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Raphaël Brunschwig (1984) came to the Locarno Film Festival in 2013 as coordinator of the event’s partnership agreements, and in 2014, he became responsible for the sponsorship. In 2016 he became deputy COO, before being appointed as Managing Director himself in 2017.
Brunschwig is in charge of the operational and financial management of the event. In this role, he is responsible for the Festival’s network of public and private sector partners, as well as for developing the event’s infrastructures and ancillary activities, such as the Festival village “la Rotonda”. Inside the Festival, he oversees human resources, institutional relations, and marketing and communication efforts. In collaboration with the Artistic Director and his team, he also steers the strategic development of the Festival, with special regard for digital innovation and the audience of younger generations.
Thanks to his office, he is a member of different committees, such as the Executive Committee of Swiss Top Events, the association which brings together Switzerland’s eight leading sports and cultural events, promoting the excellence of these Swiss sport and cultural events worldwide. In addition, he also serves on the Executive Committee of the Leopard Club, an association founded to support the Locarno Film Festival, and on the Executive Committee of the Conférence des festivals, the association that reunites the main film festivals in Switzerland. Since 2021 he is President of the Eventi Letterari Monte Verità.