This year, First Look celebrates and awards the German masterpieces of tomorrow, featuring on its slate six works-in-progress at the cusp of completion. The focus on German cinema is made possible thanks to a partnership with German Films.
During the Locarno Film Festival, the selected projects, none of which currently have sales representation, will be awarded by a jury of major festival directors who have travelled to Locarno from around the globe. The projects will also be presented in closed sessions to accredited industry professionals at the Cinema Rialto from the 5 to 7 August.
The international First Look jury, made up of Vanja Kaludjercic (International Film Festival Rotterdam), Tricia Tuttle (BFI London Film Festival), and HUH Moonyung (Busan International Film Festival), will award several prizes: The Cinegrell First Look Award, which consists of services towards the completion of films in post-production up to the value of €50,000; a prize from Le Film Français, consisting in advertising services to a value of €5,600; and the prize offered by Kaiju Cinema Diffusion, worth €5,000, for the design of an international poster, helping the awarded film forge a striking visual identity amidst the PR-intensive world of film festivals.
The six works-in-progress selected for the 11th edition of First Look:
Arthur & Diana by Sara Summa, produced by Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin
Drei Leben Lang (Three Lives Long) by Felicitas Korn, produced by Maze Pictures, co-produced by U5 Filmproduktion
Elaha by Milena Aboyan, produced by Kinescope Film, co-produced by Essence Film
Leere Netze (Empty Nets) by Behrooz Karamizade, produced by BASIS BERLIN Filmproduktion, co-produced by Living Pictures Production, Rainy Pictures (Iran), ZDF / Das kleine Fernsehspiel in collaboration with ARTE
Letzter Abend (One Last Evening) by Lukas Nathrath, produced by Klinkerfilm, co-produced by Doppelbauer & Nathrath Filmproduktion
Life Is Not a Competition, But I’m Winning by Julia Fuhr Mann, produced by Schuldenberg Films, co-produced by HFF Munich
Locarno Pro is made possible thanks to the vital support of the Federal Office of Culture / MEDIA Desk Suisse.