The Locarno Film Festival's Open Doors co-production mart will return to focussing on French-speaking Sub-Saharan Africa in 2014.
Open Doors this year is open to submissions from: Angola, Botswana, Cape Verde, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Southern Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Purpose of the mart/workshop, which will run August 9-12 next year, is to help selected projects connect with co-production partners, especially European producers.
Open Doors also assigns a prize worth Euros 40,000 ($54,000), and other smaller cash nods offered by Gaul's CNC and broadcaster ARTE.
The 2014 edition of Open Doors is the first to be managed by longtime Locarno collaborator Ananda Scepka, who succeeds Martina Malacrida. Scepka has been working with the festival since 2009.
The festival is once again working with African cinema specialist Alex Moussa Sawadogo, who is director of Berlin's AfriKamera film festival, as consultant in selecting a dozen participating projects.
The 67th Locarno Film Festival will run Aug 6-16, 2014.