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From 2022 until 2024, the Open Doors Screenings section explores the diverse filmmaking of Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2023, the spotlight will be turned on films from the South American region.
The Open Doors Screenings invite a selection of directors with feature and short films from the region in focus to the Locarno Film Festival.
Curated by Open Doors’ programmers, their films will be screened to the Locarno audiences, to introduce a panorama of the contemporary cinematic creation from the regions.
The film directors are also invited to take part in a professional program, taking place both online and onsite, designed to further build their knowledge and skills, introduce them to the international Festival environment, network with the rest of the Open Doors delegation and with industry guests and talents in Locarno.
The edition 2023 will introduce films and talents from countries within South America that are part of the Open Doors focus area: Bolivia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Venezuela.
The Open Doors Screenings is a curated section and the selection is made on invitation. Therefore, it is not subject to the regular submission call of the Locarno Film Festival.
However, if you wish to submit a film for consideration to the Open Doors team, please contact us before 28 February 2023 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reflecting the Festival’s aim to cross and blur boundaries, the Concorso internazionale presents a stimulating panorama of contemporary auteur cinema, where young talent rubs shoulders with that of established directors.
An ideal arena for discovery, the Concorso Cineasti del presente is dedicated to emerging directors from all over the world and devoted to first, second and third features.
A crucible of future talent, the Pardi di domani section screens shorts and medium-length films (not more than 59 minutes in lenght) by independent filmmakers or film school students who have not yet tried their hand at feature films.
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 to 2024, the Open Doors Screenings section explores the diverse filmmaking of Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2022, it presents a curated selection of feature and short films from Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
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.
The Locarno Kids Screenings section offers films for children and teenagers. It has a special emphasis on works screening as national premieres, together with restored titles that help rediscover film history.
Founded in 1990, the Semaine de la critique is an independent section within the Locarno Festival organized by the Swiss Association of Film Journalists.