The notable increase in the number of projects presented not only bears witness to the success of WEMW, but also shows an interest shown from new members of the European Union as they establish coproduction relationships with Western European countries and vice versa,” Paolo Vidali, director of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Audiovisual Fund, said.
A novelty from this year is the FILMMORE Talent Emerging Award, a new award worth €5,000 made available by one of the main post-production companies from Benelux.
This fourth edition will also feature an international jury. Nikolaj Nikitin from FILMPLUS, Matthieu Darras from the TORINO FILM LAB and Kristina Trapp from EAVE will choose the best project to be given the WEMW Development Award. The winner will receive a scholarship to take part in the edition of the EAVE European Producers Workshop.
Support for WEMW from MEDIA Programme, CEI (Central European Initiative), MiBACT and Friuli Venezia Giulia has been renewed. The network of partners and supporters confirm the key role WEMW plays in the development of new, internationally valuable projects.
When East Meets West is organised by the Friuli Venezia Giulia Audiovisual Fund, together with the Trieste Film Festival, in collaboration with EAVE, Antenna MEDIA Torino, Maia workshops, Eurimages and with support from the MEDIA Programme, cinema authority MiBACT, CEI (Central European Initiative), and the region of Friuli Venezia Giulia.
The 2014 focus is being held in partnership with MEDIA Desk België, MEDIA Desk Belgique-Communauté française, MEDIA Desk Luxembourg, MEDIA Desk Nederland, Luxembourg Film Fund, Flanders Audiovisual Fund, Wallimage, Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel, Netherlands Film Fund and Film Producers Netherlands.
The 22 WEMW selected projects are:
1313 Dante's Emperor (feature length)
Regista: Bady Minck Produttore: Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu / Amour Fou, Luxembourg
A Passo d'uomo (feature length)
Regista: Francesco Falaschi, Produttore: Enzo Porcelli / Achab Film, Italy
Blood Money (feature length)
Regista: Kıvanç Sezer, Produttore: Soner Alper / Nar Film, Turkey
Burning Picasso (documentary)
Regista: Remus Achim, Produttore: Andrei Boncea, Cristina Badea / Euroart Film/Adenium Film, Romania
Coureur (feature length)
Regista: Kenneth Mercken, Produttore: Koen Mortier & Eurydice Gysel / Czar Tv, Belgium
Endless Garden (feature length)
Regista: Galin Stoev, Produttore: Martichka Bozhilova / Agitprop, Bulgaria
Eternal Silence (documentary)
Regista: Daniel Lambo, Produttore: Maarten Schmidt / Storyhouse, Belgium
Krani (feature length)
Regista: Gjorce Stavreski, Produttore: Emilija Cockova / Fragment Film, Macedonia
Man Of The House(feature length)
Regista: Andamion Murataj, Produttore: Andamion Murataj, Alexander Wadouh / Lissus Media, Albania
Meet Enver Hadri(documentary)
Regista: Gilles Coton, Produttore: Isabel De La Serna / Playtime Films, Belgium
My Ras Tafari Roots(documentary)
Regista: David Verhaeghe, Produttore: Maarten D'hollander / Off World, Belgium
Never Give Up(documentary)
Regista: Matej Minac, Produttore: Matej Minac, Patrik Pass / W.I.P., Czech Republic
No Train To Germany (documentary)
Regista: Tamara Mshvenieradze, Produttore: Alexander Kvatashidze / Lokokina Studio, Georgia
Partisan & Courtesan - How To Be The Niece Of A Dictator(documentary)
Regista: Bojana Papp, Produttore: Judit Stalter / Laokoon Film, Hungary
Regista: Dennis Bots, Produttore: Reiner Selen / Rinkel Film, The Netherlands
Searching For Antigravity(documentary)
Regista: Arunas Matelis, Produttore: Arunas Matelis / Studio Nominum, Lithuania
The Frog (feature length)
Regista: Elmir Jukic, Produttore: Ademir Kenovic Snezana Maric / Refresh Production, Bosnia And Herzegovina
The Game Of Pirates(feature length)
Regista: Marje Jurtshenko, Ilmar Raag, Produttore: Riina Sildos / Amrion Production, Estonia
When Fucking Spring Is In The Air(feature length)
Regista: Danyael Sugawara, Produttore: Trent / Nfi Motion Pictures, The Netherlands
Regista: Giuseppe Leonetti, Produttore: Giuseppe Leonetti / Incandenza Film, Italy
Women On The Border (documentary)
Regista: Erika Rossi, Produttore: Marta Zaccaron / Quasar Multimedia, Italy
(Translated from Italian)