First Cut+

You may find this year’s selection here or in the Book of Projects


The showcase of the selected projects will take place on Tuesday, July 4, in Hotel Thermal – Congress Hall, at 1 pm CET.

One-on-one meetings with the production teams will take place in Lázně III - Blue Lounge, on Tuesday, July 4, at 4 pm CET.

Besides the on-site project showcases, we will also enable online participation for selected film industry professionals who can't attend this year's KVIFF in person but would like to watch the projects and/or arrange one-on-one meetings with their creators online. If that's your case, please fill in this form to request your registration.

The Film Industry Office will be in touch with you with further information in case the access is granted.

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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 56 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); Immaculate by Monica Stan and George Chiper-Lillemark (Lion of the Future for Best Debut Feature, Venice 2021); A Piece of Sky by Michael Koch (Silver Bear - Special Mention, Berlinale 2022); The Maiden by Graham Foy (Cinema of the Future Award, Venice 2022); Levante by Lillah Halla (FIPRESCI Award, Cannes 2023).

You may find more information on the First Cut+ website here, and on the First Cut Lab here.

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