Year after year the Locarno Filmmakers Academy (LFA) consolidates its mission as a platform for dialogue and exchange, bringing major players in world cinema together with the most promising talents in contemporary film. The recent editions of the Locarno Academy featured a training program boasting a line-up of guest directors that included names such as Pedro Costa, Maren Ade, Bong Joon-Ho, Sean Baker, Jia Zhangke, Olivier Assayas, Catherine Breillat, Todd Haynes, Miguel Gomes, Agnès Varda, Wang Bing, Bruno Dumont and many others.
The Locarno Filmmakers Academy addresses the future needs of a generation of young filmmakers who will have to face new challenges in terms of how their work can be made and distributed.
The intensive ten-day program offered by the Locarno Filmmakers Academy is further enhanced by synergies with the parallel programs of the Industry Academy and Critics Academy. By networking together the programs effectively set up a campus in which their distinct skill sets converge to open up new perspectives on individual approaches to filmmaking, at the same time establishing a valuable network of contacts.
The filmmakers finally selected for the Locarno Filmmakers Academy will be joined by six talents from the prestigious Cannes Cinéfondation residency. Directors taking part will also have an opportunity to show their short films to the Festival audience at the Locarno Filmmakers Academy evening screenings.