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Petra Bahr, Germany
Micah Bucey, USA
Marie-Therese Mäder, Switzerland
Joachim Valentin, Germany
Since 1973, the Ecumenical Jury has awarded its prize to film directors whose artistic talents have been most successful in raising viewers’ awareness of religious, human, and social values. The Jury looks at the vision of creative film directors who demonstrate an affinity with justice, peace and respect, as well as spiritual dimensions. The award consists of a sum of CHF 10,000 for the film director, and is offered by the Reformed Churches and the Catholic Church in Switzerland.
David Katz, UK
Ivonete Pinto, Brazil
Nada Azhari Gillon, France
Rasha Hosny, Egypt
Jean Perret, Switzerland
To promote cinema as an art form and encourage new and young cinema, the International Federation of Film Critics awards the International Critics’ Prize (FIPRESCI Prize) to a film presented in competition.
Frédéric Cornet, Belgium
Arvid Liedtke, Germany
Franco Savelli, Italy
Miranda van Gelder, Netherlands
Created in 2003, the Europa Cinemas Label seeks to enhance the promotion, circulation and box-office runs of European award-winning films all across the screens of the Europa Cinemas network. The Europa Cinemas Label is awarded by a jury of network exhibitors to one of the European feature films selected in the program series Concorso internazionale and Concorso Cineasti del presente, and provides this awarded movie with the resources necessary to reach a large audience. The Label comes into play at a key moment in a film’s career, as its presentation at a major festival represents a strategic step towards its launch on the international market. The Label brings together media representatives, sales agents, distributors and exhibitors by providing the latter with a financial incentive towards programming the film upon its national release date, and then for extending its run. Europa Cinemas, which comprises 3,060 screens in 1,221 cinemas established in 744 cities in 38 countries, encourages its members to screen these labelled movies all over the network.
As part of the Cinema&Gioventù initiative – organized by Bellinzona’s Castellinaria - Festival del cinema giovane on behalf of the Department of Education, Culture and Sport of the Canton Ticino - three juries made up of young film fans will award the following prizes: a jury will select the three best directors of full-length features shown in the International Competition: 1st prize 6,000 CHF, 2nd prize 4,000 CHF, 3rd prize 2,000 CHF. A prize of 2,000 CHF will be awarded to the best film in the Concorso Cineasti del presente. A second jury will award two prizes of 1,500 CHF to the best short films in the National and International Competition in the Pardi di domani section. The jury will also award the best film in the Concorso Corto d’autore section. Finally, two special prizes of CHF 3,000 and CHF 2,000, offered by the Ticino’s Planning Department, will be awarded to the feature film from the Concorso internazionale and the short film from Open Doors: Shorts that best illustrate the concept ‘The environment is quality of life’.
John Canciani, Switzerland, Italy, UK
Klaudia Reynicke, Switzerland, Peru
Aida Schlaepfer Al-Hassani, Switzerland, Iraq
The Grand Prix Semaine de la Critique – Prix SRG SSR, worth CHF 5,000, goes to the producer and director of the best film. The jury of Semaine de la critique also awards the 'Premio Zonta Club' Locarno, worth CHF 2,000, for a film that is characterised by special social commitment. Since 2021, Semaine de la critique, in memory of its general delegate who passed away in 2020, has been awarding the Marco Zucchi Award worth CHF 2,000 to the formally and aesthetically most innovative documentary film.