The Locarno Summer Academy’s New Pilot Project – The Industry Academy
The Locarno Industry Office has joined forces with the Locarno Summer Academy to launch the pilot project Industry Academy (8 – 12 August), an educational, multi-disciplinary program for young industry professionals.
I met with Nadia Dresti, (Delegate to the Artistic Direction, Head of International of the Locarno International Film Festival), along with Sophie Bourdon (originator of this project; international sales consultant and former director of Atelier du Cinema European) and Marion Klotz (longtime festivals manager and acquisitions executive at Memento Films), to talk about their new program — the Industry Academy — a three-day intensive workshop.
When describing how this pilot program came to be, Dresti states, “We were thinking about what changes do we need in the film industry; and how can you reinvent this industry if you project 10 years ahead from now, because it’s changing so fast.”
Dresti, Bourdon and Klotz explained that their impetus for the Industry Academy was born from the fact that very few European film schools offer courses about the industry. Their goal is to fill this existing gap in film schools by offering a very practical shortcut to the international industry world.
Bourdon: “The idea is to share what is going on — to compare situations and experiences from Latin America, Europe, and so on, such as new ways of showing films.”
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