Reflecting the Festival’s aim to cross and blur boundaries, the Concorso internazionale presents a stimulating panorama of contemporary auteur cinema, where young talent rubs shoulders with that of established directors. A jury of major figures in cinema is charged with choosing one of the competing fiction or documentary features from all over the world, screened as world or international premieres, to win the prestigious Pardo d’oro.
Pardo d’oro (Golden Leopard)
Festival Grand Prize of the City of Locarno, for the best film in the Concorso internazionale: 75,000 CHF to be shared equally between the director and the producer.
Premio speciale della giuria (Special Jury Prize)
Prize of the Cities of Ascona and Losone: 30,000 CHF to be shared equally between the director and the producer.
Pardo per la migliore regia (Leopard for the Best Direction)
Prize of the City and Region of Locarno, for the best directed film in the Concorso internazionale: 20,000 CHF to the director.
Pardo per la migliore interpretazione femminile (Leopard for the Best Actress)
Pardo per la migliore interpretazione maschile (Leopard for the Best Actor)
Swatch First Feature Awards
Swatch support the prizes awarded by a jury of international film critics to the two best first feature films, as world or international premieres, selected for all sections of the Festival, except for the independent sections Semaine de la critique and Panorama Suisse:
- Swatch First Feature Award for the best first film: 15’000 CHF to the director;
- The Swatch Art Peace Hotel Award: a special mention, with a 3 to 6 month residency in the Shanghai hotel of the same name.