First Cut+ is a program launched in 2020 for boosting the promotion & audience engagement strategies of feature films that previously took part in a First Cut Lab workshop.
First Cut+ operates twice a year, working in close cooperation with two dynamic and well-established film industry platforms: Trieste’s When East Meets West and Karlovy Vary IFF’s Eastern Promises. Each year a portfolio of 16 feature films is promoted: 8 films during the winter session at Trieste’s When East Meets West, and 8 films during the summer session at Karlovy Vary IFF’s Eastern Promises Industry Days.
Participating projects benefit from lectures and individual mentoring consultations on promotion, marketing, PR & press, festivals, and sales strategy from various film industry consultants.
This is followed by a works-in-progress organized under the ‘First Cut+’ label, open to selected decision makers (sales agents & distributors, festivals’ programmers, etc). At each session, a jury awards the TRT Prize to one of the films – a cash award of 5 000 Euros sponsored by the Turkish public broadcaster.
Amongst the 48 feature films that have already participated over 3 years, previous First Cut+ projects include: Listen by Ana Rocha de Sousa (Lion of the Future for Best Debut Feature, Venice 2020); Brother’s Keeper by Ferit Karahan (Fipresci Prize, Berlinale 2021); Immaculat by Monica Stan and George Chiper-Lillemark (Lion of the Future for Best Debut Feature, Venice 2021); 107 Mothers by Peter Kerekes (Orizzonti Award for Best Screenplay, Venice 2021); A Piece of Sky by Michael Koch (Silver Bear – Special Mention, Berlinale 2022).
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FIRST CUT+ NEWS
Webinar on 29th 2021 – How to bring arthouse films to audiences?
Organized in collaboration with Karlovy Vary IFF’s Eastern Promises Industry Days for the launching of the Line-up of First Cut+. We will be happy to welcome you online to our joint webinar! Our speakers will share their experiences around the role in the near future...
WEBINAR on 29 April 2021 – Is slow editing good editing?
Does time matter? Does longer and slower mean better, or is it shorter and faster that results in a more compact work? Watch the replay to hear these and other questions about scheduling and timing your postproduction & editing discussed in the First Cut Lab...
4 First Cut Lab Baltic Films selected in Meeting Point Vilnius!
First Cut Lab and First Cut+ are proud to announce the selection of 4 workshopped films to the E-meeting Point Vilnius. Today marks the launch of the E-meeting Point Vilnius! We are overjoyed to follow no less than 4 First Cut Lab films, all selected in the “Coming...
Holy Emy & 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...
First Cut+ webinar 2021/ KVFF
First Cut+ webinar 2020/ WEMW
The role of online platforms for films from Central and Eastern Europe. Positive practices and success stories that relate cinema, festivals and online platforms.
First Cut+ webinar 2020/ KVFF
Alternative distribution strategies and new opportunities for producers from Central and Eastern Europe.
HYBRID – Online and in Trieste – When East Meets West
22nd – 25th January 2023