Winners of When East Meets West 2024

Winners of When East Meets West 2024

TRIESTE: The Moldavian/Romanian characteristic movie Lenin’s Pawn by Dragoș Turea and the documentary Strange Sea by Lala Aliyeva (Azerbaijan) acquired the highest prizes, the Film Center Serbia Development Award and Ciclic WEMW Award, respectively, on the 14th version of When East Meets West (WEMW, 21 – 24 January 2024).

This yr greater than 550 registered members from over 60 nations took half in WEMW and almost 600 scheduled particular person conferences had been reported. Additionally, greater than 15 completely different actions came about concurrently over a four-day programme formed along with greater than 30 worldwide companions and supporters.

The East & West highlight nations had been: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine & Spain, Portugal, and Latin America.

WEMW 2024 is organised by the FVG Audiovisual Fund in collaboration with the Trieste Film Festival, EAVE, Creative Europe Desk Italy, and with help from Creative Europe MEDIA, MIC – Direzione Generale per il Cinema, CEI – Central European Initiative, Film Center Serbia, Ciclic – Centre-Val de Loire Region and the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia. 

WEMW was held inside the Trieste Film Festival, whose thirty fifth version runs 19 – 27 January 2024.


Film Center Serbia Development Award:
Lenin’s Pawn (Moldova, Romania)
Directed by Dragoș Turea
Produced by Parmis Films
Coproduced by Project UM

Ciclic WEMW Award:
Strange Sea (Azerbaijan)
Directed by Lala Aliyeva
Produced by Yaman Film

Special Mention:
The Amateur Photographer’s Family Portrait (Georgia, Azerbaijan)
Directed by Nurlan Hasanli
Produced by Radium Films
Coproduced by Ultra Production

EWA Network’s I HAVE A DREAM Award for Equality & Inclusion:
Tetiana Khodakivska (Pronto Film in affiliation with Moon Man and Babylon’13, Ukraine) for The Blue Sweater with a Yellow Hole

EAVE Producers Workshop Scholarship:
Maria Kontogianni (Wild at Heart, Greece) for Hystera

#DocsConnect Taskovski Training Award:
Ricardo Ruales (Incubadora, Ecuador) & (Small Boss, Italy) for The Broken R

DAE Talent Development Prize, in Cooperation with the EFM:
Nurlan Hasanli (Radium Films, Georgia) & (Ultra Production, Azerbaijan) for The Amateur Photographer’s Family Portrait

Laser Film Post-production Award:
Turquoise Mountain (Czech Republic)
Directed by Barbora Chalupova
Produced by Nochi Film

Marché du Film Producers Network Award:
Elena Saulich (Pronto Film, Ukraine) for Blue Sweater with a Yellow Hole
Rafaella Costa (Manjericão Filmes, Brazil) for Let It Roll

Pop Up Film Residency Award:
Agata Wieczorek (Futur Antérieur Production, France) for Joy


HBO Europe Award:
Dad’s Lullaby (Ukraine, Romania, Croatia)
Directed by Lesia Diak
Produced by DramaFree
Coproduced by Filmways, 15th Art Production

Film Centre of Montenegro Award:
Blueberry Dreams (Georgia, France, Belgium)
Directed by Elene Mikaberidze
Produced by Parachute Films
Coproduced by Wide Studios, Iota Production


ArteVideo Award:
Still Here (Italy, Sri Lanka, France)
Directed by Suranga D. Katugampala
Produced by 5e6
Coproduced by Kaiya Collective, Suboscura Films


TRT Prize:
March to May (Czech Republic)
Directed by Martin Pavol Repka
Produced by Perfilm


HAVC & MIDPOINT Development Award:
Unavailable (Ukraine, France)
Directed by Kyrylo Zemlyanyi
Produced by Contemporary Ukrainian Cinema
Coproduced by Les Steppes


Beatrice (Estonia, Italy)
Directed by Vallo Toomla
Produced by Stellar Film (
Coproduced by Kino produzioni

Hermann’s Hope (Lithuania, Italy)
Directed by Sarunas Mikulskis
Produced by MB Nuline kopija
Coproduced by 010 Films  

The Waterline (Italy, Latvia)
Directed by Aurora Mischi
Produced by Staragara
Coproduced by VFS Films (Latvia)

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