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WEMW introduces its new Inspirational Labs

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- Five different mini-workshops will be dedicated to producers in various sectors who wish to join the market on site

WEMW introduces its new Inspirational Labs

When East Meets West (WEMW) is launching a complete programme of Inspirational Labs, a series of mini-workshops meant to stimulate producers and help them to develop new content, explore new business models and discover new markets. It should be noted that the call for the Co-Production Forum is now closed, and a record number of more than 430 submissions have been received.

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The WEMW Inspirational Labs, run in collaboration with leading training programmes and international partners, will offer a deeper insight into TV series content, animation production, impact and outreach strategy, independent online distribution, and the 2022 East and West spotlight markets. These new activities will be based on active participation, and their main goal will be to offer all participating professionals a way to enhance their company’s future business model.

In detail, the WEMW Inspirational Labs are as follows:

ANIMA SPIRIT, Animation Inspirational Lab, in partnership with CEE Animation Workshop, is designed as an initial gateway for experienced producers and film companies coming from live action or documentary, wanting to discover the exciting and complex world of animated film production. The lab is hosted by the CEE Animation Workshop team, and led by experts Jelena Popović (NFB, Canada) and Jean Francois Le Corre (Vivement Lundi!, France). It will combine group work, individual consultancies, and lectures on the financial and creative aspects of animation production. More information can be found here.

COLD OPEN, Drama Series Inspirational Lab, in partnership with the MIDPOINT Institute, will once again select international producers with a background in feature films, who are aspiring to shift into drama-series content. The programme will be led by the MIDPOINT Institute's tutors and experts, and will include lectures, group sessions and individual consultations, aiming to supply hands-on skills in development, production planning and financing of serialised drama content. More detailed information can be found here.

IMPACT PYRAMID, Outreach & Impact Inspirational Lab, in partnership with ESoDoc. Danielle Turkov and Amy Shepherd from Think-Film will lead a guided co-creation workshop, in which the teams behind selected fiction and documentary projects will develop impactful loglines, goals and key action steps. The main objective is to enhance participants’ understanding of the value of impact and what it can achieve for their productions and society, introduce them to a range of tools they can use to design and deliver policy impact, and give participants specific project advice and guidance. All of the necessary details are available here.

VOD FOR PRODUCERS, Online Distribution Inspirational Lab, in partnership with EUROVOD, is a unique opportunity to raise awareness of the diversified VoD landscape and discover new distribution models within the European digital market. The series of lectures will be led by EUROVOD experts and representatives of some of the most active and successful European VoD platforms, and will help to inspire attending film companies to plan ahead when considering the digital distribution of their films.

WEMW FOCUS, East & West Inspirational Lab, in partnership with the 2022 East and West countries in focus (Russia, and the UK, Ireland, Canada and the USA), will be a complete journey through the main funding, distribution and market opportunities offered by the 2022 WEMW spotlight territories. All lectures, individual consultancies and exchange sessions will feature leading key players from these industries and will tackle a wide range of topics, from working with equity investors to the independent documentary scene in the USA.

All WEMW Inspirational Labs target producers from Europe and Canada, and each applicant will be able to apply for a maximum of two different labs. A total of 40 producers will be selected, primarily based on their profiles and motivations. The call is now open and will remain so until 15 December, and the info on the eligibility criteria and submission process is available here.

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