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With the contribution of Swiss Life
The Locarno Residency aims to offer support and guidance in what is an important key rite of passage for every many filmmakers, their first feature. The Locarno Film Festival has always stood out as a place of discovery for new talents, and in line with that mission intends to offer young filmmakers an opportunity to receive assistance in developing a full-length feature, in the shape of online sessions and in-person group discussions.
Phase One of the initiative, open to ten participants who will be selected by the artistic team of the Locarno Film Festival on the basis of the film projects submitted and their career profiles to date, will take place during the 75th edition of the Festival. From 4 to 7 August 2022, each participant will be able to discuss their film concepts with a jury of three film industry personalities, who will then pick out three projects from the first ten: two international and one Swiss.
The three selected participants will go on to Phase Two, a tutorial pathway featuring both online and extended in-person sessions, lasting one year. A first mentoring session on the treatments will take place from 5 to 18 December 2022 in Venice, at the prestigious venue of Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Switzerland in Milano; a second session, lasting for the whole of March 2023, will be held in Locarno at the Eranos Foundation, a place for peace and thinking where the screenplays will be worked on with input from both the tutors and the artistic team of the Locarno Film Festival.
The Locarno Residency has been made possible thanks to the support of Swiss Life, which as which as Sponsor of the Locarno Film Festival and longstanding partner of the short films section Pardi di domani is keen to contribute to developing the careers of young talents making the jump from the short to full-length format.
For the 10 persons selected for phase one
For the 3 persons selected for phase two
For the winning project
All materials must be in English
The deadline for the enrolment process is 2 May 2022.