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With 11 sections, 3 competitions and 20 awards, quality and variety are key. This is the framework of a Festival that explores cinema from every perspective, to discover in the present the filmmakers and films destined to have a future.
The Concorso internazionale features works shown primarily as world premieres, coming from all over the globe and competing for the prestigious Pardo d’oro. Showcasing established auteurs alongside the pleasure of discovery, storytelling and innovation, the Concorso internazionale is an open, inclusive place, which aims to imagine the new territories of cinematic art. This is where the best forms of contemporary cinema converge, in keeping with the history and tradition of the Locarno Film Festival.
The Concorso Cineasti del presente offers a selection of first and second feature films, mostly world premieres, directed by emerging global talents. It’s the place devoted to the discovery of tomorrow’s cinema, which deserves to be supported beyond all genre distinctions. Besides the traditional Pardo d’oro and the best director award, the Concorso Cineasti del presente also offers prizes for the best actor and actress.
A territory for expressive experimentation and innovative formal poetry, the Pardi di domani section showcases short and medium length films as world or international premieres. The section consists of three competitions: Concorso internazionale, with works by emerging filmmakers from all over the world; Concorso nazionale, for Swiss productions; and Concorso Corti d’autore, with short works by established directors.
A taste of the screenings, of the atmospheres and the magic of the Locarno Film Festival. Every year the Prefestival anticipates the event with a selection of works which are able to captivate audiences of all ages.
8,000 viewers a night, the Piazza Grande is both the Festival’s heart and its showcase. With its giant screen, one of the biggest in Europe, endowed with truly exceptional projection quality, the Piazza Grande is one of the finest open-air venues in the world.
The Fuori concorso selection offers recent work – feature films and shorts, film essays, documentaries – by well-established filmmakers, out of competition, presented mostly as world or international premiere.
From 2022 until 2024, the Open Doors Screenings section explores the diverse filmmaking of Latin America and the Caribbean. For the first year of the focus, the spotlight will be turned on Central America and the Caribbean.
Over the years the Locarno retrospectives have delved into every corner of cinema history: from great career monographs to themed programs; from wide-ranging tributes to contemporary filmmakers, to complete retrospective seasons of acknowledged great masters.
Histoire(s) du cinéma is the sidebar dedicated to the history of cinema. It offers works from filmmakers and artists to whom the Festival dedicates special tributes, restored prints of rare and important works, but also films (documentaries, essays, experimental and hybrid films) that shed new light on the history of cinema.
A selection for children and teenagers, a journey of initiation into the world of film through age-approriate movies, but also great classic movies, rediscovered animation films, family-friendly movies premieres. And an honour, the Locarno Kids Award la Mobiliare, which will be presented to someone capable of bringing cinema to younger viewers.
The Semaine de la critique is an independent section, created in 1990 by the Swiss Association of Film Journalists in partnership with the Locarno Film Festival. Every year, the Semaine de la critique showcases seven documentary features, all world or international premieres.