First Cut+

Our concept

 First Cut+ is a program created for boosting the promotion & audience engagement strategies of European feature films.

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. 

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 2022), and another half during the summer session, at Karlovy Vary IFF’s Eastern Promises Industry Days (July 2022), 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).

For the first time, First Cut+ opens a call of projects, for scouting not only alumni of First Cut Lab and films developed through partner programs MIDPOINT Feature Launch, LIM – Less is More and WEMW Forum.

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Webinar on 29th 2021 – How to bring arthouse films to audiences?

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?

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!

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!

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

How to bring arthouse films to audiences?

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

23rd – 26th January 2022


Ilaria Gomarasca
Head of First Cut+