Announced today at Spazio Cinema the prizewinners of the international coproduction platform Open Doors Hub and the producers training workshop Open Doors Lab of the 72nd edition of the Locarno Film Festival.
Open Doors, the Locarno Pro initiative, has seen the beginning of a new three-year cycle (2019-2021) focusing on South-East Asia (Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines) and Mongolia, using the international platform of Locarno to present nine proactive producers from the region in focus (Lab), alongside eight full-length features seeking international partners (Hub). Today, during the awards ceremony at Spazio Cinema, the prizewinners were announced.
The Open Doors jury awarded the following prizes to Open Doors Hub projects, with the aim of fostering their further development and production:
Working in collaboration since its inception with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Open Doors aims to support and showcase directors and independent filmmaking in countries in the Global South and East. In addition, Open Doors contributes to the diversity of the international cinema scene by providing a forum for multiform perspectives and debates.
Open Doors is organized by the Locarno Film Festival’s Locarno Pro initiative and enjoys support and active collaboration from numerous European and international organizations: ACE Producers, EAVE (European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs), EURODOC, Festival Scope, LIM/Groupe Ouest, Produire au Sud/Festival des Trois Continents, TorinoFilmLab, SEAFIC (South-East Asia Fiction Film Lab), AFiS Busan Asian Film School, ACM (Arts Council of Mongolia) and Ulaanbaatar International Film Festival, Autumn Meeting (Vietnam), the Cambodia Film Commission and Bophana Center, Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival (Indonesia), MEMORY! International Film Heritage Festival (Myanmar), QCinema and Film Development Council of the Philippines, PAUSE (Laos).
The Open Doors Hub and Lab were held during the Locarno Film Festival from August 8-13. The Open Doors Screenings continue throughout the Festival.