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Locarno International Film Festival

Founded in 1946, the Locarno International Film Festival has occupied throughout its history a unique position in the landscape of the major film festivals. Every August, around 190,000 cinema-goers, over 1,100 journalists, and 3,700 professionals converge on the small Swiss-Italian town of Locarno, right in the heart of Europe, which becomes the world capital of auteur cinema for eleven days.

Created as a festival aiming to discover new trends, tendencies and film-makers, it has managed to remain faithful to its initial pioneering impetus. Locarno provides a convivial and informal ambiance, a good-time festival, where, together, the public, professionals and creative talents alike come to get a taste of the youth and vitality of contemporary cinema.