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Locarno Open Doors Factory Awards

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The awards for the 2008 session of the "Open Doors Factory", the Locarno International Film Festival’s co-production lab that is organised with support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) were announced on Wednesday August 13.The 2008 session was devoted to Latin American cinema. 12 projects, selected from 332 submissions, participated in the workshop that took place during the Festival, whose objective is to assist their directors and producers to find co-production pa...

5 films picked up at Locarno Film Festival.

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The Industry Office of the Locarno Film Festival is proud to announce that the international distribution rights for five films in the International Competition have been acquired after the announcement of the line-up mid-july 2008.Just a few days after its official screening, the Swiss film in the International Competition "Un autre homme" by Lionel Baier got picked up by the French sales agent Wide Management at the Locarno Film Festival. "Un autre homme" celebrated its world premiere last Sat...

The Locarno Film Festival will pay tribute to Youssef Chahine

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The Locarno Film Festival will pay tribute to Youssef Chahine, the revered Egyptian auteur who passed away this weekend, with a special Piazza Grande screening of "Al Massir" (Destiny), which screened at the Swiss fest in 1997.A special screening of Al Massir (Destiny) will take place on Thursday August 7 as the second screening on the Piazza Grande –a film that was programmed at the Festival eleven years ago, at the time of its release.«We were greatly saddened at the passing away ...

Youssef Chahine hommage at next Locarno

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A special screening of Al Massir (Destiny) will take place on Thursday August 7 as the second screening on the Piazza Grande – a film that was programmed at the Festival eleven years ago, at the time of its release.«We were greatly saddened at the passing away of Locarno’s dear friend, Youssef Chahine, commented Frédéric Maire, the Festival’s Artistic Director. This extraordinary storyteller, who ranged across film genres so brilliantly, commanded admiration also for the courage of the ...

View on the lake Locarno & Ticino

View on the lake Locarno & Ticino At the northern tip of Lake Maggiore in the canton of Ticino, is Locarno, the city with the mildest climate in Switzerland, enjoying 2300 hours of sunshine every year. The "Lady of the Camellias" lures th

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Filmmakers of the Present Competition in Locarno

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The selection includes, among the 17 films confirmed to date, 12 world premières, and 5 international premières, of which 5 are first films. Two exclusives will screen out of competition. The selection for 2008 is distinguished by its strong Latin flavour: from Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Spain, via Portugal and Italy to France – competing with three titles.Conceptual Films. The 2008 selection confirms the radical line that is this section’s hallmark, with a highly diverse range of narrat...

Introduction of the festival by it's Director Frederic Maitre

61st Locarno Film Festival Introduction from Frédéric Maire, Artistic Director"After the festivities of the 60th anniversary, the 61st Locarno International Film Festival promises to be more lively and sassy than ever. The Festival is both streamlining - in its programming - and developing: two exhibitions, two books published, a totally revamped space for receptions and discussions around the superb Magnolia at the entrance to the Piazza, a «PardoWay» to facilitate socialising and good...

Sponsors and partners of the 61th Locarno Festival edition

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The 61st edition of the Locarno International Film, which opens on August 6, has been made possible thanks to the contribution of numerous sponsors and partners in the private sector. For Marco Solari, Festival President, «all these businesses have contributed, each in their own way, and in varying proportions, to making the next edition possible. They are all immensely important to the Festival, not only for their generous financial support, but also for the experience and competence they agre...

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Locarno "Filmmakers of the Present" Competition

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Filmmakers of the Present CompetitionThe selection includes, among the 17 films confirmed to date, 12 world premières, and 5 international premières, of which 5 are first films. Two exclusives will screen out of competition. The selection for 2008 is distinguished by its strong Latin flavour: from Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Spain, via Portugal and Italy to France – competing with three titles.Conceptual Films. The 2008 selection confirms the radical line that is this section’s hallmark, ...

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