The winners of the co-production platform 2016 Open Doors Hub at the 2016 Locarno Film Festival have been announced, and DAY AFTER TOMORROW by Kamar Ahmad Simon of Bangladesh won both the largest Open Doors Production Grant, and the ARTE International Open Doors Prize.

The 2016 edition has seen the launch of a three-year cycle that Open Doors will devote to eight countries in southern Asia: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

The international co-production platform Open Doors Hub (4 – 9 August) is part of the new format of Open Doors, which has three articulations: the Open Doors Hub, but also the Open Doors Lab, the new lab for talented producers, and the projections for the Festival public, the Open Doors Screenings.
The Open Doors Hub aims to bring together the project-holders (director/producer) from the eight countries with potential partners, encouraging international collaborations and financing.

The Open Doors jury has decided to award the following prizes to some of these projects to support production or development:

Open Doors Grant (50,000 CHF)
A prize funded by the Open Doors initiative in collaboration with the Municipality of Bellinzona and the Swiss fund for production support Visions Sud Est, financed by the Swiss Foreign Ministry’s Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC):

Production Grant (30,000 CHF)
DAY AFTER TOMORROW by Kamar Ahmad Simon, Bangladesh

Production Grant (20,000 CHF)
THE RED PHALLUS by Tashi Gyeltshen, Bhutan

CNC Prize (8,000 Euro)

ARTE International Open Doors Prize (6,000 Euro)
DAY AFTER TOMORROW by Kamar Ahmad Simon, Bangladesh

The Open Doors Screenings program, presenting a selection of 21 films from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Myanmar, will continue through to the end of the Festival.

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