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WHEN EAST MEETS WEST opens call for its 10th Co-production Forum and announces brand new lab!

Festivals 2019-09-11

After a very successful season with many films previously presented at WEMW premiering at major festivals (to mention a few: Flesh Out by Michela Occhipinti and Stitches by Miroslav Terzić at Berlinale Panorama, Solo by Artemio Benki at the ACID Cannes, The Father by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and Maternal by Maura Delpero at Locarno Film Festival), When East Meets West is happy to launch the call for entries for the upcoming edition, taking place in Trieste next January 19-21, 2020. WEMW will have a new East & West focus, bringing together over 500 film professionals from all over Europe and, in particular, from our 2020 spotlight territories: Hungary, Moldova, Romania & Austria, Germany, Switzerland.  

WEMW Co-Production Forum

DEADLINE: October 31, 2019

Starting from today, producers from Europe, North and Latin America are eligible to apply with long feature fiction films or documentaries for the hallmark of WEMW, the co-production forum. WEMW will select 20 projects in development with international co-production potential, preferably with one of the 2020 East & West countries in focus (Hungary, Moldova, Romania & Austria, Germany, Switzerland) or with Italy. Ideally 10% of the total budget of a project should already be in place (more info on the eligible criteria on www.wemw.it).

All selected projects will compete for the six following awards: Film Center Serbia Development Award, EAVE scholarship, Flow Postproduction Award, EWA Network Best Woman Director Award, Producers Network Prize, Pop Up Film Residence Award.

10 years of WHEN EAST MEETS WEST: a brand new lab

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. Most notably this year, for the first time, WEMW will provide a bridge to working with new formats (TV series) through the brand new TV series mini lab MIDPOINT Cold Open.

MIDPOINT Cold Open 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.

Returning side events

Besides the WEMW Co-Production Forum and the brand new MIDPOINT Cold Open, WEMW 2020 will again include its now established side events. Starting from October 1st we will open the call for entries for the work in progress sections Last Stop Trieste and This is IT and the workshop for films in editing phase First Cut Lab. Last Stop Trieste will look for 5 documentaries at a fine cut stage already presented at one of our partner events: Ex-Oriente, BDC-Discoveries, Docu Rough-Cut Boutique, Baltic Sea Docs, ZagrebDox or WEMW. This is IT will present an exclusive selection of long feature fiction films and hybrid works with an Italian majority or minority co-producer. First Cut Lab will select 3 feature fiction films in editing phase from the spotlight countries to screen a full rough cut in a private session to top international film professionals and receive tailor-made advice. 

This year we again hope to bring great and inspiring projects to Trieste and support them to find the right partners for their journey as well as offer a wide variety of opportunities for all attending European professionals. 

We are looking forward to toasting together on the next ten years!

More information are available at www.wemw.it  

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WEMW is 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.