The sixth edition of When East Meets West, the Italian co-production forum taking place on January 24-26, 2016 in the context of the Trieste Film Festival, has announced its final selection. It will present 22 film projects from 19 different countries.
The list of 22 projects is made up of ten documentaries and twelve fiction features, and was selected out of a total of 301 submissions.
Several of them are debity films, but they also include upcoming films from established names such as Kristina Grozeva, one half of the directorial team behind the 2015 LUX Prize finalist film The Lesson, and Daniel Ribeiro, who directed the 2015 Brazilian entry for the Acadeby Award’s Best Foreign Language Film category The Way He Looks.
All selected producers will compete for the WEMW Development Award, the EAVE scholarship and the brand new Flow Postproduction Award, a prize consisting in 10.000 EUR in post-production facilities. All feature-length projects budgeted at over €1M will also be eligible for the TRL Espresso Award, an automatic selection at Rome’s New Cinema Network and at Film London PFM in October 2016.
In addition to the 22 projects selected for the pitching forum, WEMW invited 3 additional Latin American guest projects (1 documentary and 2 fiction features) previously presented in three partners markets of this upcoming edition of the Trieste co-production forum: DocMontevideo, BAM – Bogotà Audiovisual Market and IFP – New York Independent Filmmaker Project.
Along with the showcase of projects in development, When East Meets West 2016 will include several other initiatives: the work in progress section for documentaries Last Stop Trieste, the workshop for long feature fiction films in early editing phase First Cut Lab, the think-tank platform #FEEDback, the showcase of completed films previously presented in the forum Born in Trieste and a rich programme dedicated to the co-production opportunities with the 2016 spotlight region.
“Once again our final line-up includes an interesting blend of award winning directors and emerging talents, confirming the dual goal of WEMW: supporting established filmmakers in their ambitious follow-ups and scouting new strong voices” remarks Alessandro Gropplero, head of WEMW.