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Open Doors starts its journey in Latin America and the Caribbean

 

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Open Doors announces today the first selection of projects and creative producers from its new focus on Latin America and the Caribbean regions. This group of film directors and producers, who are catalysts of the region’s cinematic output, will be hosted and presented at the 75th Locarno Film Festival this August.

Open Doors returns to the region that was last featured in 2008 with titles like La vida de los peces by Matias Bize, Tanta agua by Ana Guevara and Letitia Jorge, El verano de los peces voladores by Marcela Said and La tercera orilla by Celina Murga. However, it will also feature many countries that were not part of the selection yet. The program will therefore be an occasion to meet exciting new voices from countries where cinema is mostly undiscovered. The diverse choice of projects showcases various genres and filmmakers of different genders and backgrounds, giving voice to contemporary issues of importance for today’s society across the entire globe.  

Among the participants selected for the co-production platform are Ana Cristina Barragán’s new title, whose first works were shown in Locarno and Rotterdam; Yanillys Pérez whose previous documentary, Jeffrey, won the Discovery Award at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF); Michael Labarca who won a prize with his short at Cannes Cinéfondation in 2016 and is now presenting his first feature at Open Doors, produced by Patricia Ramírez Arévalo from Venezuela. Among the 24 directors and producers participating, 15 identify as female or gender non-conforming.  

The delegation will participate in the first part of the program online from 22 to 29 July and will meet the industry professionals from 4 to 10 August 2022 in Locarno as part of the following initiatives:

Co-production Hub 
A platform for feature-length projects looking for international collaborations 
 

  • Cuando cae la lluvia (When Rain Falls)
    Director: Yanillys Pérez 
    Producer: Yanillys Pérez, YPR Films
    Dominican Republic
     
  • Diamante (Diamond)
    Director: Yashira Jordán 
    Producer: Alvaro Olmos Torrico, Empatia Cinema
    Bolivia 
     
  • Kokue  
    Director: Miguel Agüero 
    Producer: Cynthia García Calvo, Asociación Cultural Arraigo, CYAN prods
    Paraguay, Chile
     
  • Los hombres morimos antes (Men Die Sooner)
    Director: Federico Montero 
    Producer: Alexandra Latishev, La Linterna Films
    Costa Rica, Uruguay
     
  • MOA 
    Director: Marcel Beltrán 
    Producer: Paula Gastaud, Mediocielo Films
    Cuba, Brazil
     
  • Muchachos bañándose en el lago (Kids Swimming in the Lake)
    Director: Michael Labarca 
    Producer: Patricia Ramírez Arévalo, Todos Los Ríos
    Venezuela, Chile, France
     
  • Los invisibles 
    Director:  Andres Rodríguez 
    Producer: Mauricio Escobar, La Danta Films
    Guatemala 
     
  • Sopor y ave (Sopor and Bird)
    Director: Ana Cristina Barragán 
    Producer: Joe Houlberg, Boton Films
    Ecuador, Argentina, Spain

 

Producers’ Lab 
A training workshop for creative producers with feature projects
 

  • Ricardo B'atz' 
    Cayaguanca Films, El Salvador 
     
  • María Félix Morales Lotz 
    Asertiva, Nicaragua 
     
  • Daniela Fuentes Moncada 
    Epopeya S.A., Ecuador
     
  • Karolina Hernandez Chaves 
    Dos Sentidos, Costa Rica
     
  • Gilbert Mirambeau 
    Muska Group, Haiti
     
  • Illari Orccottoma 
    Independent Producer, Peru
     
  • Nadean Rawlins 
    RAW Management, Jamaica
     
  • Michelle Serieux 
    Imagine Caribbean, Saint Lucia
      
  • Camila Urrutia 
    Camaleon Films, Guatemala 

 

 

 

Open Doors is designed to nurture talent and promote independent cinema from countries in the Global South and East, in collaboration with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). 
 
The program is possible thanks to the support of various partners such as Visions sud est and the City of Bellinzona, sponsoring the Open Doors Grant worth 50,000 CHF; the CNC (Centre national du cinéma et de l'image animée) presenting a development grant (8,000 euros); and ARTE France awarding the Arte Kino International Prize (6,000 euros). More grants and in-kind prizes are given by the Sørfond Film FundRotterdam LabMoulin d'Andé – CECI and the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur. This year, BrLab, World Cinema Fund, Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) and Lexia Insights are joining to offer in-kind prizes to the selected participants and projects.

Open Doors will continue with the announcement of its public curated program, Open Doors Screenings, where the Festival audience will have the chance to immerse themselves in contemporary productions from Central America and the Caribbean. This selection of short and feature films promises just as much diversity and excitement and will be published at the Festival’s press conference on July 6th.

 

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