Some 150 000 cinema-goers fans are expected in Locarno over the course of the festival, as well as 3 000 professionals from the film world and nearly 1 000 journalists.
In addition to specific support for films at the festival (see list below), the MEDIA programme also provides funding for the festival´s ´Industry Days´ (10-11 August) and ´Step In´ initiative, which offer a networking platform for producers, agents and distributors specialising in independent and art-house films.
Locarno will also host the latest in a series of ´PUENTES´ workshops, which bring together producers from Europe and Latin America with experts, potential financiers, sales agents and distributors from both continents. The PUENTES scheme is supported by MEDIA Mundus, the international version of the MEDIA programme. Projects developed after previous PUENTES workshops at festivals include Gloria, the new Chilean-Spanish drama by Sebastian Lelio, which won the Silver Bear for Best Actress (Paulina García) at this year´s Berlin Film Festival.
Films with MEDIA support at Locarno
MEDIA support : €35 000
L´Etrange Couleur des Larmes de Ton Corps by Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani (Belgium/France/Luxembourg)
MEDIA support: €33 063
Mary, Queen of Scots by Thomas Imbach (Switzerland/France)
MEDIA support: €83 500
When evening falls on Bucharest or metabolism by Corneliu Porumboiu (Romania/France)
MEDIA support: €24 000
Concorso Cineasti del presente
The Special Need by Carlo Zoratti (Germany/Italy)
MEDIA support: €23 000
Hors compétition Piazza Grande
Vijay and I by Sam Garbarski (Belgium/Luxembourg/Germany)
MEDIA support: €50 000
Kvinden I Buret (Keeper of Lost Causes) by Mikkel Norgaard (Denmark/Germany/Sweden)
MEDIA support: €68 000
Les Grandes Ondes (à l´ouest) by Lionel Baier (Switzerland/France/Portugal)
MEDIA support: €66 000
Mr Morgan´s Last love by Sandra Nettelbeck (Germany/Belgium/USA/France)
MEDIA support: €50 000.