The First Cut+ award, consisting in various promotional services, went to:

HOLY HEMY by Araceli Lemos

Trieste 2021 - Award First Cut+ - HOLY EMY

Sub-Ti award for subtitles services and Subti access for Access Services, was attributed to:

107 MOTHERS by Peter Kerekes

Trieste 2021 - Award Subti - CENSOR

The First Cut+ Award promotional services are offered by three different companies:

L’Avventura Studio offers an extended digital marketing expertise for an international festival launch, with a set of concepts for the creation of social media contents and teasers.

WOLF Consultants offers a consultation on how to translate the positioning of the finished film for the international press book, with a special focus on key texts including logline, synopsis, director’s note and interview.

Tiramisu offers consultancy on trailer and poster.



Director: Octav Chelaru
Producer: Radu Stancu – deFilm (DE FILM PRODUCTION)
Coproduction: 42film (Germany), eed Productions (Serbia)

Ecaterina, an attractive Religion teacher and wife of the town priest, gets involved with Iuliu, an audacious 16-year-old pupil of hers. He starts confessing to the priest.

107 Mothers

Director: Peter Kerekes
Producer: Ivan Ostrochovský – Punkchart films
Coproduction: endorfilm (CZ), Arthouse Traffic (UA), Rozhlas a televízia Slovenska (SK), E-S Production (SK), Peter Kerekes (SK)

An imprisoned mother of an almost 3-year old boy, who was born in jail, starts her race against time, desperately trying to keep her son from ending up in an orphanage.

Kick and Scream

Director: Nina Violić
Producers: Vanja Sremac & Zdenka Gold – Spiritus movens
Coproduction: MP Film Production (HR), Zagreb Film (HR), Propeler Film (HR)

Kick and Scream in Rashomon style follows the final half-hour of crumbling of one marriage. Using fiction and animation form through the perspectives of wife, husband and their child we learn about their own truths.

Holy Emy

Director: Araceli Lemos
Producer: Konstantinos Vassilaros – StudioBauhaus
Coproduction: Utopie Films (FR), Nonetheless (USA)

Emy, a young Filipina in Athens, with an inherited gift that transcends her is torn between the multiple realities that surround her and want to claim her.

Il Boemo

Director: Petr Václav
Producer: Jan Macola – Mimesis Film
Coproduction: Dugong (IT), sentimentalfilm (SK)

Josef Myslivecek, friend and teacher of Mozart, known as “Il Boemo”, is an opera composer who did everything he could to be free, loved and famous.

Director: Norika Sefa

Producer: Besnik Krapi – Circle Production
Participated in First Cut Lab Kosovo 2019

Caught in the throes of her emerging sexuality Venera is pushed to follow open minded Dorina, who’s attitude is far more thrilling than anything that surrounds her in this Kosovan small town.


Director: Matevz Luzar
Producer: Petra Vidmar – Gustav Film
Coproduction: NAPRAVI FILM (HR)

A small town orchestra goes on a tour to Austria – an occasion to escape their everyday lives, indulge in heavy partying and try to connect with their true emotions. 

The Stork

Director: Isa Qosja
Producer: Ivan Durovic – Artikulacija Film
Coproduction: Kosovo, North Macedonia, Albania

One village, two men, three families and four wives.


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.

Moderated by : Martin Blaney from Screen International


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)


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.

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.

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 to set up L’Avventura Studio, 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).

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).

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.

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. 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.


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