Locarno Unveils Initiative To Let Upcoming Producers Bring In-Development Films to Festival

Piazza Grande
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Locarno's vast open-space screening area the Piazza Grande will welcome several current Hollywood films including J.J. Abrams' "Super 8,"  Justin Timberlake-Mila Kunis comedy "Friends With Benefits" and "Cowboys & Aliens."

The Carte Blanche Extra showcase will bring back participants from Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico

The Locarno Film Festival's post-production showcase Carte Blanche, which every year focuses on upcoming films from one Latin American country, announced on Wednesday an "Extra" initiative to continue its professional links with past participants.

The announcement was made at Ventana Sur film market in Buenos Aires, by the festival's artistic director Carlo Chatrian and Carte Blanche coordinator Markus Duffner.

Created in 2011, Carte Blanche has focused on Mexico, Colombia, Chile and Brazil inviting producers of the most promising films in development in four Latin American countries to present them to industry professionals attending the festival.

The "Extra" initiative will prompt national promotion agencies from past Carte Blanche countries (Cinema do Brasil, CinemaChile, Proimagenes Colombia and Mexico’s IMCINE) to bring up to four upcoming producers to introduce their works to potential co-producers during the Locarno Industry Days, which will run from Aug. 8-10 next year.

"Carte Blanche has quickly become one of the cores of the Locarno Industry Days activities. Carte Blanche Extra strengthens and develops an ongoing relationship with our partners for the benefit of the selected producers,” Nadia Dresti, Locarno's delegate to the artistic direction and head of international, said in a statement.

“Mexican Cinema has always had a significant place in Locarno and the possibility to strengthen the ties with Locarno Industry Days is exciting,” said Monserrat Sánchez Soler, director of international affairs of IMCINE.