In its 25 years of activity the Association Alpe Adria Cinema and its main project, the Trieste Film Festival, have always stood out for the originality and the focus of their initiatives. The festival has analysed and brought to light films and directors that do not hold many chances to be released in our territory. The Trieste Film Festival has acquired increasing importance nationally and internationally, becoming a unique point of reference, above all as regards the film-making of Central and Eastern European countries. At a national level, the festival plays a leading role, being the only festival to have dealt with the film production of these countries for years. Beside the official selection (feature films, documentaries and short films) and the sidebar programmes, starting from 2010 the festival hosts the co-production meetings “When East Meets West”, which involves more than 120 professionals coming from all over Europe.