Locarno Film Festival

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The Piazza Grande during a film screening, 2013
Festival poster 2010

The Locarno Film Festival (until 2016 Festival del film Locarno , 2017–2018 Locarno Festival ) has been held every August since 1946 in the city of Locarno in the canton of Ticino in Switzerland . It is one of the oldest film festivals in the world , after the Venice Film Festival and the Moscow Film Festival , both of which were founded in the 1930s, and alongside the Cannes Film Festival and the Karlovy Vary Film Festival (both founded in 1946) .

Like these, it is one of the film art festivals with a feature film competition according to the specifications of the FIAPF film producers' association (A-category festival). The 74th festival will take place from August 4th to 14th, 2021.


The traditional seating at the film festival
From August 2018 to September 2020 Lili Hinstin was the festival's artistic director

During eleven days, hundreds of films will be shown in various series, retrospectives and in the competition for the Golden Leopard . A number of film screenings take place as an open-air event on the Piazza Grande in the old town of Locarno on a large screen (26 × 14 m). There is space for around 8,000 spectators.

The Locarno Film Festival has a long tradition in auteur films . These are those films in which the director essentially determines all artistic aspects of the film, such as the script or editing, and is seen as the (sole) author of the film.

The incumbent director from 2000, the Italian film critic Irene Bignardi , stood for the content and artistic continuity of the selection of films with social and political content. In summer 2004 there were over 350 at the 57th Locarno International Film Festival.

From August 2005 the director of the Locarno Film Festival was named Frédéric Maire . At the beginning of June 2008 it was announced that the 44-year-old Neuchâtel film journalist and director Maire is leaving his post prematurely and will take up work as director of the Swiss Film Archive on November 1, 2009 . On September 1, 2009, Olivier Père , previously based in Cannes , took over the management of the film festival. At the end of August 2012, after three years, he gave up the post of Artistic Director to take up the post of General Director of Arte France Cinéma at the beginning of November . At the beginning of September 2012, the Italian film critic and author Carlo Chatrian , from 2001 to 2007 Vice Director of the Alba Film Festival , was appointed Père's successor. On August 24, 2018, Lili Hinstin was elected Artistic Director by the Board of Directors of the film festival; she succeeded Chatrian in this role on December 1, 2018. Chatrian moved to the Berlinale in May 2019 . In September 2020, the Locarno Film Festival and Lili Hinstin ended their collaboration due to differing views on the future strategy. Their deputy Nadia Dresti took over the management on an interim basis. In November 2020 it was announced that Giona A. Nazzaro would take over the artistic direction in 2021.

In 2009 anime was the focus of the festival. Isao Takahata was honored with the Leopard of Honor for his life's work.

The 73rd edition, which was supposed to take place from August 5th to 15th, 2020, has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic ; Instead, the special edition “Locarno 2020 - For the Future of Film” will take place, which is designed for a year zero and is intended to welcome films and viewers to the large web space and the valuable local cinemas. An audience from around the world with whom to discover today's first visions, support tomorrow's films and explore projects that enrich the history of cinema and the festival.

The 74th edition of the Locarno Film Festival will take place from August 4th to 14th, 2021.

Economic importance for the region

The festival - with a total budget of 10 million Swiss francs - is supported with public funding of 2.5 million francs from the canton and a further 1.3 million annually from the national government.

According to a study by the University of Italian Switzerland (USI) in Lugano commissioned by the Ticino State Council in 2005, 12 to 13 million francs remain in the region for just under two weeks, which means that the regional economic balance is clearly positive.

The statistically determined average film festival visitor “spends 123 francs a day, is female, between 30 and 40 years old, comes from German-speaking Switzerland, has a high level of education and a medium to high income”. The social researchers speak of “tourist potential” with regard to cultural offers and gastronomy that are specifically geared towards the educated public, which occurs here in large numbers.

