Filmmakers Academy
1 – 11 August 2018

Filmmakers Academy
1 – 11 August 2018


Sound designer and Vision Award Nescens Walter Murch, at his masterclass in 2015


Pardo d'onore Swisscom Agnès Varda held a masterclass in Locarno, in 2014


Abel Ferrara and Werner Herzog in Locarno, 2013


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Locarno Filmmakers Academy

1-11 August 2018


Year after year the Locarno Filmmakers Academy (LFA) consolidates its mission as a platform for dialogue and exchange, bringing major players in world cinema together with emerging young filmmakers selected from the most promising talents in contemporary film. The 2017 edition of the Locarno Academy featured a training program boasting a line-up of guest directors that included names such as Olivier Assayas, Catherine Breillat, Todd Haynes, Miguel Gomes, Wang Bing and Valeria Sarmiento.

In an industry where the pace of change grows more frenetic day by day, the Locarno Filmmakers Academy addresses the future needs of a generation of young filmmakers who will have to face new challenges in terms of how their work can be made and distributed.

The intensive ten-day program offered by the Locarno Filmmakers Academy (view programs from previous editions) is further enhanced by synergies with the parallel programs of the Industry Academy and Critics Academy. By networking together the programs effectively set up a campus in which their distinct skill sets converge to open up new perspectives on individual approaches to filmmaking, at the same time establishing a valuable network of contacts. The filmmakers finally selected for the Locarno Filmmakers Academy will be joined by six talents from the prestigious Cannes Cinéfondation residency.

Directors taking part will also have an opportunity to show their short films to the Festival audience at the Locarno Filmmakers Academy evening screenings. The 6th edition of the LFA is open for applications in the same spirit of innovation and discovery that has been the Locarno Festival’s hallmark for 70 years. Fifteen participants will be selected from the applicants.


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Academy Screenings 2018

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