locarno film festival has unveiled a selection of emerging film industry executives, filmmakers and critics selected for the long-running Locarno Academy program aimed at nurturing the next generation of cinema professionals.
The Academy programme, which will take place within the framework of the 75th edition of the festival, which runs from August 3-13, selects candidates who have already made in-roads in their chosen area.
Industry Academy participants will include Maya Berenstein, sales executive at the Paris-based sales company co-production officewhere he worked most recently at the Cannes 2022 Palme d’Or winner triangle of sorrow, Franziska Byoh, an acquisitions coordinator bad in London; and Malo Jacquemin, who is currently attached to the co-production department of Arte France Cinema after working at French sales company Charades and production house CG Cinema.
The group also includes Stefan Heinz, who heads programming at the Swiss arthouse Comercio Theater in Zurich; Aigle Messinaite, program coordinator at Skalvija Cinema in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius; and Sarah Persson, an industry producer at the Gothenburg Film Festival in Sweden.
From outside Europe, other attendees will include Kate Gondway, who most recently established her own Dedza Films distribution label after her stint in Mubi and. neon, Olivia Predite, Film Program Coordinator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York; Argentine, Spain-based producer Juliette Juncadella and Taiwanese, Paris-based sales executive Ching-Lo Soo, who is currently working for French film company Le Pact.
Participants will participate in a masterclass program and workshops led by established sales, distribution and production professionals.
The Academy program is one of several initiatives of the Locarno Film Festival aimed at supporting the next generation of cinema professionals.
These include Basecamp, a selective multidisciplinary event in which about 200 young artists live during the festival in a former army barracks in the neighboring city of Losson; The new Locarno Residency supports filmmakers moving from short to feature film; and Youth Advisory Board (YAB), in which local youth share their ideas for the festival.
“The younger generation never fails to constantly and spontaneously shuffle the pack, and so it’s important to give them a real opportunity to do it at the festival,” said Stefano Nuchel, Project Manager at Filmmakers Academy and Basecamp.