Magazine article Screen International

Locarno Opens Doors to Sub-Saharan Africa

Magazine article Screen International

Locarno Opens Doors to Sub-Saharan Africa

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The 12th edition of Locarno's Open Doors co-production forum to focus on Sub-Saharan Africa.

The Open Doors co-production lab will take run from August 9-12 as part of the 67th Locarno Film Festival (Aug 6-16, 2014).

According to the festival: "Open Doors aims to support and highlight films and filmmakers from the South and the East, where independent filmmaking is vulnerable, via a focus on a different region every year."

The next edition will explore Sub-Saharan Africa, following the spotlight on Francophone African countries in 2012.

It will cover the following nations, which did not participate in 2012: Angola, Botswana, Cape Verde, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, São Tomé and Príncipe, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Southern Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The Festival will select a dozen projects from the region to participate in Open Doors in a bid to bring the finalist projects' directors and producers together with potential partners, to encourage support for these projects to come to fruition.

Open Doors will continue the new initiative introduced in 2013, whereby, in addition to enabling the selected directors and producers to meet possible partners, there are also workshops for professionals on related film industry issues, with individual meetings and panels on training and marketing. …

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