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Locarno 2020 – For the Future of Films

FAQs: the answers to your questions

 

The answers to the following FAQs will tell you most of what you need to know about the Locarno Film Festival and in particular about Locarno73 and the impact of the current global health crisis on what form the event may take this year.  
 
These FAQs will be constantly revised and updated with new information.

Will the 73rd edition of the Locarno Film Festival take place?
The 73rd edition of the Locarno Film Festival will not take place in its regular physical form, but will be replaced by Locarno 2020 – For the Future of Films, an initiative to foster auteur filmmaking and support cinema theaters. Locarno 2020 consists of a series of dedicated initiatives offering special content to both the public and industry professionals on a range of platforms which will include — as and when allowed by the constantly evolving situation — screenings at physical venues in complete safety.

Further information and regular updates on Locarno 2020 – For the Future of Films will be published via our communication channels:

 

Why the decision to cancel? Were other alternatives considered?
Over the past few weeks the Festival looked long and hard at possible alternatives, all of which had to be gradually abandoned. At its latest session the Festival’s Board of Governors, having taken into account the persistent health risks, even for gatherings of fewer than 1,000 people, and noting the impossibility of preserving the spirit of Locarno with solutions that at first sight might seem attractive alternatives, decided unanimously to forgo in principle the physical event.

Given the desire to maintain a presence in 2020, the Festival decided this year to launch Locarno 2020 – For the Future of Films, a unique initiative conceived to support ongoing productions, independent auteur filmmaking and cinema theaters. The initiative will feature a raft of projects on diverse platforms.

Further information and regular updates on Locarno 2020 – For the Future of Films will be published via our communication channels:

 

What will happen to the films usually screened at the Festival?
We felt that to mount an online, digital version of the traditional Festival, in August, would not be consistent with the spirit of the Locarno Film Festival and its mission to promote and launch films. As a result we decided to close the traditional selection of full-length features.

In consequence we are now at work on Locarno 2020 – For the Future of Films, a series of initiatives designed to support independent auteur filmmaking and cinema theaters. We are also working on a revised version of the competitions dedicated to short films.

More details on the proposed new formats will be given out via our regular communication channels:

 

What is Locarno 2020 – For the Future of Films and when will it take place?
This year the Locarno Film Festival will be transformed into Locarno 2020 – For the Future of Films, a unique initiative that will replace Locarno73 and is designed to foster independent auteur filmmaking and support cinema theaters, which have been hit hard by the crisis. Locarno 2020 will feature a raft of dedicated initiatives, allowing us to offer special content to both the public and industry professionals on a range of platforms.

The precise format and starting and closing dates of the initiative are still being finalized.

Further information and regular updates on Locarno 2020 – For the Future of Films will be published via our communication channels:

 

Will you be introducing other new initiatives this year?
There will be a series of projects introduced this year, all as part of the initiative Locarno 2020 – For the Future of Films.

Further details and in-depth information will be given out via the Festival’s official communication channels:

The Films After Tomorrow – what is it, and who is it for? 
The Films After Tomorrow is the first of a series of projects for Locarno 2020 created for this highly unusual year in which the physical event of the 73rd Festival has been cancelled. The Films After Tomorrow will be dedicated to supporting independent filmmaking. It will invest a part of the prize money for full-length features to support productions put on hold because of the health crisis. 

The project will feature a competition of 10 international and 10 Swiss productions selected by the Artistic Director and her team. Two international juries, also chosen by the Artistic Director, will assign a range of prizes, including two Pardo 2020 awards of 70.000 Swiss francs each. Aside from the recognition conferred, these prizes will provide critical support in assisting the prizewinners to reach their natural destination in theaters.  

The submission process is now closed.

 

When will the final selection of projects for The Films After Tomorrow be announced? 
The 20 projects selected by the Artistic Director and her team will be announced on 25 June. The full list will be published via the Festival’s official communication channels: 

 

When will The Films After Tomorrow take place? 
The directors of the 20 films selected will introduce themselves to the public through a series of online platforms from August 5 to 15. 


