The recently wrapped 2015 Locarno International Film Festival’s Filmmaker’s Academy highlighted the work of a crop of international filmmakers you’ll be hearing from more in the coming years.
Through the 2015 Locarno Critics Academy, organized by Indiewire, the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Locarno Film Festival, Indiewire has profiled nine burgeoning filmmakers who span the globe — from Serbia to Switzerland, from Argentina to Morocco and beyond.
Below, in no particular order, are links to those stories:
Here’s the Turkish Filmmaker You Need to Know: Serhat Karaaslan’s short films have screened at Toronto, Locarno, Montpellier, Sarajevo, Istanbul and other festivals. He’s now working on his first feature film. Karaaslan is a passionate storyteller and very much devoted to his home country, which plays a crucial role both as narrative tool and as cinematic background.
Here’s Why This Costa Rican Filmmaker is Getting International Attention: Ernesto “Neto” Villalobos’ first feature screened at more than 30 international film festivals and now he’s working on his follow-up.
Here’s How Music and Sound Set the Scene for This Singapore-Based Filmmaker: Vietnamese-born and Singapore-based filmmaker Linh Duong’s bleakly enigmatic and dream-like works exist in the space between art and film. Though she has only made a handful of short films, a pattern has already been established: Mythical, abstract and emotive stories that push the limits of narrative.
This Serbian Director Embodies a DIY Spirit: Katarina Stanković lives through her art. In turn, her movies depict the reverse: the world as a stage, living itself as a form of creating art. Indiewire spoke to the Serbian director during her visit to Locarno Film Festival as part of its Filmmakers Academy and as a filmmaker in the shorts program with “Las cuatro esquinas del círculo.”
Here’s What It’s Like to be a Female Filmmaker in Morocco: Rim Mejdi is ready to make her mark in the Moroccan film industry. Faced with the challenges of being a young woman making films in a small industry, Mejdi has not let that stop her. Two of her short films have screened at the Locarno International Film Festival, “2=1=0” (2010) and “En dehors de la ville” (2014).
This Argentinian Actor-Turned-Director Lets His Characters Lead the Way: Argentinian director Leonardo Brzezicki gave up acting for filmmaking. And so far, the decision has paid off. His first feature “Noche” was commissioned by CPH:DOX and was nominated for the Tiger Award in Rotterdam International Film Festival and his short film “The Mad Half Hour” won this year’s “Best Short Film Award” in Berlinale.
Why This Filmmaker Isn’t Afraid to Challenge Bela Tarr: The German filmmaker Youdid Kahveci has an eye and passion for poetic stories with a surreal touch. She also had the guts to argue with esteemed Hungarian filmmaker Béla Tarr. Two of her shorts premiered at international film festivals: “Rough Grounds” in Locarno in 2012 and “Poema del dia” at Hot Docs in Toronto in 2015.
This Up-and-Coming Filmmaker Bridges Taiwanese and Filipino Culture: Rina Tsou is from Taiwan, yet she also has ties to the Philippines, and her feature project is built around relations between these two countries.
The Best School for This Filmmaker? Life: This Swiss filmmaker found fortuitous slip-ups and unplanned circumstances pointed him in the right direction for a filmmaking career.
This Young Israeli Filmmaker Shot This Short Film Under the Radar of the Military: Indiewire met Zifrut at the 2015 Locarno International Film Festival, where she was participating in its annual Filmmakers Academy — and where her first film “Stationed,” inspired by her military service, was shown at a private Academy Meeting. The film will have its International Premiere at the San Sebastian Film Festival in September.