EXCLUSIVE: Cinetic, Oscilloscope and Koch Media are among the first-time companies attending the Locarno Film Festival this year.

A number of international buyers and sellers are due to attend the Locarno Film Festival for the first time this year.

Speaking exclusively to ScreenDaily, Industry Days chief Nadia Dresti confirmed that Ryan Werner of US sales and distribution company Cinetic and David Laub of US based distribution and production company Oscilloscope will be coming to Locarno as well as Genevieve Segall of UK distributor Koch Media.

Also attending for the first time will be Nicolas Eschbach (Indie Sales France), Michael Werner (Fortissimo, Hong Kong), Joao Pablo Abreu (Films4you, Portugal), Steven Beswick (The Works Group, UK), Michael Auret (Spierfilm, South Africa),  Clive Fisher (Sterkino, South Africa) and Jean-Thomas Bernardini (Imovision, Brazil).

This year also sees Locarno teaming up with the Transilvania International Film Festival (TIFF) in Romania’s Cluj to showcase the winners of the first Transilvania Pitch Stop (TPS) from last month at the Industry Days.

The two winning TPS projects being presented in Locarno to meet potential co-producers film funds, financing companies, sales agents and distributors are:

*  Cristi Iftime’s Maritza by Golden Bear-winning producer Ada Solomon of HiFilm Productions (Child’s Pose)

* Daniel Sandu’s Father Moves Mountains, - he had a short showing at TIFF’s  Romanian Days in Cluj.