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HUB AND LAB - Who can apply?

For Open Doors Hub and Lab 2019, filmmakers and producers from the following countries can apply with a project: 

Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, The Philippines and Mongolia.


HUB AND LAB - How to apply?

Submission for Open Doors Hub and Lab is done in 2 mandatory steps: 

1. Complete the official Entry Form at opendoorsefo.pardo.ch.
General information will be requested such as contact details, title of the project, techical data, etc.

2. Follow the instruction at the end of the Entry Form to submit the full requested documentation (see below for details).

This same procedure is valid for application to both the Open Doors Hub and Lab. 

The dadline to submit the application including the documentation is 15 January 2019.


HUB AND LAB - What to submit: requested documentation on your project

To apply for the Open Doors Hub:

  • Synopsis (max 2 pages)
     
  • Full script or advanced treatment (min. 10 pages or 15.000 characters)
     
  • Director's Visual Concept (in form of a description)
     
  • Cast, crew and technical details
     
  • Rough cut, first edited version if parts of the film have been shot already
     
  • CV/biography and filmography for the director and the producer(s) (max 2 pages). Please make sure that everyone writes clearly if they are citizens / originally from one of the eligible countries.
     
  • Director's Note in form of presentation letter
     
  • Producer’s Intention and Motivation Note in form of a presentation letter (ex: why Open Doors Hub in particular? Co-production and distribution strategy?)
     
  • Production company profile(s) and line up of projects in development (with list of filmmakers)
     
  • Budget topsheet in Euros or USD (i.e. one-page estimated budget with main budget development/production/post-production lines)
     
  • Foreseen financing plan (in Euros or USD) and financing strategy
     
  • Foreseen schedule including development (various script versions, funding applications), production, post-production and distribution stages (which international and national festival premieres? Ideal domestic release date/period)
     
  • If available, financing agreements and/or letters of intent from financing partners
     
  • If available, co-production / co-operation agreement(s)
     
  • Portrait photo of the director and the producer – JPG Format (300 dpi / 1’000 pixels X 1’000 pixels)
     
  • At least 2 previous films by the director subtitled in English (shorts and long features are both accepted).
     
  • Accepted formats: preferably previous films can be sent with any file sharing programs, by link if the film is uploaded on any website; if not by regular post (DVD). In any case they must arrive in Locarno by the submission deadline, January 15, 2019.
    Film links must be active until the end of the Locarno Festival, on August 17th, 2019.
     

To apply for the Open Doors Lab:

  • CV/biography and filmography of the producer/filmmaker- producer (please mention your role(s) on each film; also mention clearly if you are citizen / originally from one of the eligible countries)
     
  • Production company profile and line up of completed films and projects in development (shorts and features, fiction, documentary and animation, with mention of filmmakers’ names, years of production, festival   participations as well   as  awards  if  applicable)
     
  • Submit a project (at early stage of development is accepted) at least with a treatment if possible (or with a long synopsis, 3 to 5 pages, with explanations of the dramatic structure including the number of acts in the story, or/and of the character development)
     
  • Any other available project elements should be attached to provide us with the clearest idea of the production, financial and creative aspects of the feature film project (please refer to the list for the Open Doors Hub as example)
     
  • Motivation and Expectation Note of the producer/filmmaker producer (why Open Doors Lab in particular?)
     
  • Portrait photo of the applicant – JPG Format (300 dpi / 1’000 pixels X 1’000  pixels)
     
  • At least 2 previous films produced by the applicant subtitled in English (shorts and long features are both accepted).
    Accepted formats: previous films can be sent with any file sharing programs, by link if the film is uploaded on any website; if not, by regular post (DVD). In any case they must arrive in Locarno by the submission deadline, January 15, 2019.
    Film links must be active until the end of the Locarno Festival, on August 17th,   2019.

 

HUB AND LAB - What is the difference?

The Hub and Lab are two different programs, which are part of the Open Doors section at Locarno Festival. They aim to foster independent filmmaking in the region in two different ways. 

The Open Doors Hub provides a platform for feature-length projects at a more advanced stage of development, for teams who wish and are ready to connect to international professionals and start collaborations.

The Open Doors Lab, is a training workshop for producers. They are also invited to apply with a feature-length project. They will follow a program made of group sessions and 1to1 consultancy meetings with tutors and experts to understand how to best approach the international film market. 

Depending on your profile and the advancement of your project, you can evaluate for which program you whish to apply (applying for both is possible).

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