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Open Doors 2019: Focus on South East Asia and Mongolia (Year 1)


Open Doors 2018: Exploring South Asia (Year 3)

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


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The Open Doors 2016 participants.


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The Open Doors Hub and Lab 2020 selection is out!

Discover all details of the titles selected for the digital edition of Open Doors Hub and Open Doors Lab in the Open Doors Brochure.

Open Doors 2020: a second year exploring South East Asia and Mongolia

From 2019 until 2021, the Open Doors section of Locarno Film Festival is focusing on the cinematographic landscape of South East Asia and Mongolia. 

During 3 years, the project will spotlight film projects and film producers from the following countries: Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines and Mongolia.

The program of Open Doors consists in 3 parallel activities taking place during Locarno 2020.

Following the current global health crisis, the Locarno Film Festival will not be taking place in its usual form. However, Locarno 2020 – For the Future of Films will keep offering support to the worldwide film community. Open Doors marries the vision of the 2020 edition by its own definition. The Open Doors section is being developed into an online version this year, to remain active throughout and beyond the crisis.

The programs of Open Doors Hub, Lab and Screenings (described below) will maintain their core objectives and will take place during Locarno 2020, between 6-11 August.

Open Doors Hub
The coproduction platform Open Doors Hub, introducing eight feature film projects from the region to potential partners for international collaborations.
More details HERE.

Open Doors Lab

The Open Doors producer's Lab, a 6-day workshop focusing on the role of the creative producer and providing tools to work internationally. More details HERE.

Open Doors Screenings
The curated Open Doors Screenings section will show a selection of feature length and short films from the region. In 2020, a special journey will be designed with works coming from Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and the Philippines.


Open Doors' year-round activities

Support and strengthen the collaboration with film professionals from the Open Doors focus regions, not only during the Festival but also during the rest of the year, are other important elements.

In order to do so, new services have been launched and are dedicated to the South Asian countries in the previous focus region (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) and to the South East countries currently highlighted (Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Mongolia, Thailand, The Philippines and Vietnam).

These remote services remain as active as ever during the Covid-19 crisis.



This service offers remote (online) one-to-one professional advice by international experts for film projects at different stages of creation. It’s dedicated to producers and filmmakers who seek support on specific challenges regarding one of the following topics:

  • scriptwriting
  • co-production and financing strategy
  • editing
  • international distribution (sales,  festival,...)
  • legal aspects & contracts

The program will open 3 calls for entries each year, selecting around 8 projects per call that will benefit from consultancy, chosen by a committee of international professionals.



This is the instrument that film professionals from the Open Doors regions (South and South East Asia) can use to get in touch with the team when they have questions regarding their projects and their career. It isn't strictly project-based and it gives the chance to be followed all year-long by email and/or via Skype.

If you want to contact us, send an email with your questions (and, in case, those files you think are relevant) to opendoors@locarnofestival.ch 



The ToolBox is a free online learning platform dedicated to filmmakers and producers from the current and previous Open Doors regions, South and South East Asia.

Users can access the platform easily and quickly using their basic information from here:


In the platform, users will find valuable resources that will be uploaded regularly. Divided into categories (from development to international distribution, but also cinephile and Agenda) different kind of material will be posted: not only texts but also talks with key industry professionals, presentations, masterclasses with directors, list of workshops, funds,...

Professionals are also able to suggest specific resources to share with all the users. 

In a second phase, it will be also implemented a forum area, giving the chance to the users to exchange experiences and information creating new topics and commenting on the resources.


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 and organisations such as SEAFIC (South-East Asia Fiction Film Lab), ACM (Arts Council of Mongolia) and Ulaanbaatar International Film Festival, Autumn Meeting (Vietnam), the Cambodia Film Commission and Bophana Center, Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival (Indonesia), Akatara Film Financing Forum (Indonesia), MEMORY! International Film Heritage Festival (Myanmar), QCinema and Film Development Council of the Philippines, PAUSE (Laos).



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 films 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 filmmaking 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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