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Overlooking the Market

Overlooking the Market

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Of the 1,300 feature-length film submissions and hundreds of additional films screened, our Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian and his selection committee program fewer than 100 new films in the different sections of the Festival. What becomes of the remaining ones? Some of them may be selected by other festivals – but how many of the films produced in 2013 will ever reach an audience? Even if a film is selected for a festival, there is no guarantee that it will find distribution.

Being aware of this gap, the Industry Days aims to play an active role in the support of auteur films: whether launching a new project or extending and optimizing existing services and initiatives, the goal of Locarno’s Industry Office is always to support sales agents, distributors, producers and exhibitors in their respective tasks ranging from the conception to the release of independent arthouse cinema. We facilitate networking among world film industry professionals and support sales agents and producers presenting films at the festival by connecting them with buyers. Scheduled this year for 10-12 August, Industry Days will present a program of Industry Screenings (including films made available at the Digital Library) and various initiatives and events.

Industry Days is organized with the support of the MEDIA Programme and in collaboration with our main partners Europa International, Europa Distribution and a newcomer, Europa Cinemas as well as with our longtime associate Festival Scope, an important partner since its founding.
With following key events of this year’s edition of Industry Days we hope to present a stimulating and interesting program:

Step In in its sophomore year is designed as an exchange platform in which new, promising strategies for distribution, exhibition and sales of auteur cinema will be discussed and developed. While the 2012 edition of Step In focused on the specific challenges of distribution and exhibition in Eastern and Central Europe, this year’s program will broaden the regional scope to include additional European territories to compare experiences. International sales agents, distributors, exhibitors and funders will examine key issues of the European market in small working groups.

For its third edition, Carte Blanche is dedicated to productions from Chile. Thanks to CinemaChile and AustraLab from Valdivia and the support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), Carte Blanche will show seven films in post-production, each introduced by its producer and director to various international sales agents, distributors and festival programmers in attendance. In a Q&A session following each screening, the industry professionals will have the chance to connect with the producers. A jury of three professionals will choose the film that will receive a cash prize to support completion of the film.

In addition to being an industry partner, Europa Cinemas will join the Festival del film Locarno also with its prestigious Europa Cinemas Label Jury, awarding the best European film from the Concorso internazionale and Concorso Cineasti del presente sections. The winning film will receive promotional support and the Europa Cinemas Network will grant incentives to exhibitors to extend the film’s run on screen. Welcoming the Europa Cinemas Label in Locarno is a great honor and a wonderful opportunity to address the important issue of finding, creating and fostering audiences for auteur cinema.

Believing that there is no better place than a movie theater to meet with fellow industry attendees, this year we moved the Industry Home Base to the Rialto Theater. At the Rialto professionals will be able to screen films during our Industry Screenings and the Carte Blanche presentations, connect with colleagues and business partners and make use of free Wi-Fi, all in one convenient location.

All the industry activities, developed with our partners, have been tailor-made. We hope they’ll fit well!
Nadia Dresti, Delegate to the Artistic Direction, Head of International.

 

Industry Initiatives

Carte Blanche 2013: Focus on Chile 
The Festival del film Locarno’s Carte Blanche is dedicated to Chile this year.

Spotlighting films in post-production from a different country in Asia, Africa, Latin America or South-East Europe each year, the initiative was started in 2011 with a focus on works from Columbia. Carte Blanche is supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.

Thanks to CinemaChile, the international promotion agency of audiovisual works from Chile, and AustraLab from Valdivia, Carte Blanche will show seven films in post-production, each introduced by its producer to the various international sales agents, funders, distributors and festival programmers attending Industry Days. In a Q&A session after each screening, attending industry professionals will get to know each of the producers well.

At the end of the program a jury composed of three professionals will award the best film with a prize of CHF 10,000, to be used for the completion the film. The Carte Blanche program will take place during Industry Days.

Step In
For the second year, the Industry Office of the Festival del film Locarno is organizing Step In. The initiative is designed as an exchange platform in which new strategies for distribution, exhibition and sales of auteur cinema are discussed and developed. While the 2012 event focused on the specific challenges of distribution and exhibition in Eastern and Central Europe, this year’s program broadens its regional scope to include additional European territories. Sales agents, distributors, exhibitors and funders from all over the continent will discuss some key issues of the European market.  

