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Conceived in 1946 in the aftermath of World War II, the Locarno Film Festival was destined to be a platform for the rebirth of freedom of artistic expression, and since its inception the event has hosted the boldest, most avant-garde and innovative forms of filmmaking. Lying between the mountains and the Swiss shore of Lake Maggiore, once a year the city of Locarno is decked out in the yellow-and-black Leopard spotting of the Festival colors to host an intensive, 11-day celebration of cinema.
The Festival offers films, talks, events, concerts and art exhibitions, creating year after year a multi-faceted community, local and global, that converges on Piazza Grande for the evening screenings. Locarno’s picturesque main square becomes Europe’s biggest open-air theater, where an audience of up to 8,000 people can gather to watch prestigious international premieres and enjoy a unique, incomparable viewing experience.
With its competitions and other sections, the Festival offers a first look at the most original productions on the world cinema scene and introduces emerging film talents, as well as exploring and enriching the world’s film heritage. Over the years Locarno has discovered names that are now writ large in movie history, such as Marco Bellocchio, Lina Wertmüller, Spike Lee, Jim Jarmusch and Kathryn Bigelow. A prestigious showcase for all titles presented, every year the Festival awards the Pardo d’oro, acknowledged as one of the most prestigious prizes in the world of independent filmmaking, a guarantee of quality and excellence which also brings significant recognition from both the industry and from cinephiles worldwide.
The Festival is a platform for exchange, designed to be a place where audience, industry players and audiovisual artists are free to mingle and enjoy together an immense collective experience. Thanks to its focus on the future of cinema and the intense conversations that surround the medium, the Festival has increasingy reshaped itself as a place of creation. A space where brand new ideas, images, imaginations and projects are developed, where training and cultural activities continue year round, aiming to educate the public and nurture the community of independent filmmakers and industry professionals that has grown up over time.
The Locarno Film Festival is acknowledged to be one of the world’s most important film festivals, and it intends to consolidate that position by optimizing creative energies and engaging its users in a multivalent community, capable of facilitating the progress of the changes ongoing along the entire audiovisual chain.
The Locarno audience can be subdivided into numerous diverse audiences, distinct but all with one shared interest: moving images. Around these groups is a constellation of producers, distributors, filmmakers, screenwriters and other creatives, all engaged in an ongoing conversation on the state of the art and the industry. These communities are nurtured by Locarno, receiving input, support and visibility: it is precisely this permanent, constant dynamic of exchange which allows the ecosystem to regenerate itself.
The Locarno Film Festival strives to incentivize training and support for artists, to investigate new ways of producing and using images, and to bring the people who make films into closer contact with those who watch them. Through the dynamics of creation and exchange set in motion at each single edition, the Festival becomes not just a space to discover different, geographically and culturally remote images and iconographies, but also contributes actively to creating new ones.
The Locarno Film Festival offering aims to expand the vision of its viewers, inspiring them and challenging their conventions and prejudices, by presenting films from all over the world that foster understanding between cultures and human beings.
The Locarno Film Festival is therefore a space in which new forms and iconographies of images are created: a physical place which welcomes filmmakers and their works, industry professionals and movie fans, all of whom get a chance to meet and express themselves freely, contributing their diversity in a perspective of dialogue and exchange.
Locarno is also a virtual space, however, which looks beyond the timeframe and geographical limits of the summer event to be there for its publics throughout the year in all kinds of new ways. A space for doing, seeing, celebrating film as an art form and for building fresh projects. Never losing sight of the fact that films not only reflect and illuminate our understanding of contemporary society and the world, but also open up a valuable window onto future trends.
We are a land of encounters, sensitive to social change:
we welcome people into a community that draws its strength and its uniqueness from the free exchange of ideas, the flowing together of very different creative inputs, and from treating diversity and minority voices as a value to be appreciated and enjoyed.
We are a space of discovery, thanks to the relations between people and their capacity for dialogue.
We believe that the most creative conversations are those which address the present, recognize the past, and look to the future.
We want to surprise, always.
That’s why we innovate and invest in the potential of the young generations.
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We could not be who we are without being completely free.