A total of 22 international projects from 11 countries will participate in the third edition of the Trieste-based co-production forum When East Meets West.

21 Dec 2012 - 8:01 AM  UPDATED 21 Dec 2012 - 8:01 AM

A total of 22 international projects from 11 countries will participate in the third edition of the Trieste-based co-production forum When East Meets West, one of the important platforms for successful co-productions between Western and Eastern Europe. WEMW's 2013 roster will include 12 fiction and 10 documentary features.

Organized by the Friuli Venezia Giulia Audiovisual Fund and the Trieste Film Festival, When East Meets West will take place in Trieste from January 21-23.As customary, it will put the spotlight on a specific Western European region. Focus of the 2013 edition will be the German-speaking countries, Switzerland, Germany and Austria.

Participating projects were selected by an expert jury among 136 applications from 24 European countries. All of them are looking for potential co-production partners and will be pitched over the course of three days to an audience of film sector professionals consisting of producers, distributors, international sales agents, broadcast editors and representatives of regional film funds.

The East West Forum will accompany these presentations with a series of panels and discussions on co-production-related topics, confirming the region ofFriuli Venezia Giulia as a point of reference for Eastern European producers looking for Western European partners and vice versa.

A novelty this year is the first WEMW Development Award, the prize for the best project awarded by an international jury consisting of Nikolaj Nikitin (FILMPLUS), Matthieu Darras (TORINO FILM LAB) and Kristina Trapp (chief executive EAVE). Additionally, projects will also compete for a grant for the participation in the next edition of the EAVE EUROPEAN PRODUCERS WORKSHOP.

With a special mention is that for the first time, WEMW will receive financial support through the MEDIA Programme, a clear recognition of the value of the initiative that will enable WEMW to continue on its dynamic growth trajectory.

When East Meets West is organized by the Friuli Venezia Giulia Audiovisual Fund (Fondo per l'Audiovisivo del Friuli Venezia Giulia) and the Trieste FilmFestival.

Full list of the projects to be pitched at WEMW 2013

Translated from Italian

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