Open Doors – Come In, You Are Welcome
Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are going to be at the heart of the Open Doors section for the next three years! This wonderful initiative is supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. Sophie Bourdon, , Head of Open Doors says «We have chosen this region because it has never been explored yet over the first 13 years of Open Doors and we know there is a promising new generation of talents with fascinating stories. The extended 3-year period, moreover, has been decided to increase the awareness of talents and new voices and to develop possible cooperations with existing local initiative such as festivals and film schools like The Memory! International Film Heritage Festival, the Yangon Film School, FAMU Burma, etc»
Open Doors is also the only section of the Festival del film Locarno, which is subdivided in three complimentary activities. «The Hub is a coproduction platform, introducing new stories and talents to the international market. The Lab, is an inspiring producers' lab to encourage entrepreneurial activities, and Screenings which represent an exploration of the contemporary, diversified cinematographic landscape of a specific region».
Bourdon defines the soul of the whole Open Doors section as sharing, connecting and challenging, while the next three years are going to be more collaborative, entrepreneurial and structuring. In the meanwhile, to be aware of the successes reached by the section, there is a page called «Success Stories» which collects all the accomplishments of the last 13 years, and where Bourdon mentions her favorite stories. «To me a team like the one of Necktie Youth (South Africa) is an interesting example to show the impact that our initiative can have. It can not only help a project to become a film and have a successful career internationally, but also the help the people to grow – like the South African producer Elias Ribeiro who met Pandora Da Cunha Tellies at Open Doors in 2014, and together produced the film directed by Licínio Azevedo, Comboio de Sal e Açucar (The Train of Salt and Sugar), which is being premiered on the Piazza Grande on August 10… This is the first time a Open Doors project is selected for the Piazza! »
The main goal seems to trigger a virtuous circle, a series of spontaneous initiatives. « Ribeiro is a real entrepreneur who also cares for the new generation of talents of his region and has just launched a training initiative, a residence for filmmakers to support scriptwriting, called Realness. Such a case which has encouraged us to create the Open Doors Lab to contribute to the development of a possible new generation of film entrepreneurs, and more importantly creative producers».Mattia Bertoldi