WEMW – A natural bridge between east and west

The next edition of WHEN EAST MEETS WEST will bring together over 500 producers, financiers, decision makers and film professionals from more than 40 countries, and, in particular, from the 2020 spotlight territories: Hungary, Romania, Moldova & Austria, Germany and Switzerland. 2020 will mark the 10th anniversary edition of the platform that over the years has strengthened the collaborations between East and West and has nurtured numerous projects, professional ties and industry initiatives.

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.

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 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.