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Locarno76: audience reward a bold edition

The 76th edition of the Locarno Film Festival saw enthusiastic audiences flocking to screenings and other initiatives, creating a rare and special interface between public, filmmakers and film industry professionals – all attending in greater numbers than before. Photo: © Locarno Film Festival / Ti-Press After eleven days of the delights of the big screen, yesterday, Saturday 12 August, brought the 76th edition of the Locarno Film Festival to a close, rounded off by the announc...

Ken Loach awarded the Prix du Public UBS for The Old Oak

Ken Loach awarded the Prix du Public UBS for The Old Oak, while Čuvari formule (Guardians of the Formula) received the Variety Piazza Grande Award  The English director once again captured the Piazza Grande audience's 8,000 hearts, following his victory in 2016 with I, Daniel Blake. Likewise, Dragan Bjelogrlić's Čuvari formule (Guardians of the Formula) secured the recognition of the prestigious American magazine.   © Sixteen ...

The Pardo d’oro at Locarno76 goes to Mantagheye bohrani (Critical Zone) by Iranian filmmaker Ali Ahmadzadeh

The Pardo d’oro at Locarno76 goes to Mantagheye bohrani (Critical Zone) by Iranian filmmaker Ali Ahmadzadeh, a hymn to freedom and resistance in Iran.  Eleven days of cinema drew a passionate response from critics and audiences. Packed theaters, movie discoveries, shared emotions: this was Locarno76, an edition which saw the triumph of Mantagheye bohrani (Critical Zone) by Ali Ahmadzadeh, winner of the Festival’s Pardo d’oro.   © Locarno F...

Locarno Pro 2023 wrapped

Locarno Pro, the landmark industry event at the Locarno Film Festival, has come to a close, with a record number of professionals attending.   © Locarno Film Festival Altogether, Locarno Pro saw a growth of over 10% in attendees and welcomed 1,530 people at the event, with 1,460 of them attending on the ground in the Swiss town and 70 of them online. This in comparison to a total of 1,377 (1,266 onsite, 111 online) ...

Locarno Open Doors announces winners

Open Doors, Locarno Pro’s talent development program for artists from underrepresented communities around the world, has announced its 2023 winners.   For the second of its three-year cycle, Open Doors this year focused on the region of Latin America and the Caribbean. A total of eight projects in development were selected for its coproduction platform, the Projects’ Hub, along with eight creative producers who participated in the program’s talent incubator, the Pr...

Locarno Pro announces industry awards and Heritage Online Restoration Contest winners 2023

Locarno Pro, the industry event of the Locarno Film Festival, has announced the winning projects for its work-in-progress section First Look on UK films and Alliance 4 Development, the co-development program for film projects from Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland, along with the winner of the very first Heritage Online Restoration Contest.  Director Cécile Embleton from Mother Vera, winner Creativity Media First Look Award 2023, receive...

A Long Night of Dreaming in Locarno about The Future of Intelligence

    Locarno Film Festival:  Wednesday, August 9th, 20:44 CEST – Thursday, August 10th, 6:17 CEST (from sunset to sunrise)  BaseCamp PopUp, Istituto Sant’Eugenio. On Wednesday, August 9th, "A Long Night of Dreaming about The Future of Intelligence" takes place at the Locarno Film Festival. From sunset to sunrise, Festival guests and visitors are invited to learn and dream together about possible futures of intelligence. Guided by researcher...

Maja Hoffmann named as new president of the Locarno Film Festival

The Board of Directors of the Locarno Film Festival has unanimously approved the name put forward by the appointment committee tasked with finding a successor to Marco Solari. Maja Hoffmann, founder of the LUMA Foundation, is the proposed candidate who will stand for approval at the next Extraordinary General Meeting. Photo: © Annie Leibovitz   The Board of Directors of the Locarno Film Festival met to discuss the succession proposal of Marco Solari as president of the Festiv...

Road to Locarno Pro 2023: how to...

© Locarno Film Festival From August 3 to 9, Locarno Pro will once again welcome film professionals from around the globe during the Festival’s 76th edition as the landmark event for the industry takes a deep dive into the question of what independent cinema is today. From networking events, pitching forums, market activities for emerging film professionals, industry lunches and screenings, Locarno Pro will offer a wide range of activities, both on-site and online through ...

Meet the Juries of the 76th Locarno Film Festival

Following on from the unveiling of the official selection, the names are now being announced of the jurors who will be in Locarno to award the Pardo d’oro and other prizes on the closing day, August 12th.   Photo:  ©Locarno Film Festival The juries will involve voices from around the world, representing some of the most exciting and creative visionaries on the contemporary scene, as this year’s jurors set about deciding the outcomes of the 76th Locarno Film Fe...

5 key European Film Festivals unite introducing Launchpad to support emerging film professionals networking opportunities

The Locarno Film Festival, Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, IFFR and Karlovy Vary International Film Festival have joined forces in a new initiative: Launchpad. Launchpad aims at facilitating the integration of selected emerging film professionals working in international sales, marketing, traditional and online distribution, exhibition and programming, funds and commissions by giving them facilitated access to a network of film festivals in the ...

Locarno: The Leopard Club Award to Stellan Skarsgård

Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård, one of the most popular faces of contemporary cinema, will receive the Leopard Club Award at the 76th Locarno Film Festival (August 2-12). The award ceremony, which will take place on Friday evening, August 4th, in Piazza Grande, will be followed by a talk with the audience at the Forum @Spazio Cinema on Saturday, August 5th, while God afton, herr Wallenberg (Good evening, Mr. Wallenberg, 1990) by Kjell Grede will be screened on August 3rd. Stel...

