An 'Open Door' Experience

For three years, South-Asian international locations are being highlighted on this initiative. Last yr, Rubaiyat Hossain, Qamar Ahmed Saimon and Sarah Afrin efficiently participated on this initiative. Rubaiyat Hossain may even be current this yr to characterize Bangladesh. She talks about her expertise within the pageant up to now. 

Locarno Festival hosts the Open Doors platform with the aim of coaching and selling filmmakers from numerous areas. In 2016, Locarno Open Doors began its three-year concentrate on eight international locations in South Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Last yr, Bangladesh was one of many principal international locations of focus, and Bangladeshi filmmakers participated in all three sections: Open Doors Hub, Open Doors Lab and Open Doors Screening.

Ishtiaque Zico, Kamar Ahmed Simon and Sara Afreen participated within the Open Doors Hub with their respective initiatives: Cinema, City and Cats and Day After Tomorrow. I participated within the lab together with Abu Shahed Emon and Aadnan Ahmed. Mostafa Sarwar Farooki’s Television (2012), Kamar Ahmed Simon’s Are You Listening (2012), Abu Shahed Emon’s Container (2012), Ishtiaque Zico’s 720 Degrees (2010) and Mahde Hasan’s I’m Time (2013) and my second function Under Construction (2015) have been screened as a part of the Open Doors screenings. Kamar Ahmed Simon and Sara Afreen’s movie Day After Tomorrow gained the “Best Project Grant” ($30,400) by Vision Sud Est and “Arte International Prix” ($6,600).

The goal of Open Doors is to discover movies from international locations which can be comparatively or completely unknown within the circuits of world movie festivals and movie markets. In the Open Doors Lab, producers are educated via workshops and one-to-one conferences the place they learn to develop their initiatives via the phases of script improvement, financing, manufacturing and distribution. The Open Doors Hub is a co-production market the place filmmakers take part with their movies which can be in numerous phases of improvement. These filmmakers get an opportunity to obtain intensive pitching coaching, meet producers, distributors, gross sales agent, and so on. The filmmakers who take part within the Hub part additionally compete for award of grant cash that may assist them in the direction of materializing their initiatives.

For me, final yr was overwhelming. For the primary time I used to be being uncovered to the world of European movie pageant and movie market. The sea of knowledge I obtained typically left me devastated and I felt I could not do it. I felt misplaced. However, the lab mentors and audio system have been additional variety in all the time providing session and counseling. The head of Open Doors Lab, Paul Miller, stated to me on the second day, “Listen Rubaiyat, displaying up is successful half of the sport.” So I ended feeling defeated and began being extra attentive through the periods with my pocket book. It was like a classroom for me. I took detailed notes and adopted up with the mentors relating to any questions I had. Everyone was very busy, however I noticed if approached, individuals would discover time, even throughout their meals to reply your questions. It has been an ideal studying curve for me, as a result of it was by following up what I learnt at Open Doors, now I’m higher outfitted to navigate with my mission.

The better part was being with the opposite filmmakers. More than something, we loved one another firm and gained vitality from one another’s visions and goals. Locarno Open Doors gave us an opportunity to create a bond that I think about a treasured reward. That was a particular second, a uncommon bond created amongst us via our love and goals of cinema. 

By Rubaiyat Hossain, participant at this yr’s Locarno Festival’s ‘Open Doors’

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