Date: August 5 - 15, 2009
Call for Entry Deadline: June 1, 2009
All works selected for the festival (on film or electronic support, “standard definition” or “high definition”) must be screened in their original language with French subtitles.
For French spoken movies, subtitles in English are required.
If a film is selected for screening on the Piazza Grande, then two prints must be supplied (in order to grant a double screening in case of rain), of which at least one must be subtitled in two languages.
Production of selected films must have been completed within the 12 (twelve) months preceding their Festival screening.
Films selected for the competitions must not have been previously released outside their country of origin nor have been shown in any international film festival prior to their official presentation at the Locarno International Film Festival.
Films invited to screen in other sections must at least not have been previously shown in Europe (outside their country of origin). Films which have been shown in other international film events in Europe cannot under any circumstances be considered for selection by the Festival (unless otherwise stated elsewhere in this document). All Swiss productions and co-productions (feature length fiction or documentary films) must be world premières.
Works that are solely promotional, educational or scientific in character are not eligible for selection in the Festival.
A minimum of five and a maximum of seven personalities from the world of cinema and culture will be invited by the Director and President to form the Festival’s international Jury. Persons directly associated with the production or exploitation of a film in competition may not serve on the Jury.
The Jury will award the following prizes:
• The Festival Grand Prize (the Golden Leopard) of the City and Region of Locarno (90,000 Swiss Francs), for the best film in competition;
• The Special Jury Prize of Ascona and Losone (30,000 Swiss Francs), for the second best film in competition;
• The Prize for the Best Direction of the City and Region of Locarno (30,000 Swiss Francs) for the best directed film in competition;
• The Prize for the best actress;
• The Prize for the best actor.
The Jury may also award: a maximum of two special mentions, the nature of which will be clearly defined by the Jury. The three first prizes may not be awarded ex aequo. The money awarded for each prize is to be shared equally by the producer and the director of the winning film.
Filmmakers of the Present Competition:
A maximum of five personalities from the world of cinema and culture will be invited by the Director and President to form the “Filmmakers of the Present Competition” Jury. The Jury will award the Golden Leopard – Filmmakers of the Present (30,000 Swiss Francs) to the best work in this competition and the Ciné Cinéma Special Jury Prize (purchase of the awarded film by the French television channel Ciné Cinéma for an amount of 30,000 Swiss Francs and broadcasting).
Leopard for the Best First Feature:
A maximum of three personalities from the world of cinema and culture will be invited by the Director and President to award the Leopard for the best first feature, to a work in the International Competition or in the Filmmakers of the Present Competition (Prize of the City and Region of Locarno: 30,000 Swiss Francs). This prize may not be awarded ex aequo.
Leopards of Tomorrow:
A special jury composed of a maximum of five personalities from the world of cinema and culture will award the prizes in this section.