Locarno Industry Academy Preps 2019 Edition

Variety | 8/8/2019 | Jamie Lang
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The fifth edition of the Locarno Industry Academy will kick off this Aug. 7 and run through to Aug. 13 during the 72nd Locarno Film Festival, Europe’s biggest mid-summer movie event.

It’s been four years since the Locarno Academy added an industry section to its curriculum, and in that time the event has not only grown in its native Switzerland, but spread out across Europe, the Americas and the Middle East.

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Designed as a training program for young professionals in the fields of production, programming, sales, distribution and exhibition, the Locarno Industry Academy provides participants with an opportunity to network and pick the brains of industry big hitters from around the world in related fields as well as discuss best practice with their fellow students.

This year’s participants are: Samira Asgarova, distributor at Cinema Distribution in Azerbaijan; Nuno Gonçcalves, from Alambique Filmes, a distribution company from Portugal; Jean-Benoit Henry, a sales agent at Les Films du Losange, France; Louise Malherbe, film programmer and curator for the Metropolis Cinema in Lebanon; Alice Miller, film programmer at the Leeds IFF in the U.K., Emilie Moor, distributor and producer at Adok Films in Switzerland; Joyce Newrzella, festival assistant at Germany’s The Match Factory; Chloe Tai, marketing and business operations manager for Films Constellation in the U.K.; Arnout van der Maas, production, marketing and sales professional at Cinema Delicatessen in the Netherlands; and Michal Vokoun, a PR associate at Mezipatra Queer FF in the Czech Republic.

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Satellite academies and Academy-hosted events are held in Brazil at the Sao Paulo IFF, at Mexico’s Morelia IFF, in Santiago, Chile– previously in Valdivia; at IFF Panama, in Greece at the Thessaloniki Festival; at the Lincoln Center in New York; and in Beirut, Lebanon.

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