ROME – The Locarno Film Festival’s Open Doors Co-Production Lab dedicated to cinematographies in areas where making movies is especially tough has unveiled its selection of projects from South Asia that will make the trek to Switzerland for presentations to potential European and international partners.

The Swiss fest dedicated to international indie pics and cutting-edge filmmaking announced earlier this year that as part of their “research remit” to explore cinematographies that are relatively or totally unknown – but with great potential – they would be focussing over the next three years on eight countries in South Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

The eight projects selected for the Aug. 4-9 Open Doors Hub are:

“Cinema, City and Cats,” by Ishtiaque Zico, Bangladesh

“Craving” (Ta Ku Tha Lo Chin Thee), by Maung Okkar, Myanmar

“Day After Tomorrow,” by Kamar Ahmad Simon, Bangladesh

“House of My Fathers,” by Suba Sivakumaran, Sri Lanka

“Season of Dragonflies” (Jhyalincha), by Abinash Bikram Shah, Nepal

“The Cineaste,” by Aboozar Amini, Afghanistan

“The Red Phallus,” by Tashi Gyeltshen, Bhutan

“Then They Would be Gone” (Mela Chaar Dinan Da), by Maheen Zia, Pakistan

Open Doors Hub projects will vye for the Open Doors prize worth worth $49,000, mostly financed by the Swiss production fund Visions Sud Est, and also some smaller grants.

The Open Doors Lab will also be bringing over a group of producers and directors from South Asia for international industry training and personalized support.

The producers and directors-producers who will participate in the Open Doors Lab are:

– Aadnan Imtiaz Ahmed, Kino-Eye Films, Bangladesh

– Abu Shahed Emon, Batayan Productions, Bangladesh

– Rubaiyat Hossain, Khona Talkies, Bangladesh

– Jigme Lhendhup, Evolving Artists, Bhutan

– We Ra Aung, Green Age Film Production, Myanmar

– Thu Thu Shein, Third Floor Production, Myanmar

– Wang Shin Hong, Myanmar Montage Productions, Myanmar

– Min Bahadur Bham, Shooney Films Pvt. Ltd., Nepal

The 2016 edition of Open Doors is being run for the first time by veteran film industry expert and former sales agent Sophie Bourdon, who in past years has worked as a consultant for the fest on its expanding industry side and on its Locarno Summer Academy training program.

The 69th edition of the Locarno film fest will run August 3-13, 2016 in the lakeside town located in the Italian-speaking part of Switzerland.