Animation Inspirational Lab in partnership with CEE Animation Workshop

ANIMA SPIRIT is designed as an entrance door for experienced producers and European, Canadian and Latin American 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.


  • producers from Europe, Canada and Latin America are eligible to apply;
  • all applications must include: complete online form, producer/company profile, motivation letter;
  • it is possible to apply to max. 2 different labs, but it will be possible to attend only one Inspirational Lab;
  • in case you already applied to other WEMW activities you can apply to the Inspirational Labs.

In order to submit your application and the required materials you need to create your own account and fill in the following online form.

Application deadline:  20 November 2022

All applicants will be informed about the selection results in December 2022.


All Inspirational Labs will take place on site, in Trieste (Italy), during WEMW.
Anima Spirit starts on 22. January and ends on 25. January 2023. The total number of on-site attendees will be slightly reduced compared to the last 2020 physical edition, but all participants selected in one of the Inspirational Labs or any other section in the programme will be granted physical access to the market venue.

In case of selection, the participation fee is € 200 EUR, including accreditation, tuition fee, two lunches and access to the on-site WEMW programme. Travel costs and accommodation are not included.


All applicants will have the opportunity to virtually meet with the WEMW team on November 2 from 10.00am to 11.00am (CET timezone) to get more info about the Inspirational Labs and the submission process. To ensure your attendance and get the direct link to the INFO DAY, you need to register by writing to no later than October 31.


Anima Spirit Inspirational Lab is organised in cooperation between CEE Animation Workshop and When East Meets West.

CEE Animation Workshop is supported by Creative Europe – MEDIA and Ministry of Public Administration of the Republic of Slovenia.


CEE Animation is supported by the Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union and co-funded by state funds and foundations and professional organisations from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

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