Open Doors 2022

Source: Locarno Film Festival

Open Doors Hub and Lab Participants 2022

TIFF award-winning filmmaker Yanillys Pérez and up-and-coming Ecuadorian director Ana Cristina Barragán are among those set to present projects at this year’s edition of the Locarno Film Festival’s Open Doors programme.

The initiative, aimed at supporting independent cinema from the global south and east, is entering the first of a three-year cycle focused on Latin America and the Caribbean.

It will present eight projects in its co-production hub and a further nine participants will join its producer lab. Countries represented in this first year include the Dominican Republic, Bolivia, Paraguay, Costa Rica, Cuba, Venezuela, Guatemala and Ecuador among others.

The delegation will participate in the first part of the programme online from July 22-29 before meeting industry during the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland from August 4-10.

Projects include Sopor And Bird from Ecuador’s Barragán, who premiered her 2018 debut Alba in Rotterdam and that year also participated in Berlin Talent Lab with the screenplay for her follow-up, Octopus Skin.

When Rain Falls will be presented by Dominican-Venezuelan director Pérez, whose previous documentary Jeffrey won the Discovery Award at Toronto International Film Festival in 2016. Venezuelan filmmaker Michael Labarca, who won a prize with his short The Guilt, Probably at Cannes Cinéfondation in 2016, will present his first feature Kids Swimming In The Lake, produced by Patricia Ramírez Arévalo.

The last time Open Doors focused on the region was in 2008 with projects that included The Life Of Fish by Chilean filmmaker Matias Bize, which played at Venice Days in 2010, and Uruguayan feature So Much Water from Ana Guevara and Letitia Jorge, which screened at Berlin in 2013. Further titles included The Summer of Flying Fish by Chilean filmmaker Marcela Said, selected for Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes in 2013, and The Third Side of the River from Argentinian writer/director Celina Murga, which played in Competition at Berlin in 2014.

This year, there will also be a public Open Doors Screenings programme during the festival, devoted to features and shorts from Central America and the Caribbean, the selection of which will be announced at the festival press conference on July 6.

Open Doors is held in collaboration with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA).

Open Doors Hub 2022 project

When Rain Falls (Cuando Cae La Lluvia) (Dom Rep)
Dir. Yanillys Pérez
Prod. Yanillys Pérez, YPR Films

Diamond (Diamante) (Bol)
Dir. Yashira Jordán
Prod. Alvaro Olmos Torrico, Empatia Cinema

Kokue (Para, Chile)
Dir. Miguel Agüero
Prod. Cynthia García Calvo, Asociación Cultural Arraigo, CYAN prods

Men Die Sooner (Los Hombres Morimos Antes) (Costa-Uru)
Dir. Federico Montero
Prod. Alexandra Latishev, La Linterna Films

MOA (Cuba-Bra)
Dir. Marcel Beltrán
Prod. Paula Gastaud, Mediocielo Films

Kids Swimming In The Lake (Muchachos Bañándose En El Lago) (Ven-Chile-Fr)
Dir. Michael Labarca
Prod. Patricia Ramírez Arévalo, Todos Los Ríos

Los Invisibles (Guat)
Dir. Andres Rodríguez
Prod. Mauricio Escobar, La Danta Films

Sopor And Bird (Sopor Y Ave) (Ecu-Arg-Sp)
Dir. Ana Cristina Barragán
Prod. Joe Houlberg, Boton Films

Open Doors Lab participants 2022

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