Locarno Open Doors

Exploring South Asia: Year 2 (2017)

Exploring South Asia: Year 1 (2016)

The Open Doors 2016 participants.


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


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Open Doors 2016 – 2018: Exploring South Asia for 3 years

From 2016 until 2018, the Open Doors section of Locarno Festival is discovering the diverse cinematographic landscape of South Asia and its promising talents.
During 3 years, the project will cover the following countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

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
1 – 7 | 8 | 2018

8 projects from South Asia 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
1 – 7 | 8 | 2018

The Open Doors Lab switches it geographical focus every year (within the South Asian region). In 2017, the Lab has invited 8 promising, emerging producers/filmmakers producers from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, as well as 2 special observers from Bhutan and Myanmar. This incubating lab will provide them with tools to best approach the project development stage and to work with international film professionals, while increasing their entrepreneurial skills.

Submissions for the Open Doors Hub and the Open Doors Lab 2018 are closed.

Open Doors Screenings
1 – 11 | 8 | 2018

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.
The 2018 edition will present short and feature-length films from the whole region. 


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 Beskop Tshechu (Bhutan), Ekadeshma International Film Festival (Nepal), MEMORY ! International Film Heritage Festival (Myanmar) and Human Rights Film Festival Colombo (Sri Lanka) and more.



In 2017, Open Doors celebrates its 15 years.

Open Doors 2015 participants


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15 years of Open Doors

In 2017 Open Doors celebrated its 15th 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 (Southern Asia), ongoing since winter 2016/17 in close cooperation with local players.



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