For the Future

of Films

August 5-15, 2020

For the Future of Films is the 2020 edition of the Locarno Film Festival. This special edition, designed to be a "year zero", gathering films and viewers in the great digital Piazza that is the world wide web and in our local theaters. The audience will connect from all over the world to discover premieres, support the films of tomorrow and explore projects aimed at promoting the Festival’s values and history. The future begins now, and Locarno will always be on the side of cinema.

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Film Sections

The Locarno Film Festival rethinks its structure, strengthening its commitment to the future of film and filmmakers all over the world: six sections and three competitions to explore the future imagined by the cinema, as always in the name of quality and independence. 


As a meeting point for people who make and work in cinema, the Locarno Film Festival has always been a place for reflection and debate on moving images, their future and their history. That’s why development and promotion of the Festival archive are two key concepts of the Locarno 2020 Projects. 

Our Locarno 2020

Always with you and cinema

An act of responsibility towards the present and a call of hope towards the future: this is the idea behind Locarno 2020. Here are the messages of the Festival's leading figures for this special edition.

Practical Guide

Locarno 2020 News