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Roskino and When East Meets West Forum will organize a pitch for international projects in collaboration with Russia

WEMW Goes to Russia special programme will take place during the KEY BUYERS EVENT: Digital which will run from 8 to 10 June 2021, this collaboration marks the beginning of an exciting partnership with the forum. In 2022, the WEMW event will also launch a special focus on Russia for the first time.

WEMW Goes to Russia will feature a pitching session of 5 international projects in the advanced development stage looking for gap financing. Selected teams will have the unique chance to meet leading Russian producers, find relevant partners and access a minority co-production support granted by the Russian Ministry of Culture.

Alessandro Gropplero, head of WEMW, will lead the international finalists’ selection together with Roskino. He will also be part of the selection committee for Russian titles looking for global partners, together with the top national producers including, Ilya Stewart (“Sputnik”, “Persian Lessons”, “Leto”, “The World to Come”), Artem Vasiliev (“Dovlatov”, “Dau”, “Portrait of the Unknown”), Natalia Drozd (“Arrhythmia”), Anna Gudkova.

WEMW will invite all producers who are already part of the WEMW network to join the event in early June. Participants’ registration will open on April 15.

Evgenia Markova, CEO of ROSKINO explained: “Each year the KEY BUYERS EVENT is designed to meet the industry’s specific needs. During the last year we have witnessed a demand for boosting co-productions, from our national community and global producers interested in promising titles from Russia and securing support for their projects also. That’s why the 2021 edition of KEY BUYERS EVENT: Digital will focus on providing as many opportunities as possible for both sides, this is just the beginning with WEMW and we look forward to growing our network of global partners year on year.”

“We are looking forward to partnering with Russia for KEY BUYERS EVENT and the next WEMW edition in 2022. Our co-production forum traditionally gathers leading producers, sales agents, executives from European and global funds, so it will also become the right place to present Russian content and talents,” added Alessandro Gropplero, head of WEMW.

International producers* can suit their fiction project to the WEMW Goes to Russia section here, before the 7th of May. The final selection will be announced by mid-May.
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