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The Producer’s point of view

The Producer’s point of view


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An International film festival represent a unique place to foster the intragenerational exchange and transmission of knowledge. Knowing it well, Festival del film Locarno and Università della Svizzera italiana offer the second Locarno Summer Academy, a programme with lectures, workshops, round tables and professional encounters to sustain the flow of new blood into film, in Switzerland and abroad.

There are 38 international participants, young professionals who are taking their first steps in the film world and film students, who were selected over more than 100 candidates. 21 countries are represented, including Switzerland (13), China (4), Germany (3), Great Britain (2), Italy (2), France (1), Spain (1), Lithuania (1), Latvia (1), Slovakia (1), Romania (1), Bulgaria (1), Ukraine (1), Croatia (1), Turkey (1), Israel (1), Syria (1), Iran (1), Colombia (1), Palestine and Morocco.

The programme of the 2nd Locarno Summer Academy is focusing on the Producer’s point of view in contemporary filmmaking. Over the six-day programme, participants will meet and discuss with well-established filmmakers and producers as well as film industry representatives of international repute. The skills and job profiles involved in the various phases of film production will be analyzed in depth, paying special attention to recent developments and to current international trends.

Finnish producer Tero Kaukomaa will present new ways of promoting and financing films using the web, exemplified by his current production of IRON SKY directed by Timo Vuorensola (Finland. Rel: 2012), while Canadian producer Luc Déry will be talking about his film in Locarno, MONSIEUR LAZHAR by Philippe Falardeau (Canada 2011), and doing a short case-study of INCENDIES by Denis Villeneuve (Canada/France, 2010). Among the other speakers and guests are confirmed: Christophe Bruncher, French producer (AND IF WE ALL LIVED TOGETHER? by Stéphane Robelin, France/Germany 2010, which will be screened on the Piazza Grande on the closing night); Simon Perry, president Ateliers du cinéma européen ACE; Katriel Schory, executive director Israel Film Fund; Kristina Trapp, chief executive European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs EAVE and Villi Hermann, Swiss producer and director who will meet the participants during a professional lunch.

Moreover, in a one-week intensive University producing lab, film students will practise the movie business strategies of studios and independent producers for the development, producing, financing and marketing of a feature film. Once the students have a selected literary property, they identify the central saleable element and the targeted audience, then create a producer’s package to guide the development, attachment strategy, and marketing plan as well as the strategy and structure of the film’s financing plan. The University producing Lab is headed by director-producer Amedeo D’Adamo (Los Angeles) and Dr. Nevina Satta (Università Cattolica, Milano). The Scientific coordination is by Prof. Giuseppe Richeri, Università della Svizzera italiana.

This year the Locarno Summer Academy has launched a new initiative, the Locarno Critics’ Academy, in collaboration with with the Swiss Film Journalists' Association (ASJC). The Locarno Critics' Academy will invite six promising film journalists living in Switzerland to write a daily blog on the films in the programme of the Festival del film Locarno, following an editorial line set by Christian Jungen, film critic of the weekly magazine, NZZ am Sonntag, and president of ASJC.

The Locarno Summer Academy enjoys support from the Ernst Göhner Foundation (Zug). The 2nd Locarno Summer Academy will be held August 8th–13th, 2011, as part of the 64th edition of the Festival del film Locarno.

Information: Gregory Catella, Head of the Locarno Summer Academy,
Ph +41 (0)91 756 2135 and +41 (0)79 687 2101, summeracademy@pardo.ch

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