Online industry platform Festival Scope is working with the Locarno film festival for the second year, with new content offered in 2011.
This year Festival Scope will include Locarno’s Competition for first and second features, Filmmakers of the Present. Those films include The Strawberry Tree by Simone Rapisarda, Mr. Tree by Han Jie, Nana by Valerie Massadian, Senorita by Vincent Sandoval, The Color Wheel by Alex Perry and Without by Mark Jackson. They will be on Festival Scope for registered users, but after official premieres in Locarno.
Also, Festival Scope again hosts content for Locarno’s Open Doors co-production market — potential co-producers can screen previous films from this year’s participants. This year’s focus is India.
Locarno industry head Nadia Destri said: “Having been one of the first festivals to join Festival Scope, we are delighted to see its growth. It is a really useful initiative with a clear objective to support the wider distribution of works that need more time to find their way to the world market, and we are happy to open it up to another official section of the festival, the concorso Cineasti del presente.”
Alessandro Raja, founder of Festival Scope, added: “We are very pleased to continue and widen the scope of our collaboration with the ambitious and eclectic Festival del film di Locarno. We are especially eager to present Cineasti del Presente, whose selection we appreciated a lot last year. Presenting first and second features of young talent to the industry and helping them getting more visibility and distribution opportunities is our main goal.”