Prix du Public UBS

In Piazza Grande, the audience is the jury 

Since 2000 the Prix du public UBS, the only official award of the Festival to be awarded by the Piazza Grande audience, has been presented to films that are destined to become part of film history.
The Prix du Public UBS makes the audience its protagonist, allowing those in Locarno to rate the Piazza Grande films digitally, using the Locarno Film Festival app.  

For more than 20 years, everyone with a ticket for a screening in Piazza Grande has been able to vote for their favorite film showing on Europe’s biggest outdoor screen. The audience decides which director will win the only official prize awarded by the public at the Locarno Film Festival. 

Voting is possible from anywhere, anytime – either scan the QR code on paper tickets or click on the voting link on digital ones.

All participants get the chance to win daily Premium Tickets to Locarno78 in 2025 and be entered into the final gift voucher prize draw for an unforgettable holiday in Switzerland!

Over the years, the votes of the public in Locarno have proven to be an important indicator of a movie’s commercial success. In 2019, Spike Lee’s film BlacKkKlansman won an Academy Award only a few months after receiving the Prix du Public UBS.

The winning film’s director will receive a cash prize of CHF 30,000 and will be presented with the Prix du Public at the official award ceremony on Saturday, 17 August 2024.

Giving space to the voice of the audience is an integral part of the longstanding partnership UBS has had with the Locarno Film Festival since 1981.

Prix du Public UBS
  • 1994 Senza Pelle
  • 1995 Smoke
  • 1996 Microcosmos
  • 2000 Hollow Man
  • 2001 Lagaan, Once Upon a Time in India
  • 2002 Bend it like Beckham
  • 2003 Das Wunder von Bern
  • 2004 The Syrian Bride
  • 2005 Zaïna, Cavalière de l’Atlas (Zaina: Rider of the Atlas)
  • 2006 Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others)
  • 2007 Death at a Funeral
  • 2008 Son of Rambow
  • 2009 Giulias Verschwinden (Julia's Disappearance)
  • 2010 The Human Resources Manager
  • 2011 Monsieur Lazhar
  • 2012 Lore
  • 2013 Gabrielle
  • 2014 Schweizer Helden (Unlikely Heroes)
  • 2015 Der Staat gegen Fritz Bauer
  • 2016 I, Daniel Blake
  • 2017 The Big Sick
  • 2018 BlacKkKlansman
  • 2019 Camille
  • 2021 Hinterland
  • 2022 Last Dance
  • 2023 The Old Oak

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