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Locarno’s co-production lab with India focus gets good response, deadline near

By NewsDesk • Published on March 9, 2011

With the deadline for submissions for Locarno Festival’s co-production lab Open Doors only few days away, the festival has received about 100 entries from India so far. The deadline for the submission of projects is set on March 13th, 2011.

This year, Open Doors is focusing on India as announced by Festival’s Artistic Director Olivier Pe?re, and Nadia Dresti, Head of Locarno’s Industry Office during International Film Festival of India, Goa 2010. Three Indian experts are working with the festival on the Open Doors 2011 program: Sunil Doshi, Meenakshi Shedde and Uma Da Cunha (consultant).

“We have received a phenomenal response from across the length and breadth of the country including many established filmmakers from Mumbai. It is an interesting mix of projects”, Sunil Doshi told DearCinema.

“We are looking for a script that has a real appeal for co-production. It should be a groundbreaking and daring script that deals with universal subject matter and emotions. We are also looking for new and young ways of filmmaking”, he added.

The main objective of Open Doors is to assist the directors and producers of the selected projects to find co-production partners, particularly in Europe. Twelve short-listed applicants will be invited to participate in the co-production lab.

The 64th Festival del film Locarno will take place from August 3rd to 13th, 2011. The days dedicated to the Open Doors co-production lab will be from the 6th to 8th August, 2011.

Projects can be submitted to Open Doors 2011 via the Festival website: www.pardo.ch.

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