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Locarno’s work in progress section, aiming to showcase films in any post-production stage from a different territory, every year. The focus country for the 2021 edition is Switzerland.
First Look is the work in progress section of Locarno Film Festival, taking place during the Locarno Pro Days and selecting 6 feature films in post-production stage from a different focus country every year.
Since 2012, First Look was launchpad for new productions from Colombia, Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Israel, Poland, Baltic Countries, Portugal and Serbia. By attending this section, you’ll have the opportunity to show your work in progress to international industry key players attending Locarno Pro, and to compete for three awards.
For its 10th edition, the Locarno Film Festival’s First Look initiative focused on Swiss Cinema, thanks to a partnership with SWISS FILMS.
The jury comprising Sebastian Höglinger (Diagonale), Orestis Andreadakis (Thessaloniki International Film Festival) and Jean-Pierre Rehm (FIDMarseille) handed out the following Awards:
Cinegrell First Look Award – post-production service worth 50,000 Swiss francs
to De Noche los Gatos son Pardos by Valentin Merz, produced by Marie Lanne-Chesnot and Valentin Merz (Andrea Film)
"For its complexity, its playfulness and its innovative and challenging storytelling."
Le Film Français Award - advertising services worth 5,600 euro
to Semret by Caterina Mona, produced by Michela Pini (Cinédokké), co-produced by Cineworx Produktion Basel and RSI Radiotelevisione Svizzera
Kaiju Cinema Diffusion Prize - Designing of international poster worth 5,000 euro
to Réduit by Leon Schwitter, produced by Caroline Hepting, Rea Televantos, Leon Schwitter (EXIT Filmkollektiv), co-produced by Sabotage Filmkollektiv
The selected Works in progress are: