Winners Announced For 70th Locarno Film Festival’s Open Doors Hub and Lab

The 2017 session was the second in the three-year cycle dedicated by Open Doors to exploring eight countries in Southern Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives, Myanmar, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.The prizes, both cash and in the form of tangible assistance, have been awarded to projects and participants in the international platform Open Doors Hub and the training workshop Open Doors Lab, with the aim of supporting their progress after the Festival.

Open Doors Hub:
The aim of the Open Doors Hub co-production platform (2-8 August) is to allow director/producer teams from the eight countries involved to discuss their projects with potential partners, fostering international collaborations and funding.A total of 50,000 Swiss Francs are awarded to promising directors. It is financed by Open Doors in collaboration with the City of Bellinzona and the Swiss film production fund Visions Sud Est, with the backing of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). The Open Doors Jury awarded the following prizes to  projects in support of their future development or production:

35,000 Swiss francs
‘Badeszenen’ by Dawood Hilmandi (Afghanistan)

15,000 Swiss francs
‘One Summer Day’, by We Ra Aung (Myanmar)

CNC grant (8,000 euros)
‘One Summer Day’, by We Ra Aung (Myanmar)

Prix ARTE International Open Doors (6,000 euros)
‘Made in Bangladesh’, by Rubaiyat Hossain (Bangladesh / France)

The Open Doors Lab:
Also bringing this year’s session to a close today is the Open Doors Lab: a five-day workshop dedicated to eight emerging producers from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Three participants in the Lab have received one special mention and two awards, respectively from representatives of Initiative Film and the TorinoFilmLab. The former provides the winner with a distance development package, while the latter offers an invitation to the TFL Meeting Event in Turin, allowing the attendee to continue commercial negotiations with European decision-makers.

Open Doors to development – Initiative Film Grant
Rasitha Jinasena with his project ‘Mahamaya’ (Sri Lanka)

Special mention to Jawed Taiman with his project ‘The Last Night'(Afghanistan)

Open Doors – TFL Award to Jami Mahmood (Pakistan)

“Residency Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur @ Villa Sträuli”

The Winterthur International Short Film Festival, in collaboration with Villa Sträuli and the Locarno Festival, offer a two-month residency to applicants in the Open Doors, Leopards of Tomorrow and Filmmakers Academy programs who are from Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe or Latin America.

This year Pradeepan Raveendran of the Open Doors Screenings from Sri Lanka has been selected.
Special mention to Rati Tsiteladze of Filmmakers Academy from Georgia.

The program of Open Doors Screenings presents a selection of 22 films from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Sri Lanka and continues until the end of the Festival.


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