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With 11 sections, 3 competitions and 20 awards, quality and variety are key. This is the framework of a Festival that explores cinema from every perspective, to discover in the present the filmmakers and films destined to have a future.
The Concorso internazionale features works shown primarily as world premieres, coming from all over the globe and competing for the prestigious Pardo d’oro. Showcasing established auteurs alongside the pleasure of discovery, storytelling and innovation, the Concorso internazionale is an open, inclusive place, which aims to mark the new territories of cinematic art. This is where the best forms of contemporary cinema converge, in accordance with the history and tradition of the Locarno Film Festival.
The Concorso Cineasti del presente offers a selection of first and second feature films, primarily world premieres, directed by emerging global talents. It’s the place devoted to the discovery of tomorrow’s cinema, which deserves to be supported beyond all genre distinctions. Besides the traditional Pardo d’oro and award for directing, as of this year Cineasti del presente also offers prizes for the best actor and actress.
A taste of the screenings, of the atmospheres and the magic of the Locarno Film Festival. Every year the Prefestival anticipates the event with a selection of works which are able to captivate audiences of all ages.
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 2019 to 2021, the Open Doors Screenings section explores the diverse filmmaking of South East Asia and Mongolia. In 2021, it presents a curated selection of feature and short films from Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Mongolia.
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, restored prints of rare and important works, but also films (documentaries, essays, experimental and hybrid films) that shed new light on the history of cinema.
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 Film Festival organized by the Swiss Association of Film Journalists.