Friday, July 15, 2011

Press release: Complete Line-up announced‏ for Festival del film Locarno, August 3 to 13, 2011

64th Locarno International Film Festival, August 3 to 13, 2011
Complete line-up announced - details on

Locarno’s Open Doors: Spotlight on India

August 6 to 9, 2011.


As old as Cannes and Venice film festivals, Locarno founded its own edition in 1946. Held every August for eleven days in the Swiss-Italian town of Locarno, it is known for its vast multi-cultural audience and its unique launch platform for a young film-lovng generation.

Locarno’s Open Doors section highlights filmmakers and films from countries whose cinema is still developing. Its Co-Production Lab allows professionals from a chosen region to find potential co-production partners (mostly from Europe), to support projects that would otherwise be difficult to pursue. This year the spotlight is on India.


2011 India Highlights

* Adoor Gopalakrishnan and Kabir Bedi to attend.

* Osian’s Indu Srikant on Short Film Jury

* The Ambassador of India in Switzerland will attend

with Dr.T.V.Nagendra Prasad, Counsellor, Embassy of India


12 Indian projects at Open Doors

Open Doors Co-production Lab’s call for new film scripts from India elicited 200 submissions in 18 different languages from 30 regions. From these, the Locarno festival committee selected a dozen finalists. All twelve writers will be present in Locarno. They, some with their producers, will participate in a 3-day workshop at the end of which the script awards will be announced.: 50,000 CHF (approx 39,000 euros or 25 lakh rupees) funded by Open Doors, second prize of 7,000 euros (approx 4.5 lakh rupees) financed by the CNC (Centre National du Cinéma et de l’image Animée) and the International Relations ARTE prize of 6,000 euros (approx 3.8 lakh rupees) by ARTE.

The lucky 12 script finalists from India are as follows:

* Aharbal Falls - writer-director Ajai Raina attending

* Ajeeb Aashiq (Strange Love) - writer-director Natasha Mendonca and producer Mridu Chandra (ms) attending

* Arunoday (Sunriseby) - writer-director Partho Sen-Gupta and producer Rakesh Mehra attending

* Burqa Boxers - writer-director Alka Raghuram attending

* Char, The Island Within - writer-director Sourav Sarangi and producers Signe Byrge Sørensen and Stefano Tealdi attending

* Jat Panchayat (The Judgement) - writer-director Satish Manwar and producer Manaswini Lata Ravindra attending

* Lasya (The Gentle Dance) - writer-director Anup Singh and producer Johannes Rexin attending

* Samaadhi (The Penance) - writer-director Sidharth Srinivasan and producer Pete Tombs attending

* Sebastian Wants to Remember - writer director Vasant Nath and Vani Nath attendning

* The Trapper's Snare - writer-director Shanker Raman attending

* Thread (Le Fil) - writer-director Lilium Leonard attending

* Vidhvastha (Devastated) - writer-director Ashish Avikunthak and Moloy Mukherjee attending

Open Doors Screenings of Indian Classics

A selection of key films from the storehouse of Indian cinema, titles that have marked the country’s cinematic canvas through the years.

* Franz Osten’s Prapancha Pash - A Throw of Dice

India/United Kingdom/Germany, 1929, 74 mins

* Chetan Anand’s Neecha Nagar - Lowly City

1946 – 122 mins

* Raj Kapoor’s AAG - Fire

1948, 138 min

* Guru Dutt’s Pyaasa - The Thirsty One

1957, 146 mins

* Ritwik Ghatak’s Meghe Dhaka Tara - The Cloud-Clapped Star

1960, 126 mins

* Shyam Benegal’s Manthan - The Churning

India, 1976, 134 mins

* Jahnu Barua’s Halodia Choraye Baodhan - The Yellow Birds

1987, 120 mins

* Aparna Sen’s Mr and Mrs Iyer

2002, 123 mins

* Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s Nizhalkkuthu - Shadow Kill

India/France/Netherlands/Switzerland, 2002, 90 mins

* Rajnesh Domalpalli’s Vanaja

India/United States, 2006, 111 mins

* Umesh Kulkarni’s Valu - The Wild Bull

2008, 123 mins

* Girish Kasaravalli’s Kanasembo Kudureyaneri - Riding the Stallion of a Dream)

2010, 110 min)

* Vikramaditya Motwane’s Udaan

2010, 134 min

Satyajit Ray Retrospective

Restored copies, Academy Film Archive

Charulata - The Lonely Wife

1964, 117 mins

Joy Baba Felunath -The Elephant God

1979, 112 mins

Kapurush - The Coward

1965, 74 mins

Mahanagar -The Big City

1964, 131 mins

Mahapurush - The Saint

1965, 65 mins

Nayak - The Hero

1966, 120 mins

* Consultants on Open Door’s script submissions from India:

Meenakshi Shedde and Sunil Doshi

* Consultant on Open Doors Screenings of Indian Classics:

Uma da Cunha


* Satyajit Ray Tribute:

Varsha Bansal (RDB Entertainments)


Round Table speakers : “Lessons from Bollywood

Adoor Gopalakrishnan – Director

Bhuvan Lall - Producer

Kabir Bedi- Film Actor

Gargi Sen - Magic Lantern Foundation

Indu Shrikent - President, Osian's Connoisseurs of Art Pvt Ltd

Film Federation of India representitves attending:

Suresh Laxmanan, Supran Sen, Tripat Aggarwal, President,

Ravi Kottarakara, K. Nanda Kumar, Executive Committee member.


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The Los Angeles Screenplay Competition is
proud to announce the 2011 season to find
screenplays that can be produced and
to identify screenwriting talent that can
be developed into writers for today's filmmaking


Enter Online Today at



Before any film is cast, financed, produced
or distributed there must be a high quality
screenplay. The Los Angeles Screenplay
Competition is run by people who produce
feature films. We are specifically
looking for Screenplays to produce and talented
screenwriters to contract to write

screenplays for production.




President Rafael Primorac has produced many
commercial and art house films that with
screenplays that he either developed or
optioned from new writers giving them their
first break into Hollywood films. All of
his films have received worldwide distribution.

Mr. Primorac is responsible for bringing
"Game of Death" starring Wesley Snipes,
"Giallo" starring Adrien Brody, and "Mysteria," starring
Danny Glover, Billy Zane, and Martin Landau
from script to screen.

Mr. Primorac is always looking for new talented
writers and he knows that everything starts
with the script.

He met Jim Agnew in a coffee shop in Los
Angeles. Jim never had a script produced.

He worked with Jim developing his first
story "Giallo," until it was ultimately
produced for $7 million USD by Primorac.
It was Directed by the Horror Director Dario
Argento and starring Adrien Brody and Emmanuelle
Seigner. Not bad for a first time screenwriter.

Next Mr. Primorac worked with Jim Agnew
to develop his screenplay "Game of Death."
The film was produced by Priorac for
$12 million USD and stars Wesley Snipes.

After that Primorac discovered the talent
of short filmmaker at The New York International
Independent Film and Video Festival.
His new discovery was from Switzerland and
had only done short films. His name
is Lucius Kuert. Primorac produced his screenplay
"Mysteria"  which was since shot in
Los Angeles starring Danny Glover,
Michael Rooker, Billy Zane, and Martin Landau.

Primorac is now looking for his next screenplays
to produce.

We are honored to have him as the
President of The LA Screenplay Competition.