Dario Pollice was born in Zurich. He has Italian as well as Finnish roots. He graduated from the University of Zurich with a degree in English Literature and Film Studies. It was during an internship in journalism that he took his first steps into the world of professional film criticism and realised that he aspired to do this work. He is currently working as a freelance critic and cultural journalist for various print and online media in Zurich. Dario sees the Locarno Critics Academy as a unique opportunity to expand his knowledge and to learn from other professionals and is looking forward to meeting and working with like- minded peers.