Open Doors Screenings

For more than two decades, the Locarno Film Festival has collaborated with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) on the section Open Doors, whose mission is to support filmmakers from under-represented regions around the world, and from countries in which cinema as a form of expression is at risk. From 2022 to 2024, Open Doors has focused on the 22 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean and, throughout the year and during the Festival, carries out professional promotion and training programs in their industries. Concomitantly, the non-competitive section Open Doors Screenings offers audiences in Locarno a selection of feature-length films and shorts that are representative of the region. In 2024, the spotlight is on all regions touched by the three-year cycle: Central America, the Caribbeans, and South America. 

Open Doors Screenings

Aforismos del lago

Director: Humberto González Bustillo

Venezuela  ·  2021  ·  DCP  ·  Color  ·  25'  ·  o.v. / / /

Open Doors Screenings

Black Mother

Director: Khalik Allah

Jamaika, Vereinigte Staaten  ·  2018  ·  DCP  ·  Couleurs et noir et blanc  ·  77'  ·  o.v.

Open Doors Screenings

De reinas y otros colores

Director: Juan Herrera Zuluaga

Guatemala  ·  2021  ·  DCP  ·  Color  ·  17'  ·  o.v.

Open Doors Screenings


Director: Paz Encina

Paraguay, Argentinien, Mexiko, Deutschland, Vereinigte Staaten, Niederlande, Frankreich  ·  2022  ·  DCP  ·  Color  ·  85'  ·  o.v. Ayoreo /

Open Doors Screenings

I Love Papuchi

Director: Rosa María Rodríguez Pupo

Kuba  ·  2018  ·  DCP  ·  Color  ·  14'  ·  o.v.

Open Doors Screenings

Kenbe Alada

Director: Wendy Desert

Haiti  ·  2020  ·  DCP  ·  Color  ·  16'  ·  o.v. Haitian Creole /

Open Doors Screenings

La bachata de Bionico

Director: Yoel Morales

Dominikanische Republik  ·  2024  ·  DCP  ·  Couleurs et noir et blanc  ·  80'  ·  o.v.

Open Doors Screenings

La piel del agua

Director: Patricia Velásquez

Costa Rica, Chile  ·  2024  ·  DCP  ·  Color  ·  79'  ·  o.v. /

Open Doors Screenings

La playa de los enchaquirados

Director: Iván Mora Manzano

Ecuador  ·  2021  ·  DCP  ·  Color  ·  87'  ·  o.v.

Open Doors Screenings

Las Maravillas

Director: Rob Mendoza

Ecuador  ·  2024  ·  DCP  ·  Color  ·  20'  ·  o.v.

Open Doors Screenings

Lo que los humanos ven como sangre los jaguares ven como chicha

Director: Luciana Decker Orozco

Bolivien  ·  2023  ·  DCP  ·  Color  ·  30'  ·  o.v.

Open Doors Screenings

Los capítulos perdidos

Director: Lorena Alvarado

Venezuela, Vereinigte Staaten  ·  2024  ·  DCP  ·  Color  ·  67'  ·  o.v.

Open Doors Screenings


Director: Franco García Becerra

Peru, Chile  ·  2024  ·  DCP  ·  Color  ·  82'  ·  o.v. /

Open Doors Screenings


Director: Olivia De Camps

Dominikanische Republik  ·  2024  ·  DCP  ·  Color  ·  16'  ·  o.v. /

Open Doors Screenings

Tierra de Leche

Directors: Milton Guillén, Fiona Guy Hall

Nicaragua, Vereinigte Staaten  ·  2023  ·  DCP  ·  Couleurs et noir et blanc  ·  12'  ·  o.v.

Open Doors Screenings

Twa fèy

Directors: Eléonore Coyette, Sephora Monteau

Haiti, Belgien  ·  2021  ·  DCP  ·  Color  ·  27'  ·  o.v. Haitian Creole

Open Doors Screenings


Director: Michael Lees

Dominica  ·  2019  ·  DCP  ·  Color  ·  71'  ·  o.v.

The program

The film directors are also invited to take part in a professional program, the Open Doors Directors’ Club, taking place both online (from the 19th to the 29th of July) and onsite (from the 7th to the 14th of August), designed to further build their knowledge and skills, introduce them to the international Festival environment, network with the rest of the Open Doors delegation and with industry guests and talents in Locarno. 

The 2024 edition will focus on films and talent from all the countries that have been part of the focus regions over the three-year period: Central America (Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua); the Caribbean (Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines); and South America (Bolivia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Venezuela). 


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