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WHEN EAST MEETS WEST announces the 2019 East & West focus

Press releases 2018-08-02

After the successful 2018 focus on South East Europe and the Nordic countries, When East Meets West is back to work on the new edition to be held on January 20/22, 2019.

WEMW 2019 will keep the same formula primarily based on a double focus on one Eastern and one Western European region. The main idea is to bring to Trieste a large delegation of key players and decision makers from each annual spotlight territory and to select 20 projects in development from all Europe (plus North and Latin America) with a co-production potential with one of the countries in focus.

The upcoming edition of WEMW will have a new exciting East & West focus on Central Eastern Europe (Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine) and Benelux (Belgium, Luxembourg and The Netherlands). The choice of these guest countries has been carefully done in cooperation with all national funding bodies and reflects a clear need and strategy to enhance the cooperation with and between these geographical areas.

WEMW 2019 will aim at bringing back in Trieste the record number of participants from last year (over 450 from more than 40 different countries) and will keep all successful past ingredients of the programme: along with the co-production forum for 20 projects in development with co-production potential with either Central Eastern Europe, Benelux or Italy, WEMW will launch the fifth edition of Last Stop Trieste and First Cut Lab, two parallel sections for documentaries and fiction films in post-production from Eastern Europe and Italy, meant to facilitate their access into the international market, and the second edition of This is IT, work in progress section for fiction films co-produced with Italy.

WEMW 2019 will be organized once again by the FVG Audiovisual Fund in collaboration with the Trieste Film Festival and thanks to the precious and constant support of Creative Europe/MEDIA Programme, Direzione Centrale per il Cinema – MiBAC and CEI – Central European Initiative.

More information will be soon available at www.wemw.it