Locarno Industry Academy Builds Worldwide Network

Locarno — Mathias Noschis, a marketing specialist at Alphapanda, sales agent Virginie Devesa at Paris-based Alpha Violet, and Alexandre Michelin, head of Spicee, an online TV consultancy and documentary platform, are three of the tutors at Locarno’s 2nd Industry Academy, the Swiss fest’s main training facility, targeting distribution, sales and exhibition. Running Aug. 4-9, , the Industry Academy has seen a rapid international expansion, launching overseas versions at Mexico’s Morelia Festival, the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s New York Film Festival, and Cinema do Brasil’s Boutique Cinema mini-mart. A new international initiative will be shortly announced, Variety has learnt.

“Our main idea is to build a worldwide network of young professionals to generate a continuous debate and training forum beyond specific events such as Locarno’s Academy,” said Marion Klotz, the Locarno Industry Academy international project manager.

“‘How Do We Work Together’ could be one of our mottos,
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