Open Doors

The Open Doors 2016 participants.


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Exploring South Asia: Year 1 (2016)

Round Table Open Doors: Making films in South Asia, 9 August 2017


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Open Doors 2019 – 2021: South East Asia and Mongolia

From 2019 until 2021, the Open Doors section of Locarno Festival is focusing on the cinematographic landscape of 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

The program of Open Doors consists in 3 parallel activities taking place during Locarno Festival: the Open Doors Hub, Lab and Screenings. 

Open Doors Hub
7 – 13 | 8 | 2019

Up to 8 film projects from South-East Asia and Mongolia are selected each year to take part in the Open Doors Hub, a dynamic co-production platform where the project holders meet with potential European and international partners to encourage international collaboration and financing.

The Open Doors Jury will award the Open Doors Grant (value 50’000 CHF) and other prizes to a few of these projects. 

Open Doors Lab
7 – 13 | 8 | 2019

The Open Doors Lab gathers emerging producers / filmmakers-producers from South-East Asia and Mongolia, providing them with tools to best approach the project development stage and to work with international lm professionals, while increasing their entrepreneurial skills. 

Open Doors Screenings
7 – 17 | 8 | 2019

In order to introduce the Festival audience to South Asia's cinematographic and cultural landscape of the chosen region, a number of films are selected each year for the Open Doors Screenings, a non-competitive section of the Locarno Festival.

In 2019, the section will present a selection of short and feature-length  films from Cambodia, Laos, Mongolia, Thailand and Vietnam.


Submissions for the Open Doors Hub & Lab 2019 are closed.


Collaborations on the ground

Open Doors extends its outreach program to assist industry players in the nations in focus by organizing seminars and workshops in the region concerned. 
This is possible thanks to partnerships with local festivals such as MEMORY! International Film Heritage Festival (Myanmar) and more. 



17 years of Open Doors

In 2019 Open Doors celebrates its 17th anniversary. Thanks to the collaboration at the outset with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), the sidebar is able to pursue a trio of objectives.

First and foremost, it is about drawing the attention of industry professionals and the international audience to directors and lms from countries in the South and East of the world;

Secondly, to create optimal conditions for achieving and disseminating their feature film projects via a platform for discussion and professional exchange with their counterparts from Europe and elsewhere, as potential partners.

Lastly, to contribute towards the development of a local and regional independent lmmaking scene and to put their industry representatives in touch with a global network of their colleagues.

These threefold efforts are complemented by a program of promotional initiatives and professional training workshops in the region selected in close cooperation with local players.

In 2017, Open Doors celebrates its 15 years.

Open Doors 2015 participants


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