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Industry Days  - Locarno Film Festival

Industry Days - Locarno Film Festival

where:Locarno (Switzerland)
address:Via Luini, 3/a
CH-6601 Locarno - Svizzera
tel:+41 91 7562121
fax:+41 91 7562149
when:August 6th - 8th, 2016

The mission of the Industry Office of the Festival del film Locarno is to facilitate networking among world film industry professionals attending the event. Headed by Nadia Dresti, the Industry Office was set up to support producers and agents presenting films at the Festival by connecting them with sales- and distribution professionals.
As a means of promoting and encouraging contacts between industry attendees, the 63rd Festival saw the introduction of Industry Days. Scheduled this year for August 10- 12, Industry Days will present an innovative program of industry screenings, forums and round tables focused on production and distribution issues. We are pleased to introduce exciting new initiatives and services and would like to thank MEDIA Programme of the EU for their kind support of these new developments.
The Industry Home Base, once again at the Palma Hotel, is the ideal location for industry events and a convenient meeting point for film professionals. Larger events such as panels, round tables and workshops will take place in the conference rooms, while the hotel terrace, overlooking the lake, offers a beautiful space for more spontaneous, informal meetings. Holders of the Industry Badge, a special accreditation reserved for industry professionals, enjoy numerous benefits such as publication of a personalized profile of the accredited company in the Industry Guide, access to the Industry Home Base and admission to the Industry Lounge – an additional spot for business meetings featuring free Wi-Fi and other amenities. International professionals will have access to the Digital Library and can watch the films during the festival.
Last year the Industry Office launched STEP IN, an initiative designed as an exchange platform in which new strategies for distribution, exhibition and sales of auteur cinema are discussed and developed. STEP IN will focus this year again on access to European Auteur Cinema in Eastern and Central European countries, a region where the situation of Arthouse Cinema seems to be particularly challenging. Twelve major players from the sector (exhibitors and distributors selected in collaboration with Europa Distribution and Europa Cinema, representing the Eastern and Central European countries that are part of the MEDIA programme) will be invited to Locarno for the Industry Days. In collaboration with Europa International, the sales agents attending Locarno will also widen the scope of the debate to jointly work out new approaches to marketing and distribution.
In 2011 we extended and strengthened our partnership with the Europa Distribution network. Europa Distribution network represents more than 100 European independent distributors. The objective of the presence of Europa Distribution in Locarno is to strengthen and support the European companies who distribute compelling and challenging auteur films including the ones selected for the Festival. An annual working session, in which the members of Europa Distribution Network address pressing issues of the distribution of Arthouse films in Europe, rounds up the activities of Europa Distribution in Locarno.
Since 2003 the Industry Office has been closely collaborating with the Open Doors Initiative. Focusing on a different region every year, this co-production initiative principally supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) aims primarily at assisting its selected participants, directors and producers from countries in the South and the East, places where independent filmmaking is particularly vulnerable, to find support for their projects by offering them training and pairing them with potential co-production partners.
Across this raft of initiatives, the Industry Days can count on the loyal partners who have been there for the Festival from the outset: the two European producers’ associations EAVE (European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs) and ACE (Ateliers du Cinéma Européen), the Producers Network of the Cannes Film Festival and EPC (European Producers Club).
In 2011 we saw the launching of "Carte Blanche", a new initiative organized in the line of Open Doors, but supporting films in post-production from a specific region. For the inaugural edition we spotlighted Colombia in collaboration with Proimagenes Colombia.

Last year, Carte Blanche focused on Mexico in collaboration with IMCINE. This year the spotlight will be on Chile.
With the support of Cinema Chile and Australab of Valdivia Film Festival we will give the producers of five to eight selected films in post-production the opportunity to attend Locarno and show their films to the numerous world sales agents, programmers and investors attending the Industry Days. A Jury of three professionals will award a 10'000 SFr. cash prize to the best film in post-production.
With the support of the MEDIA Programme of the European Union.