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Locarno Film Festival Announces 2015 Open Door Awards

Locarno Film Festival Announces 2015 Open Door Awards

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The 2015 Locarno International Film Festival has announced the awards for its Open Doors Co-Production Lab, organized with support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. This year’s Open Doors was devoted to films from the four Maghreb countries: Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia.

The Co-Production Lab (August 8 – 11) aimed to bring together the finalist directors and producers with potential partners, in order to facilitate obtaining the financial support needed for completing their projects. In addition, prizes were awarded by the Open Doors Jury that serve to support production (allocated to the production company) and development (allocated to the filmmakers).

The 2015 Open Door Awards include:

Open Doors Grant (50,000 CHF)
Production Grant (30’000 CHF)
“LE FORT DES FOUS” by Narimane Mari, Algeria
Development Grant (10’000 CHF)
“ALLER SIMPLE” by Nadia Raïs, Tunisia
Development Grant (10’000 CHF)
“PAGAN MAGIC” by Fyzal Boulifa, Morocco / France

ICAM Prize (20’000 EUR)
“SAINT INCONNU” by Alaa Eddine Aljem, Morocco

CNC Prize (10’000 EUR)
“EN ATTENDANT LES HIRONDELLES” by Karim Moussaoui, Algeria

ARTE International Open Doors Prize (6,000 EUR)
“THE COLONEL’S STRAY DOGS” by Khalid Shamis, Libya / South Africa

MAD Solutions Prize
“L’AMOUR DES HOMMES” by Mehdi Ben Attia, Tunisia / France

“RUQYA” by Yanis Koussim, Algeria / France

The Open Doors Screenings program that presents a selection of 22 films from Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia, will continue through to the end of the Festival.

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