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Sarah Schiesser

Sarah Schiesser


Film Festival


Decision Maker 2019


Sarah Schiesser, from Switzerland, is a graduate from the University of Paris 8 with specialization in International Media. After working for local film festivals and a TV production company in Paris, she is active in the Locarno Film Festival’s industry sector since 2015. Currently she serves as Locarno Pro manager and Deputy Head of the Open Doors program.

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The Locarno Film Festival offers competitive sections for features and short films, accompanied by several retrospective and non-competitive sections.
Locarno Pro is the landmark for film professionals attending Locarno. Through its diverse activities and services, it addresses producers and filmmakers as well as other industry key players, supporting them in their respective tasks, from the conception to the release of independent art-house cinema in different areas of the world.
Among these, the Open Doors initiative aims primarily at spotlighting directors and producers from countries in the South and the East of the world, connecting them to its international counterpart.
From 2019 to 2021, Open Doors is spotlighting the film talents of Southeast Asia (Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam) and Mongolia.