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The Vision Award Ticinomoda 2022 goes to Laurie Anderson, “storyteller” in art, music and film

  © Ebru Yildiz The Locarno Film Festival will pay tribute to U.S. composer, visual artist and filmmaker Laurie Anderson with the Vision Award Ticinomoda, a prize dedicated to creatives whose work has extended the horizons of the filmic image. The award will be handed over in a ceremony on Wednesday 10 August in Piazza Grande, followed on Thursday 11 August by a panel conversation with the audience at the Spazio Cinema, plus screenings of two titles directed by Ande...

Applications from Five Countries Open for the Seventh Alliance 4 Development

Once again, Locarno will be the place where the corners of five European countries meet and where fledgling film projects find their early footing in the festival world. This is the Alliance 4 Development (A4D), Locarno Pro’s co-development initiative for film projects from France, Germany, Italy, Austria, and Switzerland, which now welcomes new submissions for its seventh edition. This vital industry program, taking place at the Festival during the Locarno Pro days (August 5-7...

Swatch joins the Locarno Film Festival as main partner

© Locarno Film Festival/Ti-Press Tuesday 12 April 2022 saw the signing at the PalaCinema in Locarno of a letter of intent whose terms will strengthen the partnership between Swatch and the Locarno Film Festival: from 2023 the Swiss watchmaker will become one of the event’s four Main partners.   The ties between Swatch and the Locarno Film Festival are set to become firmer than ever. The new partnership will build on years of close cooperation that have already brought impor...

The Pardo d’onore Manor 2022 goes to Kelly Reichardt

  © Courtesy of David Godlis The Locarno Film Festival will pay tribute to Kelly Reichardt, one of the most original and independent voices in contemporary American filmmaking. Reichardt will receive the Pardo d’onore Manor award on the evening of Friday 12 August in Piazza Grande. On Saturday 13 August at the Spazio Cinema she will be at the center of a panel conversation with the audience, who will also have a chance to see two stand-out titles from her career during Locarn...

A Leopard to imagine the Future

  Keen to repeat the success of last year, the Locarno Film Festival decided once again to hold an international competition, open to the younger generations, to design the graphic and aesthetic guidelines for its forthcoming edition. The winning design by artist Vito Manolo Roma mirrors a break with the past and gets across the spirit of the Festival’s 75th anniversary: to celebrate a long history of art and cinema, while opening a new chapter in the story. The competitio...

Announcing the Locarno Residency, a new development workshop for first features

    The Locarno Film Festival is pleased to announce the launch of a new project named Locarno Residency, with the support of Swiss Life: a tutorial pathway for young filmmakers working on their feature-length directorial debut. The Residency provides tutorial assistance and a first-feature development support screenwriting program, with both online sessions and in-person group workshops in Locarno. Candidates can apply until 2 May 2022. Following up on the 9th edition of L...

The Shortest Month Begins, the Locarno Shorts Weeks Return

  It’s the fourth time running for the Locarno Film Festival’s off-season, on-demand program, which extends the event’s horizons beyond the summer edition. On February 1-28, these 22 shorts will provide a taste of cinema while waiting for August, when the Festival, with features and shorts, will celebrate its 75th anniversary. We watched them, we loved them, we gave them prizes, and now we start over, watching them again. Or for the first time, if you missed t...

The Locarno75 Retrospective will be dedicated to Douglas Sirk

  The first piece to fall into place for the upcoming 75th anniversary edition of the Locarno Film Festival (3-13 August 2022) is the Retrospective, dedicated to master filmmaker Douglas Sirk, 35 years after his death. Valuable and previously unpublished documents from the archives of the Cinémathèque suisse will provide the key to unlocking a fresh critical interpretation, reviewing the historical context of a filmmaker rediscovered and much admired by the French N...

