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For 20 years, Open Doors has been championing filmmaking from regions where independent cinema is especially challenging, building bridges for collaboration across regions, countries and continents. Through its public and professional programs, Open Doors aims to provide a space where talents find support in every step of their creative and professional journey and where discussion and reinvention of today’s cinema can happen among free voices.
Open Doors is starting a new cycle, dedicating its professional and public initiatives to Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) until the edition 2024.
The section will be championing film projects and talents from the continent and more specifically from the following regions and countries:
Discover more about Open Doors’ initiatives at the bottom of the page, such as the ToolBox, accessible to professional of the whole LAC region.
Locarno Film Festival is proud to put the following projects and emerging producers from Latin America and the Caribbean in the spotlight of its professional activities taking place in the framework of the 75th Locarno Film Festival.
Details of all selected projects will be available upon request by contacting the Open Doors team at email@example.com or for industry accredited of Locarno 75, by logging into the reserved area of the website.
A platform for feature-length projects looking for international collaborations
Cuando cae la lluvia (When Rain Falls) by Yanillys Pérez – produced Yanillys Pérez, YPR Films – Dominican Republic
Diamante (Diamond) by Yashira Jordán – produced by Alvaro Olmos Torrico, Empatia Cinema – Bolivia
Kokue by Miguel Agüero – produced by Cynthia García Calvo, Asociación Cultural Arraigo, CYAN prods – Paraguay, Chile
Los hombres morimos antes (Men Die Sooner) by Federico Montero – produced by Alexandra Latishev, La Linterna Films – Costa Rica, Uruguay
MOA by Marcel Beltrán – produced by Paula Gastaud, Mediocielo Films – Cuba, Brazil
Muchachos bañándose en el lago (Kids Swimming in the Lake) by Michael Labarca – produced by Patricia Ramírez Arévalo, Todos Los Ríos – Venezuela, Chile, France
Los invisibles by Andres Rodríguez – produced by Mauricio Escobar, La Danta Films – Guatemala
Sopor y ave (Sopor and Bird) by Ana Cristina Barragán – produced by Joe Houlberg, Boton Films – Ecuador, Argentina, Spain
A training workshop for creative producers with feature projects
Ricardo B'atz', Cayaguanca Films – El Salvador
María Félix Morales Lotz, Asertiva – Nicaragua
Daniela Fuentes Moncada, Epopeya S.A. – Ecuador
Karolina Hernandez Chaves, Dos Sentidos – Costa Rica
Gilbert Mirambeau Jr., Muska Films – Haiti
Illari Orccottoma, Maldeojos – Peru
Nadean Rawlins, RAW Management – Jamaica
Michelle Serieux, Imagine Caribbean – Saint Lucia
Camila Urrutia, Camaleon Films – Guatemala
Today, Open Doors is one of the cornerstones of the Festival. The section is recognized as a laboratory where new forms of support for cinema from all latitudes can be experimented with, cultural boundaries broken down, new talents discovered, films completed and shown.
Open Doors creates a space for encounters and collaboration, during the Locarno Film Festival and online for 365 days a year, and is committed to artistic freedom, diversity and inclusion, as well as to the renewal and future of independent filmmaking. It also provides a venue for reflection on new forms and opportunities of distribution. In the targeted regions, the program contributes to creating a fertile ground for productive structures and authentic forms of artistic expression.
An online service providing professional advice from international experts to film projects and creative teams at different stages from Open Doors’ current focus region.
Active 365 days per year, the ToolBox is a knowledge-sharing and networking platform for film makers and producers from Open Doors’ current and past focus regions looking to develop, produce, distribute 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.