Locarno 2020 is first and foremost the suspended films, which were interrupted by the safety measures imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Hence the creation of The Films After Tomorrow, a section devoted to filmmakers who, in the midst of their creative process, had to put a stop to ideas, crews, cameras and editing suites. Twenty such projects – ten international, ten Swiss – will compete for two Pardi 2020, worth 70,000 CHF each, as well as three new prizes: the Campari Award, Swatch Award and SRG SSR Award. These are all concrete awards, so that these films (all with a running time of at least 70 minutes, and intended for theatrical release) may eventually reach their natural destination: the audience.
The public of Locarno 2020 can access to in-depth information on the projects, as well as a selection of twenty legendary films and rare gems that have left their mark on both the Festival and the gaze of the twenty selected directors.
The verdict of the two juries will be announced on August 14.
The program of The Films After Tomorrow also features encounters and masterclasses with the selected filmmakers, organized in partnership with the Locarno Academy.