Open Doors

Open Doors Screenings 2019 “Ten Years Thailand” by Aditya Assarat , Wisit Sasanatieng , Chulayarnnon Siriphol , Apichatpong Weerasethakul


Open Doors: Screenings 2017 – "Jeewan Hathi (Elephant in the Room)" by Meenu Gaur , Farjad Nabi


Open Doors


© Open Doors 2016: "I Am Time" directed by Mahde Hasan

Tariq Teguia’s “Gabbla” (“Inland”), presented in Open Doors 2015


Open Doors 2014: “Nelson Mandela: the Myth & Me” directed by Khalo Matabane (South Africa/Germany).


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The Open Doors section of the Locarno Film  Festival focuses on regions in the South and the East.

In collaboration with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) of the Swiss Foreign Ministry, Open Doors aims primarily at assisting directors and producers from countries in the South and the East, where independent filmmaking is vulnerable.

From 2019 until 2021 Open Doors focuses its look onto a single region, in order to increase and further enhance opportunities for collaboration and exchange for local professionals. The initiative focuses on 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.

The program’s current formula covers three dimensions, aimed to the public and the professionals attending Locarno Film Festival: the Open Doors Hub, Lab and Screenings.

Open Doors Screenings

In order to introduce the Festival audience to the cinematographic and cultural landscape of the chosen region, a number of films are chosen each year to be part of the Open Doors Screenings, a non-competitive section of the Festival. In 2019, the Open Doors Screenings will feature short and feature films from Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Mongolia.

> Open Doors Screenings 2019

Open Doors Hub

The Open Doors Hub brings professionals from the chosen region together with potential partners, mostly from Europe, to foster support for projects that would otherwise be difficult to complete.

Every year up to 8 new projects from the chosen region are selected, and their representatives are able to meet potential co-producers, sales agents and distributors and find funding for their films. At the end of the workshop, the winning projects receive either development or production support.

> Open Doors Hub 2019


Open Doors Lab

The Open Doors Lab offers a tailor-made program for a small group of producers and filmmakers-producers from some of the region’s countries. This 6-day Lab combines individual consultancy meetings, plenary sessions, group discussions and networking opportunities with industry guests, aiming to improve the participants' professional skills and understanding the international business practices and market specificities.

> Open Doors Lab 2019




Past editions

Since its inception 15 years ago, Open Doors has showcased projects from Cuba and Argentina, countries in the Mekong, the Maghreb, South-East Asia (Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand), the Near and Middle East (Mashrek), Latin America, Greater China, central Asia, India, Sub-Saharan francophone Africa, the South Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia), English- and Portuguese speaking countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and the South Asian region.

> Past Open Doors editions


Hub Awards

Open Doors Grant

50,000 CHF – Award financed by the Open Doors initiative in collaboration with the Municipality of Bellinzona and the Swiss production support fund Visions Sud Est, funded by the SDC.

CNC Prize

8,000 EUR – A contribution for development.

ARTE International Open Doors Prize

6,000 EUR – A contribution for development.

Open Doors - Sorfond Award

Participation to “Pitching from the South” in November for the director or producer of one of the projects selected in the Open Doors Hub.

Lab Awards

Open Doors - TFL Award

The Torino Film Lab offers grant allowing one of the producers to take part in the TFL Meeting Event in Turin in November, so as to develop his or her contacts at international level and initiate commercial negotiations in respect of projects currently in development. 

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