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Locarno Film Festival Approves Gender Neutral Acting Awards

Locarno Film Festival Approves Gender Neutral Acting Awards

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The Locarno Film Festival will switch to gender-neutral categories from next year’s 2023 edition.

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The prominent Swiss festival dedicated to global indie cinema follows in the footsteps of the Berlin Film Festival, which presented its first gender-neutral acting award in 2021.

Unlike Berlin, however, Locarno will award two gender-neutral awards for the best performance in both the festival’s main competition and the Cineasti del Presente competition for the first and second work.

When Berlin abolished the Best Actor and Actress awards, they were plunged into some gender-neutral awards for Best Leading Performance and Best Supporting Performance.

As one of the first world festivals to bring about the change, Locarno is already preparing for next year’s 76th edition as an even more open and inclusive event, able to fully represent its universe of talents. the fest in a statement.

The party prides itself on being “a place for meeting and exchange, where the value of diversity and minority voices is recognized as one of its strongest assets,” the statement added.

Giona A. Nazzaro, Artistic Director of Locarno: “We believe that the choice we have made will further enhance our efforts to showcase and reward talent and creativity, transcending individual categories that are now obsolete. The world is moving forward on a path that is absolutely non-binary.”

Locarno fest president Marco Solari added: “As president, I welcome this proposal from the Artistic Director and his team, which is perfectly in line with the changing sensitivities needed today.”

The 76th edition of Locarno will take place from August 2-12, 2023.

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