WEMW – A natural bridge between east and west

The next edition of WHEN EAST MEETS WEST will bring together over 450 producers, financiers, decision makers and film professionals from more than 35 countries, and, in particular, from the 2020 spotlight territories: Hungary, Romania, Moldova & Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

The East & West double focus is based on two complementary ideas: on the one hand, every year the call for entries will be open to all producers from Europe and North/Latin America who are developing a project with international co-production potential, preferably with one of the countries in focus; on the other hand, WEMW will ensure the presence of a large delegation of key decision makers, financiers, producers and film professionals from each spotlight territory so to maximise the co-production, financing and distribution opportunities for all selected projects.

The programme will include different actions:

Producers from Europe and North/Latin America will be eligible to apply and 20 long feature fiction films and documentaries in development will be presented to a large panel of decision makers and financiers. Along with the pitching and pre-arranged individual meetings, the forum will include a rich programme of panels and case studies dedicated to the co-production opportunities with the countries in focus.

Programme designed for 3 long feature fiction films in editing phase from Eastern Europe and Italy. Selected producer/director teams will receive tailor-made advice from a consulting editor and expert feedback from top international film professionals (creative producers, festival programmers, sales agents, etc). The main goal is to foster the artistic potential of selected rough cuts and, at the same time, increase the sales, festival and circulation potential of completed films.

Program extension of First Cut Lab, First Cut + is a carefully curated portfolio of 16 films which will be thoroughly supported on their way towards the market & audiences and is comprised of First Cut Lab alumni as well as alumni from partner programs Less is More (LIM) and MIDPOINT Feature Launch. The creative teams will benefit from tailor-made modules for enhancing their promotion & audience engagement strategies, together with works-in-progress screenings for selected industry people.

Work in progress section for 6 creative documentary projects. Last Stop Trieste will present documentaries in advanced editing stage previously developed either at Ex-Oriente Film, BDC Discoveries by Balkan Documentary Center, Docu Rough Cut Boutique in Sarajevo or presented at the previous editions of Baltic Sea Forum, ZagrebDox PRO and When East Meets West.

Reshaped programme exclusively for short films in development. MIDPOINT Shorts will select 4 teams of writers, directors, and producers and will offer intensive script and project development during two residential workshops. The whole program will conclude in Trieste with a project showcase in front of many decision makers within WEMW.

Work in progress section exclusively dedicated to long feature fiction films in post-production produced or co-produced by Italian producers. Selected teams will have the chance to present their works and screen 10′ of their films to an exclusive panel of more than 40 international sales agents, festival programmers and buyers.

WEMW 2020 will be organized once again by the FVG Audiovisual Fund in collaboration with the Trieste Film Festival, EAVE, Creative Europe Desk Italy and thanks to the precious and constant support of Creative Europe/MEDIA Programme, MIBAC -Direzione Generale per il Cinema, CEI – Central European Initiative, Film Center Serbia and the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia.