Selected International Film Festivals

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

Semaine de la Critique Locarno
PO Box 647
6616 Losone

Artistic Director
Mr. Giona A. Nazzaro

Head of Pardi di domani and Advisor for the Competitive sections
Mr. Eddie Bertozzi

Year of Foundation 1946

Event Date from 04 August 2021 till 14 August 2021

Event Date

in Locarno, Switzerland

International Competition

Sections Concorso internazionale (contemporary auteur cinema); Concorso Cineasi del present (1st and 2nd full lenght documentaries and fiction features, most hybrid section, up-to-date forms of cine, world and international premieres); Pardi di domani (The Pardi di domani section presents as a world or international premiere short and medium-length films not more than 59 minutes in length).
Sections not open to submissions:
The Piazza Grande (films which while being spectacular and entertaining, have an innovative capacity in style and content); The Fuori concorso selection (feature films and shorts, film essays and documentaries – by well-established filmmakers, mainly as world or international premieres); Histoire(s) du cinéma (offers works from filmmakers and artists to whom the Festival dedicates special tributes, restored prints of rare and important works, but also films (documentaries, essays, experimental and hybrid films) that shed new light on the history of cinema; The Retrospettiva (a historical or thematic program, or the complete works of a major filmmaker); Open Doors Screenings (non-competitive section, focusing in 2021 on a selection of films from the cinematographic and cultural universe of the following countries: Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and Mongolia); The Locarno Kids (offers films for children and teenagers. It has a special emphasis on works screening as national premieres, together with restored titles that help rediscover film history).
Independently organized: The Critics’ Week (documentaries); Panorama 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 after January 1, 2020; 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.

Genre Art, Coming-of-Age Story, Drama

Subtitles English subtitles necessary French subtitles recommended

Format 35 mm, DCP

Registration Deadline Early Bird Deadline: 22 March 2021
Regular Deadline: 05 May 2021
Late Deadline: 14 May 2021

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)

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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