Open Doors

Open Doors 2019: Focus on South East Asia and Mongolia (Year 1)


Open Doors 2018: Exploring South Asia (Year 3)

Round Table Open Doors: Making films in South Asia, 9 August 2017


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The Open Doors 2016 participants.


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Open Doors 2019 – 2021: South East Asia and Mongolia

From 2019 until 2021, the Open Doors section of Locarno Festival is focusing on the cinematographic landscape of South East Asia and Mongolia. 

During 3 years, the project will cover the following countries: Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines and Mongolia.

Submissions for Open Doors Hub and Lab 2020 are open until 15 January 2020. 

Find more about the process at our FAQ page, or apply here:



About the program

The program of Open Doors consists in 3 parallel activities taking place during Locarno Festival: the Open Doors Hub, Lab and Screenings. 

Open Doors Hub
6 – 11 | 8 | 2020

The coproduction platform Open Doors Hub, presenting eight promising projects from the region for international collaborations.

Open Doors Lab
6 – 11 | 8 | 2020

The Open Doors Lab, highlighting nine production talents who significantly contribute to the development of the independent film scene and to the rise of young voices in the region. 

Open Doors Screenings
5 – 15 | 8 | 2020

The Open Doors Screenings section will show, every day of the Locarno Film Festival, either a feature length film or a programme of short films from the region. In 2020, a special journey will be designed with recent works coming from Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and the Philippines.


Submissions for the Open Doors Hub & Lab 2020 will open during fall 2019.


Collaborations on the ground

Open Doors extends its outreach program to assist industry players in the nations in focus by organizing seminars and workshops in the region concerned. 

This is possible thanks to partnerships with local festivals and organisations such as SEAFIC (South-East Asia Fiction Film Lab), ACM (Arts Council of Mongolia) and Ulaanbaatar International Film Festival, Autumn Meeting (Vietnam), the Cambodia Film Commission and Bophana Center, Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival (Indonesia), MEMORY! International Film Heritage Festival (Myanmar), QCinema and Film Development Council of the Philippines, PAUSE (Laos).


17 years of Open Doors

In 2019 Open Doors celebrates its 17th anniversary. Thanks to the collaboration at the outset with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), the sidebar is able to pursue a trio of objectives.

First and foremost, it is about drawing the attention of industry professionals and the international audience to directors and films from countries in the South and East of the world;

Secondly, to create optimal conditions for achieving and disseminating their feature film projects via a platform for discussion and professional exchange with their counterparts from Europe and elsewhere, as potential partners.

Lastly, to contribute towards the development of a local and regional independent filmmaking scene and to put their industry representatives in touch with a global network of their colleagues.

These threefold efforts are complemented by a program of promotional initiatives and professional training workshops in the region selected in close cooperation with local players.

In 2017, Open Doors celebrates its 15 years.

Open Doors 2015 participants


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