Locarno's Open Doors Co-Development Lab to Focus on India

Swiss festival's initiative aimed at helping up-and-coming filmmakers finish projects and seal distribution deals.

 

WINTER PARK, Florida -- The Locarno Film Festival announced Wednesday that its Open Doors co-development lab will in 2011 focus on India.

Locarno artistic director Olivier Pere and Industry office head Nadia Dresti announced the focus on the sidelines of the International Film Festival of India in Goa. It will be the third consecutive year the Open Doors sidebar will focus on part of Asia, following the Central Asia focus in 2009 and Greater China a year earlier.

Open Doors is the Swiss festival's initiative aimed at helping up-and-coming filmmakers finish projects and seal distribution deals. The festival awards cash pries and helps connect filmmakers with producers and distributors. It usually features around a dozen filmmakers from the geographic area of focus.

"Everybody knows India outpaces the world in film production, releasing around 1,300 films every year," Pere said in a statement. "But the strength of commercial production should not make us lose sight of the many talented filmmakers across the country who are finding it very hard to express themselves through independent circuits. The next edition of Open Doors will give voice to those artists."

Locarno said it will work with three Indian film experts to help select the participants: producer Sunil Doshi, journalist and director Meenakshi Shedde, and casting director Uma Da Cunha.

The 64th edition of the lakeside festival will take place August 3-13.

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