Locarno76: full program announced, plus Excellence Award Davide Campari to Riz Ahmed

Today’s press conference in Bern saw the unveiling of the official program for the 76th Locarno Film Festival, together with eagerly awaited competition line-ups and the presentation of the non-competitive sections. British actor Riz Ahmed was also revealed as the recipient of this year’s Excellence Award Davide Campari.  ©Photo by Matt Petit/A.M.P.A.S. via Getty Images  From the 2nd to 12th of August the passion ...

The Vision Award Ticinomoda 2023 goes to Pietro Scalia

The Locarno Film Festival will pay tribute to Italian - American film editor and two-time Oscar winner Pietro Scalia with the Vision Award Ticinomoda, the prize dedicated to creatives whose work has extended the horizons of the filmic image. The award will be handed over in a ceremony on Thursday, August 3rd in Piazza Grande, followed by a panel conversation with the audience at the Forum @Spazio Cinema on Friday, August 4th, plus screenings of two standout cuts from Scalia’s career:&nbs...

11 projects selected for Alliance 4 Development 2023

  Alliance 4 Development (A4D), the co-development program for film projects from Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland hosted by Locarno Pro, has announced the 11 projects selected for its upcoming 8th edition. The aim of the program is to future-proof the market potential of the projects and foster long-term creative and business ties between the targeted countries.  © Locarno Film Festival / Ti-Press Alliance 4 Development (A4D), the co-development program for film...

Shayda to close Locarno76; Director Noora Niasari, star Zar Amir Ebrahimi and EP Cate Blanchett to attend

  The final night of Locarno Film Festival, on Saturday, August 12th 2023, will be the European premiere of Iranian-Australian director Noora Niasari’s debut film Shayda. The film, which won the Audience Award at Sundance 2023, will close out the final evening of the Festival, alongside a free second screening of a surprise title that touches on the history of cinema and the Locarno Film Festival, chosen by President Marco Solari. Cate Blanchett is an executive producer of the...

Locarno Open Doors Announces Projects’ Hub and Producers’ Lab Participants, Introduces Directors’ Club

Open Doors is entering its 21st edition and for the second year in a row will focus on filmmakers from underrepresented countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. The program will take place online in July and onsite during the Locarno Pro Days (August 3 to 9, 2023).     Photo ©Virginia Bettoja This year, in addition to the Projects’ Hub and Producers’ Lab, L...

Renzo Rossellini to receive the Locarno76 Lifetime Achievement Award

The Locarno Film Festival will pay tribute to celebrated Italian producer and director Renzo Rossellini in Piazza Grande on Thursday 10 August. The award ceremony will be followed by a screening of La città delle donne (City of Women, Federico Fellini, 1980), while on Friday 11 August Rossellini will meet the Festival public at the Forum @Spazio Cinema. As producer for master filmmakers of the caliber of Federico Fellini, Lina Wertmüller, Werner Herzog,...

The Locarno 2023 Raimondo Rezzonico Award goes to producer Marianne Slot

The Locarno Film Festival’s Raimondo Rezzonico Award, given to figures who have played a major role in international production, will go to Marianne Slot this year, honoring a career distinguished by essential collaborations with filmmakers like Lars von Trier, Lucrecia Martel and Lisandro Alonso. Slot will receive the prize on the evening of Saturday 5 August, and the tribute to her will include a screening of one of her recent successes, Kona fer í strí...

Last Dance and Annie Colère win the Prix du Public UBS and Variety Piazza Grande Award

The audience in Piazza Grande selected Delphine Lehericey’s film for the Prix du Public, while the seventies drama by Blandine Lenoir clinched the award given by the prestigious U.S. trade magazine.     The Locarno prize list is now fully complete with the awards for films screened in Piazza Grande. As a follow-up to the Pardo d’oro and other prizes awarded by official juries, the audience members in the Festival’s legendary open-air theater had th...

Locarno75 Pardo d’oro goes to Regra 34

Wrapping up 11 days of celebration, numerous special initiatives, and extraordinary participation by the audience, the festival is reaching its conclusion with the Pardo d’oro being awarded to Julia Murat’s Regra 34 (Rule 34), which will be presented on the Piazza Grande during tonight’s closing ceremony.   PHOTO © Locarno Film Festival - Ti-Press - Massimo Pedrazzini Since August 3, the entire city of ...

Futurespectives : check the new Locarno Film Festival podcast series

  As of today, 11th August, the first five episodes of the Locarno Film Festival podcast series Futurespectives, presented by UBS, will be available online. Produced in collaboration with BrandAudio, Futurespectives offers listeners a futuristic retrospective featuring exclusive conversations with international film stars, emerging talents, and key industry figures. The podcast reveals their hidden stories, journeys, and dreams, introducing the audience to fresh perspectiv...

The winners of the Locarno Open Doors 2022 awards

The prize list was announced today, Tuesday 9 August, for the Open Doors initiative at the Locarno Film Festival, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. The new three-year focus dedicated to Latin America and Caribbean countries brought to Locarno films from the region and film projects in development, which had the opportunity to reach out and engage with the audience and industry members present at the Locarno Film Festival. &nbs...

Locarno Pro Announces First Look and Alliance 4 Development Winning Projects for 2022

The eleventh edition of First Look – the Locarno Film Festival initiative showcasing films in post-production – has concluded with the announcement of its winning projects for 2022. This edition’s focus on the German cinema of the future gave the members of the jury, all of whom are the directors of major international film festivals, the chance to preview six German works-in-progress   ...

Locarno75 is (also) online

With Swisscom, MUBI, Play Suisse and, the Locarno Film Festival widens its offer to the public that won’t be able to attend the event physically, with an online selection of competition films and gems from the past.     Besides the ones in Piazza Grande and the city cinemas, the Loc...


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