The new generation of WEMW

The next edition of WEMW will mark the start of a brand-new era in the design and planning of the co-production market. After ten years based on a traditional physical format and one year run fully online, WEMW will introduce a new concept based on a series of key elements: hybrid content & format, slate market & company planning, curation & motivation.

WEMW will have a full horizontal integration between on-site and online participants, with a series of new initiatives meant to create a successful dialogue between the physical and virtual worlds. WEMW will take place in January 24-28, 2022 and it will include a first module running both on-site in Trieste and online, and a second module available only on the WEMW digital platform.

The new generation of WEMW will be based on a format actively engaging all film professionals in different WEMW activities. Like in the past editions, WEMW will offer a wide range of well-established and new events, each of them with its own unique approach and complementary to each other:

Producers from Europe and North/South 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.

A brand-new initiative dedicated to 5 production companies that are developing a slate of 3 to 5 A/V works and need assistance with strategic company planning, and are keen to have tailor-made business to business exchanges with key players from different sectors.

WEMW 2022 will launch a series of mini-labs run in collaboration with leading training programmes and international partners, and meant to stimulate registered film professionals to develop new content, explore new business models and discover with new European and international markets.

Work in progress section for 5 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.

Programme designed for 3 long feature fiction films in editing phase from from the spotlight countries. 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.

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.

Brand new TV series mini lab that will select 6 producers, with a background in feature film producing, aspiring to shift to TV series content. The programme includes lectures, group sessions and individual consultations and aim to supply hands-on skills of production planning and financing of drama content.

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.

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.


WEMW is 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, MIC -Direzione Generale per il Cinema, CEI – Central European Initiative, Film Center Serbia and the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia.