Selected International Film Festivals

Locarno Film Festival

Festival del Film Locarno
Via Ciseri 23
6601 Locarno
phone +41-91-7 56 21 21
fax +41-91-7 56 21 59

Semaine de la Critique Locarno
PO Box 647
6616 Losone

Artistic Director Festival del Film
Mr. Carlo Chatrian

Leopards of Tomorrow (short films @ Festival del Film)
Mr. Alessandro Marcionni

Semaine de la Critique Locarno
General Delegate Mr. Stéphane Gobbo

Year of Foundation 1946

Event Date from 03 August 2016 till 13 August 2016

in Locarno, Switzerland

International Competition

Sections International Competition (full-length features, world or international premieres); Piazza Grande (films which while being spectacular and entertaining, have an innovative capacity in style and content); Filmmakers of the Present (1st and 2nd full lenght documentaries and fiction features, most hybrid section, up-to-date forms of cine, world and international premieres); The Leopards of Tomorrow (short and medium-length films, world and international premieres); Out of Competition; Signs of Life (selection of works by well-established filmmakers); Histoire(s) du cinéma (works from filmmakers and artists to whoom the Festival dedicates special tributes); Open Doors (focus on different regions); Retrospective.
Independently organized: The Critics’ Week (documentaries); Appellations Suisse (showcase of Swiss films)

Category Documentary, Feature, First Feature, Short

Terms of Entry LOCARNO FILM FESTIVAL: Production of films and videos selected must have been completed within the 12 months preceding their Festival screening; Films and videos selected which are in competition must not have been previously released outside their country of origin nor having been shown in any international film festival prior to their official presentation at the Locarno International Film Festival; Films invited in other sections must not have been previously shown in Europe (outside their country of origin); only works over 60 minutes in length are eligible for the International Competition. The entry form must be accompanied by 3 DVD for consideration.

SEMAINE DE LA CRITIQUE: Eligible are documentaries or films documentary in character of at least 61 minutes running time which a) are intended for theatrical release, b) have been completed after autumn of the previous year and c) are shown as world and/or international premieres.

Genre Art, Coming-of-Age Story, Drama

Subtitles English subtitles necessary

Format 16 mm, 35 mm, Beta SP PAL, DigiBeta PAL, DCP

Registration Deadline Locarno Film Festival: 31 May 2016
Semiane de la Critique: 31 May 2016

Fees Features: 100 CHF; Shorts (<40 min.): 30 CHF. Submissions to the Semaine de la Critique are free of charge

Attendance Figures 184,000

Participants of the Film Industry more than 3.700 industry professionals

Prizes/Awards International Competition: Golden Leopard Best Film (90.000 CHF), Special Jury Prize (30.000 CHF), Leopard for the best direction (30.000 CHF), Leopard for Best Actor and Actress.

Filmmakers of the present: Golden Leopard Best Film (40.000 CHF), Special Cine+ Jury Prize (30.000 CHF for broadcast rights paid to the French distributor), Best New Director (20.000 CHF).

Leopard for the Best first or second feature film (30.000 CHF)

Leopards of Tomorrow: Golden Leopard for the best Swiss short film and international short film (10.000 CHF), Silver Leopard for the national and international competition (5.000 CHF), Locarno short film nominee for the European Film Awards (5.000 CHF).

Premio Film und Videountertitelung

Semaine de la Critique: SRG SSR / Semaine de la critique Prize (8.000 CHF), Premio Zonta Club Locarno.

German Films


Piazza Grande
THE PEOPLE VS. FRITZ BAUER (DER STAAT GEGEN FRITZ BAUER) by Lars Kraume (zero one film, Terz Film)

Concorso internazionale
HEIMATLAND by Lisa Blatter, Gregor Frei, Jan Gassmann, Benny Jaberg, Carmen Jaquier, Michael Krummenacher, Jonas Meier, Tobias Nölle, Lionel Rupp & Mike Scheiwiller (CH/DE, Passanten Filmproduktion)
PARADISE by Sina Ataeian Dena (IR/DE, Bon Voyage Films)
TE PROMETO ANARQUÍA by Julio Hernández Cordón (MX/DE, Rohfilm)

Concorso Cineasti del presente
DER NACHTMAHR by AKIZ (OOO-Films, Bon Voyage Films)
SIEMBRA by Ángela Osorio Rojas & Santiago Lozano Álvarez (CO/DE, Autentika Films)

Pardi di domani
FOUR CORNERS OF A CIRCLE (KREIS MIT VIER ECKEN) by Katarina Stankovic (DE/RS, ZAK Film Productions, Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF)
ZEUS by Pavel Vesnakov (DE/BG, Heimathafen Film & Media)

Signs of Life
RECOLLECTION by Kamal Aljafari

Fuori concorso: Art Basel
ANFANGSSZENE by Karolin Meunier

Histoire(s) du cinéma : Exellence Award Moët & Chandon for Edward Norton
FIGHT CLUB by David Fincher (US/DE, Taurus Film)

I film delle giurie
SWORN VIRGIN by  Laura Bispuri (IT/CH/DE/AL/XK, The Match Factory)

Retrospettiva Sam Peckinpah
THE CROSS OF IRON (STEINER – DAS EISERNE KREUZ)  by Sam Peckinpah (GB/DE, Rapid Film, Terra Filmkunst)
PASSION & POETRY – THE BALLAD OF SAM PECKINPAH by Mike Siegel (El Dorado Prod., Manic Entertainment)

Open Doors Screenings
CHOUF by Imen Dellil (TN/DE/FR, Goethe Institut Tunis)
SUR LA PLANCHE (NACHTS IN TANGER) by Leila Kilani (MA/FR/DE, Vandertastic Films)

Semaine de la Critique
K2. TOUCHING THE SKY by Eliza Kubarska (PL/GB/DE, inselfilm produktion)

Panorama Suisse
ABOVE AND BELOW by Nicolas Steiner (CH/DE, Flying Moon Filmproduktion)

Prizes for German films 2013
MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE by Marc Bauder (DE/AT, Bauderfilm)

Number of Films Shown approx. 502 films

Media Coverage approx. 1100 international journalists (50% from Switzerland and 50% from the rest of the world), mainly printed press including trades as variety, the Hollywood reporter, screen int., le film français, filmecho etc.

Specific Characteristics Recognized by FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations) as Competitive Feature Film Festival (so-called "A-Festival"). The winner of the short film competition automatically qualifies for the OSCAR competition for the Best Short Film.

Evaluation Biggest film festival in Switzerland with Mediterranean flair and good opportunities to establish contacts with producers and journalists. Focus on independent and innovative cinema. Top event: open-air-screenings at the Piazza Grande for an average of 6,000 - 8,000 spectators.
The Locarno Festival has established itself in recent years as an important industry showcase for auteur filmmaking, a good networking opportunity for international distributors, buyers and producers.

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