Locarno – From 2010, the Locarno Fest’s ramp-up in industry activities has synched with the major trends forging the international independent industry.
It has caught Latin America’s dramatic movie industry build, launching pix-in-post section Carte Blanche
, launched 2011, focusing on Colombia, Mexico, Chile, now Brazil.
Inaugurated 2012, StepIn, an analysis and brainstorming event, focused in 2013 on Russia, a then burgeoning if volatile market, at least for more mainstream indie fare.
In Locarno’s biggest new industry initiative in 2014, however, the Swiss fest is launching an Industry Academy. It takes one large bull by the horns: Potential new paradigms for an arthouse industry whose old models seem increasingly either broken, or at least significantly challenged.
Overseen by industry consultant Sophie Bourdon
(pictured), chief executive at the Paris-based Ace, over 2000-11, and coordinated by ex-Memento Films International
’s Marion Klotz
, Locarno will welcome nine young film professionals.
The speakers line-up is impressive: TrustNordisk
’s Susan Wendt