Facts & Figures 2021
75 Years of Cinema and Discovery

At the core of Italian-speaking Switzerland, but at the center of the world for 11 days, the Locarno Film Festival has been an international reference point for emerging quality cinema for 75 years. Supported by public and private partners, and a member of the Swiss Top Events, it can rely on a prestigious reputation based on values like integrity and artistic freedom, as well as environmental and social sustainability.

The Pardo d’oro, and More

3 international competitions, for established and emerging filmmakers, and 8 more sections bring to life each new edition of the Locarno Film Festival, making its awards some of the richest and most prestigious in the world.

322
total public screenings

52
Countries represented in the official selection

32
Swiss productions

The Soul of Locarno: the Audience

Varied, dynamic, passionate, and, most importantly, precious: the Locarno audience is a priceless asset for the Festival. It’s the soul that contributes to the magic of the screenings in Piazza Grande and in theaters.

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A Festival in the Media

Thanks to its program and the work done by its editorial team, TV channel and other services for more than 11 days per year, the Locarno Film Festival gets attention from national and international media, as shown by the large number of accredited journalists from all over the world.

Press Accredited (journalists and photographers)


792
accredited journalists and photographer

327
swiss journalists

465
international journalists

43
represented countries

Press Review from 1.01 to 27.10.2021
International and national articles, online and in the press

At the Heart of the Industry

A reference point for professionals worldwide, the Festival’s industry strand Locarno Pro aims to promote and develop events and projects focusing on the behind-the-scenes side of things.

Locarno Pro

1030
accreditated

74
countries represented in the official selection

196
Buyers

79
International Sales

811
Companies

10
Panels

22
workshop sessions

42
industry screenings

77
exclusive online video content

660
1-to-1 meetings

Open Doors

Open Doors acts as an incubator of talents, offering a hub that can change its attendees’ careers, where emerging directors can access resources, training, new inspirations, and contact networks to create, finance and promote their works in progress.

Active during the Locarno Film Festival and all year round, Open Doors supports artists who face major challenges in their daily work life. Strongly tied to both the physical and the digital, its goal is to contribute to the development of an independent, collaborative film scene.

In 2021, Open Doors concluded a three-year focus on South-East Asia and Mongolia.

Open Doors

40
Talents in attendance during the 10 Festival days

11
Film projects

23
Films from the region presented at the Festival

1000+
People connected via digital tools

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The Future Is Today

Experiencing the present intensely means already looking ahead: the Locarno Film Festival is actively committed to young people, offering them unique training and professional paths within the film world, from Locarno Kids to the BaseCamp, Youth Advisory Board and Locarno Academy.

Locarno Kids


550
Kids taking part in the workshops

20
Workshops and educational activities

11
Short films made by participants

BaseCamp


135
Participants

6
Participating Swiss schools

100+
Masterclasses, workshops, performances,
professional encounters, concerts

Locarno Academy


3
Locarno Academies
Locarno Academy
Filmmakers Academy
Industry Academy

35
Participants

22
Different nationalities

Go Digital!

The digital revolution, embraced by the Festival organizers, has brought on a significant increase in importance for our existing platforms, from the website to our social media channels. The strategy is constantly evolving, due to a long-term vision that aims to intensify the event’s presence beyond the 11 days of the Festival proper.

The Financial Side

With the support of over 200 public and private partners, the Locarno Film Festival is an opportunity for establishing projects and professional networks. In addition, by cooperating with over 500 local companies and over 200 international ones, the event provides concrete support to the economy of the territory, and beyond.

26
Partners

236
total collaborations

817
Suppliers for the Festival

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Projects Are a Shared Vision

The Locarno Film Festival’s key initiatives were developed with the support of its Main Partners: UBS (the Prix du Public), la Mobiliare (Locarno Kids and la Rotonda), Manor (the Pardo d’onore and the Locarno Boutique), Swisscom (Locarno Live TV) and Ascona Locarno (for territorial promotion).

Together with its sponsors and partners, the Festival can create initiatives, on a yearly basis, that can involve a wide audience in a diversified manner, while simultaneously adding more cultural and social value to the entire event. These projects are possible thanks to the union of intent, long-term vision and shared commitment.