WEMW – A natural bridge between east and west

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST 2017 will bring together more than 300 producers, financiers, decision makers and film professionals from more than 30 countries, and in particular from Eastern Europe, Italy and another spotlight region. After a first focus on France in 2011, the Nordic countries in 2012, the German speaking countries in 2013, Benelux in 2014, UK, Ireland and North America in 2015, Spain, Portugal and Latin America in 2016, the 2017 upcoming edition will bring some fresh air with a slightly refined format launching for the very first time a double focus on both one Eastern and one Western European region.

This new formula is based on two complementary ideas: on the one hand, future call for entries will be open to all producers from Europe (plus North and Latin America) who are developing a project with an East/West co-production potential, preferably with one of the selected countries in focus; on the other hand, WEMW will ensure the presence of a large and comprehensive 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.

To open the 2017 edition, France will be on the Western side and the Baltic region (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania) on the Eastern one.

The programme will include different actions:
Co-production Forum
20 outstanding projects in development from Eastern Europe, Italy and the spotlight areas will be presented to a large panel of decision makers and financiers. Along with the pitching and the pre-arranged individual meetings, the Forum will include a rich programme with panels and case studies dedicated to co-production opportunities with the countries in focus.

Workshop designed for 3 long feature fiction films in editing phase from Eastern Europe and Italy. Selected producer/director teams will receive expert feedback from top festival programmers, sales agents, creative producers and tailor-made advice from a consulting editor.

Work in progress section for documentary projects from Eastern Europe and Italy. Last Stop Trieste will present 4 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 When East Meets West and Baltic Sea Forum.

#FEEDback is a think-tank platform that aims to collect and discuss assessments in Eastern European countries on possible means and ways to increase cross-border relations, the permeability between the smaller territories and moving towards a joint agenda on funding, reaching audiences and innovative distribution.

WEMW is organized by the FVG Audiovisual Fund and the Trieste Film Festival in collaboration with EAVE, Maia Workshops, EURIMAGES, and the support of Creative Europe/MEDIA Programme, Direzione Centrale per il Cinema – MIBACT and CEI – Central European Initiative.