Cookie Notice for Locarno Film Festival’s Websites

Scope and Content of Notice

This Cookie Notice relates to the comprehensive collection and use of information by the Locarno Film Festival (hereinafter also “we” or “us”) via its official website, all subdomains and mobile applications. It specifically addresses the use of tracking technologies, including cookies, as part of the data gathering process. It is important to note that this Cookie Notice does not extend its coverage to non-integrated websites or any third-party sites that may be accessible through links provided by the Locarno Film Festival. To fully comprehend the privacy practices associated with such third-party sites, we highly recommend reviewing their respective privacy statements and cookie policies. Furthermore, this Cookie Notice covers the collection and processing of information on various Social Media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Moreover, this Cookie Notice serves as a clarification on the Locarno Film Festival's data collection, processing and utilization practices, particularly in relation to cookies and comparable technologies. Its primary objective is to offer detailed insights into the functioning and impact of cookies on enhancing user experiences. To gain a comprehensive understanding of our approach to handling personal data, kindly refer to our Privacy Policy.

It is important to note that this Cookie Notice, alongside our Privacy Policy, may be subject to supplementary terms, disclaimers, or contractual agreements that have been entered into between you and the Locarno Film Festival.

Log Files

On each access to the Locarno Film Festival website, its subdomains or mobile applications, log files are automatically generated to temporarily store certain technical data for operational reasons. These files facilitate seamless website navigation, ensure system security and stability, improve overall website performance and serve statistical purposes.

The data stored in log files include the following technical details:

  • IP address of the requesting device
  • Information regarding the Internet service provider
  • Operating system information of the end device (e.g., tablet, PC, smartphone)
  • Referring URL information
  • Browser details
  • Date and time of access
  • Accessed contents during website visitation.

The processing of this data is carried out with the aim of optimizing the usage of the Locarno Film Festival website, its subdomains or mobile applications, guaranteeing their smooth operation, enhancing system security and stability, improving website functionality and conducting statistical analysis.

Furthermore, in cases of potential attacks on our IT infrastructure or any suspected unlawful or improper utilization of the Locarno Film Festival website, its subdomains or mobile application, the IP address, along with other log files and available data, may be analysed. This analysis serves the purpose of resolving and preventing such incidents and may also be utilized for identification and legal actions as per civil and criminal law proceedings.

Cookies and Similar Technologies

Cookies represent files that are automatically stored by your browser on the end device when you visit the Locarno Film Festival website, its subdomains or mobile applications. These cookies include a unique code number (ID) that facilitates the distinction of individual visitors without necessitating their direct identification. Based on their intended purpose, cookies may contain supplementary information, such as visited pages and duration of visits. We employ both session cookies, which are deleted upon closing the browser and persistent cookies, which remain stored for a predetermined duration even after the browser is closed (typically ranging from a few days to two years) to recognize visitors during subsequent visits.

In addition to cookies, we may also utilize similar technologies like pixel tags, fingerprints and other analogous methods to store data in the browser. Pixel tags, typically small and invisible images, or program codes, enable the server to receive specific information, such as timestamps of website visits. Fingerprints involve collecting information about the device and browser configuration during website visitation, facilitating the distinction of your device from others. Moreover, various browsers support similar data storage technologies related to cookies, such as web storage, which may also be utilized by Locarno Film Festival.

Types of Cookies and Similar Technologies Utilized

We employ different categories of cookies and similar technologies to enhance your experience as a user. These categories include:

Necessary Cookies: These cookies are essential for proper website functioning, enabling seamless navigation and retaining form details or shopping cart contents.

Performance and Analytics Cookies: These cookies collect information regarding website usage, assisting in the analysis of popular pages and overall performance enhancement.

Advertisement and Targeting Cookies: These cookies assist us and our advertising partners in delivering personalized advertisements based on users’ interests and tracking advertisement effectiveness.

Use of Cookies and Similar Technologies of Third Parties

To optimize and personalize the website experience, we may also use third-party cookies and similar technologies. For instance, Google Analytics helps analyse website traffic, while platforms like YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, TikTok and Google Tag Manager provide necessary functionalities for video embedding, ad tracking and tag management. It is important to note that these third-party providers have their own privacy statements governing the processing of personal data.

The cookies and similar technologies used by the Locarno Film Festival may originate from us or third-party companies, especially when we utilize functions provided by such third parties. These third-party providers may be located outside Switzerland and the European Economic Area (EEA), if adequate safeguards are in place to protect your personal data.

For example, we may use analysis services to improve the performance of our website, its subdomains or mobile applications. Third-party cookies and technologies may also enable these third-party providers to display personalized advertisements to you on our website, its subdomains or mobile applications, as well as on other websites and social networks that collaborate with these third parties. These technologies also help measure the effectiveness of advertisements and track user behaviour across multiple websites and devices. It is important to note that the processing of personal data by these providers is governed by their own privacy statements.

Please find here an extended overview of third-party providers:

Purpose Description Provider Product/Service Cookie Type 3rd Party Privacy Notice
Google Analytics Google Inc. Analytics Analytics Yes Link
Youtube Video Embed Google Inc. Video Embedding Advertisement and Tracking Yes Link
Vimeo Video Embed Vimeo Video Embedding Advertisement and Tracking Yes Link
Facebook Pixel Facebook Marketing Advertisement and Tracking Yes Link
TikTok Pixel TikTok Marketing Advertisement and Tracking Yes Link
Google Tag Manager Google Inc. Analytics Analytics Yes Link Smeetz Analytics Analytics Yes Link


Disabling Cookies and Similar Technologies

Should you prefer to disable cookies and similar technologies, you may configure your browser settings or utilize software plugins to block specific cookies or tracking performed by third parties. However, it is crucial to note that disabling or rejecting cookies may limit certain features and functionalities offered by the Locarno Film Festival website, its subdomains or mobile applications.

Utilization of Social Media Platforms

The Locarno Film Festival maintains its presence on various Social Media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram and TikTok. When engaging with us or our content on these platforms, we collect and process relevant data in accordance with this Cookie Notice and our Privacy Policy. We reserve the right to review and, if necessary, remove any content that violates decency rules or codes of conduct. In cases of violations, we may report the user account to the respective platform provider for appropriate action.

It is important to note that when a user visits our Social Media channels, the platform provider may directly collect and process certain data, including data relating to user behaviour. Such data may be utilized for marketing purposes and personalization of platform content. In situations where joint responsibility exists between the Locarno Film Festival and the platform provider for specific data processing activities, we have entered into agreements to govern such processing. For detailed information on how Social Media providers process data, we recommend reviewing their respective privacy statements.

Data Processing Responsibility

The Locarno Film Festival takes responsibility for the processing of personal data in accordance with this Cookie Notice. If you have any inquiries regarding this Cookie Notice or the processing of your personal data, please contact us using the following details:

Festival internazionale del film di Locarno
Via Franchino Rusca 1
CH-6601 Locarno

Telephone: +41 91 756 21 21


Changes to the Cookie Notice

Please be aware that this Cookie Notice is subject to periodic updates, especially in response to changes in our data processing activities or new legal requirements. The version of the Cookie Notice that applies to a specific data processing activity is the one in effect at the time of such activity.


Last modified: June 2023