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Open Doors 2016 – 2018: Exploring South Asia for 3 years

In collaboration with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Open Doors aims primarily at assisting directors and producers from countries in the South and the East, where independent filmmaking is vulnerable. 

From 2016 until 2018, the Open Doors initiative is discovering the diverse cinematographic landscape of South Asia and its promising talents. During 3 years, the project will cover the following countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.


The programme of Open Doors consists in 3 parallel activities taking place during Locarno Festival:

Open Doors Hub
2 – 8 | 8 | 2017

8 projects from South Asia are selected each year to take part in the Open Doors Hub, a dynamic co-production platform where the project holders meet with potential European and international partners to encourage international collaboration and financing.

The Open Doors Jury will award the Open Doors Grant (value 50’000 CHF) and other prizes to a few of these projects. 

For more information and to discover the 2017 Hub selection, click here.

Open Doors Lab
2 – 8 | 8 | 2017

The Open Doors Lab switches it geographical focus every year. In 2017, the Lab invites 8 promising, emerging producers/filmmakers producers from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. This incubating lab will provide them with tools to best approach the project development stage and to work with international film professionals, while increasing their entrepreneurial skills.

For more information and to discover the 2017 Lab selection, click here‚Äč.

Open Doors Screenings
2 – 12 | 8 | 2017

In order to introduce the Festival audience to South Asia's cinematographic and cultural landscape of the chosen region, a number of films are selected each year for the Open Doors Screenings, a non-competitive section of the Locarno Festival.
The 2017 edition will present films from Afghanistan, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. 


Submissions for the Open Doors Hub and the Open Doors Lab 2018 will open in Fall. 


Collaborations on the ground

Open Doors extends its outreach program to assist industry players in the nations in focus by organizing seminars and workshops in the region concerned. 
This is possible thanks to partnerships with local festivals such as Beskop Tshechu (Bhutan), Ekadeshma International Film Festival (Nepal), MEMORY ! International Film Heritage Festival (Myanmar) and Human Rights Film Festival Colombo (Sri Lanka).




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