WHEN EAST MEETS WEST summer news

A breath of fresh air to start your summer!
WEMW is planning several new events and partnerships for the next 2020 edition to be held in Trieste on January 19/21, 2020.

After the successful 2019 edition, WEMW 2020 will have a new exciting East & West focus on Hungary, Romania, Moldova & Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Starting from early September producers from all over Europe and North/Latin America will be able to apply to the WEMW Co-production Forum and WEMW will select 20 projects in development with international co-production potential, preferably with one of the 2020 territories on focus.

The WEMW 2020 programme will expand and will host the winter session of First Cut +, a program extension of First Cut Lab, the editing workshop for films from Central & Eastern Europe run by Tatino Films and in partnership with WEMW and Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. 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. 8 projects will participate in First Cut+ in Trieste and another 8 projects in the summer session in Karlovy Vary in July 2020. First Cut+ is the only brand-new action to receive financial support from the Access to Markets’ scheme of the Creative Europe’s MEDIA sub-programme. The initiative will be officially launched and presented at the Karlovy Vary IFF at 5 p.m. on July 2, 2019.

Last but not least, WEMW will start looking for the best shorts in development from the next generation of European filmmakers. After the successful cooperation with Feature Launch, a unique platform for emerging talents from Central and Eastern Europe developing their 1st or 2nd feature, WEMW and MIDPOINT will consolidate their cooperation with a 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.
The deadline for submissions is July 26, 2019 and more detailed info about the MIDPOINT Shorts 2019-2020 here.

This is just the beginning of a series of new initiatives with which the 10th anniversary of WEMW will be celebrated in 2020! Stay tuned and after the summer break the complete programme will be unveiled!

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.