EAVE Slate

When East Meets West 2023 has recently launched the EAVE Slate, an 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, and a series of Inspirational Labs, mini-workshops run in collaboration with leading training programmes and international partners, meant to stimulate selected participants to develop new content and explore new business models, such as drama series content, animation production, online distribution and co-financing.

The Austrian producers selected in any of these programmes will have the opportunity to apply for the Austrian Film Institutes  “Continuous vocational training grants” and will be offered a partial reimbursement (2/3) of all participation costs (travel, accommodation and tuition fee) to the EAVE Slate or the WEMW Inspirational Labs.

The final selection will be primarily based on the applicant’s profile and motivation, and the selected producers will have the opportunity to join the full programme of WEMW 2023 in person in Trieste from 21 to 25 January 2023!


For each producer it is possible to apply to the EAVE Slate and a max. 2 different labs; if selected, it will be possible to attend only one activity. Iin case you already applied to other WEMW activities you can still apply to the EAVE Slate or to any Inspirational Labs.

In order to submit your application, please create an account and fill in the online form to be found here.

There is no submission fee, and the new deadline for application is November 25, 23.59 CET. The selection will be announced by mid-December.


In case of selection, the participation fee for the EAVE Slate is 400 EUR and for any Inspirational Lab is 200 EUR, including accreditation, tuition fee, lunches and access to the on-site and online WEMW programme.
Travel costs and accommodation are not included, but discounted hotel rates will apply (ca. € 80/night).

Selected Austrian participants will be able to apply for the “Continuous vocational training grants” at the Austrian Film Institute`s scheme and be reimbursed up to 2/3 of the participation expenses.

Find out more about the Inspiration Labs and the rest of the WEMW programme on https://www.wemw.it/home/


EAVE Slate

EAVE Slate will select up to 8 companies that are developing a slate of A/V works and will combine the EAVE group work method with a series of plenary sessions and individual consultancies focusing on strategic company planning, potential risk evaluation and company diversification. The main goal is to define realistic short-, mid- and long-term strategies for the selected companies and to outline how to pick the right projects to include in the company slates.

ANIMA SPIRIT | Animation Inspirational Lab
in partnership with CEE Animation Workshop
ANIMA SPIRIT is designed as an entrance door 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 will combine group work, individual consultancies, and lectures on financial and creative aspects of animation production.
Anima Spirit Lab is hosted by the CEE Animation Workshop team and led by experts Jelena Popović (NFB, Canada) and Martin Vandas (MAUR Film, Czech Republic). The experts team will be accompanied with additional experts from Latin America and announced soon.

COLD OPEN | Drama Series Inspirational Lab
in partnership with MIDPOINT Institute
COLD OPEN will once again select international producers with a background in feature films who aspire to shift to drama series content. The programme will be led by MIDPOINT Institute’s tutors and experts, and will include lectures, group sessions, and individual consultations, aiming to supply hands-on skills in the development, production planning, and financing of serialized drama content.

THE IMPACT ZONE | Outreach & Impact Inspirational Lab
in partnership with ESoDoc
ESoDoc’s lab at WEMW will focus on the design of impact campaign strategies. The team from Think-Film Impact Production – the impact media organisation with specialist expertise at the cutting-edge intersection of film and social change – will lead a guided co-creation workshop, in which selected fiction and documentary projects develop impact 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.

curated by Silvia Cibien & Agustina Lumi
The VoD Inspirational Lab is a unique opportunity to better understand the diversity of the VOD landscape and the dynamics behind the on-demand ecosystem. Through a series of lectures, case studies and masterclasses, sharing data and know-how on the current VoD market and players, with a focus on Europe and LATAM, the Lab will help the participants to plan ahead the online distribution strategy and co-financing of their content, answering to the audience demand.

WEMW FOCUS | East & West Inspirational Lab
in partnership with the 2023 East & West countries in focus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine & Spain, Portugal, Latin America)
An all-encompassing journey through the main funding, distribution and market opportunities offered by the 2023 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.

GENRE RULES | Fantastic Film Inspirational Lab
in partnership with the Fantastic Film Forum of the Trieste Science+Fiction Festival
Genre Rules is meant as a hands-on guide to the inner workings of genre cinema. Even though genre movies today are more popular and marketable than ever, producing them may not prove so easy. The genre film industry is highly specialised, with key players, industry events and subgenres of its own, and constantly changing trends. This lab is designed to provide an in-depth overview of this sector and will focus in particular on the best strategies to develop your project and effectively place it in the market. The workshop targets independent producers and new talents with an international attitude, who wish to improve their skills and become acquainted with the genre film landscape.