Locarno Film Festival Open Doors Lab Announces Participants From South Asia

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.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • The Great Outdoor documentary series about

    Farm to Picture: Documentary Series 'The Great Outdoor' Chronicles a Life Gone to Pot

    Cannabis cultivation in the Emerald Triangle, the area in Northern California that has long been a go-to for growers, has a starring role in a new documentary series called “The Great Outdoor.” Funded by Flow Kana, one of the state’s leading cannabis flower brands, filmed by David Zlutnick, and executive-produced by Flow Kana co-founder Flavia [...]

  • 1982 El Gouna Festival

    Egypt's El Gouna Film Festival Puts Arab Helmers at Center Stage

    The upbeat state of Arab cinema will be on the screen and in the balmy air at Egypt’s El Gouna Film Festival (Sept. 19-27), which is steadily gaining traction in its stated ambition to become a key platform and solid driver for Middle-East producers. “This year was one the best for Arab cinema,” says Intishal [...]

  • Star Skipper Paramount Animation

    Meet Star Skipper, Paramount Animation's Magical New Trademark Logo Character

    Studio logos are powerful signals to audiences.  Multiple generations of moviegoers flipping through channels or scanning streaming titles have frozen at the sight of a desk lamp hopping across the screen, because it means a Pixar movie is about to play. Likewise, when a young boy lounging inside a crescent moon casts his fishing line into [...]

  • Sybil

    Cannes Competition Movie 'Sibyl' Finds North American Home With Music Box (EXCLUSIVE)

    Music Box Films has acquired the U.S. and Canadian rights to Justine Triet’s darkly comic drama “Sibyl,” which competed at Cannes and had its North American premiere at Toronto in the Special Presentation section. Represented in international markets by mk2, the film follows the ambiguous relationship between Sibyl, a jaded psychotherapist (Virginie Efira, “An Impossible [...]

  • Kent Jones Directs 'Diane'

    Kent Jones to Exit New York Film Festival (EXCLUSIVE)

    In a surprise move, New York Film Festival’s director and selection committee chair of seven years Kent Jones will step down following this year’s 57th edition, which runs Sept. 27-Oct. 13. The departure comes as Jones’ feature filmmaking career is taking off. Issues of potential conflicts of interest have arisen as his work has moved [...]

  • Ava-Mark-Split

    Ava DuVernay, Mark Ruffalo Selected for SAG-AFTRA Foundation Honors

    Ava DuVernay and Mark Ruffalo have been selected by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation for its fourth Annual Patron of the Artists Awards. The awards will be presented on Nov. 7 at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills. The show benefits the nonprofit SAG-AFTRA Foundation and is not televised. Previous SAG-AFTRA Foundation Patron of the [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content