New auteur shorts competition – “Corti d’autore” in Locarno

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In some communities, there is still an assumption that the short film scene is mainly dominated by up-and-coming filmmakers. The short film section of the Locarno Film Festival, Pardi di domani, is taking the opposite step with a newly announced competition. In the new section “Corti d’autore”, short films by directors who are already internationally known will be invited in the future.

Artistic Director Giona A. Nazzaro: “The idea is for Corti d’autore to be a place where non-feature-length films by established directors will find space and visibility. A new, competitive section dedicated to the non-standard gazes of filmmaking, with no genre excluded or prioritized, staying true to Locarno’s vocational mission to discover new voices pitched towards the future.” The new competition Corti d’autore is already open to filmmakers around the world, who are invited to enter their work.

Eddie Bertozzi, head of the Pardi di domani Selection Committee, adds: “Corti d’autore will be a stimulus towards redefining our perceptions about what short films are, about who makes them and why. They are not just a trail run for emerging talents hoping to break into features, but also a preferred format for established artists who find new freedoms for storytelling and stylistic experiments that challenge the rigidity of conventional feature formats.”

Submissions for the new competition are now open until March 22 (early deadline) or mid-May.

The 74th edition of the Locarno Film Festival will take place from August 4-14, 2021.

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