Filmmakers Academy

Applications for 2020 are now open

Locarno Academy masterclass with director Olivier Assayas




  • Applications are open to filmmakers who have had at least one short film selected for an international Festival and who have completed not more than one full-length feature
  • The age limit is 35 years old
  • On applying to the Locarno Filmmakers Academy an application fee of 20 Swiss francs (approx. 18 euros) is required

Applications to the Locarno Filmmakers Academy must be made via the online platform no later than Friday, May 1st 2020 and be accompanied by the following documentation

  • Motivational letter 
  • Filmography and CV/Resume
  • Links to completed works (short films, videos, etc.)
  • A photograph of the applicant

The Locarno Filmmakers Academy offers participants, free of charge

  • Accommodation in a twin room (to be shared with another participant) and breakfast at the Locarno Youth Hostel, from Wednesday 5 August through Saturday 15 August 2020 (10 nights)
  • One meal per day
  • Professional accreditation throughout the Festival
  • Invitations to Locarno Film Festival parties, receptions, and events


Expenses payable by participants

  • The LFA application fee is CHF 20.-
  • The Locarno Academy does not undertake to pay participants’ travel expenses. Should an applicant be selected, he/she will be responsible for all travel and transportation costs incurred

Deadline: Friday, May 1st 2020
Applicants will be informed via e-mail by Monday, June 8th 2020

Start the online application now!

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