Who we are

First conceived in 1946 amid the optimism of post-war dialogue, every summer the Locarno Film Festival brings the most innovative, vibrant productions in world cinema to the Swiss shore of Lake Maggiore. With its open-air screenings in Piazza Grande, its competitions and non-competitive sidebars and its “Leopard” prizes – the Pardi – Locarno is a showcase for both emerging and established filmmakers, who find a unique audience made up of cinephiles from the region and from around the world, alongside leading figures in the film industry. By developing its activities throughout the year, the Festival has grown into a permanent platform that promotes free expression through cinema, discovering and giving a voice to the talents of the future.