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Rediscover the magic of the movie theater, the lights going out, the curtain opening and that beam of light that has been telling myriad stories for over a century.
The Locarno Kids Screenings section proposes works aimed at children, adolescents and families, with particular attention to films that stimulate reflection on oneself and on the world, and restorations aimed at rediscovering the history of cinema.
The screening schedule will be announced on Wednesday, July 5, 2023, at the Locarno Film Festival press conference, but you can already start putting some dates on your calendar:
Monday, July 31, 2023: the free Prefestival on the Piazza Grande, presented by la Mobiliare, will feature a film for all ages.
August 2 -12, 2023: during the afternoons of the 76th edition of the Locarno Film Festival you can attend the Locarno Kids: Screenings. Admission is free if you participate in at least one of the activities of the Locarno Kids workshop program.
See you soon in the screening venues and on the Piazza Grande!
Reflecting the Festival’s aim to cross and blur boundaries, the Concorso internazionale presents a stimulating panorama of contemporary auteur cinema, where young talent rubs shoulders with that of established directors.
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.
A crucible of future talent, the Pardi di domani section screens shorts and medium-length films (not more than 59 minutes in lenght) by independent filmmakers or film school students who have not yet tried their hand at feature films.
8,000 viewers a night, the Piazza Grande is both the Festival’s heart and its showcase. With its giant screen, one of the biggest in Europe, endowed with truly exceptional projection quality, the Piazza Grande is one of the finest open-air venues in the world.
The Fuori concorso selection offers recent work – feature films and shorts, film essays, documentaries – by well-established filmmakers, out of competition, presented mostly as world or international premiere.
From 2019 to 2021, the Open Doors Screenings section explores the diverse filmmaking of South East Asia and Mongolia. In 2021, it presents a curated selection of feature and short films from Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Mongolia.
Over the years the Locarno retrospectives have delved into every corner of cinema history: from great career monographs to themed programs; from wide-ranging tributes to contemporary filmmakers, to complete retrospective seasons of acknowledged great masters.
Histoire(s) du cinéma is the sidebar dedicated to the history of cinema. It offers works from filmmakers and artists to whom the Festival dedicates special tributes.
The Locarno Kids Screenings section offers films for children and teenagers. It has a special emphasis on works screening as national premieres, together with restored titles that help rediscover film history.
Founded in 1990, the Semaine de la critique is an independent section within the Locarno Festival organized by the Swiss Association of Film Journalists.