As part of the Locarno 2020 initiative, will there be the usual “Pardi di domani” selection of short films? If so, how will they be presented? 
Yes, the Pardi di domani section will be part of Locarno 2020 – For the Future of Films. As always, the program will consist of a selection of Swiss and international short films made by newcomer directors. The jury — whose lineup will be announced in the coming weeks — will award the four main Pardini and other prizes. 

The novelty this year is that the shorts that make up the program can be watched for free between 5 and 15 August on a digital platform accessible worldwide without geographical restrictions. Access online will be guaranteed for up to 1,590 total viewers per title — the same as the number of physical admissions possible every year at Locarno for screenings of short films.  

Together with its partners the Festival is also working on setting up a possible screening circuit for the short films in Swiss theaters, during the months following Locarno 2020. 

Further details will be given out over the coming weeks via the Festival’s official communication channels: 


When will the line-up of films for the Pardi di domani be announced? 
The final selection will be announced by mid-July via the Festival’s official communication channels. All those who entered a film will be notified by email. 


Why was it decided to hold the short films competition online? 
Responding to the global health crisis, the Locarno Film Festival has renewed its commitment to promoting independent filmmaking. The short films program will contribute to that goal by exploiting digital technology and VOD options, the short format being especially suited to the web and likely to benefit from distribution online. 

Encouraged by discussions with other players in the film industry, including major festivals that have agreed to take the Locarno shorts into consideration, the Locarno Film Festival has decided to take action that first and foremost safeguards filmmakers. 

 

What is We Are One: A Global Film Festival?  
We Are One: A Global Film Festival is an initiative of the Tribeca Film Festival in collaboration with YouTube, in which the Locarno Film Festival also takes part. The YouTube platform will host the shared curated program of 20 international Film Festival to create one big, online and free event. 

The initiative will take place from May 29 until June 7. 

More information on We Are One: A Global Film Festival and the participation of the Locarno Film Festival will be announced through the official communication channels of the Festival: 


Will the Retrospective on Kinuyo Tanaka also be cancelled? 
The retrospective announced last fall and dedicated to Japanese actress and director Kinuyo Tanaka is postponed to 2021.


Are your offices open? Are the Locarno Film Festival staff working at the moment?
Our offices are closed for the time being, but the Locarno Film Festival team is working from home in accordance with instructions from the authorities. In addition our staff can always be reached from outside by phone or email during office hours (9 am -12 pm and 2 pm - 6 pm).

For any queries or general information please call +41 (0)91 756 21 21 or e-mail info@locarnofestival.ch.

The Locarno Film Festival team will be back at their desks in our offices as soon as the health situation allows it, in line with instructions received from the Federal and Cantonal authorities.

How will the general public be involved in The Films After Tomorrow? How much of the content will be accessible? 
The Films After Tomorrow will be also open to the public, which will be able to take part in the Locarno Film Festival in an entirely new way.  The 20 directors selected will join in the creation of a coordinated program of screenings, public discussions and masterclasses, accessible via a range of platforms. Each filmmaker will also be asked to choose a title from the history of the Locarno Film Festival, taking a personal step towards a collective journey through the history of the event which will be viewable online. 

Further details will be given out via the Festival’s official communication channels.   

 

Will the box office still open and if so, when?
Further details will be announced via our communication channels:

 

Will tickets and season tickets still be on sale for Locarno 2020?
Further details will be announced via our communication channels:


Will the general public be able to watch the Pardi di domani selection? How and when will the Locarno 2020 shorts be available for viewing? 
The Pardi di domani short films will be available for free viewing on a digital platform accessible worldwide, with no geographical restrictions. The films will be viewable online between 5 and 15 August 2020. To watch a film, users will have to reserve one of the 1,590 virtual seats available for each title. The Pardi di domani program will be enhanced by audiovisual extras such as conversations with the directors, plus other content still being developed. 

Together with its partners the Festival is also working on setting up a possible screening circuit for the short films in Swiss theaters, during the months following Locarno 2020. 

Further details will be given out over the coming weeks via the Festival’s official communication channels: 

 

What can I do if I have a voucher for individual screenings or season tickets for the Locarno 73 edition?
Given that the Festival will take place in an alternative form, already existing vouchers for individual screenings or season tickets will be valid for the 2021 edition.
 

