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The Locarno Filmmakers Academy, the ten-day intensive program for emerging filmmakers, was created to meet the needs of a generation of filmmakers who will face new challenges in terms of producing and distributing their work.
What is the perfect candidate profile?
The directors selected for the Filmmakers Academy come from all over the world and from very different social backgrounds. Some have won prizes for best short film at prestigious festivals like Cannes, Berlin, Sundance or Venice, while others have gained recognition in specific global regions and are at the outset of an international career.
In recent years we have seen several go on to make that step up (Marcelo Martinessi from Paraguay, winner of best short film at Venice in 2016 and the Silver Bear in Berlin in 2018; Rina Tsou from Taiwan and Christos Massalas from Greece, both selected for the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes; Sameh Alaa from Egypt, winner of the Golden Palm for best short film at Cannes 2020; U.S. director Reinaldo Marcus Green, an Oscar nominee in 2022…).
Every year, our hope is to nurture new talents who in the future will receive awards and acknowledgments for the quality of their work as filmmakers.
In addition to your personal data you will be asked to supply:
We can tell you that it will be a unique experience, and we’re also pretty confident that you’ll enjoy it.
The Festival offers you:
Travel to and from the Festival will be payable by the participants themselves. Food vouchers cover a fixed amount in CHF per day, so participants will have to pay the outstanding balance for each meal.
If all of the above falls in line with your expectations, then you’re ready to fill in the application form and become a candidate.
For any further information please email us c/o firstname.lastname@example.org