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Cinema is complete art capable of influencing a life, shifting a way of thinking. It hits you with intense emotions and truth. It brings to life human complexity, extraordinary or devastating stories, testimonies from another continent that reshape our participation in the world.
Every year since 1946, we present international independent films carefully selected to inspire you, to surprise you, to make you question assumptions, to open your mind, to push you. By showing films at the cutting edge, we nurture bold talents as well as creativity; we share authentic, powerful stories; we enable films to get made and careers to be launched. We write important chapters in film history and we shape the future of cinema.
Locarno Film Festival is an adventure. It is a pilgrimage to an ephemeral world entirely dedicated to film, art, and imagination. Nestled in the mountains beside a lake, our remote Swiss-Italian town fully dons the festival colors – the Leopard’s black and yellow – for an intense 11-day celebration of cinema. The festival offers over 450 screenings, talks, events, conferences, concerts, art exhibitions, parties (and so much more!), all located within a walk, a short bike ride or a short bus trip from each other.
Every evening, 8,000 people gather on the Piazza Grande, Europe’s largest outdoor film venue, to watch film premieres under the stars on a massive screen. Thousands of film lovers all gasping in the same breath, laughing at the same joke, sobbing at a character’s misfortune… This ultimate experience of cinema is extraordinary and impossible to replicate anywhere else.
I’ve never seen anything like this!
And most importantly: YOU. Film lovers. Our audience. We strive to help you appreciate the value of being challenged, of expanding your worldview, and of being inspired. We are convinced that the remarkable films we bring to Locarno from all five continents encourage a crucial understanding between cultures and between humans. For a better future.
Spike Lee, Jim Jarmusch, Kathryn Bigelow, Aleksandr Sokurov, Abbas Kiarostami, Raúl Ruiz, Kimberly Peirce, Miloš Forman, Marco Bellocchio, Lina Wertmüller, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Brillante Mendoza, Alain Guiraudie, Dominga Sotomayor, Ciro Guerra, Rungano Nyoni, Anahí Berneri, Tizza Covi & Rainer Frimmel, Chloé Robichaud, ...
Sir Anthony Hopkins
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We’re joined in our magical journey by enlightened public and private partners who help us make the Locarno Film Festival happen year after year. Their invaluable support allows us to remain not only the most respected independent film festival in the world, but also the benchmark hub for young filmmakers, cinephiles and emerging cinema.As we thrive and grow ambitious programmes and visionary initiatives, we always seek to build new and relevant relationships with partners who share our values and a desire to be part of the art scene of tomorrow. To get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org