Welcome to the

Locarno Film Festival

Locarno 2020 – For the Future of Films is the edition of the Locarno Film Festival devoted to the support of the film industry in the year of the global health crisis. A new festival concept, which guarantees concrete support for independent auteur cinema through physical and online initiatives. 


Throughout its 73-year history, the Locarno Film Festival has occupied a unique position in the landscape of the major film festivals. Every August, for eleven days the Swiss-Italian town of Locarno, right in the heart of Europe, becomes the world capital of auteur cinema.


Thousands of film fans and industry professionals meet here every summer to share their thirst for new discoveries and a passion for cinema in all its diversity. 

In Locarno they find a quality program, rich, eclectic, surprising, and where emerging talent rubs shoulders with prestigious guests. The audience is the soul of the Festival, as exemplified in the famous evenings on the Piazza Grande, whose magical setting can accommodate up to 8,000 filmgoers every night.