WHEN EAST MEETS WEST is organized by the FVG Audiovisual Fund and the Trieste Film Festival, in collaboration with EAVE, EURIMAGES, and the support of the MEDIA Programme, Direzione Centrale per il Cinema – MIBACT and CEI.
The main aim is to bring together every year financiers, decision makers and film professionals coming from Eastern European countries, Italy and another selected Western region (a different one every year). After a first focus on the French film industry in 2011, the Nordic countries in 2012, the German speaking countries in 2013 and Benelux in 2014, UK Ireland and North America in 2015, the 2016 edition wishes to encourage and build up new important connections with Spain, Portugal and Latin America.

WEMW will be held at Starhotels SavoiaRiva del Mandracchio 4, Trieste from 25th to 26th January 2016.

WHEN EAST MEETS WEST will include two different actions:

  1. Pitching for 22 selected projects;
  2. Framework programme with round tables, presentations, case studies;

A special committee formed by EAVE experts and FVG Audiovisual Fund representatives will select 22 projects – feature films and documentaries – in development coming from Eastern Europe, Italy and the English speaking countries. All selected producers will pitch their projects to a large panel of decision makers attending the event and will have the opportunity to set individual meetings. The main aim is to set up a platform where it is possible to meet funds representatives, commissioning editors, sales agents and possible co-producers from both sides of Europe.

Along with the pitching and one-to-one meetings, WEMW will offer the possibility to explore and know in detail the Eastern and Western audiovisual landscapes through round tables, presentations and case studies. The main goal is to offer a complete and detailed overview of both film industries (with a focus for this 2016 edition on Spain, Portugal and Latin America), so to offer to all participants the chance to fully understand the co-production and distribution possibilities.