Alexander Kvatashidze's Georgian/French/Estonian/Netherlands war documentary See you in Chechnya (Lokokina Studio, Exitfilm, Estonia) has taken top honors in the Locarno IFF industry event Open Doors, winning its production award of 20,000 CHF (16,162 EUR).
See you in Chechnya also took the ARTE Open Doors prize of 6,000 EUR, while Georgia's Sleeping lessons by Rusudan Pirvelli won the 7,000 EUR CNC (Centre National du cinéma et de l’image animée) prize.
The Open Doors program this year focused on work from Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, screening 22 films from the region for both industry professionals and the public, announcing the honors Tuesday. The program is supported by ACE (Ateliers du Cinéma Européen), EAVE (European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs) and Producers Network Marché du Film of the Cannes IFF.
The South Caucasus focus selected 12 competing projects that participated in the Open Doors co-production lab 2013, culled from over 100 submissions. The 4 days of workshops are aimed at helping the directors and producers find financial partners to complete production of their films.