Location: Locarno, Switzerland

Notes:
  • The festival takes place since 1946 and is officially competitive since 1949.

Time Specification: regular

Geographic Specification: international


Awards

Golden Leopard
Given: 1968-
1948: The entries are judged by a non-official jury.
1982: The jury decides not to hand out main awards (golden, silver and bronze), but instead issues four special mentions.
Traditionally only a director's first or second film was eligible for the festival's competitive section. As by 1996 this policy was revised to include films by directors in the process of earning an international reputation. The winning films are chosen by a jury.
The reward is to be equally shared between the director and the producer.

Grand Prize of the City of Locarno
Given: 1982-
The reward is to be equally shared between the director and the producer.

Silver Leopard
The reward is to be equally shared between the producer and the director.

Second Prize of the City of Locarno
Given: 1982-
The reward is to be equally shared between the producer and the director.

Bronze Leopard

Third Prize of the City of Locarno
Given: 1982-

Grand Prix
Given: 1948-1950, 1966-1967

Golden Sail
Given: 1958-1965

Silver Sail
Given: 1958-1965

Special Prize of the Jury

Special Prize

Prize

Best Director
Given: 1948

Special Mention

Mention

Leopard of Honor
Given: 1989-

Excellence Award
Given: 2005-
The award was inaugurated to pay tribute to personalities from the world of cinema.

Raimondo Rezzonico Award
Given: 2002-
The award is given to the independent producer of the year.

Ernest Artaria Award

Swissair/Crossair Special Prize
Given to the film that best translates the spirit of communication among peoples and cultures.

Audience Award

Golden Leopard - Filmmakers of the Present
Given: 2006-

Special Jury Prize - Filmmakers of the Present
Given: 2006-

Special Mention - Filmmakers of the Present
Given: 2006-

Best First Film
Given: 2006-

Best First Film - Special Mention
Given: 2006-

Golden Leopard - Video
Given: 1996-2005

Silver Leopard - Video
Given: 1996-2005

Special Mention - Video
Given: 1996-2005

Critics Week Award

Critics Week Award - Special Mention

Leopards of Tomorrow - Best Film

Leopards of Tomorrow - Best Swiss Film

Eastman Kodak Award

Award of the New York Film Academy

Aaton Award

Action Light Award
Given to the best (swiss) newcomer in the "Leopards of Tomorrow" section.

Action Light Award - Special Mention

Film and Video Prize Subtitling Prize

Film and Video Prize Subtitling Prize - Special Mention

Special Mention (Leopards of Tomorrow)

Youth on Youth Award

Youth on Youth Award - Special Mention

FIPRESCI Prize

FIPRESCI Prize - Special Mention

OCIC Award

OCIC Award - Honorable Mention

Prize of the Ecumenical Jury

Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention

Don Quixote Award
The films awarded the Don Quixote prize or a special mention by the jury will be listed in the FICC's catalogue of "Film Distribution Network" which then furthers their international distribution.

Don Quixote Award - Special Mention

Netpac Award

Netpac Special Jury Award

C.I.C.A.E. Award

C.I.C.A.E. Award - Special Mention

Youth Jury: Leopard of Tomorrow

Youth Jury: Leopard of Tomorrow - Special Mention

Youth Jury Award

Youth Jury Award: Environment is Quality of Life
Awarded to the film which best renders the concept of "Environment and health: quality of life"

Youth Jury Award: Euro<26
Awarded to a competition film highlighting mutual understanding between men and women across different nations, languages and religions.

Youth Jury Award - Special Mention

Swiss Film Score Award
Given: 2000-
The juried competition is open to all Swiss composers, who have created a score for a feature-length film or TV film (>75 min).

Human Rights Award

Human Rights Award - Special Mention

Golden Leopard's Eye

Silver Leopard's Eye

Bronze Leopard's Eye

Netpac Award - Special Mention

Swiss Critics Boccalino Award

Film and Video Subtitling Award

Pianifica Award

Silver Pardino - Leopards of Tomorrow

Variety Piazza Grande Award

Best First Feature

Best First Feature - Special Mention

Best Actress

Best Emerging Director - Filmmakers of the Present

Leopard Career Award

Special Jury Prize

Best Actor

Golden Pardino - Leopards of Tomorrow

Special Mention - Leopards of Tomorrow

Cinema & Giovent Jury Prize - Leopards of Tomorrow

Golden Leopard Special Jury Prize

Junior Jury Award - "Environment Is Quality of Life" Prize

Junior Jury Award - Special Mention

Cinema & Giovent Jury Prize Special Mention - Leopards of Tomorrow

Lifetime Achievement Award

Vision Award

Junior Jury Award

Zonta Club Locarno Award

SUISA Foundation Prize for Music

Europa Cinemas Label

Youth Jury Award - "Environment Is Quality of Life" Prize

Youth Jury Award - "Environment Is Quality of Life" Special Mention

Film and Video Subtitling Award - Special Mention

Daniel Schmid Prize

Diploma D'Onore