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Locarno International Film Festival

Locarno International Film Festival

Type : Feature film and short film festival
Theme : International festival
Location : Switzerland
Period : August

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Festival years (22)

Event presentation

Founded in 1946, The Locarno International Film Festival, which is supported by the FIAPF, has earned itself a unique position in the landscape of the major film festivals. Every August around 200,000 spectators, 1,100 journalists, and 3,700 professionals converge on the small Swiss-Italian town of Locarno, which becomes the world capital of auteur cinema over eleven days.

A crucial annual event for movie-lovers, Locarno is recognized by professionals around the world as a key meeting place that fosters the discovery of new talent, offering a broad selection of high-quality productions presented in world premieres.

Around 200 films are showcased at the festival each year, including around thirty French productions. The festival is divided into around ten sections that are open to all film genres and all formats, the most famous of which is the Piazza Grande, which presents open-air screenings to around 8,000 spectators in a spectacular setting.
The festival also has two feature film competition sections (the International Competition and the Filmmakers of the Present Competition), as well as an international short film competition (Leopards of Tomorrow).
Also on the festival's program are retrospectives, the Open Doors Co-Production Lab, roundtables, special awards, and numerous other sidebar events.

The team (6)

For features filsm only

Festival programmers view films proposed by UniFrance films in June.

Contact at UniFrance films for feature films: Yann Raymond

Registration conditions for short films

Films produced on or after : Septembre 2015
Registration deadline : 31/05/2016
Registration deadline by Unifrance : 28/04/2016
UniFrance contacts at this event : Christine Gendre
Registrations requiring fees
Subtitling required
Maximum runtime : Pardi di domani : 40'
Films produced on or after : Septembre 2014
Genres accepted : All genres
Conditions : Priority given to films not previously released (internationally)
Pre-selection format requirements : DVD, Video File
Screening format requirements : 35mm, Beta SP PAL, 16mm, Digital Beta PAL, DCP (Digital Cinema Package)

A competitive festival.

The Golden Leopard Awards for Best Short Film in the International Competition and the National Competition allow access to the Oscars pre-selection process.

This festival is recognized by the European Film Academy. It can nominate a European short film for the Short Film Prize that is awarded by the European Film Academy each year.

Concerning Leopards of Tomorrow: Films submitted must not have been screened outside their country of origin or at any international film festival prior to their presentation at Locarno.

Additionally, access is confined to directors who have not yet directed a short film.

Once registration is completed on, you will receive a message with a link to upload your film. If the uploading process does not function correctly, you have the option of sending us 3 DVDs before April 28, 2016. The festival does not return material sent for pre-selection.

Important note about registration fees:

Any production company that is a member of UniFrance films with membership fees duly paid for 2016 has the right to register a maximum of 10 films spread between all festivals requiring registration fees that are in partnership with UniFrance films.
To obtain the exemption code for registration fees, please contact Christine Gendre (email:

Films that are not registered through UniFrance films must pay registration fees. This also applies to producers who are not members of UniFrance films.