WHEN EAST MEETS WEST 2023 First round of calls for entries is now open!

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DEADLINE: November 4, 2022

WEMW 2023 will take place on January 22-25, 2023 in Trieste (Italy) and will select 20 projects in development (both documentaries and fiction films) from all over Europe and beyond, in particular from the East & West 2023 spotlight countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine & Spain, Portugal, Latin America.


  • Producers from Europe*, Canada, USA & Latin America are eligible to apply 
  • Projects must be long feature fiction films or documentaries in development with preferably 5-10% of the total budget already in place (this preferable condition will not apply to any project submitted by Ukrainian production companies)
  • Projects must have international co-production potential  

All applications must include: complete online application form, treatment in English (max 5-8 pages), financing plan, teaser/visuals/mood board of the submitted project and previous work of the director.

In order to submit your application and the required materials you need to create your own account and fill in the online form following this link:

There is no submission fee and the deadline is November 4, 2022, 23.59 CET.    

Selected projects will be announced mid-December.


All applicants will have the possibility to virtually meet with the WEMW team on Oct 12 & 19 from 10:00 to 12:00 CET time, and on Oct 26 & Nov 2 from 15:00 to 17:00 CET, to discuss projects, share ideas or doubts or get more info about the co-production forum and the submission process. To schedule the most suitable slot please click on or feel free to contact us at



Last Stop Trieste

Documentary Fine-Cut-Session

Deadline: November 20, 2022

WEMW and Trieste Film Festival announce the ninth edition of LAST STOP TRIESTE, a work in progress section for documentary projects in a stage of a fine cut, previously developed or presented in one of our partner events: Ex-Oriente Film, Balkan Discoveries at the Balkan Documentary Centre, Docu Rough Cut Boutique at Sarajevo Film Festival/Sofia, ZagrebDox PRO, Baltic Sea Forum and When East Meets West.

Selected documentaries will be showcased in Trieste to an exclusive panel of decision makers and at the same time online to all invited festival programmers, sales agents and commissioning editors. Each selected team will also be offered feedback sessions. More info about the guidelines at the following LINK.

This is IT

Feature Work-in-Progress Session

Deadline: November 20, 2022

Section exclusively dedicated to long feature fiction films and hybrid works with a strong visual and artistic approach produced/co-produced by Italian producers or coming from any of the East & West 2023 spotlight territories (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine & Spain, Portugal, Latin America).

Selected teams will have the chance to screen 8' of their films in post-production (or at least partially shot) to an exclusive panel of international decision makers who will follow the event either on-site in Trieste or online. More info about the guidelines at the following LINK



Workshop for Films in Editing Phase

Deadline: December 5, 2022

First Cut Lab Trieste is a consultancy programme designed for first and second feature films in the editing phase from one of the WEMW 2023 spotlight countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine & Spain, Portugal, Latin America**).
The selected teams (director/producer/editor) are offered a creative framework, both challenging and protective, where to open up new perspectives and to explore the whole artistic potential of their films. They screen their rough cut in a private session, and receive expert feedbacks from three international film industry advisors, as well as tailor-made advice from a consultant editor. Consultant and industry advisors will be defined according to the profiles of the film selected. Once the workshop is over, the participants receive a report & a roadmap that can serve as guidance for further editing. Eventually, the ambition of First Cut Lab is to enhance the audience opportunities of the films. More info at

** All Latin American countries, except Brazil (if interested, Brazilian producers can directly apply to the First Cut Lab Brazil)

Alongside the programmes targeting projects in development and post-production, WEMW 2023 will offer a rich and lively program including workshops and panels, as well as a series of initiatives dedicated to company planning & development such as the EAVE Slate and the Inspirational Labs.

More news will be announced soon, so stay tuned!

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* Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom

WEMW is organised 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, MIC -Direzione Generale per il Cinema, CEI – Central European Initiative, Film Center Serbia, Ciclic and the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia.

Page published 13 October 2022. Updated 28 October 2022.

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