WHEN EAST MEETS WEST is a co-production platform organised in Trieste by Friuli Venezia Giulia Film Commission. It brings together over 450 producers, financiers, decision makers and film professionals from more than 35 countries. The East & West double focus is based on two complementary ideas: on the one hand, every year the call for entries will be open to all producers from Europe and North/Latin America who are developing a project with international co-production potential, preferably with one of the countries in focus; on the other hand, WEMW will ensure the presence of a large delegation of key decision makers, financiers, producers and film professionals from each spotlight territory so to maximise the co-production, financing and distribution opportunities for all selected projects. The programme includes different actions: WEMW CO-PRODUCTION FORUM, FIRST CUT LAB, LAST STOP TRIESTE. 

2021 Pop Up Film Residency: tba


Zhannat Alshanova

Zhannat Alshanova



Zhannat is an award-winning writer/director and producer from Kazakhstan.

She studied MA in Filmmaking at the London Film School. Her graduation short film End of Season (2018) premiered at Cannes Film Festival (Cinefondation), won the Most Promising Director Award in Tel-Aviv and Best Cinematography Award in Munich. In 2019 Zhannat got selected for Bela Tarr’s directing residency, where she developed and shot a film Paola Makes A Wish (2019), produced by Locarno Film Festival, CISA and Ticino Film Commission. The film got screened at various international film festivals, including Locarno Film Festival, PÖFF Shorts, Sundance.

Her latest short film History of Civilization (2020) premiered at Locarno Film Festival in Pardo di Domani section and won silver prize – PARDINO D’ARGENTO. The film was also selected for TIFF, Hamptons IFF, Clermont-Ferrand and others.

Zhannat is currently developing two feature projects: Mother Tongue (ARTE France’s ArteKino International Award at Asian Project Market) and A Winner is Seen at The Start (WEMW Co-Production Forum).

Recently, she has served as a juror for Sundance Collab Challenge “Time Capsule”. She is Berlinale Talents and Sundance Institute alumna.


A Winner is Seen at the Start

MILA (19) joins the new experimental swimming school. The accidental death of her teammate alters the course of events and reveal corruption schemes, doping, and controversial relationships.