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Open Doors explores cinema in Southeast Asia and Mongolia via a co-production platform, a producers’ Lab and a non-competitive screening section taking place in August, plus year-round activities including Consultancy services and a knowledge-sharing platform (ToolBox).
From 2019 until 2021, the Open Doors section of the Locarno Film Festival is focusing on the cinematographic landscape of Southeast Asia and Mongolia.
For three years, is spotlighting film projects, talents and film producers from the following countries: Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Mongolia.
The main program of Open Doors consists of three parallel activities taking place during Locarno 74, from 6 to 10 August 2021.
Locarno Film Festival is proud to put the following projects and emerging producers from Southeast Asia and Mongolia in the spotlight of ist professional activities taking place in August.
Co-production Hub selection:
9 Temples to Heaven, by Sompot Chidgasornpongse – produced by Kissada Kamyoung, Kick the Machine Films – Thailand
A Useful Ghost, by Ratchapoom Boonbunchachoke – produced by Cattleya Paosrijaroen and Soros Sukhum, 185 Films Co., Ltd – Thailand
Don’t Cry Butterflies, by Dieu Linh Duong – produced by Si En Tan, Momo Film Co. – Vietnam/Singapore
Our Son, by Luhki Herwanayogi – produced by Iqbal Hamdan, Catchlight Pictures –Indonesia
SAM, by E Del Mundo – produced by Pamela Reyes, Create Cinema – Philippines
The Beer Girl in Yangon, by Sein Lyan Tun – produced by John Badalu, PS Film Production –Myanmar/Philippines/Indonesia
The Water Garden, by Ikhbayar Urchuud – produced by Nomintuya Baasankhuu, No Wonder Films – Mongolia
Who Created Human Beings, by Binh Giang Le – produced by Le Quynh Anh, DNY Productions – Vietnam/Singapore
Producers’ Lab selection:
Ines Sothea, independent producer – Cambodia
Gugi Gumilang, Studio Rumah Kedua – Indonesia
Benji Lim, Kinovisuals – Malaysia
Bat-Amgalan Lkhagvajav, Media Crackers LLC – Mongolia
Myo Thar Khin, Only One But Rat Film – Myanmar
Lin Sun Oo, Tagu Films – Myanmar
Stelle Laguda, KT House Productions – Philippines
Pom Bunsermvicha, Vertical Films – Thailandia
Nguyen Thi Xuan Trang, Lagi Limited – Vietnam
All details and more specific informations about the selected Hub projects and Lab producers are now available in the OD Brochure.
In 2021, Open Doors celebrated its 19th anniversary. Thanks to the collaboration, at the outset, of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), the sidebar section is able to pursue a trio of objectives.
First and foremost, its aim is to draw the attention of industry professionals and the international audience towards directors and films from countries in the South and East of the world. Secondly, to create optimal conditions for realizing and disseminating their feature film projects via a platform for discussion and professional exchange, linking with their counterparts in Europe and elsewhere as potential partners.
Lastly, to contribute to the development of a local and regional independent filmmaking scene, and to connect their industry representatives with a global network of international peers.
This threefold effort is complemented by a program of promotional initiatives and professional training workshops in the region, selected in close cooperation with local players.
The Open Doors Consultancy is a project-based service offering remote (online) one-to-one professional advice from international experts for film projects at different stages of development and for creative teams.
An online platform accessible all year round, providing resources and content to help filmmakers and producers from the Open Doors regions of South and Southeast Asia and Mongolia to develop their projects.
The service is accessible all year round and is available by writing to the Open Doors team to ask questions and receive feedback on specific aspects regarding current projects, the career as a film professional, and to be aided through the different steps of the filmmaking process.