The Step In Morning begins with a short panel on the state of distribution and exhibition of arthouse films in the Russian Market.

Step In Working Session
This session will be the working/brainstorming part of the Step In Morning, gathering distributors, exhibitors and sales agents, in majority members of Europa Distribution, Europa International and Europa Cinemas, and some funders, festivals and co-production markets.
After a short introduction of the key issues, participants will break into groups to each work on a specific challenge pertaining to the future of distribution of arthouse films in Europe. In a debriefing session, each group will present its results and discuss suggestions, possible new ideas and concepts to explore and to test in their market.

Puentes goes Locarno!
Puentes launches its 5th edition in Locarno after the success of projects developed at previous editions at festivals and in international distribution, including Gloria by Sebastián Lelio (Silver Bear for Best Actress) and former Open Doors project Tanta Agua by Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge (Berlinale Panorama).
Both films were developed at the Puentes / Europe Latin America Producers Workshop over the period of one year by the attending producers and under the guidance of top notch consultants, working on the script development, financial, co-production, marketing and distribution strategies, and the development of their network among key industry players in Europe and Latin America.
The 2013 edition takes place in Locarno (8-14 August) in partnership with Industry Days and the Open Doors initiative of the Festival, and in Montevideo (29 Nov-4 Dec) in cooperation with Mutante Cine. A special partnership is also held with Ventana Sur (3-6 Dec), Buenos Aires. Puentes is supported by MEDIA Mundus.

 

Industry Services


Industry Office
Nadia Dresti, Delegate to the Artistic Direction, Head of International, nadia.dresti@pardo.ch
Sophie Bourdon, Industry Consultant, sophie.bourdon@pardo.ch
Nadja Tennstedt, Industry Coordinator, nadja.tennstedt@pardo.ch
Anastasia Nastaj, Industry Assistant, anastasia.nastaj@pardo.ch

Industry Accreditation Desk
Located in the courtyard of the Palazzo Sopracenerina, the Industry Accreditation Desk will be open daily from 9am to 7pm.

Industry Home Base
The Industry Home Base is moving to the Rialto Cinema this year, bringing together Industry Screenings, Carte Blanche screenings and the Industry Home Base in one convenient location.  Designed as a place where sellers and buyers can mingle and network, the Home Base features an Information Desk and free Wi-Fi. During Industry Days, Anastasia will be at the Information Desk from 9am to 7pm.
Industry Home Base @ Rialto Cinema, Via San Gottardo 1, +41 (0)79 359 94 63

Industry Screenings (10-12 August)
During Industry Days (10-12 August) the Industry Office organizes Industry Screenings to support and encourage film sales for films selected for one of the feature-film competitions or the Piazza Grande. Access to Industry Screenings is exclusively reserved to those with an industry accreditation, with priority given to buyers. The Industry Office is responsible for programming the Industry Screenings, authorizing entry to the screenings and informing accredited professionals of screening times via email. Sellers and producers may request a list of professionals who have attended their films in Industry Screenings.
All Industry Screenings take place at the Rialto Cinema.

Carte Blanche Screenings (10-12 August)
In cooperation with CinemaChile and AustraLab from Valdivia, Carte Blanche will show seven films from Chile in post-production, each introduced by its producer to the various international sales agents, distributors, funders and festival programmers attending Industry Days. In a Q&A session after each screening, attending industry professionals will get to know each producer well.

Industry Lounge
Located at the Magnolia, behind the big screen on Piazza Grande, the Industry Lounge is the second meeting place of Industry Days, also featuring free Wi-Fi. The Industry Lounge will be open daily from 9:30am to 6:30pm.

Digital Library
In order to facilitate convenient viewing of the majority of titles in the official selection, the Industry Office provides a Digital Library, featuring 20 viewing stations. Situated at the entrance to the L’Altra Sala theater, the Digital Library will be open from Wednesday 7 August to Saturday 17 August from 9am to 9pm. Access is reserved for accredited industry professionals and the press.
Places must be reserved in advance in person or by phone: +41 (0)91 751 77 73.

Happy Hours
During Industry Days sellers and buyers are invited to Happy Hours (daily from 6:30pm to 8pm) where they can meet with Open Doors participants and network in a relaxed atmosphere.

 

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