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Locarno Filmmakers Academy

Selection 2019

Locarno Filmmakers Academy


The Filmmakers Academy is taking place once again, this year with a selection of 20 directors from 17 different countries. During the 11 days of the Festival, the filmmakers will be offered a quality programme of appointments and meetings with prestigious guests of the 72nd edition.

The selection is characterised by a wide diversity of backgrounds and identities, as well as styles in their way of telling stories through the seventh art. It represents a veritable seismograph, capturing all the movements in progress within the emerging filmmaking scene across the world.

The selection includes two talents from Nepal and Pakistan who were already guests of past editions of Open Doors, two directors from Senegal and South Africa who are part of the Realness residency, 6 talents from the Cannes Cinéfondation, and a resident director of the Swatch Art Peace Hotel in Shanghai.

All of them share a moment of great creative challenge as they embark on the preparations of their first feature film.

On 4 evenings open to the public, the Locarno Festival will host screenings of a selection of short films by the filmmakers: the Academy Screenings.

Project manager: Stefano Knuchel 



See the full list of 2019 participants here.

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