I’ve been a member of the Festival for years, how can I continue to contribute?
First and foremost, our thanks go to all those who support us. The current crisis has shown more clearly than ever how important contributions from members are, whatever the amount.

Anyone wishing to pay their annual membership fee should contact the Secretariat of the Locarno Film Festival via e-mail: info@locarnofestival.ch or phone: +41 (0) 91 756 21 21.

 

I’m already a member of the Leopard Club or would like to join, and want to know what will be going on at this edition. Who should I contact?
For any inquiries about the Leopard Club, please visit the Club’s website or contact info@leopardclub.ch.

 

I’d like to know what the hotel situation will be like in August. Who can I contact?
For all enquiries regarding hotels, local excursions, etc., please contact the Ascona-Locarno Tourist Office directly at the address info@ascona-locarno.com or by phone: 0848 091 091. 

 

What’s going to happen to laRotonda ?
Given that the physical event of the 73rd Locarno Film Festival will no longer take place, laRotonda has also been cancelled this year.

 

Can I submit my feature film project for the initiative The Films After Tomorrow? What are the entry conditions? 

Submissions for The Film After Tomorrow are closed.

Projects that are eligible include:  

  • International full-length feature projects (over 70 minutes), meant for theatrical release, which were suspended immediately before shooting or at any time during shooting or editing (development finished, financing closed).  
  • Swiss full-length feature projects (over 70 minutes), meant for theatrical release and with Switzerland as the main production country, which were suspended immediately before shooting or at any time during shooting or editing (development finished, financing closed). 

The section of the competition The Films After Tomorrow dedicated to Swiss productions, which will feature 10 projects, will be at the discretion of the Artistic Director and her team and will be organized and promoted in collaboration with SWISS FILMS. 

For further information please contact: programming@locarnofestival.ch 

 

How and where can I enter my full-length feature for The Films After Tomorrow? What is the deadline for entries? 
The application process is closed. 

For further information please contact: programming@locarnofestival.ch 

 

When will the final selection of The Films After Tomorrow be announced? 
The 20 projects selected by the Artistic Director will be announced on June 25. The full list will be published via the Festival’s official communication channels: 

 

Which prizes will be awarded for The Films After Tomorrow and when? Who will decide the prize winners?  
Two international juries, chosen by the Artistic Director and her team, will pick out the prize-winning projects. Awards will include two Pardo 2020 awards of 70.000 Swiss francs, as well as other prizes which will be announced over the coming weeks via the Festival’s official communication channels. The winners will be announced on Saturday 15 August. 

 

When will the juries for The Films After Tomorrow be announced? 
The members of the two juries for The Films After Tomorrow will be announced over the coming weeks via the Festival’s official communication channels. 


Can I still enter my short film for Pardi di domani? What is the deadline for entries? 

The application process is closed.   

For further information please contact the Pardi di domani programming office: shortfilms@locarnofestival.ch 

 

When will the selection of films for Pardi di domani be announced? 
The final selection will be announced by mid-July via the Festival’s official communication channels. All those who entered a film will be notified by email.     

 

How will the Pardi di domani selection be displayed?  
The Pardi di domani short films will be available for free viewing on a protected digital platform accessible worldwide, between 5 and 15 August 2020. To watch a film, users will have to register and reserve one of the 1,590 virtual seats available for each title. Films selected for the Pardi di domani national competition will have the option to limit their audience to Switzerland if necessary. Inline with the spirit of this year’s unique edition, however, we invite all filmmakers to share the selected films with our international audience. 

The Pardi di domani program will be enhanced by audiovisual extras such as conversations with the directors, plus other content still being developed.

Together with its partners the Festival is also working on setting up a possible screening circuit for the short films in Swiss theaters, during the months following Locarno 2020. 

 

 

Is  We Are One: A Global Film Festival open to submissions? 
No, the selection of the programming is not open to submissions.  

A Global Film Festival is an initiative by Tribeca Entrerprise (Tribeca Film Festival) and YouTube that aims to create one big online event, presenting a shared curated program of the most important film festivals in the world.  

