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Alice Diop will be the guest of honor at L’immagine e la parola (16-17 March 2024), heralding the return of Locarno’s renowned film workshop, the Spring Academy (16-24 March).
Throughout this immersive ten-day experience, six emerging filmmakers, to be chosen through a global call for entries, will collaborate with a pair of actors on the creation of their own short films. These works will delve into the tensions of contemporary life, firmly placing these concerns at the heart of each project.
The Spring Academy is organised by the Locarno Film Festival and CISA (International Academy of Audiovisual Sciences), in collaboration with the Ticino Film Commission and with the support of RSI and the Hotel du Lac.
Building on the success of the workshops held by Béla Tarr, Michelangelo Frammartino and Radu Jude, Locarno once again proves its commitment to talents of tomorrow with this ten-day workshop led by French director Alice Diop. Titled Pas de deux, the workshop will take place during L'immagine e la parola, offering a unique opportunity for international filmmakers to collaborate with Swiss actors in the Canton of Ticino, under the invaluable guidance of an artist like Alice Diop. As a filmmaker, Diop has mastered the worlds of both documentary and fiction, combining the most crucial elements of each in her internationally acclaimed works.
The selected young filmmakers will conceive and produce their shorts in a theoretical and practical workshop in which Alice Diop will help direct six actors specially identified to work towards the director's needs and requirements.
Applications are open to young filmmakers under the age of 35 who:
Send your application by the online form,
You will be required to attach the following documents:
Deadline for applications: 28 January 2024
The selection process will close on 14 February 2024. By that date, all applicants will receive an e-mail informing them as to whether their application has been accepted or rejected.
Successful applicants must confirm their intention to take part within the timeframe indicated in the e-mail. By confirming their intention to take part they accept the obligation to pay the participation fee by 19 February 2024.
The organizers reserve the right to replace any applicant selected who does not confirm their intention to take part or who fails to pay the participation fee in due time.
The participation fee of CHF 1,500 (Swiss francs) includes:
The participation fee does not cover:
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is a French director who has always worked to find the link between fiction and documentary, exploring areas often characterised by profound change, such as the Parisian suburbs, and latent conflicts in contemporary society, where gender and ethnicity are still at the root of major social inequalities. Her film Vers la tendresse won in the Best Short Film category at the 2017 Césars. Her documentary film We won Best Film in the Encounters section and the Best Documentary Award at the Berlinale 2021. Her first feature film Saint Omer won the Silver Lion - Grand Jury Prize and the Lion of the Future - Luigi De Laurentiis Award at the Venice Film Festival 2022. The film has also been selected to represent France at the 2023 Oscars in the Best International Film category.