The educational initiative of the Festival is aimed at students aged between 18 and 23. Among the participants of Cinema&Gioventù are designated the youth juries called to evaluate the official competitions of the Locarno Film Festival. 

Cinema&Gioventù is an initiative open to 28 students who are in their final year of high school or vocational school, aged 18-23, and come from Switzerland and Northern Italy. These young participants in the Locarno Film Festival become privileged viewers: they watch the screenings, meet directors and actors/actresses, attend specially organized introductory lectures on film language and have access to the sidebar events. 

Participants in Cinema&Gioventù also take part in the three Youth Juries that judge the four Locarno Film Festival’s official competitions: the Concorso internazionale, the Concorso Cineasti del presente, the short film competition Pardi di domani (Swiss and international short films) and Open Doors: Shorts.

History and organization

Cinema&Gioventù is an initiative of the Canton of Ticino’s Department of Education, Culture and Sport (Dipartimento dell’educazione, della cultura e dello sport: DECS), created in 1960 as “cinema study days”, aimed at Swiss students. Since 2012, Cinema&Gioventù is part of the Locarno Academy, thus joining forces with the Locarno Film Festival’s educational project. Starting from 2014 the initiative is organized in collaboration with Castellinaria - Festival del cinema giovane

Concorso internazionale

Ivan Sokolov
Kyril Hramadka
Anna Lenzin
Ella Cattaneo
Pietro Camussi
Gianluca Pellegrini
Burapha Pedrolini
Lucrezia Tironi
Alice Marcucci

Concorso Cineasti del presente

Brian Aubert
Massimo Travaglioni
Giulia Maspero
Susanna Scagliotti
Tommaso Mosca Mondadori
Nora Liedtke
Gaia Antonini
Emma Castelnovo
Greta Krebs
Vasco Menichelli
Leonardo Bertazzo

Pardi di domani and Open Doors

Zoé Loetscher
Manuel Gobet
Lydia Cuda
Apolline Jouve
Giovanni Bonzanino
Bianca Delbasso
Neva Kammermann
Léa Mouquin
Léa Charnaux
Martino Babandi
Oleksandr Klymyuk

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