Mongolian filmmakers win 3 awards at Locarno International Film Festival

Art & Culture
2020-08-13 16:56:51

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Mongolian filmmakers have won three awards at the 73th Locarno International Film Festival, which is taking place on August 5-15 in Locarno city of Switzerland.

More specifically, an award-presenting ceremony of the festival's “Open Doors” program took place virtually on August 12 and “Ze” film project by director P.Lhagvadulam and producer Ts.Ariunaa was awarded the highest prize of the program --“Open Doors” grant prize of CHF 40,000.

Moreover, director P.Lkhagvadulam received “Moulin d’Ande-Ceci” award with his own film project, while director S.Uran became the winner of “Rotterdam Lab” award with a right to share experiences with international experts and attend “Rotterdam Lab 2021”, a 5-day seminar to be held in 2021 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.  

Mongolian filmmakers are participating in the Locarno International Film Festival for the second year. Director P.Lkhagvadulam and producer Ts.Ariunaa have presented their work “Ze” in “Open Doors Hub” section, which provides support to filmmakers to present their works to international investors and raise funding. 

S.Uran, Director of IFI Production participated in “Open Doors Lab” section, which selects 8 best films annually and conduct a 6-day training to them about international film market, screenplay writing and collaboration with film experts.

Ambassador of Mongolia to Switzerland L.Purevsuren has been invited to the opening of the festival and he held meetings with President of Locarno Film Festival Mr. Marco Solari and Director of “Open Doors” program Ms. Sofia Burdon, discussing about rendering support on conducting script writing course to Mongolian artists during Ulaanbaatar International Film Festival, giving consulting service to Mongolia’s young filmmakers to enter into international market and involving them in projects.

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation at the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland supports and finances the “Open Doors” program.