Festival del film Locarno


Throughout its 68 year history, the Festival del film Locarno has occupied a unique position in the landscape of the major festivals. Every August, Locarno becomes the world capital of auteur cinema. Thousands of film fans and industry professionals meet here to share their passion for cinema in all its diversity.


Created as a festival aiming to discover new talents and new trends, Locarno has established itself as an invaluable launch-pad for the new generation. It has often spotted the genius of young directors who have then established themselves as the major filmmakers of their generation: examples include Claude Chabrol, Stanley Kubrick, Spike Lee, Gus Van Sant, etc.

Locarno is also famous for its programs focusing on the film history, with major retrospectives – like Ernst Lubitsch, Studio Titanus, and, this year, Sam Peckinpah – and tributes to special guests such as Harrison Ford, Jia Zhangke, Juliette Binoche and Nansun Shi.