Further information and regular updates on We Are One: A Global Film Festival will be published via our communication channels: 

 

Can I still get accreditation?
Given that the 73rd edition of the Locarno Film Festival has been cancelled in its physical form, the regular accreditation procedures will not take place as usual.

In the context of the Locarno 2020 initiative, some form of accreditation will be introduced for film professionals (Industry, Professionals, Press) and is currently being finalized.

Please look out for updates via the Festival’s communication channels:


Will there still be a selection of full-length features?
Our view was that holding an online edition in August would not be consistent with the spirit of the Locarno Film Festival and its mission to promote and launch films. For the same reason we will not this year be making the traditional selection of full-length features.

We are still working on possible alternatives for the competitions dedicated to short films.
 

Following the announcement of the cancellation of the 73rd edition of the Locarno Film Festival and its selection of full-length features, will registration fees for full-length features be reimbursed?
Registration fees for full-length features will be reimbursed in full in May.
An e-mail will be sent to all those who registered a full-length feature for the 73rd edition of the Locarno Film Festival, giving details of the procedure for reimbursement.


Can I still enter VR projects? 
The VR program has been suspended for this year and entries are no longer being received. For further information please e-mail: virtualreality@locarnofestival.ch. 

 

What will happen to the Locarno Pro program?
The usual physical event of the 73rd Locarno Film Festival will no longer take place. Notwithstanding, Locarno Pro intends to be present this year, but obviously in a different shape and form. The Locarno Pro team are evaluating a number of possible approaches that even in 2020 will allow us to offer services and activities in support of film industry professionals.

 

What will the Locarno Pro offering look like this year?
The Locarno Pro team are looking at a variety of possible activities and services which could be offered to film industry professionals in 2020.

  • Open Doors

    Following the current global health crisis, the Locarno Film Festival will not be taking place in its usual form. However, Locarno 2020 – For the Future of Films will keep offering support to the worldwide film community. Open Doors marries the vision of Locarno 2020 by its own definition. 
    The Open Doors section is being developed into an online version this year, comprehensive of its different branches, to remain active throughout and beyond the crisis.

    The programs of Open Doors Hub, Lab and Screenings will maintain their core objectives and will take place during Locarno 2020 in August.
    Their selections will be presented to the professionals and the public starting from early June.

    The newer, remote services such as the Consultancy and Hotline initiatives remain as active as ever. 
     

For specific enquiries about the initiatives planned, please contact the team directly by e-mail: locarnopro@locarnofestival.ch.

Please look out for updates via the Festival’s communication channels:

 

Who can I contact to request interviews or information for the press?
For specific press queries or requests for interviews, the Press Office team is at your disposal and can be contacted by e-mail: press@locarnofestival.ch

Please look out for updates via the Festival’s communication channels:

 

Will the official selection still be announced as planned on 15 July?
The traditional Press Conference is no longer scheduled for 15 July. We will keep media representatives informed through our press releases and official channels:

Should you not be receiving press releases from the Press Office, please get in touch with us c/o press@locarnofestival.ch and sign up for our newsletter here: www.locarnofestival.ch/newsletter.
 

Will the Locarno Academy programs still take place?
Following the announcement that the 73rd edition of the Locarno Film Festival has been cancelled in its physical form, the Locarno Academy programs (Critics, Industry and Filmmakers) will no longer be able to take place in their established formats. For this reason, applications are closed. We will keep you up to date as and when any alternative program is finalized.
 

Will those who enrolled for the Filmmakers Academy receive a refund of their enrolment fee?
All those who enrolled for the Filmmakers Academy and paid the fee of 20 Swiss francs will receive a refund by the end of May 2020. For any enquires about the refund process please contact the Academy directly by e-mail: locarnoacademy@locarnofestival.ch

For general questions about Locarno 2020 – For the Future of Films please contact
info@locarnofestival.ch

For questions regarding film submissions please contact
programming@locarnofestival.ch
shortsfilms@locarnofestival.ch
virtualreality@locarnofestival.ch

For interview requests please contact
press@locarnofestival.ch

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