WHEN EAST MEETS WEST 2024 - The first round of calls for entries is now open!

press release


Deadline: October 18, 2023

>> Open to live-action features, docs & short animated projects!

WEMW 2024 will take place on January 21-24, 2024 in Trieste (Italy) and will select 20 projects in development (documentaries, live action features and - for the very first time - short animated projects) from all over Europe and beyond, in particular for the second consecutive year from the 2024 East & West spotlight countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine & Spain, Portugal, Latin America.


  • Producers from Europe*, Latin America**, Canada, USA are eligible to apply 
  • Projects can be live-action features, creative documentaries, short animated projects in development/financing stage with preferably 10% of the total production budget already in place
  • Projects must have international co-production potential


>> live-action features & creative documentaries applications must include:

  • online application form
  • treatment in English (max 5-8 pages)
  • financing plan/total production budget
  • teaser/visuals/mood board of the submitted project (optional)
  • previous work(s) of the director

>> short animation applications must include:

  • online application form
  • treatment in English (max 5-8 pages) or script
  • financing plan/total production budget
  • teaser/animation test/visuals/art design/moodboard of the submitted project (if available)

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 October 18, 2023, 23.59 CET.   


All selected projects will compete for two main cash prizes of the value of 5.000€ each: the Film Center Serbia Development Award and the CICLIC WEMW Award (granted by the French, Centre-Val de Loire Region). Thanks to the WEMW network of partners, the Co-Production Forum will also feature a series of other major awards, including the EAVE Producers Workshop scholarship, the brand-new Laser Post-Production Award, the Marché du Film Producers Network Badges, the #DocsConnect Taskovski Training Award and the Pop Up Film Residency Award. Moreover, all female identifying directors will be eligible for the EWA Network's I HAVE A DREAM Award.


For any further info about the WEMW CO-PRODUCTION FORUM please write to:




Documentary Fine-Cut-Session

Deadline: November 20, 2023

WEMW and Trieste Film Festival announce the tenth 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 festival programmers, sales agents and commissioning editors, and each selected team will be offered feedback sessions. More info about the guidelines at the following LINK.

All selected docs will be in the running for the HBO Max Award, a cash prize of the value of 1.000€.

For any further info about LAST STOP TRIESTE please write to:


This is IT

Feature Work-in-Progress Session

Deadline: November 20, 2023

>> New 5.000€ cash prize announced!

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 2024 East & West 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, including festival programmers, sales agents and distributors. More info about the guidelines at the following LINK


All selected works in progress will compete for the brand-new ARTEVIDEO Award, a cash prize of the value of 5.000€.

For any further info about This is IT please write to:  



Alongside the programmes targeting projects in development and post-production, WEMW 2024 will soon launch a second round of calls for submissions for the following workshops and labs:

  • EAVE Slate >> innovative programme that will offer consultancies on how to build a successful company slate and strategic company planning to companies that are developing a slate of A/V works
  • Inspirational Labs >> a series of mini-workshops run in collaboration with leading training programmes and international partners, and meant to stimulate selected participants to develop new content and explore new business models
  • First Cut Lab Trieste >> the consultancy programme designed for first and second feature films in the editing phase

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, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom

** Argentina, Bolivia, Brasil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Chile, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Spain, Uruguay and Venezuela

WEMW 2024 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, MIC - Direzione Generale per il Cinema, CEI – Central European Initiative, Film Center Serbia, Ciclic - Centre-Val de Loire Region, and the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia.

Page published 21 September 2023. Updated 3 October 2023.

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