Locarno fest teams with Europa Distribution

To improve contact between distributors and producers

ROME -- The Locarno Film Festival on Tuesday announced a partnership with Europa Distribution in a deal the festival says will bolster the its well-regarded industry office by improving contact between about 70 independent distributors and producers whose films screen in Locarno.

Europa Distribution, which links distributors in 19 European countries, will have representatives at Locarno screenings, the festival said.

"It seems a natural choice to work with a festival that has long been recognized for its strong film selections," Europa Distribution managing director Adeline Monzier said in a statement. "Our collaboration is intended to encourage producers and independent European distributors to work together on supporting the emergence of new talents and ensuring they find their audience."

The 62nd edition of the lakeside Swiss festival is set for Aug. 5-15.