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Locarno Film Festival

Locarno Film Festival

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

    Festival years (28)

    Event presentation

    Founded in 1946, The Locarno 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 (15)

    For feature films only

    Contact UniFrance: Jean-Christophe Baubiat

    Registration conditions for short films

    Films produced on or after : Dans les 12 mois précédant le festival
    Registration deadline : 12/05/2022
    Registration deadline by Unifrance : 12/05/2022
    UniFrance contacts at this event : Tiziana D'Egidio
    Registrations requiring fees
    Registration Form available on external website :

    Subtitling required
    Maximum runtime : 40'
    Films produced on or after : Dans les 12 mois précédant le festival
    Genres accepted : All genres
    Conditions : Priority given to films not previously released (internationally)
    Pre-selection format requirements : Video File
    Screening format requirements : 35mm, DCP (Digital Cinema Package)


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