Magazine article Screen International

East Meets West Winners Named

Magazine article Screen International

East Meets West Winners Named

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Projects from Bulgaria, Belgium and Macedonia have picked up prizes at the When East Meets West (WEMW) international co-production meetings in Trieste.

The main prize, the WEMW Development Award, provided by the local regional fund Friuli Venezia Giulia Audiovisual Fund (FVG), went to Bulgarian producer Martichka Bozhilova and director Galin Stoev for Endless Garden, which is looking for a Belgian co-producer.

The [euro]1.1m dramedy will be theatre director Stoev's debut feature and already has Berlin-based Thomas Kufus' zero one film and MEDIA onboard as partners.

Endless Garden had previously been pitched during the Sofia Meetings last March.

A special mention was given by the jury of EAVE's Kristina Trapp, Torino Film Lab's Mathieu Darras and the Berlinale's Nikolai Nikitin to the Czech/Slovak documentary comedy Never Give Up by Matej Minac.

A new prize this year, sponsored by Belgium's Filmmore with [euro]5,000 worth of post-production services, went to the Belgian writer-director Kenneth Mercken's first feature project Coureur, inspired by his own experiences with his father who was a professional cyclist.

The grant to attend this year's EAVE producers training programme went to the young Skopje-based production house Fragment Film, founded in 2012 by writer-director Gjorce Stavreski and producer Emilija Cockova.

Fragment Films' first feature production is Stavreski's tragicomic story Krani, which has already been supported by the Macedonian Film Fund.

The fourth edition of WEMW (Jan 20-22) presented 22 international projects - 12 fiction feature films and 10 documentaries - from 15 different countries.

They included Dutch director David Verbeek's first English-language project Full Contact, which he has been developing over the past four years.

Verbeek described the drama about a man questioning his work remotely operating drone planes in war zones from an airforce base in the Mojave Desert as "a road movie of the sub-conscious".

Leontine Petit of Lemming Film will co-produce the [euro]1.3m film with Croatia's Nukleus Film.

In addition, Romania's Euroart Film and Adenium Film will be collaborating on the documentary Burning Picasso about the sensational art robbery of seven masterpieces from Rotterdam's Kunsthal Museum by three Romanians in October 2012.

Shooting will begin this spring for delivery in autumn 2014. The producers revealed they are also developing a fiction feature on the same story.

Projects presented at previous editions of WEMW have included DoP-director Elfi Mikesch's Fever (Fieber), which will have its premiere in Berlin's Panorama next month; Georgian film-maker Tinatin Kajrishvili's Brides, also having its world premiere at the Panorama; and Anishoara by Moldova's Ana-Felicia Scutelnicu, produced by Germany's Weydemann Bros. …

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