email print share on Facebook share on Twitter share on reddit pin on Pinterest


When East Meets West announces 22 selected projects from 14 countries


- The spotlight territories are Central Eastern Europe and Benelux, the selection includes two guest projects from Baltic Event and DOCSP Brazil, and a new award has been announced

When East Meets West announces 22 selected projects from 14 countries
Director Floor van der Meulen, whose Methusalem has been selected

Twenty-two film projects from 14 countries will be presented at the ninth edition of When East Meets West (WEMW), the Italian co-production forum taking place from 20-22 January 2019 as an integral part of the Trieste Film Festival. This year, WEMW will bring together more than 450 industry professionals from over 35 countries, particularly from the 2019 East & West spotlight territories: Central Eastern Europe (the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine) and Benelux (Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands).

(The article continues below - Commercial information)
LIM Internal

The 22 feature-length projects in development – 11 fiction films and 11 documentaries – were selected from among 299 submissions from 49 countries. The final selection will include several debut features, such as Methusalem by Floor van der Meulen (the EFA winner 9 Days – From My Window in Aleppo) and Victim by Michal Blasko (Atlantis, 2003, premiered in the Cinéfondation competition at the 70th Cannes Film Festival), but also upcoming films by Vuk Ršumović (No One's Child [+see also:
film review
film profile
) and Federica Di Giacomo (Deliver Us [+see also:
film review
film profile

“Once again, we would like to thank all of the applicants who shared their stories with us. And now, as at all past editions, we will do our best to carefully help our selected projects to find the right partners amongst all our invited guests,” said Alessandro Gropplero, head of WEMW.

Along with the Film Center Serbia Development Award (a cash prize of €5,000), the EAVE European Producers Workshop scholarship, the Cannes Producers Network Prize, the Flow Postproduction Award (€15,000 in post-production services) and the European Women’s Audiovisual Network Award, a cash prize for the best female director, all fiction projects will be competing for one brand-new trophy: the Pop Up Film Residency Award, a three-week residency with the guidance of international mentors.

In addition to the 22 projects selected for the pitching forum, WEMW will invite two additional guest projects previously presented at Baltic Event and DOCSP Brazil.

Together with the showcase of projects in development, the programme of When East Meets West 2019 will include the Last Stop Trieste work-in-progress section for documentaries, the First Cut Lab workshop for long feature fiction films at the editing stage, the This is IT work-in-progress section for movies produced or co-produced by Italian companies, and a rich programme dedicated to co-production opportunities with the 2019 spotlight territories.

WEMW will be organised once again next year by the FVG Audiovisual Fund in conjunction with the Trieste Film Festival, and thanks to the constant support of the Creative Europe MEDIA programme, the Direzione Generale per il Cinema - MiBAC and CEI – Central European Initiative.

Here is the full list of WEMW 2019 projects:

All-In (Belgium)
Director: Volkan Uce
Production company: Cassette for timescapes

Bigger Than Trauma (Croatia)
Director: Vedrana Pribačić
Production companies: Metar60, Slavica Film

Black Salt (Netherlands)
Director: Marjoleine Boonstra
Production company: Volya Films

Brotherhood (Czech Republic)
Director: Francesco Montagner
Production company: Nutprodukce

Daniels Inferno (Norway)
Director: Egil Håskjold Larsen
Production company: Yellow Log

Her/His (Poland)
Director: Anna Kazejak
Production company: Lava Films

Le Paradis C'est Ici (Italy)
Director: Giovanni Troilo
Production company: Bright Frame

Living (Serbia)
Director: Vuk Ršumović
Production companies: Baboon Production, Art&Popcorn

Methusalem (Netherlands)
Director: Floor Van Der Meulen
Production company: Keplerfilm

Nafsi Africa (Belgium)
Director: Nika Šaravanja
Production company: Playtime Films

One Of Us (Albania)
Director: Ergys Meta
Production company: Erafilm

Prison Mama (Hungary)
Director: Attila Till
Production company: Laokoon Filmgroup

Pure Unknown (Italy)
Director: Mattia Colombo
Production company: Jump Cut

The Last Nomad (Montenegro)
Director: Petar Glomazić
Production company: Cut-Up

The Miracle (Poland)
Director: Bartłomiej Żmuda
Production company: Projekcja Identyfikacja

The Palace (Italy)
Director: Federica Di Giacomo
Production company: Dugong

The Silent Treatment (Belgium)
Director: Caroline Strubbe
Production company: Minds Meet

The Zimov Hypothesis (Russia)
Director: Denis Sneg
Production company: Ethnofund

Victim (Slovakia)
Director: Michal Blasko
Production company: Nutprodukcia

What Will the Title Be? (Hungary)
Director: Kata Oláh
Production company: Makabor Studio

Who Do You Love the Most, Baby? (Ukraine)
Director: Tonia Noyabrova
Production company: Esse Production House

Year of a Widow (Czech Republic)
Director: Veronika Liskova
Production company: Artcam Films

Guest projects

My Grandpa Made Porn (Brazil)
Director: Julio Adamor
Production company: Oka Comunicações

(N)ostalgia (Luxembourg)
Director: Vicki Thornton
Production company: A_Bahn

Did you enjoy reading this article? Please subscribe to our newsletter to receive more stories like this directly in your inbox.