Press Releases  ·  08 | 05 | 2024

Locarno Film Festival Announces the Letterboxd Piazza Grande Award

For its 77th edition this August, the Locarno Film Festival will partner with Letterboxd, the international social network for cinephiles, on an award given to a new feature film showing on the Piazza Grande.

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Over the past decade, Letterboxd has cemented its place as the preeminent social space for cinephiles to catalogue their viewing habits, create lists, review films old and new, and connect with film lovers from around the world. The Locarno Film Festival is proud to be the first international festival to partner with Letterboxd on a significant award given to a film in the main program.

The Letterboxd Piazza Grande Award will be given to a feature film showing on the Piazza Grande, the 8,000-seat outdoor cinema at the heart of Locarno, that combines both the values and artistic qualities of the cinephile landscape of today and commercial potential on the international festival circuit. The winning title will receive extensive editorial coverage on Letterboxd and the Locarno Film Festival’s channels – including social media and the editorial sections of the homepage of both websites – helping to build global awareness of a new film showing at the Festival.

The jury for the Letterboxd Piazza Grande Award will be made up of Letterboxd editorial staff and young accredited critics attending the Festival, who will bring a fresh and cinephile perspective to the highly anticipated line-up of films featuring on one of the largest outdoor screens in the world.

Matthew Buchanan, Co-Founder of Letterboxd: “One of our guiding principles is to find ways to bring our audience of film lovers closer to the filmmakers operating at the forefront of the medium. We are thrilled to be working with the Locarno Film Festival in its 77th incarnation, to provide coverage, community reactions and filmmaker support in the most beautiful of outdoor settings”.

Giona A. Nazzaro, Artistic Director: “Over the past decade, Letterboxd has become one of the essential sites for film fans to share the films they love. We are proud to be the first international festival to join with Letterboxd in giving an award to films in the official selection, in this case those shown at the real heart of our Festival: under the stars on the Piazza Grande”.

The ceremony for the Letterboxd Piazza Grande Award will be held in the Piazza Grande on the evening of Saturday, August 17.

About Letterboxd

Letterboxd is a worldwide network of film lovers in over 190 countries who rate, review and share their movie-watching activities. With 13-million-plus members, Letterboxd regularly partners with various studios and industry organizations. Its hugely engaged audience expands their film knowledge via Letterboxd’s media arm, which includes the online magazine, Journal, The Letterboxd Show podcast, and multiple other routes for films and their talent to be showcased. You can follow Letterboxd’s active social presence on X (formerly Twitter), Instagram, TikTok, YouTube and Facebook.


The 77th Locarno Film Festival will take place from 7 to 17 August 2024.