Press Releases  ·  12 | 08 | 2021

The Locarno Industry Academy arrives in Asia in partnership with NFDC Film Bazaar

Locarno Pro, the area of the Locarno Film Festival dedicated to film industry professionals, is pleased to announce the partnership between the South Asia - Locarno Industry Academy and  NFDC Film Bazaar, to be held online from 20 to 25 November 2021. A new edition of this training project - for the first time in the Asian continent – is intended to expand the network of young talents in the sector created in recent years by the Festival.

The Locarno Industry Academy is the Locarno Pro workshop, the industry section of the Festival, dedicated to young professionals active in sales, cinema management, traditional or online distribution, and in the programming of festivals, cineclubs and film libraries. This year, in addition to the Southern Africa-Locarno Industry Academy, which will be held between September and October, a new initiative for professional development will be launched, this time in Asia: the South Asia-Locarno Industry Academy, which will be held at the 15th edition of NFDC Film Bazaar Online, from 20 to 25 November 2021.     

Eligible countries from which participants can send their applications are the following: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka. Those selected will follow a program of masterclasses and meetings with professionals of international standing, which will give them the tools to understand the challenges of the film industry and expand their network of contacts.       

Markus Duffner, Head of Locarno Pro: “We're very happy to launch the first industry academy in Asia. The South Asia-Locarno Industry Academy will allow us to introduce a full program for young professionals in this region. Participants will be able to connect with Industry Academy alumni in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, the USA and Europe, joining an international network of future industry players ". 

Leena Khobragade, Director of NFDC Film Bazaar: "NFDC Film Bazaar has connected South Asian talent to the very best of international practices, opportunities and collaborators. We look forward to the exciting exchange of ideas between South Asian talent and the wide network of international professionals through Locarno Industry Academy's program. We are certain that this program will enrich both South Asian talent and our international collaborators ". 

Call for entries for this program will be announced in early September on the Film Bazaar website More information and updates will be posted on NFDC and Film Bazaar’s social media handles.  

Since its inception in 2007, NFDC Film Bazaar is South Asia’s largest global film market organized by National Film Development Corporation (NFDC). The main objective of the Film Bazaar is discovering, supporting and showcasing South Asian content and talent in filmmaking, production and distribution. Film Bazaar also facilitates the sales of world cinema in the South Asian region. It is the converging point for film buyers and sellers from all over the world.  

Launched in 2014 by the Locarno Film Festival, the Industry Academy has grown significantly under the supervision of Project Manager Marion Klotz, offering workshops in partnership with major film festivals and institutions: in Mexico with Morelia IFF, in Brazil with BrLab, in Chile with Australab, in Panama with International Film Festival Panama, in Greece with Thessaloniki IFF, in the USA with Film at Lincoln Center in New York, and in Lebanon in Beirut with MC Distribution and BCP. The Locarno Industry Academy currently has more than 300 alumni from all over the world.   

 The Locarno Industry Academy benefits from its collaboration with Europa International, Europa Distribution and Europa Cinemas.   

Locarno Pro is possible thanks to the support of the Federal Office of Culture / MEDIA Desk Suisse