The Locarno Film Festival wrapped up its 74th edition

Saturday 14 August, brought the 74th Locarno Film Festival to a close with the final awards ceremony. The 2021 edition, the first held under new Artistic Director Giona A. Nazzaro, marks a major restart for the Festival. Last night in Piazza Grande also saw the announcement of the Variety Piazza Grande Award for ROSE by Aurélie Saada and the Prix du Public UBS for HINTERLAND by Stefan Ruzowitzky. The evening’s extra surprise came from John Landis, who handed the Lif...

The 74th edition of the Locarno Film Festival award winners announced

The 2021 edition, the first under the artistic direction of Giona A. Nazzaro, ended successfully and awarded the Pardo d’oro to SEPERTI DENDAM, RINDU HARUS DIBAYAR TUNTAS (Vengeance is Mine, All Others Pay Cash) by Edwin. Furthermore, to end the 74th edition of the Locarno Film Festival with a surprise, tonight on the Piazza Grande the great master Dario Argento will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for his work and his surprising acting in VORTEX by Gaspar Noé. ...

The Locarno Industry Academy arrives in Asia in partnership with NFDC Film Bazaar

  Locarno Pro, the area of the Locarno Film Festival dedicated to film industry professionals, is pleased to announce the partnership between the South Asia - Locarno Industry Academy and  NFDC Film Bazaar, to be held online from 20 to 25 November 2021. A new edition of this training project - for the first time in the Asian continent – is intended to expand the network of young talents in the sector created in recent years by the Festival.   The Locarno Industry A...

The Locarno Kids Award is launched: the first edition will go to Mamoru Hosoda

  Starting this year, a new award has been added to the Locarno Film Festival's list of honors: the Locarno Kids Award la Mobiliare, given to someone capable of bringing cinema to younger viewers. At the viewing of the Piazza Grande presentation of Mamoru Hosoda's Belle: Ryū to sobakasu no hime (Belle, 2021), the master of animation will be the first to receive the award, and he will do so from Japan.  The Locarno Kids Award thus completes the Festival's offerings for chi...

The Festival is back: Locarno74 gets under way

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The 74th edition of the Locarno Film Festival will be held from 4 to 14 August. © Yannis Drakoulidis - Netflix The Locarno Film Festival officially opens its doors to the public once again. The Palexpo (FEVI) and the Piazza Grande, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, are ready and waiting for the opening ceremony, featuring Laetitia Casta, winner of the Excellence Award Davide Campari, and the world premiere of Beckett, by Ferdinando Cito Filomarin...

StepIn 2021 — Envisioning a healthier workplace in the film industry

After nine successful years in existence, StepIn – Locarno Pro’s think tank – is back in the physical space. Once again, the initiative will allow for a free-flowing exchange of ideas between selected industry professionals and a host of prestigious speakers, all joining together on Thursday August 5th, during the Locarno Film Festival.   A proactive environment in which accredited professionals from diverse backgrounds can openly share their experiences with their c...

The Locarno Film Festival’s Leopard Club Award goes to Kasia Smutniak

© Andrea Gandini Kasia Smutniak, defined by artistic director Giona A. Nazzaro as “a skilled, very personal actress”, will receive the Leopard Club Award at the 74th Locarno Film Festival (4-14 August 2021). The award ceremony, slated for the evening of Friday 6 August in Piazza Grande, will be followed on Saturday 7 August by a conversation with the audience, moderated by Piera Detassis, at the Forum @Rotonda by la Mobiliare, plus a screening of the film Nelle tue mani ...

The Locarno Film Festival joins with UNHCR to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Refugee Convention

  The Alleys by Bassel Ghandour Gillian Triggs, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Assistant High Commissioner for Protection at UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, will be our guest at Locarno to commemorate seventy years of the 1951 Convention on the Status of Refugees. On Sunday, 8 August, at Piazza Grande, she will greet the audience before the world premiere screening of&nb...

