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Carte Blanche 2012: Focus on Mexico © Festival del film Locarno

The Festival del film Locarno's Carte Blanche offers a showcase for a number of films in post-production, from a different country in Asia, Africa, Latin America or South-East Europe. This year, Carte Blanche is dedicated to Mexico. The initiative is supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA).
Thanks to IMCINE, the Mexican Film Institute, seven films in post-production have been chosen for the sophomore edition of Carte Blanche. In the pitching session, on 4 August, participating producers will present clips and pitch their projects to industry professionals. The presentation will be moderated by Leonardo Garcia Tsao, Mexican journalist (La Jornada) and former Director of the Cineteca Nacional México.
To facilitate post-production and sales partnerships, the works in progress are screened to film funds, sales companies and festival programmers during Industry Days.
A jury composed of three professionals will offer the best film a prize of 10’000 CHF, to be used to complete the film.

Carte Blanche 2012:
Ozcar Ramírez González
Introduces Ciclo by Andrea Martinez Crowther
Elsa Reyes
Introduces Las Horas Muertas (The Empty Hours) by Aarón Fernández
Guillermo Ortiz Pichardo
Introduces Las Lágrimas (The Tears) by Pablo Delgado Sánchez
Paola Herrera
Introduces Mai Morire by Enrique Rivero
Eduardo Villanueva Jiménez
Introduces Penumbra by Eduardo Villanueva Jiménez
Pablo Zimbrón Alva
Introduces Táu by Daniel Castro Zimbrón
Jimena Montemayor Loyo
Introduces Tierra de Nod (Land of Nod) by Jimena Montemayor Loyo

Carte Blanche Jury:
Erick Gonzalez (Chili), General Delegate of Australab (Valdivia, Chile) and
Head of Programming of the Latinamerican Film Festival (Toulouse, France)
Alejandra Paulin (Mexico), Head of Industry & Market, Guadalajara Film Festival
Edouard Waintrop (France), General Delegate of Directors’ Fortnight Cannes
This initiative completes the range of opportunities the Festival offers specifically tailored to the needs and interests of professionals in the sector: buyers (Industry Screenings), producers (Open Doors) and sales agents (Carte Blanche).

The 65th edition of the Festival del film Locarno takes place 1-11 August, 2012.
The Industry Days will take place 4-6 August.

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