Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir’s Mongolian-French coproduction Ze led the winners at Locarno’s Open Doors Lab, receiving two prizes from the industry platform.
The project received the Open Doors production support grant of 40,000 CHF (£33,617); and the Premio Open Doors, which consists of a screenwriting residency for the writer-director to further develop her project.
Inspired by Purev-Ochir’s experiences meeting a shaman, the film tells the story of a lonely 16-year-old girl who is entranced by local shaman Grandpa Spirit, who is actually an awkward 17-year-old boy.
The ceremony for the Open Doors winners took place remotely on Zoom today, broadcast simultaneously on YouTube.
Further grant winners include Avid Liongoren’s Filipino-French co-production Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah Vs The Amazonistas Of Planet X; and An Pham Thien’s Vietnam-Singapore-France title Inside The Yellow Cocoon Shell, both of which receive 14,000 CHF (£11,768) development support.
The Open Doors Hub and Lab took place online this year from August 6-11, as part of the Locarno 2020 – For the Future of Films special edition of the festival.
Open Doors 2020 winners
CNC Development grant: Fruit Gathering (Mya-Fr-Cze) dir. Aung Phyoe - €8,000
ARTE Kino International prize: Oasis Of Now (Malay) dir. Chee Sum Chia
Open Doors - Sørfond award: This City Is A Battlefield (Indo-Sing-Phi) dir. Mouly Surya
Premio Open Doors: Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochi for Ze
Open Doors – Rotterdam Lab Award: Uran Sainbileg, producer, IFI Production, Mongolia
Open Doors Grants
Production support: Ze (Mon-Fr) dir. Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochi – 40,000 CHF
Development support: Zsa Zsa Zaturnnah Vs The Amazonistas Of Planet X (Phi-Fr) dir. Avid Liongoren – 14,000 CHF; Inside
The Yellow Cocoon Shell (Viet-Sing-Fr) dir. An Pham Thien – 14,000 CHF