Special awards

Premio Raimondo Rezzonico

From its inception until the present day, cinema could not have surprised us so much without the courage, audacity and prescient gaze of those who have chosen to support freethinking and visionary projects. This is why, since 2002, the Locarno Film Festival has awarded the Raimondo Rezzonico Prize to figures who have played a major role in independent production. 

The award ceremony, held in the prestigious setting of Piazza Grande, is paired with a program of representative titles from the careers of the past awardeed, as well as occasions during which the public is invited to delve more deeply into their work. In recent years, thanks to the awards given to Mike Medavoy, Arnon Milchan, Jeremy Thomas, Ted Hope and many more, a journey has been undertaken among the most innovative realities of international production. A journey that will resume its course during the 2021 edition, with the new Raimondo Rezzonico prize: who will receive it?  

2019: Premio Raimondo Rezzonico to Komplizen Film

It is sufficient to scroll down the list of films produced over the years to understand how Komplizen Film is basically more than just a "production company". Obviously, the company name – "accomplices" – immediately evokes a noir-like, conspiratorial sensitivity. Like a Rivette plot hatched by cinema-lovers congregating around projects which try to think of cinema, to rewrite it and,  above all,  to repeat it among friends. Komplizen has worked in the shadows. Only the most attentive observers have not missed the element linking the works of very different filmmakers such as Radu Jude, Sonja Heiss, Miguel Gomes, Maren Ade, Nadav Lapid, Valeska Grisebach and many more – which is  a company that was founded in 1999 by Janine Jackowski and Maren Ade while they were still attending HFF in Munich (Jonas Dornbach has joined them in 2010). The idea is simple but brilliant: a true political, strategic and commercially successful intuition. Producing daring "local" cinema for an "international" audience. Female and male authors with a recognizable hand. With whom to weave a lasting and profitable relationship, allowing them their own poetics within a protective, complicit ecosystem. And investing in them. It is sufficient to think of a film like aKasha (2018) by Hajooj Kuka. Scrolling down the titles produced by Komplizen, we realize that the most important cinema over the past decade has been supported by them. Western (2017), A Fantastic Woman (2017), Toni Erdmann (2016), Arabian Nights (2015), Scarred Hearts (2016) and so on. The challenge launched by Skylines (2019-), a Netflix series, would seem to be the natural harbor for a company that has made thinking against dominant patterns its corporate and entrepreneurial mission.

Giona A. Nazzaro

Past winners
  • 2002 Paulo Branco
  • 2003 Ruth Waldburger
  • 2004 Karl Baumgartner
  • 2005 Jeremy Thomas
  • 2006 Agat Films
  • 2007 Lita Stantic
  • 2008 Christine Vachon
  • 2009 Martine Marignac
  • 2010 Menahem Golan
  • 2011 Mike Medavoy
  • 2012 Arnon Milchan
  • 2013 Margaret Ménégoz
  • 2014 Nansun Shi
  • 2015 Office Kitano
  • 2016 David Linde
  • 2017 Michel Merkt 
  • 2018 Ted Hope
  • 2019 Komplizen Film Production