Switzerland’s Locarno Film Festival has announced that the Carte Blanche section of its 66th edition will turn the spotlight on Chile.
The announcement was made earlier this month by new festival programmer Carlo Chatrian at the opening of Australab, the film market and professional lab of the Valdivia International Film Festival in Southern Chile.
One of the world’s longest running festivals of cinema, Locarno has a reputation for spotting talent in the film industry, identifying the latest trends, and being a career launching pad for emerging directors and actors.
Next year’s event will be the third incarnation of the Carte Blanche section, created to showcase a selection of films in post-production from a selected country in Asia, Africa, Latin America or Southern and Eastern Europe.
Officials said that either five or six Chilean films will be screened in the section.
Chile’s selection represents the third consecutive year the section has focused on a Latin American nation, after Colombia was selected for its inaugural edition in 2011 and Mexico was chosen earlier this year.
The initiative – which offers a top prize of nearly US$11,000 as well as key meetings with industry figures, including producers, buyers, and festival programmers – is supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA).
It also represents the second consecutive year in which Chile will have a major presence at Locarno, after Pablo Larraín’s No was screened to an enthusiastic crowd at the Piazza Grande at this year’s event. The film has gone on to be selected as Chile’s candidate for Best Foreign Language Film at next year’s Academy Awards.
Locarno and Australab will begin to accept entries in the first half of 2013, and announce the selected films in July next year.
The 66th edition of the Swiss festival will take place August 7-17, 2013. For more information, check out the official website.