The Locarno Film Festival is an annual film festival held in the town of Locarno, Switzerland. It is one of the longest-running film festivals in the world and is known for its focus on independent and avant-garde films. The festival was founded in 1946 and takes place each year in August. It is organized by the Swiss film promotion organization, Swiss Films, and is held at the Piazza Grande, an open-air theater in the center of Locarno. The festival is known for its relaxed and informal atmosphere and is a popular destination for film industry professionals and film enthusiasts. The Locarno Film Festival includes a variety of program sections, including competitions, special screenings, and tributes. It also hosts a number of industry events and conferences, making it an important platform for networking and business in the film industry.
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