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80 participants selected for the Locarno Summer Academy

80 participants selected for the Locarno Summer Academy



The 80 participants of the 2013 Locarno Summer Academy's four initiatives have been selected and are ready to start. The programs will feature a more general introduction for the youngest, training for film critics, workshops for emerging filmmakers and case studies for university students.

The Filmmakers Academy is a Festival del film Locarno program for young filmmakers from all over the world. The 25 participants from 21 different countries, selected from 152 submitted applications, will have the opportunity to extend their professional network and to broaden their knowledge of the various aspects of being a filmmaker, in the innovative spirit and auteur tradition that Locarno has always embodied.

The Critics Academy is a Festival del film Locarno training program for young film journalists/critics, in collaboration with Indiewire, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the Swiss Association of Film Journalists and Fred Film Radio. The 9 selected participants, of 132 submitted applications, will cover the Festival by filing reviews of films in the program, articles on special events, Festival section profiles and analysis, or interviews with Festival guests. The program will be organized on a daily basis by Indiewire's Chief Film Critic and Senior Editor Eric Kohn.

The Documentary Summer School is organized by the Swiss Italian University with the Festival del film Locarno, in collaboration with the Semaine de la critique, and enrols 20 university students with film, audio-visual and communication curricula. The students will have the opportunity to analyze various aspects of documentary filmmaking, also through meetings with directors in the selection of the Semaine de la critique section.

Cinema&Gioventù is an initiative of the Dipartimento dell'educazione, della cultura e dello sport - Centro didattico cantonale, aimed at 32 high school and university students or those coming from a vocational training school, in Switzerland and Northern Italy. Over eleven days, the young participants (17-21 years old) will participate in the Festival, as jury members and as privileged spectators: they will meet directors and actors, participate in classes with film experts and have access to the Festival's sidebar events.

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