The Locarno Film Festival is an annual film festival held every August in Locarno, Switzerland. Founded in 1946, it is one of the longest-running film festivals, and is also known for being a prestigious platform for art house films. The festival screens films in various competitive and non-competitive sections, including feature-length narrative and documentary, short, avant-garde, and retrospective programs.
The Piazza Grande section is held in one of the world's largest open-air screening venues, seating 8,000 spectators. The top prize of the Festival is the Golden Leopard, awarded to the best film in the International Competition.
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