The “Out of the Box” When East Meets West rounds off its selection
- The Italian co-production forum, which this year is focusing on Italy and Israel, has unveiled its picks for its sidebars plus their juries
The 11th edition of When East Meets West (WEMW) is ready to invite its 500 guests to the digital world from 25-28 January, for an “Out of the Box” edition. The Italian co-production forum, which is an integral part of the 32nd Trieste Film Festival, is focusing on Italy and Israel this year, and has just announced the selection for its side sections and the international juries.
The 21 selected projects that will be participating in the WEMW Co-production Pitching Forum were announced back in December (see the news), and now the members of the international jury have also been confirmed. Beatrice Fiorentino (Venice International Film Critics’ Week), Anna Ciennik (Les Arcs European Film Festival) and Una Domazetoski (Film Center Serbia) will be deciding on the winners of this section, including the project deemed worthy of the WEMW Film Center Serbia Award.
Regarding the other WEMW side sections, which focus on projects in the post-production phase, the seventh edition of Last Stop Trieste (LST), the documentary work-in-progress platform run together with the Trieste Film Festival, will showcase five creative docs to more than 50 international film professionals. The LST jury, comprising Hanka Kastelikova (HBO Europe), Manuela Buono (Slingshot Films) and Fabio Mancini (RAI 3), will hand out the HBO Europe Award, the Flow Digital Cinema Award and the First Hand Fund Award.
Organised for the fourth time, This is IT, run in partnership with the Milano Film Network, presents six feature-length fiction and hybrid projects that are being produced or co-produced by Italian outfits, and which are currently in the post-production phase and are thus ready for their festival premieres or international distribution. The jury, made up of Daniela Cölle (Pluto Film), Anne Delseth (the Cannes Directors' Fortnight) and Alberto Fasulo (director of Menocchio the Heretic [+see also:
film profile]), will unveil the winner of the Laser Film Award.
Finally, in partnership with the MIDPOINT Institute, the second edition of the Cold Open programme is set to unspool. The TV series lab is intended for nine independent producers who come from a feature-film background but who are shifting to high-quality television content.
Here is the list of the titles selected in the various WEMW sidebars:
Last Stop Trieste
Museum of the Revolution - Srđan Keča (Croatia)
Producer: Vanja Jambrović
My Mother the State - Ieva Ozolina (Latvia/Iceland)
Producers: Madara Melberga, Larus Jonsson
This is IT
Crown Shyness - Valentina Bertani (Italy)
Producer: Pietro Puccioni
Eternity Package - Magdelena Ilieva (Italy/Bulgaria)
Producers: Ilaria Malagutti, Martichka Bozhilova
Modern Ritual - Lorenzo Pallotta (Italy)
Producers: Andrea Gatopoulos, Stefano Chiavarini, Andrea Rosasco
The Tale of King Crab - Alessio De Righi (Italy)
Producer: Tommaso Bertani
Ada Solomon - microFILM (Romania)
Andraž Jerič - Temporama (Slovenia)
Anna M Bofarull - KaBoGa art & films (Spain)
Claudia Sümeghy - Juno11 Pictures (Hungary)
Irina Malcea-Candea - Luna Film (Romania)
Juraj Krasnohorsky - Artichoke (Slovakia)
Patrice Nezan - Les Contes Modernes (France)
Radovan Síbrt - Pink (Czech Republic)
Sarah Pennacchi - Tico Film Company (Italy)
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