News from the Locarno Festival

Pardo alla Migliore Opera Prima “Città di Milano”

Pardo alla Migliore Opera Prima “Città di Milano”



The Festival del film Locarno and the City of Milan, as part of a strong desire for a collaboration, announce their intention to establish the Pardo alla Migliore Opera Prima “Città di Milano” (Award for the Best First Film).

The Festival del film Locarno’s President and Board of Directors, along with the Councillor for Culture, Design and Fashion for the Municipality of Milan, Stefano Boeri, are delighted to announce their desire to establish a prize for the next edition of the Festival del film Locarno. The pardo, funded by the City of Milan, will go to the best first film among those selected for the feature film sections Concorso internazionale, Concorso Cineasti del presente and the Piazza Grande.

The Councillor for Culture, Design and Fashion for the Municipality of Milan Stefano Boeri adds “Milan's offering a Best First Film award to be presented at Locarno is only the start of a collaboration between one of the most prestigious festivals in the international arena and a city that intends to become again a player in the film world. A tribute to the Festival del film Locarno”.

Festival President Marco Solari comments: “the fact that Milan wishes to establish an award at the Festival del film Locarno is a mark of recognition of the event’s artistic worth, and reinforces Locarno’s international reputation”.

The Mayor of Locarno Carla Speziali is very happy to see “this material expression of the esteem in which our Festival is held in the Lombardian region, and which builds on the spirit of collaboration between Locarno and Milano, particularly in view of Expo 2015”.

The Festival del film Locarno offers various competitive sections including the Concorso internazionale and the Concorso Cineasti del presente for feature films and the Pardi di domani for short films. The Piazza Grande, the heart and showcase of the Festival, has an open-air cinema which can accommodate an audience of up to 8,000. Comprehensive and detailed information about the Festival can be found on

The 66th Festival del film Locarno will take place 7-17 August 2013.

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