Facts & Figures 2023
76 Years of Cinema and Discovery

At the core of Italian-speaking Switzerland, but at the center of the world for 11 days, the Locarno Film Festival has been an international reference point for emerging quality cinema for 75 years. Supported by public and private partners, and a member of the Swiss Top Events, it can rely on a prestigious reputation based on values like integrity and artistic freedom, as well as environmental and social sustainability.

The Pardo d’oro, and More

3 international competitions, for established and emerging filmmakers, and 8 more sections bring to life each new edition of the Locarno Film Festival, making its awards some of the richest and most prestigious in the world.

The Soul of Locarno: the Audience

Varied, dynamic, passionate, and, most importantly, precious: the Locarno audience is a priceless asset for the Festival. It’s the soul that contributes to the magic of the screenings in Piazza Grande and in theaters.

SOURCE: LOCARNO FILM FESTIVAL, Audience Survey, 2023, 1733 Respondents

The total audience at all screenings was 146,930

(86’530 in theaters and 60’400 in Piazza Grande)

A Festival in the Media

Thanks to its program and the work done by its editorial team, TV channel and other services for more than 11 days per year, the Locarno Film Festival gets attention from national and international media, as shown by the large number of accredited journalists from all over the world.

Press Review from 01.01 to 30.08.2023
International and national articles, online and in the press
Press Accredited (journalists and photographers)

At the Heart of the Industry

A reference point for professionals worldwide, the Festival’s industry strand Locarno Pro aims to promote and develop events and projects focusing on the behind-the-scenes side of things.

Locarno Pro

Open Doors

Open Doors supports filmmakers coming from less represented communities, and where cinema as a form of expression is at risk. Filmmakers finds support in every step of their creative and professional journey and are part of reinvention of today’s cinema among free voices. Open Doors offers the talents a space during the Festival and year-round, giving access to resources, training, new inspirations and contacts, to create, finance and promote their works, contributing to the development of their film community.

In 2022, Open Doors started a three-year focus on Latin America and the Caribbean.

Open Doors

The Future Is Today

Experiencing the present intensely means already looking ahead: the Locarno Film Festival is actively committed to young people, offering them unique training and professional paths within the film world, from Locarno Kids to the BaseCamp, Youth Advisory Board and Locarno Academy.

Locarno Kids


Locarno Academy

Go Digital!

The digital revolution, embraced by the Festival organizers, has brought on a significant increase in importance for our existing platforms, from the website to our social media channels. The strategy is constantly evolving, due to a long-term vision that aims to intensify the event’s presence beyond the 11 days of the Festival proper.

Social Media

Our Partners & Sponsors ecosystem

Backed by 200+ partners, the Locarno Film Festival fosters projects, networks, and boosts the local and international economy. Key initiatives, developed with the support of partners like UBS, la Mobiliare, Swatch, Swisscom, and Ascona Locarno, enrich the event. Together, we create diverse initiatives, engaging a broad audience and adding cultural and social value, thanks to shared intent and long-term vision.