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ROME – The Locarno Film Festival’s Open Doors Co-Production Lab, dedicated this year to four countries in Africa’s Maghreb region — Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia — have announced the 12 projects that have made the cut.

They are:

• “Aller simple,” by Nadia Raïs (Tunisia)
• “Dieu reconnaîtra les siens,” by Hassan Legzouli (Morocco)
• “En attendant les hirondelles,” by Karim Moussaoui (Algeria)
• “Inhebek Hedi,” by Mohamed Ben Attia (Tunisia)
• “L’Amour des hommes,” by Mehdi Ben Attia (Tunisia/France)
• “Le Fort des fous,” by Narimane Mari (Algeria)
• “Le Sacrifié,” by Amin Sidi-Boumédiène (Algeria)
• “Pagan Magic,” by Fyzal Boulifa (Morocco/France)
• “Retina,” by Nejib Belkadhi (Tunisia)
• “Ruqya,” by Yanis Koussim (Algeria/France)
• “Saint inconnu,” by Alaa Eddine Aljem (Morocco)
• “The Colonel’s Stray Dogs,” by Khalid Shamis (Libya/South Africa)

The Open Doors lab, which will run from August 8-11, 2015, will help these projects connect with potential co-production partners, especially European producers.

The four-day affair will also dish out awards including the Open Doors Grant, worth $50,000, and two prizes offered by Gaul’s Cnc and Arte.

As with previous Open Doors editions dedicated to Africa, expert Alex Moussa Sawadogo, director of Berlin’s Afrikamera fest, will act as a consultant

The 68th Locarno film fest will run in the lakeside town located in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland August 5-15, 2015.