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Drama Series Inspirational Lab in partnership with MIDPOINT Institute

Cold Open is designed to build skills among independent producers interested in moving from feature films to fiction series content. Offering practical knowledge connected to the developing, producing and financing of drama series content in Europe, the program will familiarise its participants with the overall landscape and priorities of the industry, compare narrative and concept structures between features and scripted series, and provide hands-on skills in the financing and distribution of scripted series content.

The program targets independent producers who have a background in feature-film production and aspire to move into high-end series content. The program’s graduates will acquire knowledge and skills in producing and financing series, and will become acquainted with the European series landscape.


  • producers from Europe, Canada and Latin America are eligible to apply;
  • all applications must include: complete online form, personal/company profile, motivation letter, series pitch (optional);
  • it is possible to apply to max. 2 different labs, but it will be possible to attend only one Inspirational Lab;
  • in case you already applied to other WEMW activities you can also apply to the Inspirational Labs.

In order to submit your application and the required materials you need to create your own account and fill in the following online form.

Extended deadline: 25 November 2022
All applicants will be informed about the selection results in December 2022.


All Inspirational Labs will take place on site, in Trieste (Italy), during WEMW.
Anima Spirit starts on 22. January and ends on 25. January 2023.
All participants selected in one of the Inspirational Labs or any other section in the WEMW programme will be granted physical access to the market venue.
Please note that due to the restricted capacity of our venue, there will be a very limited number of on-site WEMW accreditations and therefore we encourage all professionals keen to join us on-site in Trieste next January to apply to one of our activities.


In case of selection, the participation fee is € 200 EUR, including accreditation, tuition fee, two lunches and access to the on-site WEMW programme.
Travel costs and accommodation are not included.

* The participation fee for the EAVE Slate will be waived for all possible Ukrainian selected participants


All applicants will have the opportunity to virtually meet with the WEMW team on November 2 from 10.00am to 11.00am (CET timezone) to get more info about the Inspirational Labs and the submission process. To ensure your attendance and get the direct link to the INFO DAY, you need to register by writing to no later than October 31.

More info HERE.