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. 

Pop Up Film Residency 2023: Bucharest, Romania


Suad Gara

Suad Gara

Suad Gara is an Azerbaijani-British curator and filmmaker. Her first short film BREAKFAST (2021) premiered at the Mammoth Lakes Film Festival in 2022 and won the Audience Choice award at the Berlin Lift-Off Film Festival. Her new film QARAG (WAKE UP) was completed in August 2022 and shot in the mountains in Azerbaijan with mostly non-actors in the local dialect of the disappearing Lezgi language. In her previous career as Artistic Director of YARAT Contemporary Art Space, Baku, she has curated numerous exhibitions, ran an artist residency, a multidisciplinary education and public program, a theatre and performance festival and commissioned large scale art installations including artist films by Almagul Menlibayeva, Vajiko Chachkhiani, HannahBlack and Ahmet.ğüt. She has also curated exhibitions for MAMBO, Bologna, Nouveau Museé National de Monaco and the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich. Before YARAT, Suad was a specialist at Sotheby’s London where she curated pioneering exhibitions on contemporary art from Central Asia and the Caucasus. She has an MSc inPhilosophy and Public Policy from the LSE and an MLitt in Modern and Contemporary Art from the University of Glasgow. She is currently doing her PhD in Literary, Musical and Visual Thought at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee.

Hotel Diana


Rebellious teenager Deniz runs away from home and finds herself at a run-down beach resort, The Hotel Diana, whose curious inhabitants take her on a journey of selfdiscovery,
where she learns that every freedom comes at a pric


Ada Solomon

Ada Solomon

Ada Solomon is a Romanian producer, founder of Hi Film Productions and Micro Film. 

She has produced over 60 films such as: I do not care if we go down in history as Barbarians (Radu Jude, 2018, Grand Prix Karlovy Vary), Aferim! (Radu Jude, 2015, Silver Bear Berlin) and Child’s Pose (Calin Netzer, 2013, Golden Bear Berlin). She has worked with the most promising Romanian filmmakers, such as Cristian Nemescu, Ivana Mladenovic or Răzvan Rădulescu and was executive producer for Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann. 

Ada co-produced with over 15 countries & was involved in European filmmakers debuts as Chiara Malta, Marta Bergman, Federico Bondi, Adriano Valerio, and in accomplished directors film such as Tomasz Wasilewski, Slobodan Sijan or Dragomir Sholev. 

European Film Academy Deputy Chairwoman, Executive President of EWA Network, EAVE national coordinator, ACE board member, winner of the European Co-production Award – Prix Eurimages 2013.

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