Two projects from
The decision on the winnersof two grants of $40,874 (CHF 50,000) from the DEZA was made by the Locarno Film Festival in conjunction with the Swiss-basedsupport fund Visions Sud Estand went to Nan Achnas' The Photograph and Ravi Bharwani's Jermal, both from
Achnas' $463,679 (Euros 360,000) project The Photograph is the first productionby the Jakarta-based production company Trix Imagesshe founded in 2004 with producer Paquita Widjaja-Afief, and will be co-produced with Shanty Harmayn's Salto Films.
Salto is also producing Bharwani'ssecond feature Jermal- a drama set on a fishing platform perched precariously in the middle of thesea - with producer-festival director Orlow Seunke.
A third grant of $12,878 (Euros10,000) was made possible thanks to the support of France's
Speaking to ScreenDaily.com, Visions Sud Est's director Walter Ruggle explained that the support to the Open Doorsprojects were straightforward grants and the DEZA had provided the $81,826 (CHF100,000) for the two grants over and above Visions SudEst's annual budget.
Now just over a year inexistence, Visions Sud Esthas supported 11 projects from Asia, Africa and Latin America such as Ramon'Mes' De Guzman's Balikbayan Box (Philippines), Murali Nair's Unni (India),Ernest Abdyjaparov's Pure Coolness (Kirgizistan), and Ariel Rotter's El Otro (Argentina) with sums of up to $40,911 (CHF 50,000)production support for feature films and $16,362 (CHF 20,000) for featuredocumentaries. In these cases, a positive funding decision requires that allSwiss rights pass over to Trigon Film fordistribution in