Locarno Film Festival 2011 : Open Doors will have Spotlight on India

Posted: November 25, 2010 by moifightclub in cinema, Film Festival, News
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WHAT : This initiative, focusing on a different region every year, operates in two modes. On the one hand, Open Doors co-production lab brings professionals from the chosen region together with potential partners, mostly from Europe, to foster support for projects that would otherwise be difficult to make. Every year, following a call for submission, the Festival selects new projects from the chosen region, which will be presented during the Open Doors co-production lab.

At the end of the workshop, the winning project will receive either development or production support.

On the other hand, especially for the public audience, the Open Doors Screenings: a non-competitive section of films particularly representative of the cinematographic and cultural universe of the chosen region. This year the Open Doors section is dedicated India.

HOW : Open Doors 2011 is the result of a two-year collaboration with the Film Bazaar India/Goa Festival’s Screenwriters’ Lab, instigated with support from Nina Lath Gupta, managing director of the Indian national film promotion office (NFDC). During the last two editions of the Locarno Festival, a total of 12 Indian screenwriters have participated, and been able to present their work-in-progress to a range of film professionals from all over the world, all under the aegis of the Binger Filmlab.

WHO : Three Indian experts will work with the Festival on the Open Doors 2011 program: Sunil Doshi, Meenakshi Shedde and Uma Da Cunha (consultant).

The final short-listed applicants (a dozen in all) will be invited to participate in the co-production lab to take place during the 64th edition of the Festival del film Locarno (3-13 August 2011).

WHERE : Indian projects can be submitted to Open Doors 2011 via the Festival website: www.pardo.ch.

DATES : The 64th Festival del film Locarno will take place from August 3rd to 13th, 2011. The days dedicated to the Open Doors co-production lab will be from the 6th to 8th August, 2011. The deadline for the submission of projects is set on March 13th, 2011.

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  1. hardik mehta says:

    awesome info!! need to pull up socks!! 🙂

  2. I am a writer/producer/director of Indian origin- of course mywork has Indian content with global canvas.

    I am interested in Co-production with Indian producers, who wish to diversify into more of an Intrnational flavour content- drama, gritty realism interest me.

    I should be in Locarno and would like to meet Indian film practiioners. I am so glad that Locarno has chosen to work with Indian fillm makers.


  3. Hi..
    you have any short ANIMATION FILM compitition catagory?

    • No. Right now I have finished my first feature- THROW OF A DICE.
      I’m in post.
      but I do not do animation.

      I’m going to make a short – 20 minutes : plight of older peopple in Uk.

      also I will make a documentry about the status/experiences of professionals
      like doctors/artists/dentists/accountants and of course ordinary people of Indian origin who despite having better qualifacations than their English counterparts
      never get same jobs or respect.


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