Magazine article Screen International

Locarno Reveals Open Doors Winners

Magazine article Screen International

Locarno Reveals Open Doors Winners

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The winners of this year's Open Doors Hub co-production platform at Locarno Film Festival (Aug 3-13) have been revealed.

Bangladesh director Kamar Ahmad Simon's first feature documentary Day After Tomorrow (working title) was awarded an Open Doors production grant worth $30,500 (CHF30,000) as well as the ARTE International Open Doors Prize with a cash prize of $6,700 (euro6,000).

The second in the planned Water trilogy, Day After Tomorrow already has French producer-consultant Dominique Welinski's company DW onboard as a co-producer.

Whilst attending Open Doors in Locarno this week, Simon was also able to meet the German producer Jakob D. Weydemann who will be serving as a co-producer on his next feature Silence Of The Seashell which received funding from Creative Europe-backed World Cinema Fund Europe fund last month.

Weydemann was in Locarno for the Alliance for Development initiative with the Italian-German co-production Children Of The Ice by Stefano Lodovichi, which had already been supported by the German-Italian Co-Development Fund.

Feature debuts

A second Open Doors production grant - worth $20,350 (CHF20,000) - was awarded by a international jury to Bhutan's Tashi Gyeltshen's feature debut The Red Phallus which will be the third in a trilogy following his shorts Girl With A Red Sky and The Red Deer.

Meanwhile, the $8,900 (euro8,000) CNC Prize went to Nepalese filmmaker Abinash Bikram Shah's first feature Season Of Dragonflies which is currently structured as a co-production between Nepal's Icefall Productions with Germany's Die GesellschaftDGS, France's CDP Productions and Nepal's Shooney Films.

In a new format this year with the Open Doors Lab and Open Doors Hub, Locarno's annual co-production lab has begun a three-year cycle which will focus on the south Asian countries of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Apart from the directors and producers selected for the Lab and Hub, this first edition was also attended by industry figures from the region such as Samia Zaman of the International Film Initiative of Bangladesh, Jigme Lhendup of Bhutan's Evolving Artists, and Grace Swe Zin Htaik, managing director of the Myanmar Motion Picture Organisation, and Lindsey Merrison of the Yangon Film School. …

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