The Locarno Film Festival has announced it will be collaborating with the Polish Film Institute and Fundacja Polskie Centrum Audiowizualne to bring five to seven films in various stages of post-production to the festival this year in order to be developed. The endeavor is part of the festival's annual mission to aid aspiring filmmakers from a set region of the world. Previous years have focused on helping filmmakers from Israel (2015), Brazil (2014), Chile (2013), Mexico (2012) and Columbia (2011).
The creative minds behind the chosen projects will have the opportunity to screen their work to veterans of the industry and compete for completion and distribution aid. During the Industry Days portion of the festival, which will take place August 6-8, sales agents and buyers will attend premieres of the selected Polish works. A jury, including Cameron Bailey (Toronto International Film Festival Artistic Director), Bero Beyer (Rotterdam International Film Director) and Wieland Speck (Director of Panorama at the Berlinale), will decide who wins this year's First Look Award.
It's been quite the exciting time for Polish cinema in recent years, and any future success at Locarno could carry on the momentum already thriving after Pawel Pawlikowi's Academy Award-winning "Ida" and Jacek Lusinski's "Carte Blanche."
The Polish Film Institute will accept all submissions for competition until May 1. The 2016 Locarno Film Festival will take place August 3-13.