Over the course of its 75-year history, the Locarno Film Festival has become one of the most important film events in the world. We were lucky enough to catch up with Locarno’s short film expert – Eddie Bertozzi, Head of Pardi di domani Programming Office, ahead of our new collaboration with the festival, to find out more about how he sees the future of short film.
What is your role in organising the event, and what does your position entail?
I’m the Head of Pardi di domani Selection Committee, thus leading the team in charge of selecting short and medium-length films at the Locarno Film Festival.
I’m also serving as an Advisor for the competitive sections, thus working with the Artistic Director and the feature films committee on the selection of full-length titles.
What do you like most about your role?
Championing new talents, and their young and uncompromising voices who bring fresh perspectives into the game of cinema. Moreover, working in between the short and feature films committees offers a further opportunity to consistently follow the developments in the careers of some of the most exciting filmmakers of tomorrow.
What makes the Locarno Film Festival special in your eyes?
The wide-ranging scope of our programming and the constant feeling of discovery: the exciting mix of revered masters and up-and-comers featured in the International Competition, the audience-friendly treats of our trademark Piazza Grande, the horizons of new cinemas in the Cineasti del presente and Pardi di domani sections…
Tell us about the filmmakers you will be showcasing on T-Port in 2023- what is special about them?
They all bring a new vision, a new viewpoint, a new narrative or formal sensibility. We are constantly on the lookout for voices who could challenge our assumptions of what you can do or say through cinema.
Why would you recommend that film professionals visit your catalogue on T-Port?
It’s a surprising collection of diverse titles: from the narrative to the experimental, from animation to fiction to documentary filmmaking. It’s a shining proof of what you can do with cinema today, and it possibly suggests where cinemas is heading to…
The 76th Locarno Film Festival will take place Aug 2 – 12, 2023. Follow our updates on Locarno’s upcoming catalogue on T-Port.
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