News from the Locarno Festival

The participants for inaugural U.S. edition of the Industry Academy have been announced.


The Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Festival del film Locarno have announced the participants and details for the inaugural Industry Academy International U.S., taking place March 20-23.

Due to the impressive caliber of nominees for the program, the New York initiative has chosen a total of 10 participants, four more than originally planned.  Candidates were selected through a process that included nominations by key industry leaders and veterans. Hailing from New York, Los Angeles, and abroad, these are the names of the selected participants for the inaugural Industry Academy International U.S., along with their current place of work: Charlotte Henskens (Fortissimo Films Netherlands), Rachel Kiner (MGM Studios), Asha Phelps (IFC Center), Zahra Phillips (Broad Green Pictures), Jared Ray (Magnolia Pictures), Rebecca Ray (The Film Sales Company), Shane Riley (Cinetic Media), Hannah Thomas (BAMcinématek), Tiffany Vazquez (GIPHY), and Natalia Winkelman (Indiewire).

The four-day program features a slate of screenings and panel discussions exploring the fields of International Sales, Marketing, Distribution (online and traditional), Exhibition, and Programming. Sessions include a workshop on programming with Hamptons International Film Festival’s David Nugent and MoMA’s Rajendra Roy; acquisitions with IFC Films’ Arianna Bocco; festivals with Toronto International Film Festival’s Thom Powers, BAFTA’s Julie La’Bassiere, and Locarno’s Nadia Dresti; sales and distribution with veteran film executive Tom Quinn, the Film Sales Company’s Jason Ishikawa, and Under the Milky Way’s Pierre-Alexandre Labelle; and more programs featuring Fox Searchlight’s Barry Dale Johnson, Brigade Marketing’s Tom Cunha, Columbia University’s Ira Deutchman, RT Features’ Rodrigo Texeira, and Tangerine Entertainment’s Anne Hubbell & Amy Hobby. The program is being produced with Festival del film Locarno’s Industry Academy Project Manager Marion Klotz.

As a result of a long-standing relationship between the Film Society and Festival del film Locarno, the Industry Academy signifies the ongoing dedication they have to engaging a new generation of key players in the independent-film industry, helping them attain a better understanding of the industry’s challenges while also extending their network of contacts and building bridges across different markets. The program will focus on increasing diversity within the film industry and film culture—one of the greatest challenges facing the film business today— and support and nurture women and people of color who are looking to gain a foothold in the industry.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Festival del film Locarno have previously partnered on several programs, including the George Cukor, the Titanus, and the Sam Peckinpah retrospectives. Also, 2016 marks the 5th collaboration with Locarno on the annual Critics Academy, a workshop for aspiring film critics that occurs during the festival.

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