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.

First Cut+ consists in the promotion of a portfolio of 16 fiction feature films at the stage of post-production, predominantly from countries with a low production capacity (at least 75% of the films) and with a focus on Central & Eastern Europe. The range of films will be large: from both debut & experienced directors, small and larger budgets.

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

LATVIA 
Director: Juris Poskus
Producer: Madara Melberga – FA Filma
Participated in First Cut Lab Trieste 2019
A self-made businessman, Martin has reached his dream – high comfort and nice family, but when his 40th birthday comes up, he starts to question himself – is that really all?

And They May Still Be Alive Today

ROMANIA
Director: Tudor Cristian Jurgiu
Producer: Bogdan Craciun – Libra Film Productions
Participated in First Cut Lab Karlovy Vary 2019
Tired of waiting for love to happen to her Clara (33) decides to make it happen. Passive and kind, Vlad (31) is the perfect partner. Her project? To live the perfect love.

Chrysanthemum Day

UKRAINE
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.

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PORTUGAL/UNITED KINGDOM
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

A Portuguese couple working in London have their kids taken away by social services.

The Gateway King

POLAND
Director: Mateusz Rakowicz
Producers: Andrzej Papis, Aleksandra Kułakowska – TFP
Participated in First Cut Lab Poland 2019
THE GETAWAY KING [NAYMRO] is an action comedy about a master of thieves and escapes.

Nimby

FINLAND/GERMANY/SWEDEN
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?

Simple Things

POLAND
Director: Grzegorz Zariczny
Producer: Magdalena Sztorc – 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.

The Staffroom

CROATIA
Director: Sonja Tarokić
Producer: Ankica Jurić Tilić – Kinorama
Participated in First Cut Lab RE-ACT 2019
Newly arrived school counselor Anamaria struggles between fitting in or doing the right thing.

PROGRAM

16th > 18th JANUARY

19th JANUARY 2020

20th JANUARY 2020

Three days of consultation with various film industry experts on promotion, marketing, press, trailer-making, festival launch and sales strategy for the eight selected producers.

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

MENTORS

Michael Arnon

Born and raised in San Francisco, CA, Michael studied political science, French literature, media and culture in Berkeley and Paris. Michael worked for Paris based sales agents Celluloid Dreams, Le Pacte and Coproduction Office before partnering with Gordon Spragg and Laurin Dietrich at WOLF. Launched in early 2010, WOLF is a Berlin based boutique PR and Marketing firm specialised in helping filmmakers effectively communicate and achieve their vision. WOLF’s approach encompasses the entire production cycle: from overcoming initial obstacles to getting a new project noticed to preparing completed films for launch at major international film festivals.Starting at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2010, WOLF has handled international press for more than a hundred films selected in major international film festivals including Berlin, Cannes, Venice, Toronto, Rotterdam and San Sebastián. WOLF also functions as a full service creative agency conceiving, designing and producing attractive and effective marketing materials for our clients. WOLF collaborates in various capacities with clients including Memento Films International, XYZ Films, Wild Bunch, The Match Factory, New Europe Film Sales, WestEnd Films, Celluloid Dreams or Films Boutique. WOLF also maintains close, direct long-term working relationships with many of the filmmakers, directors and producers they represent.

Ilaria Gomarasca

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.

Laurin Dietrich

Laurin Dietrich studied Cultural Anthropology, Literature and Communication in Berlin and Paris and worked for Paris based International Sales Agent Celluloid Dreams in Sales and Acquisitions before partnering with Gordon Spragg and Michael Arnon at WOLF. Launched in early 2010, WOLF is a Berlin based boutique PR and Marketing firm specialised in helping filmmakers effectively communicate and achieve their vision. WOLF’s approach encompasses the entire production cycle: from overcoming initial obstacles to getting a new project noticed to preparing completed films for launch at major international film festivals.Starting at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2010, WOLF has handled international press for more than a hundred films selected in major international film festivals including Berlin, Cannes, Venice, Toronto, Rotterdam and San Sebastián. WOLF also functions as a full service creative agency conceiving, designing and producing attractive and effective marketing materials for our clients. WOLF collaborates in various capacities with clients including Memento Films International, XYZ Films, Wild Bunch, The Match Factory, New Europe Film Sales, WestEnd Films, Celluloid Dreams or Films Boutique. WOLF also maintains close, direct long-term working relationships with many of the filmmakers, directors and producers they represent.

Alexis Hamaide

Alexis Hamaide worked as Marketing Manager for the Paris-based international sales agency Playtime (ex-Films Distribution) between 2012 and 2019. He supervised the international marketing strategies for A-list festival films such as François Ozon’s “By the Grace of God”, “120 BPM” (Robin Campillo) and “Son of Saul” (Laszlo Nemes) among others. In October 2019, Alexis teamed up with Viviana Andriani and Gabriele De Bortoli at Rendez-Vous #LAB, a digital creative agency specialized in arthouse films. Alexis holds a Master’s degree in Cultural Management from Paris-Dauphine (2018), a Story Development certificate from UCLA and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications from Goldsmiths (London).

Małgorzata Janczak

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, Marcin Wrona, 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).

Boris Pugnet

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

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.

Ioanna Stais

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.

AWARDS

First Cut+ also aims at giving industry awards to one out of the participating films offered by sponsors Orka Films for color grading services, a Polish production and post-production company cooperating with the greatest Polish and international commercial and feature-film projects, and by Sub-Ti for subtitles services and Subti access for Access Services.
Fred Film Radio is confirmed as Media Partner of the First Cut+ sessions.
UPCOMING SESSIONS

Trieste’s When East Meets West:
16-19 January 2020

KVIFF Eastern Promises Industry Days:
3-6 July 2020

Contact:

Ilaria Gomarasca

Head of First Cut+

ilaria.gomarasca@firstcutlab.eu

FUNDERS

Partners