The Locarno International Film Festival was founded in 1946 as a non-profit Association under Art. 60 ff. of the Swiss Civil Code, with the declared intent of “organizing in Locarno a national and international cinema and audiovisual Festival and of fostering the dissemination of cinema and audiovisual culture at cantonal, national and international level, including outside the period of the Festival” (Articles of Association of the “Festival Internazionale del Film Locarno”, Art. 1).