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Covid-19 FAQ: Open Doors 2020

Following the current global health crisis, the Locarno Film Festival will not be taking place in its usual form. However, Locarno 2020 – For the Future of Films will keep offering support to the worldwide film community. Open Doors marries the vision of the 2020 edition by its own definition. 
The Open Doors section is being developed into an online version this year, comprehensive of its different branches, to remain active throughout and beyond the crisis.

The programs of Open Doors Hub, Lab and Screenings will maintain their core objectives and will take place online during Locarno 2020 in August.
Their selections have been presented to the professionals and the public in June.

The newer, remote services such as the Consultancy, the Hotline and the ToolBox remain as active as ever.

For any questions, please feel free to contact the Open Doors Team at opendoors@locarnofestival.ch

 

General regulations

Please find regulations, general conditions and full lists of applications requirements for:

  • Open Doors Hub and Lab 2020 HERE
  • Open Doors Consultancy HERE

 

HUB AND LAB


Who can apply?

For Open Doors Hub and Lab 2020, filmmakers and producers from the following countries can apply with a project: 

Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines and Mongolia.

How to apply?

Submission for Open Doors Hub and Lab is done in 2 mandatory steps: 

1. Complete the official Entry Form at opendoorsefo.pardo.ch.
General information will be requested such as contact details, title of the project, techical data, etc.

2. Follow the instruction at the end of the Entry Form to submit the full requested documentation.

This same procedure is valid for application to both the Open Doors Hub and Lab. 

The dadline to submit the application including the documentation is 15 January 2020.

What to submit?

Please find a complete list of requested documentation both for the HUB and the LAB within the Guidelines and Regulations.

HUB AND LAB - What is the difference?

The Hub and Lab are two different programs, which are part of the Open Doors section at Locarno Festival. They aim to foster independent filmmaking in the region in two different ways. 

The Open Doors Hub provides a platform for feature-length projects at a more advanced stage of development, for teams who wish and are ready to connect to international professionals and start collaborations.

The Open Doors Lab, is a training workshop for producers. They are also invited to apply with a feature-length project. They will follow a program made of group sessions and 1to1 consultancy meetings with tutors and experts to understand how to best approach the international film market. 

Depending on your profile and the advancement of your project, you can evaluate for which program you whish to apply (applying for both is possible).

 

 

CONSULTANCY


Who can apply?

This service's overall objective is to support producers and filmmakers from the focus region of Open Doors 2016-2018 (South Asia) and 2019-2021 (Souteasth Asia and Mongolia).

All professionals may apply, whether or not they have already taken part in other Open Doors programs.

It opens 3 times a year through a call for submissions and the first 30 valid applications will be taken into consideration for the final selection, that will choose 8 projects for a remote (online) consultancy with international experts.

Professionals can apply to only one of these subjects (depending on their need): screenwriting, co-production and financing strategy, editing, international distribution - sales, festivals and legal aspects & contracts.

For the upcoming sessions (until the end of 2021) the service will be open to professionals originally citizens from: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Mongolia, Thailand, The Philippines and Vietnam.

 

How to apply?

Submission for Open Doors Consultancy is done in 2 mandatory steps: 

1. Complete the official entry form at odconsultancyefo.locarnofestival.ch (check the opening dates). General information will be requested such as contact details, title of the project, techical data, etc.

2. Follow the instruction at the end of the entry form to submit the full requested documentation in one PDF file (check the full list in the Guidelines).

Submissions will be open for 48 hours:

  • from April 6th 2020 05:00 AM CET until April 8th 2020 05:00 AM CET
  • from June 22nd 2020 05:00 AM CET until June 24th 2020 05:00 AM CET
  • from November 2nd 2020 05:00 AM CET until November 4th 2020 05:00 AM CET
  • for the 3 sessions during 2021 (dates to be confirmed)

For any questions, feel free to contact opendoors@locarnofestival.ch

 

HOTLINE

This service's overall objective is to support producers and filmmakers from the focus region of Open Doors 2016-2018 (South Asia) and 2019-2021 (Souteasth Asia and Mongolia).

All professionals may apply, whether or not they have already taken part in other Open Doors programs.

Professionals have the chance to be in contact with the Open Doors team to receive feedbacks on specific questions regarding their work, their career as film professionals and to be followed through the different steps of the filmmaking process.

For more details and to ask for support, please write to opendoors@locarnofestival.ch  

 

TOOLBOX

The ToolBox is a free online learning platform open all year-long to filmmakers and producers from the previous Open Doors focus Region (South Asia) and now to all the countries of South East Asia & Mongolia, excluding India.

In the ToolBox, always new valuable resources will be uploaded with the aim of enlarge the knowldedge and to support the filmmaking process: articles, presentations, masterclasses, interviews, events, list of workshops, funds and much more.

In a second phase, a forum area will be implemented and will let the users exchange on professional experiences and comment the resources.

The personal area can be completed with all the useful details and the user can always decide what information is visible to others. A user can also suggest new resources by clicking on the specific button: the Open Doors team will evaluate the resource and, if useful for everyone, will eventually add it with the user's name.

Registering is fast and easy and is possible from HERE. Once the registration is done, an email will be sent to the address that has been chosen with a confirmation link that has to be clicked. If you don't receive the email, please check the spam box of your email acount.

For any question, please contact opendoors@locarnofestival.ch 

 

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