Locarno Post-Production Initiative To Focus on Israeli Films

Courtesy of Sundance International Film Festival
Past Carte Blanche film 'The Second Mother'

Five to seven producers will be selected to present their movies to industry professionals in hopes of securing support from sales agents, buyers and funds.

The Locarno Film Festival’s Carte Blanche initiative has partnered up with the Israel Film Fund to select five to seven films in post-production to be presented during the upcoming edition of the festival. The up-and-coming producers of the chosen films will present their work to industry professionals during the festival’s industry days (Aug. 8-10).

Each film will hope to attract post-production support from the various sales agents, buyers, and funds present in Locarno. The best film will be awarded with a prize of $10,800 (10,000 CHF).

The Israel focus for the fifth edition of Carte Blanche marks the first time the initiative's focus has been outside of the Americas. Previous years have focused on films from Colombia, Mexico, Chile and Brazil.

The festival has long been a fan of Israeli cinema and is hoping to attract future films to the Swiss fest. Israel director Eran Riklis has screened several films at the festival’s Piazza Grande, including last year’s Dancing Arabs, as well as previous films The Syrian Bride and The Human Resources Manager.

Previous selections of Carte Blanche include Alejandro Fernandez Almendras To Kill a Man, which took home the Sundance Grand Jury Prize in World Cinema last year, and Anna Muylaert’s The Second Mother, which took home the Sundance Special Jury Award for Acting in World Cinema this year, and is currently screening in Berlin’s Panorama section. 

The 68th edition of the Locarno Film Festival takes place from Aug. 5-15.