Magazine article Screen International

Locarno Launches Industry Academy

Magazine article Screen International

Locarno Launches Industry Academy

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Pilot open to young European professionals in distribution, exhibition, sales and marketing.

The Locarno Film Festival's Industry Office has joined forces with the Locarno Summer Academy to launch a pilot project titled Industry Academy (Aug 8-12).

The educational programme will include a group of nine young European professionals starting out in the areas of distribution, exhibition, sales and marketing, and they will meet with seasoned industry professionals.

Speaking recently to Screen, Locarno's head of industry Nadia Dresti said the pilot aimed to fill a gap in the market. "If you want to be a director or producer, you can go to film school. But what do you do if you want to become a distributor, or a sales agent, or an exhibitor?"

Those selected come from six different countries and include:

Damien Le Délézir, Europa International (Belgium)

Vanessa Jarlot, O'Brother (Belgium)

Peter Ahlén, Trust Nordisk (Denmark)

Océane Portal, Under The Milky Way (France)

Espinar Gabriel Sanz, The Film Agency (Spain)

Meryl Moser, Cinerive SA (Switzerland)

Frédérick Herren, Cinepel SA (Switzerland)

Yves Blösche, Filmcoopi (Switzerland)

Oliver Charles, Peccadillo Pictures (UK).

Mentors and participants will talk about their respective professions and the challenges and changes they face, discuss case studies and explore together new approaches in terms of sales, exhibition, distribution (including new platforms) and marketing strategies.

Confirmed guests include Susan Wendt (TrustNordisk), Nicholas Kaiser (Memento Films International), Anne Delseth (Directors' Fortnight), Lane Kneedler (AFI Fest), Michel de Schaetzen (O'Brother), Pierre-Alexandre Labelle (Under the Milky Way), Yves Moser (Cinerive SA) and Mary Nazari (Pioner Cinema). …

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