News from the Locarno Festival

Annual General Meeting

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The Locarno Festival's Annual General Meeting was held on the 11th April 2017 in Locarno.

Festival President Marco Solari opened the Annual General Meeting with the announcement of the departure of Operational Director Mario Timbal who, after 9 years work with the Festival, will see it through to the end of the 70th edition, and will then take up a new post within a cultural institution abroad.

A presentation was given outlining the new operational organization: Nominated by the Board of Governors, current Deputy Chief Operating Officer Raphaël Brunschwig will assume his post as Chief Operating Officer from September 1, 2017; with Mattia Storni as Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Amel Soudani, currently Head of the Press Office and Digital Communication as Head of Communication and member of the Board of Directors.

From May 1 Andrea Zanetti will be Head of Business Development Food&Beverage, responsible for the operational organization of laRotonda.

The Annual General Meeting's agenda covered approval of the accounts for the 2016 edition, leaving the Festival in a broadly balanced budgetary position, with a final balance of 13,15 million CHF. The Chief Operating Officer also presented the budget for the 70th edition, set at 13,6 million CHF.

Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian, reported on numerous projects for Locarno70, including #movieofmylife, a digital competition intended to give the audience a voice, calling on them to talk about films that have changed their lives.

The Annual General Meeting also ratified a change within the Board of Governors. After 20 of years with the Festival, Marco Blaser has tendered his resignation and in recognition of his enormous contribution to the event was designated an Honorary Member of the Festival. Roberta Pantani, National Council member and current President of the Ticino Deputation at the Federal Parliament, was elected as a new member of the Board.

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