ROME — The Locarno Film Festival is turning to India as the focus country for its Open Doors co-production mart next year.

Locarno artistic topper Olivier Pere and Nadia Dresti, chief of the Swiss lakeside fest’s industry office, made the announcement during the 41st International Festival of India, underway in Goa.

Pere pointed out that, while India is know for its prolific commercial cinematic output, the country has plenty of talent struggling to emerge through independent circuits.

“The purpose of the next edition of Open Doors is to help them,” he said.

Open Doors, which is headed by Martina Malacrida, will select a dozen projects by Indian auteurs, aiming to connect them with co-production partners, especially in Europe.

Previous editions of the mart have focused on Central Asia and Greater China.

Locarno, which is dedicated to indie pics and cutting edge fare, will have its 64th edition Aug. 3-13.