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Locarno Film Festival

Locarno Festival
via Franchino Rusca 1
6600 Locarno
phone +41-91-7 56 21 21
fax +41-91-7 56 21 49
email: info@locarnofestival.ch

Semaine de la Critique Locarno
PO Box 647
6616 Losone
email: info@semainedelacritique.ch

Artistic Director Locarno Festival
Ms. Lili Hinstin

Head of the Leopards of Tomorrow Committee
Mrs. Charlotte Corchète

Semaine de la Critique Locarno
General Delegate Mr. Marco Zucchi

Year of Foundation 1946

Event Date from 05 August 2020 till 15 August 2020

Event Date (online)

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); Concorso internazionale (contemporary auteur cinema); 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); Moving Ahead (world or international premieres a competitive selection of works by well-established filmmakers,
exploring new narrative forms and innovative film language); 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); Panorama Suisse (showcase of Swiss films)

!!! COVID-19-UPDATE !!!
This year’s edition of the Locarno International Filmfestival will not take place in its normal way. Due to the COVID-19-pandemic the festival cannot be physically realized in August.
Locarno started the initiative „Locarno 2020 – For the Future of Films“, a support program for independent art-house Cinema, as an alternative to the festival. „The Films After Tomorrow“ is the first program of the initiative. 10 Swiss and 10 international projects, that got interrupted by the outbreak of the COVID-19-pandemic, will be selected to compete over a 70.000 Francs funding for the finalization of the project.
The selection will be shown during the 5 August and 15 August 2020, in the time frame, where the festival was planned to physically take place. The winners will be announced on 15 August 2020.

The Leopards of Tomorrow section, which focuses on short and medium-length works by emerging Swiss and international Talent.

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; World premieres are favored. Films available on the Internet, broadcast on television or
commercially released on VOD, DVD, Blu-Ray or any other
format are not eligible. Films invited in other sections must not have been previously shown in Europe (outside their country of origin); All Swiss productions and co-productions must be world premieres. Only works over 60 minutes in length are eligible for the International Competition.

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.

!!! COVID-19-UPDATE !!!
Feature film projects, that run over 70 min, are eligible for „The Films After Tomorrow“. The projects had to be planned for cinema release and must be interrupted directly by the COVID-19 outbreak, i.e. the shooting had to be planned, interrupted or finished already. In any case, the funding had to be finalized by the time of interruption.

Leopards of Tomorrow. Short and medium-length works. The submission process will remain open until June 3. The programme’s four Golden and Silver ‘Pardini’ prizes for Swiss and international entries, worth $10,000 and $5,000 respectively, will remain intact.

Genre Art, Coming-of-Age Story, Drama

Subtitles English subtitles necessary French subtitles recommended

Format 35 mm, DCP

Registration Deadline Early Bird Deadline: 24 March 2020
Regular Deadline: 06 May 2020
Late Deadline: 27 May 2020

Fees Early Bird: 100 CHF (full-length, over 41 min), 30 CHF (shorts, up to 40 min.); Regular: 130 (full-length), 50 CHF (shorts); last minute: 160 CHF (full-length), 70 CHF (shorts)

Attendance Figures 174,000

Participants of the Film Industry more than 3.700 industry professionals

Prizes/Awards Pardo d’oro (Golden Leopard), Grand Prize of the City of
Locarno to the best film: CHF 75,000 to be shared equally
between the director and the producer; Premio speciale della giuria (Special Jury Prize) of the Cities of Ascona and Losone: CHF 30,000 to be shared equally between the director and the producer;
– Pardo per la migliore regia (Leopard for Best Direction) of the City and Region of Locarno for the best directed film: CHF 20,000 to the director; Pardo per la migliore interpretazione femminile (Leopard for Best Actress); Pardo per la migliore interpretazione maschile (Leopard for Best Actor).

Filmmakers of the present: Pardo d’oro Cineasti del presente (Cineasti del presente Golden Leopard) to the best film: CHF 35,000 to be shared equally between the director and the producer; Premio per il migliore regista emergente (Best Emerging Director Award) of the City and Region of Locarno: CHF 20,000 to the director; Premio speciale della giuria Ciné+ Cineasti del presente (Special Jury Prize): a promotional campaign to the value of CHF 25’000 on Ciné+ channels at the time of its theatrical release in France.

Moving Ahead: Moving Ahead Award to the best film (CHF 5,000 to the director); This prize may not be awarded ex aequo.

Best First Feature Prizes;

Swatch First Feature Award: CHF 15,000 to the director
Leopards of Tomorrow: Pardino d’oro for the best Swiss short film – Premio Swiss Life (CHF 10,000); Pardino d’oro for the best international short film – Premio SRG SSR (CHF 10,000); Pardino d’argento Swiss Life for the Pardi di domani National competition (CHF 5,000); Pardino d’argento SRG SSR for the Pardi di domani International competition (CHF 5,000); Pardi di domani Best Direction Prize – PIANIFICA (CHF 2,000 to the director);
Best Swiss Newcomer Prize;

German Films


The Films After Tomorrow: International Selection
EUREKA by Lisandro Alonso (FR/DE/PT/MX/AR, Komplizen Film)
HUMAN FLOWERS OF FLESH by Helena Wittmann (DE/FR, Fünferfilm)

The Films After Tomorrow: Swiss Selection
A PIECE OF HEAVEN (EIN STÜCK HIMMEL) by Michael Koch (CH/DE, Pandora Film Produktion)

Pardi di domani: International Competition
HOW I BEAT GLUE AND BRONZE by Vladimir Vulević (DE/RS)

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

Number of Films Shown 402 films from 43 countries in 2017

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. The jury nominates a short film from the international competition for the European Film Awards.

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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