First Cut+ is a new program created for boosting the competitiveness and marketability of feature films that previously participated in First Cut Lab. The program will be launched in 2020 through a close cooperation with two dynamic & well-established film industry platforms: Trieste’s When East Meets West and Karlovy Vary IFF’s Eastern Promises Industry Days. Films developed through partner programs MIDPOINT Feature Launch and LIM – Less is More are also eligible to participate. First Cut+ is the only new action that received financial support from the Access to Markets scheme of Creative Europe’s MEDIA program this year.
8 films – half of the portfolio – are promoted during the winter session at Trieste’s When East Meets West (January 2020), and another half during the summer session, at Karlovy Vary IFF’s Eastern Promises Industry Days (early July 2020), enabling to welcome most eligible projects, no matter the timeline of their production. Participating projects will have 3 days of consultations on promotion followed by a Works-in-progress session.
SELECTED PROJECTS TRIESTE 2020
24 Hours of Sunshine
Director: Juris Poskus
Producer: Madara Melberga – FA Filma
Participated in First Cut Lab Trieste 2019
And They May Still Be Alive Today
Director: Tudor Cristian Jurgiu
Producer: Bogdan Craciun – Libra Film Productions
Participated in First Cut Lab Karlovy Vary 2019
Director: Simon Mozgovyi
Producers: Alex Chepiga, Taras Bosak, Artem Koliubaiev
Participated in First Cut Lab Ukraine 2019
This is a film about a young Girl Doctor who treats an Old Woman, mysteriously survived after a sudden nuclear explosion on September 23 on Chrysanthemum Day.
Director: Ana Rocha de Sousa
Producer: Paula Vaccaro – Pinball London Ltd.
Participated in First Cut Lab On Demand
Photo: Alex Cornes © Pinball London – Bando a Parte
The first UK-Portuguese co-produced film (Pinball London Ltd and Bando à Parte), starring Lucia Moniz (“Love Actually”) as a mother fighting the London Social Services.
The Gateway King
Director: Mateusz Rakowicz
Producers: Andrzej Papis, Maciej Sowiński, Aleksandra Kułakowska (TFP), Agnieszka Odorowicz (Cyfrowy Polsat), Beata Barcz (Telewizja Polsat) and Ewa M. Pawłowska (line producer, TFP)
Participated in First Cut Lab Poland 2019
THE GETAWAY KING [NAYMRO] is an action comedy about Zdzisław Najmrodzki – the famous master of thieves and escapes from the 80’s in Poland.
Director: Teemu Nikki
Producer: Jani Pösö – It’s Alive Films
Participated in First Cut Lab Finland 2019
Mervi, a 19-year-old Finn travels to her hometown with her German-Iranian girlfriend Kata. Mervi is very nervous – how will mom and dad take the gay news?
Director: Grzegorz Zariczny
Producer: Magdalena Sztorc, Przemysław Miękinia – Before My Eyes
Participated in First Cut Lab Poland 2019
One day, Błażej’s uncle appears in his life, forcing him to confront his past anew.
Director: Sonja Tarokić
Producer: Ankica Jurić Tilić – Kinorama
Participated in First Cut Lab RE-ACT 2019
16th > 18th JANUARY
19th JANUARY 2020
20th JANUARY 2020
18:00 – 20:00 FC+ Portfolio Work in Progress Screening at Trieste’s Cinema Miela
13:00 – 14:00 Awards Ceremony – Orka Film Award, Sub-Ti and Sub-Ti Access award during WEMW Lunch at Savoia Hotel in Trieste
Ilaria is head of First Cut+, supported by Creative Europe’s MEDIA, specializing on promotion of feature films in post-production. Following a Master’s degree specialized in Cinema, Literature and Arts in Milan, Ilaria began her career at the Louvre museum. In 2009 she became Festivals manager for WIDE and later Head of the Festivals department in 2011. Ilaria joined Pyramide International as Festivals and Markets manager in 2013. For seven years, Ilaria was in charge of strategy for Pyramide’s Festivals division and managed the launch campaigns for new films on the international festival circuit. Since 2017 she is consultant for “De Rome à Paris,” an Italian film festival held in Paris, as both a part of the selection committee and the chief organizer of the marketplace.
