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The Locarno Academy is the school for new film professionals: discover the training paths for young directors, film critics, and members of the industry.
Conceived in order to develop the skills of emerging talents in the film industry, the Locarno Academy is the Locarno Film Festival's training project for young directors, critics and film professionals.
During each edition, participants have the opportunity of meeting and exchanging ideas with the most important makers of contemporary cinema, to have their articles published in the leading international film criticism magazines, and to learn more about strategies in film programming and distribution from the industry's leading experts.
Discover our three Academies and choose the training path that's right for you.
The Locarno Academy grows every year, thanks to the contribution of the young talents involved and to the participation of prestigious guests. During Locarno72, for example, the three training programs welcomed 42 participants, aged 23 to 36, from 26 countries across 4 different continents. Between them, they managed to publish articles in some of the most important publications in the sector, they discovered tricks of the trade that will allow them to make a film destined to get noticed, and they engaged in conversation with four-time Oscar winner BONG Joon-ho, Pardo d'Oro winner Pedro Costa, Pardo d'onore winner John Waters, and Raimondo Rezzonico Prize winner Maren Ade.
I remain in close contact with many of the participants. A fun fact: one of the speakers at the Locarno Industry Academy 2015 – Jon Barrenechea, who at the time was working for UK independent cinema chain Picturehouse Cinemas – is now my colleague at MUBI and I work closely with him on a daily basis
There was literally a before and an after. Everything changed in my perception of the job after the Locarno Academy, in terms of my capabilities, goals and possibilities. Sometimes I mention it in professional conversations, when I think it might be useful, and it always works. I’m now recognized by the whole industry: it’s that little plus that makes me a bit more special – it's priceless
It was 2011, and the team of the Locarno Film Festival had an idea: why not give young people the chance to learn by taking advantage of its platform, which every year gathers the international film industry in Locarno for eleven days? And so it was that, with its first edition, the Locarno Academy opened the doors of the Festival and the industry to aspiring film critics. In a pioneering spirit, the Festival reimagined itself as a training ground, a space in which cinema is not only celebrated and discovered, but also taught and passed on. Starting that summer, and by later extending participation to filmmakers and industry professionals, the Locarno Academy has become one of the world's leading incubators of film talent, gaining more and more international recognition.