Awards given

Concorso Internationale - International competition

Since 1968, the main prize for the best competition film has been the Pardo d'oro , the Golden Leopard . The prize money of 90,000 Swiss francs (currently around 78,000 euros) associated with the award goes equally to the director and the producers of the winning film.

price Original designation Awarded since
Golden Leopard
main prize of the festival, presented by the city and region of Locarno, for the best film from the competition
(equally divided between director and producer)
Pardo d'oro 1968
Special prize of the jury Jury
prize for the second best film (equally divided between director and producer)
Premio speciale della giuria 1949
Leopard - Best Director
Award, presented by the City and Region of Locarno, for the film with the best director
Pardo per la miglior regia 1946
Leopard - Best Actress Pardo per la miglior interpretazione femminile 1946
Leopard - Best Actor Pardo per la miglior interpretation maschile 1958

Further competition prizes

Concorso Cineasti del Presente - prices

  • Pardo d'oro Cineasti del presente. Has been awarded to the best film in the concorso Cineasti del presente category since 2006 .
  • Premio speciale della giuria Ciné + Cineasti del presente (special prize of the jury). The French television station Ciné + Club guarantees that the film that will be awarded the special prize will be purchased by Ciné + Club and thus broadcast via the broadcaster.
  • Pardo per la migliore opera great. The prize was awarded between 2006 and 2009 to the best first work from the concorso internationale and concorso Cineasti del presente competitions.
  • Pardo per il miglior regista emergente - Città e Regione di Locarno . The award honors the best aspiring director.

Concorso Pardi di Domani - prices (short and medium length films )

  • Pardino d'oro per il miglior cortometraggio internazionale - Premium SRG SSR . Award for the best international short film from the category concorso internationale dei Pardi di domani. The Pardino 2016 went to L'immense back from Manon Coubia.
  • Pardino d'oro per il miglior cortometraggio svizzero - Premio Swiss Life . Award for the best Swiss short film in the concorso nazionale dei Pardi di domani competition. The 2016 Pardino went to The Bridge over the Jadwiga Kowalska River .
  • Pardino d'argento Swiss Life per il Concorso svizzero . Award for a Swiss film in the concorso nazionale Pardi di domani category . The Pardino 2016 went to Genesis by Lucien Monot.
  • Pardino d'argento SSR SRG per il Concorso internazionale. Award for a film from the category concorso internationale Pardi di domani . The 2016 Pardino went to Cilaos by Camilo Restrepo.
  • Nomination di Locarno agli European Film Awards - Premio Pianifica . Award for a short film by a European director that will be shown in the two competitions of the concorso dei Pardi di domani . The award includes the nomination for the short film category of the European Film Awards and is provided by Studio Pianifica .
  • Premio per la miglior speranza svizzera . Award for the best young Swiss talent. The price consists of technical services provided by Cinegrell, Visuals SA, Freestudios SA, Taurus Studio e Avant-première SA / Film Demn next AG.
  • Premio Medien Patent Verwaltung AG. Award for subtitling, provided by Medien Patent Verwaltung AG. The winning film will be offered subtitling in three European languages. The 2016 award went to Valparaiso by Carlo Sironi.

Special prices

Pardo d'onore (leopard of honor)

The Pardo d'onore Swisscom honors contemporary filmmakers who represent the filmmaking that has been the focus of the festival since its inception. The winners of the last editions of the Pardo d'onore Swisscom were Manoel de Oliveira , Bernardo Bertolucci , Ken Loach , Jean-Luc Godard , Terry Gilliam , Aleksandr Sokurov , Hou Hsiao-hsien , William Friedkin , Alain Tanner , Jia Zhangke , Leos Carax , Werner Herzog , Agnès Varda and Michael Cimino . Alejandro Jodorowsky was selected as the winner in 2016, Bruno Dumont in 2018 , John Waters in 2019 and John Landis in 2021 .

Excellence Award

The Excellence Award honors exceptional actors from the international film scene. Since 2004 the festival has del film Locarno personalities like Oleg Menshikov , Susan Sarandon , John Malkovich , Willem Dafoe , Carmen Maura , Michel Piccoli , Toni Servillo , Chiara Mastroianni , Victoria Abril , Sir Christopher Lee , Juliette Binoche , Giancarlo Giannini and Edward Norton with honored with the Excellence Award . In 2016, Bill Pullman was selected as the winner, Ethan Hawke in 2018 , Song Kang-ho in 2019 and Laetitia Casta in 2021 .