Małgorzata Janczak, born and raised in Warsaw, began her adventure with film over 15 years at Film Polski where she worked as a promotion consultant for student films, shorts and first features. In 2007 she went on to work as main promotion specialist in the International Cooperation department of the Polish Film Institute. From 2012 on she worked on international film promotion, creative production and brand building as a freelancer with such directors as Agnieszka Smoczyńska, Krzysztof Skonieczny, Daria Woszek and Raul de la Fuente. All projects she has shepherded have achieved international success and were invited to top-tier film festivals, including Cannes, Berlinale, Sundance, Montreal and Toronto to name a few. In 2018 she set up her own shop called Connect the Dots Film Agency where she acts as film pr manager, publicist and brand manager for up and coming film directors. This year’s projects worked on by Connect the Dots include ” Curator” by Petr Levchenko (Warsaw Film Festival) and “Naked Coast” by Michał Krzywicki ( European Genre Forum – Black Nights Tallin FF).
When I was a student I ran a small art house cinema near Paris for Village Roadshow, and then started to work in a multiplex for Pathé. After that I worked for an independent distribution company as head of theatrical sales, then for 3 years in the marketing department of SND (Twilight, The hurt locker etc). I worked 5 years as the head of marketing of Le pacte, an independent distributor (Moretti, Kore Eda, Jarmusch etc). And since 2017 I work as a marketing consultant and trailer editor for both independent and major companies, such as Art-House, Condor, Rouge Distribution, Fox, Pathé etc. I also run masterclasses and marketing workshops for Esis, Ina, Femis, Eave (Luxemburg), CEEA Trebon animation film festival (Czech Republic), and the Namur international film festival (Belgium).
Benjamin Mirguet is an editor, trainer, director, festival programmer. As an editor, he was involved in projects as “Batalla En El Cielo” by Carlos Reygadas, “Meteora” by Spiros Stathoulopoulos,” “Dau” by Ilya Khrzhanovski, “The Sky Trembles and the Earth Is Afraid and the Two Eyes Are Not Brothers” by Ben Rivers and “Rey” by Niles Atallah, premiering in international festivals such as Cannes, Berlin, Locarno, Rotterdam and Karlovy Vary. Since 2014, he runs First Cut Lab together with Matthieu Darras. In 2017, he developed and served as tutor for the Trailer Workshop in Istanbul, which focuses on training editors and producers to design the marketing of their films, including cutting a trailer. In 2018, he was editing tutor for 5 projects in QUMRA (Doha Film Institute). He was part of the selection committee for Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes in 2010 and 2011. He also collaborated with CPH:DOX Copenhagen Documentary Film Festival programming team in 2011. He directed the short film The Dead Hear Not The Bells (2006) which premiered in Angers Premiers Plans and IFFR.
After working in the coordination of the Festival de Cannes accreditation department for two consecutive years, Ioanna moved to Wide international sales ending up as coordinator of the Eye on Films label, dedicated to the promotion and distribution of debut feature films. She then joined forces with the Greek production company Heretic in 2014 to launch Heretic Outreach, the first international sales agent based in Southeastern Europe designed to encourage innovative films and talented filmmakers to reach out to the rest of the world. As manager of Heretic Outreach, she has internationally represented award-winning films such as Take Me Somewhere Nice by Ena Sendijarevic, Holiday by Isabella Eklöf, The Reports on Sarah and Saleem by Muayad Alayan, and Meteors by Gürcan Keltek.
First Cut+ will deliver INDUSTRY AWARDS to some of the participating films offered by sponsors Orka Films for color grading services, a Polish production and post-production company, and by Sub-Ti for subtitles services and Subti access for Access Services.
The Film Agency Connect the Dots will offer to one winning title a Festival strategy and a Visual branding for the international promotion of the film.
Trieste’s When East Meets West:
16-19 January 2020
KVIFF Eastern Promises Industry Days:
3-6 July 2020