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Fantastic Film Inspirational Lab in partnership with the Fantastic Film Forum of the Trieste Science+Fiction Festival

GENRE RULES is meant as a hands-on guide to the inner workings of genre cinema.

Even though genre movies today are more popular and marketable than ever, producing them may not prove so easy. The genre film industry is highly specialised, with key players, industry events and subgenres of its own, and constantly changing trends. This lab is designed to provide an in-depth overview of this sector and will focus in particular on the best strategies to develop your project and effectively place it in the market. The workshop targets independent producers and new talents with an international attitude, who wish to improve their skills and become acquainted with the genre film 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.
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.