Locarno Industry Days' new initiative gives continuity to the past editions of post-production showcase Carte Blanche hosting the most promising upcoming producers from Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico.
From its first edition in 2011, the Festival del film Locarno post-production showcase Carte Blanche, focusing every year in a selected country, has given the possibility to producers of the most promising films in development in four Latin American countries to present them to industry professionals attending the Festival. During these years the distribution, sales and festival selections of many films has been boosted by this initiative, deeply contributing to important international successes.
Starting from 2015, Carte Blanche Extra will guarantee a continuity to the strong connections that have been created with the previous selected countries through their national promotion agencies: Cinema do Brasil, CinemaChile, Proimagenes Colombia and IMCINE (Mexico). Each of them will invite to Locarno up to four upcoming producers to introduce their works to potential co-producers during the Locarno Industry Days (8 – 10 August, 2015). Additionally, a series of professional lunches with Industry key players will help creating a fertile networking in a productive "Latino's Corner".
"Carte Blanche has quickly become one of the cores of the Locarno Industry Days activities. Carte Blanche Extra strengthens and develops an ongoing relationship with our partners for the benefit of the selected producers."
Nadia Dresti, Locarno's Delegate to the Artistic Direction and Head of International
"The experience of Carte Blanche was one of the best we had in seven years of activities. Great atmosphere, great professionals of the industry and perfect organization!"
André Sturm, Chairman of Cinema do Brasil
"Carte Blanche was for CinemaChile a very important event for the development of the Chilean director's international relations."
Constanza Arena, Executive Director of CinemaChile
"Mexican Cinema has always had a significant place in Locarno and the possibility to strengthen the ties with Locarno Industry Days is exciting.”
Jorge Sanchez, Director of IMCINE
Carte Blanche Extra has been introduced today in Ventana Sur by Carlo Chatrian, Artistic Director of the Festival del film Locarno and Markus Duffner, Carte Blanche Coordinator.