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.Category
Independently organized: The Critics’ Week (documentaries); Appellations Suisse (showcase of Swiss films)
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.
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 Semaine de la Critique: 31 May 2018
Early Bird Dealine is March 26, 2018
Regular Deadline is May 14, 2018
last minute Deadline is June 1, 2018
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) // Submissions to the Semaine de la Critique are free of charge
Attendance Figures 174,000
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 (20.000 CHF), Leopard for Best Actor and Actress.
Filmmakers of the present: Golden Leopard Best Film (40.000 CHF), Special Cine+ Jury Prize (25.000 CHF for broadcast rights paid to the French distributor), Best New Director (20.000 CHF).
Swatch First Feature Award (15.000 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 (2.000 CHF), Premio Zonta Club Locarno.
GERMANY. A WINTER’S TALE (WINTERMÄRCHEN) by Jan Bonny (Heimatfilm)
SIBEL by Çağla Zencirci & Guillaume Giovanetti (TK/FR/DE/LU, Riva Filmproduktion)
WHAT DOESN’T KILL US (WAS UNS NICHT UMBRINGT) von Sandra Nettelbeck (Sommerhaus Filmproduktion, cine plus Filmproduktion, Ruhrsound)
Concorso Cineasti del presente
ALL GOOD (ALLES IST GUT) by Eva Trobisch (TRIMAFILM, Starhaus Filmproduktion, University of Television and Film Munich)
CLOSING TIME by Nicole Vögele (CH/DE, Film Academy Baden-Württemberg)
FAMILIA SUMERGIDA (DIE UNTERGEGANGENE FAMILIE) by María Alché (AR/BR/DE/NO, Pandora Film Produktion)
YESTERDAY by Bálint Kenyeres (HU/DE/FR/NL/MA/SE, One Two Films)
Pardi di domani: Concorso internazionale
TORNEUR by Yalda Afsah
Pardi di domani: Concorso nazionale
IN LOVING MEMORY OF THE FUTURE by Laurence Favre (CH/DE)
Histoire(s) du cinéma: Homage to Wolf-Eckart Bühler
DER HAVARIST by Wolf-Eckart Bühler (Red Harvest Film, Starfilm Produktion, 1984)
LIGHTHOUSE OF CHAOS (LEUCHTTURM DES CHAOS) by Manfred Blank & Wolf-Eckart Bühler (Red Harvest Film, 1983)
Open Doors Screenings: Feature Films
THE ROAD TO MANDALAY by Midi Z (MM/TW/FR/DE, Bombay Berlin Film Production)
CHRIS THE SWISS by Anja Kofmel (CH/HR/DE/FI, Ma.ja.de. Filmproduktion)
ELDORADO by Markus Imhoof (CH/DE, zero one film)
WHERE ARE YOU, JOÃO GILBERTO? (WO BIST DU, JOÃO GILBERTO?) by Georges Gachot (CH/DE/FR, Neos Film)
Semaine de la critique
#FEMALE PLEASURE by Barbara Miller (CH/DE, INDI FILM)
Prizes for German films 2013
Prix SRG SSR
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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