After an entirely remote affair last time around, Open Doors is adopting a hybrid in-person and online approach this time around, welcoming more than half of the filmmakers and producers to the Swiss fest. The section is also entering the final year in its three-year focus on Southeast Asia and Mongolia specifically.
“This one is much more the result of the exploration of the region and the collaboration we have been building with talents over the last two and a half years,” explains Open Doors director Sophie Bourdon. “On the co-production side, it’s only first-time feature directors with one exception, but many of them have had shorts featured at the festival.”
Bourdon admits the last couple years have been difficult for Open Doors.