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

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...

‘Wild Roots’ and ‘Deskmate’ awarded!

‘Wild Roots’ and ‘Deskmate’ awarded!

The second session this year of First Cut+ just ended successfully. The KVIFF Eastern Promises awards have just been announced and we are super excited to share the news about the winner of the Works in Progress TRT Award as it’s indeed one of the First Cut+ titles!...

First Cut+ partners with Cinemarket

First Cut+ partners with Cinemarket

First Cut+ and Cinemarket have just concluded a strategic partnership which aims to facilitate the access to market to the participants willing to join the platform. Cinemarket is a B2B digital film market focused on arthouse films around the world. It’s the only...

A new award for First Cut+ Karlovy Vary

A new award for First Cut+ Karlovy Vary

On July 9th 2020, at the end of the second session of First Cut+ at Karlovy Vary IFF Eastern Promises, the winner of a brand-new award will be revealed. Three companies have joined forces to offer the First Cut+ Award to one of the 8 selected projects, consisting in...

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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