News from the Locarno Festival

Alliance for Development 6 – 8 August 2016


Alliance for Development, an initiative created by the Industry Days out of a common purpose with the three bilateral co-development funds existing between France (CNC), Germany (FFA) and Italy (MiBACT), intends to better connect French-, Italian- and German-speaking countries, with a strong anchor at the center of Europe: Switzerland.

Alliance for Development’s concrete aim is to encourage early stage co-development and long-term organic cooperation between these countries. 8 projects were chosen among the bilateral co-development funds existing between the Centre national du cinéma et de l’image animée (CNC, France), the Ministero dei beni e delle attività culturali e del turismo (MiBACT, Italy) and the Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA, Germany). Switzerland, as their natural co-producing partner, hosts this new annual rendez-vous supported by the Federal Office of Culture (FOC) in the context of the MEDIA compensatory measures. To encourage a stronger Swiss involvement, considering Switzerland does not share a similar development bilateral fund, 3 Swiss projects looking for German, French and Italian co-producers were selected to join the initiative as special guests.

"Alliance for Development gives the chosen projects an opportunity to match with the professionals attending the Locarno Industry Days, highlighting the best assets of each country involved and together aiming to create a solid market-oriented model”. Nadia Dresti, Delegate to the Artistic Direction and Head of International.

This initiative should not be seen as a co-production platform but rather as an annual meeting point for professionals, allowing them to evaluate their projects during the development phase, meet with regional film commissions and funds, and get to know their neighboring countries and markets better. Despite this 4-country focus, the event will also be open to professionals from other German-, Italian- and French-speaking countries who would be interested in coming on board of those projects as potential partners. Alliance for Development is a crossroads for the film professionals of these linguistic regions, which allows them to test their market potential and to find natural opportunities for early-stage creative and financing partnerships.

The chosen teams (director/producer) will come to the Locarno Industry Days to present and discuss their projects in a tailor-made program designed by Project Manager Lucas Rosant, including individual meetings with potential partners, plenary sessions, panels and discussions, and networking activities.

The 2016 projects chosen among the bilateral co-development funds:

MiBACT – CNC: Controvento by Massimiliano Zanin. Producer: Frederico Lami, Wave SRL 

MiBACT – CNC: Hope by Ivan Cappiello. Producer: Luciano Stella, MAD Entertainment 

MiBACT – FFA: Samia. Producer: Simone Catania, Indyca SRL 

CNC – MiBACT: Scelsi, le premier mouvement de l'immobile by Sebastiano d’Ayala Valva. Producer: Nicolas Lesoult, Les Films de la Butte 

CNC – MiBACT: Elisabeth by Guido Chiesa. Producer: Marie Gutmann, Méroé Films 

CNC – FFA: La Nuit Allemande by Claus Drexel. Producer: Florent Lacaze, Daisy Day Films 

FFA – CNC: Genosse Stalin saved my life by Kamila Kubiak. Producer: Nicole Ringhut, Belle Epoque Films GmbH 

FFA – MiBACT: Children of the Ice by Stefano Lodovichi. Producer: Jakob Weydemann, Weydemann Bros

FFA – MiBACT: The Guard by Giulio Ricciarelli. Producer: Oliver Schütte, tellfilm Deutschland UG

Chosen from the 2016 submissions for project development within the Swiss MEDIA compensatory measures:

Taub by Tobias Nölle. Producer: Simon Jaquemet, 8horses 

Les Ombres Rouges by Aude Py. Producer: Britta Rindelaub, Alva Film 

BuraNEST by Dodo Hunziker. Producer: Urs Schnell, DokLab

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