WEMW – A natural bridge between east and west

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST 2016 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, the 2016 upcoming edition wishes to encourage and build up new connections with Spain, Portugal and Latin America.

The programme will include different actions:

Co-production Forum

20 outstanding projects in development from Eastern Europe, Italy and the spotlight region 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.