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One of the oldest festivals in the world, Locarno is also, and always has been, a young festival. Because the cinema it promotes and supports is young, brimming with courage, vision and audacity. And because it is precisely for young people that new and unmissable opportunities have been created in recent years.
Education is one of the main tasks that the Locarno Film Festival sets for itself. Hence the idea of creating a real school for young talents during the days of the Festival, the Locarno Academy, offering the opportunity to learn from the prestigious guests involved in the various editions.
But that’s not all: because in today’s world the public must also be cognizant of the ways we relate to the images that surround us. This is why Locarno Kids la Mobiliare offers a range of initiatives aimed at the spectators of tomorrow: ad hoc workshops and an entire section of films are dedicated to children.
Finally, the Festival strives to involve new generations in other areas as well, ranging from operational choices, thanks to the YAB - Youth Advisory Board, to artistic experimentation through the BaseCamp project, a meeting point for young creatives from the best art and film schools that serves as a laboratory for new ideas.
Marking the invitation to Michelangelo Frammartino as guest of honor at L’immagine e la parola (12-13 March 2022), Locarno will again host a film workshop: eight young filmmakers, selected via a worldwide call for entries, will each make a short film based on their reflections on the activation of the viewer’s role in a work of cinema.
The Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is the consulting body of the Locarno Film Festival made up of young men and women. It aims not only to bring the event, with its over seventy years of history, closer to the younger generation, but also to give a voice and a space to their thoughts and proposals.