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Locarno market adds biz confabs

Film Festival dedicated to young directors, edgy cinema

The Locarno Film Festival is beefing up its budding market side by offering special industry screenings and confabs for buyers and sellers during its upcoming 63rd edition.

The three-day Locarno Industry Screenings, running Aug. 7-9, will provide more opportunities for titles preeming in the fest’s main competition and Cinema of the Present sections to be noticed by buyers.

Headed by former Cannes Directors’ Fortnight topper Olivier Pere, the Locarno fest is dedicated to young directors and cutting-edge cinema.

Attending execs will have automatic access to the fest’s Open Doors Factory co-production mart, which is dedicated to cinema from Central Asia this year.

The Locarno fest, which is located in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland, will run Aug. 4-14. –

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The Taormina Film Festival will feting Robert De Niro and Emir Kusturica, both of whom are lined up to hold master classes at the Sicilian event.

De Niro will be handed the fest’s Taormina Arte Award during a ceremony in the town’s ancient Greek theater.

Kusturica, who is expected to attend Taormina for the duration of the fest, will receive the event’s new Fondazione Roma Mediterraneo Award.

The 66th edition of the fest, which is headed by film critic Deborah Young, will run June 12-18.

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