Raimondo Rezzonico Prize

The Premio Raimondo Rezzonico (donated by the municipality of Minusio ) for the best independent producer. The winners of the last editions of the award were Paulo Branco , Ruth Waldburger , Karl Baumgartner , Jeremy Thomas , Lita Stantic , Christine Vachon , Martine Marignac , Menahem Golan , Mike Medavoy , Arnon Milchan , Margaret Ménégoz , Nansun Shi and Office Kitano . In 2016 David Linde was selected as the winner, in 2017 Michael Merkt , 2018 Ted Hope and 2019 Maren Ade , Janine Jackowski and Jonas Dornbach ( accomplices film ).

Vision Award

This new award aims to honor personalities who, with their creations and work behind the scenes, help broaden the horizons of cinema.

Premio Cinema Ticino

Since 2009, the prize has been awarded every two years to personalities from the film industry who originally come from Ticino or have lived in the Swiss canton for at least five years.

Leopard Club Award

The Leopard Club Award , named after the association that supports the festival, each year honors a figure on the international film scene, which has shaped their work, the imagination of the audience.

Pardo alla carriera

The award is dedicated to people with special careers in the film world.

The prize has been awarded since 2010, with other winners including Bruno Ganz , Claude Goretta , Jane Birkin and Claudia Cardinale .

Lifetime Achievement Award

Since 2011, the festival has been honoring personalities who have marked the film industry with their extraordinary careers.

Locarno Kids Award la Mobiliere

In 2021 a prize was created for personalities who bring cinema closer to younger audiences.

Piazza Grande Awards

Prix ​​du Public UBS

Audience Award Statuette (2013)

In addition to an official jury made up of film and culture professionals, the festival also has an audience jury. Every evening, it evaluates the films shown on the Piazza Grande in order to award the Prix ​​du Public prize . Previous winners of the Prix du Public UBS include films such as Kick it like Beckham , The Syrian Bride , The Lives of Others , Monsieur Lazhar , Lore , Schweizer Helden and Ich, Daniel Blake .

Variety Piazza Grande Award

The Variety Piazza Grande Award is presented by a jury made up of critics from Variety magazine . The award is given to a film that is shown as a world or international premiere in the Piazza Grande category .

Swatch First Feature Award

The prize honors first works that run in the categories concorso internazionale , concorso Cineasti del presente , Fuori concorso , Signs of Life and Piazza Grande .


See also

Web links

Commons : Locarno Film Festival  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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  2. pardo.ch - Olivier Père future Artistic Director. ( Memento of December 24, 2008 in the Internet Archive )
  3. Olivier Père leaves the Festival del film Locarno at pardolive.ch, August 27, 2012 (accessed on August 28, 2012).
  4. Carlo Chatrian becomes the new artistic director at pardolive.ch, September 4, 2012 (accessed September 4, 2012).
  5. NZZ: The French Lili Hinstin is the new festival director in Locarno . Article dated August 24, 2018, accessed August 24, 2018.
  6. ^ Artistic director Lili Hinstin leaves Locarno Film Festival. In: DerStandard.at . September 24, 2020, accessed September 25, 2020 .
  7. Lili Hinstin leaves Locarno: The manager of Locarno is leaving again. In: srf.ch . September 24, 2020, accessed September 25, 2020 .
  8. Locarno Film Festival: Nadia Dresti becomes interim director. In: ORF.at . October 5, 2020, accessed October 6, 2020 .
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  10. See Michael Kohler: Meister der Animation . In: Frankfurter Rundschau , August 8, 2009, p. 12.
  11. Study by the University of Italian Switzerland (Italian) ( Memento from November 13, 2005 in the Internet Archive )
  12. finanzen.net, accessed July 22, 2018
  13. Locarno Film Festival: Maren Ade is to be awarded a special prize . Article dated June 4, 2019, accessed June 5, 2019.
  14. Vision Award Ticinomoda , accessed August 20, 2019
  15. Locarno honors Fredi Murer for his life's work. August 15, 2019, accessed August 15, 2019 .
  16. ^ First Locarno Kids Award for Japanese animation filmmaker Hosoda. In: nau.ch. July 26, 2021, accessed July 27, 2021 .