Locarno74: program now complete, with World Premieres of She Will and 100 Minutes

She Will  © Property of Popcorn Group The Locarno Film Festival is delighted to announce that the Gala premiere of Fuori Concorso will be dedicated to the psychological thriller She Will, a powerful debut by Franco-British Director Charlotte Colbert. The Piazza Grande will be screening the World Premiere of Sto minut iz zhizni Ivana Denisovicha (100 Minutes) by Russian director Gleb Panfilov, who already won a Golden Leopard in 1969.   Everything is...

Beckett by Ferdinando Cito Filomarino, will open Piazza Grande

  © Yannis Drakoulidis - Netflix Beckett, the new film by Italian director Ferdinando Cito Filomarino, produced by Luca Guadagnino, is to open the 74th edition of the Locarno Film Festival in Piazza Grande on August 4. Following its premiere at the Festival, the film will also be available exclusively on Netflix from August 13. The opening ceremony of the 74th Locarno Film Festival will be held on Wednesday 4 August in Piazza Grande, the iconic open-air theater which w...

The Pardo d’onore Manor 2021 goes to John Landis

  The Locarno Film Festival will pay tribute to the unrestrainable comic and creative genius of U.S. director, screenwriter, and actor John Landis, who on Friday August 13 in Piazza Grande will receive the Pardo d’onore Manor award. On Saturday 14 August at the Forum @Rotonda by la Mobiliare, Landis will also join a panel discussion with the audience, while Locarno7...

The Locarno Film Festival puts youth at the heart of its restart

  Locarno becomes ever more of a reference point for a new generation of emerging talents.   © Roberto Gianocca The great restart of the Locarno Film Festival (from 4 to 14 August) also sees the offering for young people come back in full swing, with a range of initiatives for professionals in film, culture and the creative arts. The Locarno Academy will be opening its doors again with its three programs (Filmmaker...

Locarno announces the final line-up of 9 projects for Alliance 4 Development 2021

Locarno Pro and its institutional partners have completed the selection process for film projects shortlisted to feature in this year’s European co-development workshop, slated for 6 to 8 August. Monsters, hunters, wild girls, blood, ghosts, villages… Images and moods just waiting to unfold in tales of cultural identity, diversity, female empowerment, environmental sensibility and discovery of the “other”. When? During Alliance 4 Development 2021. Throug...

The Excellence Award Davide Campari goes to Laetitia Casta

French actress Laetitia Casta will receive the 2021 Excellence Award Davide Campari, with which the Locarno Film Festival pays tribute to film personalities who have left their personal stamp on contemporary cinema. On Wednesday 4 August Casta will be in Piazza Grande for the award ceremony, and the following day she will meet the Festival public in a panel conversation at the Forum @Rotonda by la Mobiliare. The actress has selected two titles from her filmography to be screened during t...

Open Doors: The selected projects and talents for the closing edition on Southeast Asia and Mongolia

  Open Doors: The selected projects and talents for the closing edition on Southeast Asia and Mongolia Eight projects and nine producers coming from Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Mongolia will participate in this year’s Open Doors activities, thus concluding a three-year cycle dedicated to Southeast Asia and Mongolia. The co-production Hub and producer’s Lab will take place during the 74th Locarno Film Festival from Augu...

Pardo alla carriera to Dante Spinotti

The Italian cinematographer will receive the Festival’s Pardo alla carriera achievement award on Thursday 12 August in Piazza Grande. The 74th edition of the Locarno Film Festival will feature screenings of a pair of landmark titles that reflect his tireless artistic research on light in film and his creative partnership with Michael Mann: The Insider (1999) and Heat (1995). Spinotti himself will round off the tribute by taking part in a panel conversation with t...

The Locarno Industry Academy arrives in Africa

  The Locarno Film Festival is pleased to announce the first edition of the Southern Africa-Locarno Industry Academy, in collaboration with the Realness Institute of Africa. The 2021 edition of the ongoing training project for young film industry professionals will take place online from 26 September to 2 October 2021 and will welcome participants from all over the African continent.  The Locarno Industry Academy is the workshop of Locarno...

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