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Summer Dreams Academy

Summer Dreams Academy



Since 67 years Festival del film Locarno is a great open air school of cinema, driven by the pleasure of discovery and innovation. Embracing this spirit, the Festival decided in 2010 to create Locarno Summer Academy, an education program with the goal to help developing the skills of young growing talents in different fields of movie production.

Cinema & gioventù permits to 33 young students from 17 to 21 to discover the complexity of cinema growing many talents. Many famous swiss directors moved their first steps thanks to Cinema & gioventù. The Filmmakers Academy plumbs all over the world in search of 25 young particularly promising directors to put in touch with the great protagonists of the Festival, from icon directors such as Werner Herzog or Roman Polanski, to young promises artistically born in Locarno like Joel Potrykus. These meetings represent a simbolic take over from a generation to another of directors that are keeping alive a creative and demanding cinema. This year's Filmmakers Academy is happy to also host the talents of the Résidence of Cannes Cinéfondation.

The Documentary Summer School, in collaboration with Università della Svizzera italiana and The Semaine de la critique, allows to 20 university students of cinema and audiovisual from all over the world to enhance the new languages offered from the documentary. Under the mentorship of Eric Kohn, chief editor of Indiewire, and Eugene Hernandez, vice director of Film Society of Lincoln Center, The Critics Academy has become an international focus to discover new talented critics and confirms its success with a growing number of collaborations.

The ten participants can publish their works on many international magazines (in addition to Pardo Live), developing an essential net for their future. From this year Critics Academy offers an extra program for swiss students, thanks to the collaboration of Federal Office of Culture (FOC), Swiss Association of Film Journalists (SVF), Università delle Arti di Zurigo (ZHdK) and Cineman.ch. 2014 sets also the beginning of a new submission: Industry Academy.

A step forward in the achievement to integrate the Academy dimension in the heart and body of the festival. An impulse given by Nadia Dresti, in charge of Industry Office and Head of International, to valorize the talent of the Festival del film Locarno to offer to new cinema generations a platform where innovative projects can grow, both in artistic and productive way. The 9 participants of Industry Academy will have as main topic the search for new forms of distribution in a constantly evolving market.

The five initiatives of Locarno Summer Academy host overall a hundred participants, but selecting few talents for each category the Academy provides students of high level and the ability to look after in a personalized way the growing of these new talents.

Stefano Knuchel
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