Locarno Film Festival’s Carte Blanche Initiative to Focus on Mexico

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ROME – The second edition of the Locarno Film Festival’s Carte Blanche initiative will be dedicated to Mexico, helping showcase Mexican post-production projects within the festival’s Industry Days market event.

It is the second time in as many years that Carte Blanche, which also includes a 10,000 Swiss franc ($11,000) cash award to help producers complete the film judged to be the best each year, will focus on films from Latin America. The sidebar, which is supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and the country’s Department of Foreign Affairs, focused on Colombia a year ago.

This year’s event will feature five to eight Mexican films in post production as selected in conjunction with Imcine, the Mexican Film Institute. Each film will be presented by its producer, who will meet with leading industry figures participating in the Industry Days event. The winner will be announced August 5.

Carte Blanche -- which is part of a trio of Locarno initiatives that focus on different parts of the industry including buyers (Industry Screenings) and producers (the Open Doors sidebar) -- will focus each year on post-production projects from a different developing country in Latin America, Asia, Africa, or Southeastern Europe.

This year’s edition of the picturesque lakeside festival, the 65th, will take place August 1-11.

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