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Concorso Cineasti del presente

An ideal arena for discovery, the Concorso Cineasti del presente is dedicated to emerging directors from all over the world and devoted to first, second and third features. Around fifteen feature films screening as world or international premieres, from documentary to fiction, compete for the Pardo d’oro Cineasti del presente.

A Jury composed of three personalities from the world of cinema and culture will award the following prizes:

Pardo d’oro Cineasti del presente (Cineasti del presente Golden Leopard) to the best film

35,000 CHF to be shared equally between the director and the producer, awarded to the best film of this competition, which is dedicated to first or second features.

Premio migliore regista emergente (Best Emerging Director Award) of the City and Region of Locarno

20,000 CHF for the best emerging director.

Premio speciale della giuria CINÉ+ Cineasti del presente (Special Jury Prize)

The French television channel CINÉ+ offers a promotional campaign to the value of CHF 25’000 at the time of its theatrical release in France. 


First Feature Award

First Feature Award for the best first film: 15’000 CHF to the director.

The prize is awarded by a jury of personalities from the world of cinema, culture, journalism and film criticism to the best first feature film presented as world or international premiere in all sections of the Festival, except for the independent sections Semaine de la critique and Panorama Suisse.


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