Connect to Reality - Locarno

Saturday, August 5th, 2017 - The reforms of Swiss cinema in focus at Locarno, before heading to Zurich and Geneva Film Festivals

Emmanuel Cuénod (Artistic Director - Geneva International Film Festival), Edouard Waintrop (Artistic Director - Quinzaine de Réalisateurs, Festival de Cannes and Executive Director - Cinémas du Grütli), Klaus Rasmussen (Senior Sales and Acquisitions Manager Theatrical - Global Screen), Christian Jungen (Head of Culture - NZZ am Sonntag)


Industry Days


Keynote speaker Edouard Waintrop, Artistic Director of the Cannes Festival's Director's Fortnight and Director of the Cinemas du Grütli


Keynote Speaker Klaus Rasmussen, Senior Sales & Acquisitions Manager, Global Screen


Keynote speaker Christian Jungen, Head of Culture, NZZ am Sonntag


Nadia Dresti, Deputy Artistic Director, Locarno Festival


Emmanuel Cuénod, Artistic Director, Geneva International Film Festival


Karl Spoerri, Artistic Director, Zurich Film Festival


Connect to Reality Locarno 2017


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In 2017, the Locarno Festival, Zurich Film Festival and Geneva International Film Festival Tous Écrans join forces to launch "Connect to Reality."

This trilateral platform, aimed at promoting dialogue and critically analyzing the creation, production and distribution of Swiss cinema, is meant as an investigative tool for Swiss industry professionals and aspires to contribute to the success of Swiss productions, both at home and abroad.

Connect to Reality - Locarno takes place on Saturday, August 5th, 2017.

The debate will focus on the distribution of Swiss films at home and abroad. 


14.00 – 14.45 Introductory Keynote

Hotel Belvedere, Sala Granda

Open to Press, Professional and Industry badges

Keynote speakers:

Edouard Waintrop (Artistic Director of Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight)

Klaus Rasmussen (Senior Sales & Acquisitions Manager of Global Screen)

Facts & Figures:

Christian Jungen (Film Critic, NZZ) 


Emmanuel Cuénod (Geneva International Film Festival)


15.00 – 16.30 Workshops

Closed session, for participants only


17.00 – 18.00 Wrap-up and conclusions

Hotel Belvedere, Sala Granda

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"Connect to Reality" was born out of shared observations between the three festivals, and is a natural development from the event Stepin.ch (2014 to 2016), which was initiated by Locarno Festival and organized in collaboration with Geneva International Film Festival Tous Écrans since 2016.

Nadia Dresti, Locarno's Deputy Artistic Director and Head of International, is convinced that "the festivals in Locarno, Zurich and Geneva are predestined to create an ongoing national think tank. The encounters will improve the common understanding of necessary reforms in order to significantly and permanently increase the presence of Swiss movies both in theatres and within national and international film festivals.”

Through three annual events, whose results will be shared in a joint publication, "Connect to Reality" aims to become a laboratory for ideas for Swiss cinema, with the support of the SSA (Société Suisse des Auteurs) and Suissimage

Connect to Reality - Locarno is supported by the Federal Office of Culture (FOC) in the context of the MEDIA compensatory measures.


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