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 was 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, LIM – Less is More and WEMW Forum are also eligible to participate.

First Cut+ consists in the promotion of a portfolio of 16 fiction feature films per year, 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 is large: from both debut & experienced directors, small and larger budgets.

Eight films – half of the portfolio – are promoted during the winter session at Trieste’s When East Meets West (January 2021), and another half during the summer session, at Karlovy Vary IFF’s Eastern Promises Industry Days (early July 2021), enabling to welcome most eligible projects, no matter the timeline of their production. 

Participating projects will have 3 days of consultations on promotion, marketing, press, trailer making, festival launch, sales strategy from various film industry consultants, followed by a Works-in-progress session open to selected decision makers (as major festivals’ programmers, buyers, international sales agents etc).

WATCH : FIRST CUT+ WEBINAR ON DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION

December 15th 2020

Organized in collaboration with When East Meets West for the launching of the winter promotion of FIRST CUT+ :

The role of online platforms for films from Central and Eastern Europe. Positive practices and success stories that relate cinema, festivals and online platforms.
Pannelists: 
Tudor Giurgiu – President of Transilvania Film Festival (Romania), Michal Myslinski – Distributor, Aurora Films (Poland), Anne-Sophie Lehec – Commercial director at Cinemarket (France), Ioanna Stais – Head of International sales at Heretic Outreach (Greece).

Moderated by : Martin Blaney from Screen International.

FIRST CUT+ NEWS

WEBINARS ARCHIVE

‘HOLY EMY’ and ‘CENSOR’ awarded!

‘HOLY EMY’ and ‘CENSOR’ awarded!

We are glad to announce the winners of First Cut+ Trieste 2021: Three companies have joined forces again to offer the First Cut+ Award to one of the 8 selected projects, consisting in various promotional services: L’Avventura Studio offers an extended digital...

Big success for First Cut Lab films in Venice!

Big success for First Cut Lab films in Venice!

The two First Cut Lab films at Venice did not leave the festival empty handed! Listen by Ana Rocha de Sousa (prod. Paula Vaccaro & Rodrigo Areias) won no less than two lions and 4 Independent Awards: Best Debut Film and Special Jury Prize Lions, Best Film Sorriso...

Two First Cut Lab films at Venice Film Festival

Two First Cut Lab films at Venice Film Festival

The 2020 selection of Venice Film Festival was freshly announced today and we are overjoyed to see Listen by Ana Rocha de Sousa included in the Orizzonti competition! Listen joins another First Cut Lab project on the canals; earlier this week Oasis by Ivan Ikic was...

First Cut+ wraps up its second edition!

First Cut+ wraps up its second edition!

A successful ending for the First Cut+ summer edition which took place online due to the pandemic; First Cut+ work-in-progress session, created for connecting the eight projects with cinema’s industry decision makers, was hosted as part of Karlovy Vary Eastern...

December 15th 2020 

The role of online platforms for films from Central and Eastern Europe. Positive practices and success stories that relate cinema, festivals and online platforms.

June 17th 2020 

Alternative distribution strategies and new opportunities for producers from Central and Eastern Europe.

UPCOMING SESSION

Trieste – When East Meets West:
22-26 January 2021

Contact:

Ilaria Gomarasca

Head of First Cut+

ilaria.gomarasca@firstcutlab.eu

FUNDERS

Partners:

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