When East Meets West announces the 2019 East & West focus
- After a successful 2018 focus on South-East Europe and the Nordic countries, WEMW is back working on the new edition to be held from 20-22 January 2019
After a successful 2018 focus on South-East Europe and the Nordic countries, When East Meets West (WEMW) is hard at work on the new edition to be held from 20-22 January 2019.
WEMW 2019 will once again use the same formula primarily based on a double focus on one Eastern and one Western European region. The main idea is to bring a large delegation of key players and decision makers to Trieste from each annual spotlight territory, and to select 20 projects in development from all over Europe (plus North and Latin America) with potential for co-production with one of the countries in focus.
The upcoming edition of WEMW will feature a new East & West focus on Central Eastern Europe (the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine) and Benelux (Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands). The choice of these guest countries has been made very carefully 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 to bring the record number of participants from last year (over 450 from more than 40 different countries) back to Trieste and will retain all of the 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, intended to facilitate their access to the international market, and the second edition of This is IT, a work-in-progress section for fiction films co-produced with Italy.
WEMW 2019 will be organised once again by the FVG Audiovisual Fund in conjunction with the Trieste Film Festival and thanks to the constant support of the Creative Europe/MEDIA programme, Direzione Centrale per il Cinema – MiBAC and CEI – Central European Initiative.
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