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Locarno Announces Open Door Awards

Written by: FFT Webmaster | August 10th, 2011

Awards were announced yesterday for the 2011 Open Doors co-production lab held this week at the Locarno Film Festival in Switzerland. The 2011 session was devoted to cinema from India. 12 projects, selected out of over 200 applications in 18 different languages from 30 regions in India, participated in the lab, organized with the collaboration of the Festival Industry Office. The objective of the 4-day workshop was to assist the selected directors and producers to find co-production partners and to complete their films. Aside from the workshop, the Open Doors Screenings, aimed at both festival goers and professional delegates, will run until the end of the Festival. The 2011 program presents a selection of 13 key films made in recent years in India and a Retrospective dedicated to Indian Bengali filmmaker Satyajit Ray.


The following grants were awarded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC):   THE TRAPPER’S SNARE directed by Shanker Raman (30,000 Swiss Francs);  BURQA BOXERS directed and produced by Alka Raghuram (20,000 Swiss Francs); LASYA (The Gentle Dance) by Anup Singh (7000 Euros); and CHAR… THE ISLAND WITHIN directed and produced by Sourav Sarangi (6000 Euros). For more information, visit:

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