Press Releases  ·  10 | 08 | 2022

Locarno Pro Closes Another Successful Edition

Marked by an all-time high of accredited industry professionals in attendance, this year’s edition of Locarno Pro, the industry initiative of the Locarno Film Festival, has once again drawn to a successful close, and is more influential and vigorous a global event than ever.

In its revamped form this year, Locarno Pro welcomed more than 1,300 industry professionals to the Festival (over a hundred attending virtually), including representatives from some of the world’s largest and most powerful studios and companies, including Netflix, Warner Bros, Universal, Paramount Pictures, A24, Neon, Spotify, Amazon, and MUBI.


With over 850 international delegates and more than 450 Swiss attending the various events of Locarno Pro, the Festival initiative proves itself once again to be one of the most vital and unmissable in the world, a real incubator for international talent from all corners of the global production and distribution of films.


Almost a hundred countries were represented during the events of the Locarno Pro days (4-10 August), at which 900 pre-scheduled meetings took place and more than 50 industry screenings – including works-in-progress – took place over three days. These professional encounters, following two years of pandemic-induced digital separation, marked a full return to the face-to-face conversations and encounters of the past, during which some of the most important deals and partnerships for the future of cinema are forged.


Special events that took place during the Festival, including a keynote speech on financing and streaming by Sejin Croninger (Paramount Pictures), a discussion on original language distribution in North America with Elissa Federoff (NEON) and a masterclass with award-winning producer Christine Vachon (Killer Films), characterized the adaptability and comprehensiveness of Locarno Pro’s offer, giving much needed context to an industry under transformation. These and other highlighted events will be available for viewing in the Locarno Pro online portal for all industry accredited until May 2023.

Other highlights included, in the context of the First Look on German Cinema (Locarno’s Works-in-progress section), the awarding of the Cinegrell First Look Award, a post-production service worth 50,000€ to Letzter Abend (One Last Evening) by Lukas Nathrath, the Le Film Français Award of advertising services worth 5,600€ given to Arthur & Diana by Sara Summa, as well as the Kaiju Diffusion Prize, which goes towards the designing of international poster worth 5,000€, which was given to Elaha by Milena Aboyan.

Meanwhile, The Village Next to Paradise by Mo Harawe took home the Alliance 4 Development’s Alphapanda Market Breakout Award, consisting of consultancy services to the value of 3 000 €.

The Open Doors Awards were announced yesterday, read the full news here.

Stats & Figures:

Towards 1400 accredited industry professionals, an all-time high for a revamped Locarno Pro!

Total Accredited industry : 1'377   (Online  111 - Onsite 1’266)
Swiss: 477 (17 online – 460 onsite) // internationals: 900 (94 Online – 806 onsite)

Represented countries: 94


Total number of pre-scheduled meetings: 892

  • Alliance For Development & MatchMe! : 652
  • Open Doors: 240


Total no. Of Industry Screenings: 52 (of which 6 First Look screening and 1 Swiss Film Previews presentation)

Highlighted Companies attending Locarno 75

Universal Pictures, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros, A24, NEON, Oscilloscope, Anonymous Content, Bleecker Street, Film Movement, FilmNation, Kino Lorber, MoMa, Film Society Lincoln Center, Sundance Institute, Vimeo, Cinetic, Wild Bunch, The Match Factory, Coproduction Office, MK2, Playtime, Kinology, Beta Cinema, Memento, Diaphana, Haut et Court, Spotify, Netflix, Amazon, MUBI, ARTE, BlueTv, Filmin, Orange.

Highlighted Events at Locarno Pro available for Playback in the Locarno Pro Online area:
  • Masterclass with Christine Vachon – Killer Films, USA
  • Keynote Speech on Financing and Streaming: Sejin Croninger, Paramount Pictures, USA
  • Panel – Original Language Film Distribution in the US with Elissa Federoff (NEON, USA)
  • Keynote Speech - Current Views: Pieces to assemble a post-pandemic puzzle (Guido Lara, Lexia)
  • Heritage Online Round Table - A spectrum of options through the distribution windows: all the way from the DVDs, through theatrical, VOD and on to exploring the NFT option
  • Heroines' journeys: narratives and realities of women through Central American and Caribbean cinema
First Look on German Cinema prizes

Cinegrell First Look Award – post-production service worth 50,000 Euros

Le Film Français Award - advertising services  worth 5,600 euro

  • Arthur & Diana by Sara Summa, produced by Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin 

Kaiju Cinema Diffusion Prize - Designing of international poster worth 5,000 euro

  • Elaha by Milena Aboyan, produced by Kinescope Film, co-produced by Essence Film

Alliance 4 Development’s Alphapanda Market Breakout Award, consisting of consultancy services to the value of 3 000 €. was given to the Austrian film project:

  • The Village Next to Paradise
     by Mo Harawe, produced by Oliver Neumann (FreibeuterFilm, Austria) and Sabine Moser (FreibeuterFilm, Austria).
Open Doors Awards
  • MOA
    by Marcel Beltrán, produced by Paula Gastaud, Mediocielo Films, Cuba
  • Muchachos Bañándose en el lago (Kids Swimming in the Lake)
    by Michael Labarca, produced by Patricia Ramírez Arévalo, Todos Los Ríos, Venezuela

Find the full Open Doors Awards here.

Locarno Pro is possible thanks to the support of the Federal Office of Culture / MEDIA Desk Suisse.

Open Doors is organised in collaboration with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) of the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs.