IFFR at Locarno 2019

The Locarno Film Festival, an important annual Summer meeting around arthouse cinema, also marks the start of a stretch of late Summer and early fall festivals. For IFFR, the Swiss festival holds a great opportunity to start new coproductions, celebrate supported talents, introduce former festival highlights, and of course meet with the industry.

Open Doors - Rotterdam Lab Award

Locarno's Open Doors initiative and IFFR Pro's Rotterdam Lab have joined hands in collaboration this year. One of the awards given to Open Doors projects will be the Rotterdam Lab Award which will offer a valuable continuation of the work at Open Doors during the Rotterdam Lab at the 49th International Film Festival Rotterdam in January 2020.

Following individual meetings with the participants, the awards will be handed out in Locarno by Inke van Loocke of IFFR Pro during the Open Doors awards ceremony, which will take place on Tuesday, 13 August at 11.30 AM at Spazio Cinema (Forum)

Rotterdam Lab collaboration

The new collaboration with Locarno's Open Doors is part of a larger expansion.

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IFFR highlights at Locarno

The Gender Swap Machine was part of the ID:gender(dot)net theme at IFFR 2016. We are now proud to re-introduce it at Locarno in a joined production, part of the programme: Histoire(s) du cinéma: Virtual Reality: Gender Bender . The machine is a virtual embodiment system that allows people to experience the world through another person’s eyes and body. Two people wear an Oculus Rift that uses 3D video to let them see with the other’s eyes. Furthermore, the users’ movements are synchronised and physical touch and intimate performances are used to create a true optical illusion. The artists want to use this experiment to examine gender identity, queer theory, intimacy and mutual respect.


HBF & CineMart harvest

In the extensive film programme of Locarno we can celebrate four titles which are previously supported by IFFR Pro, through a presentation at CineMart or financial support through the Hubert Bals Fund (HBF)

Concorso internazionale

  • A Febre by Maya Da-Rin (HBF Script & Project development support in 2015)
  • The Science of Fictions by Yosep Anggi Prasetya (HBF+Europe Minority Co-Production Support in 2018) 

Concorso Cineasti del presente

Panorama Swiss

  • Der Unschuldige by Simon Jaquemet (presented at IFFR Pro’s CineMart in 2016)

Next to this VR highlight and HBF&CineMart Harvest, Locarno has a programme called Retrospettiva: Black Light. In this programme a big number of former IFFR films is selected.

Filmmaker profile

We spoke with Mamadou Dia about his first feature being selected at Locarno.

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Meet us there

IFFR will be there with the following delegation: