Poster Design Competition for the Locarno Film Festival and a Cash Prize of $ 5,000

Poster Design Competition for the Locarno Film Festival and a Cash Prize of $ 5,000

Worldwide 01 Dec 2020
Locarno Film Festival

Locarno Film Festival

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The Locarno Film Festival invites graphic designers, artists, and creative people from all over the world to participate in the poster design competition for the 74th edition, scheduled for August 4-14, 2021, in Locarno.


  • The poster must evoke the identity of the leopard of the Locarno Film Festival and the event’s nature as a meeting point for different visions and images.
  • The poster must be original. Its maker owns the rights to it and grants them to the Locarno Film Festival exclusively, with no territorial, temporal, or media restrictions (including but not limited to digital use). The Locarno Film Festival also reserves the right to license the image to third parties.
  • The Locarno Film Festival is entitled to modifying the content of the poster in case this is required for its use by the Festival.
  • The poster will include the logos of the edition and its main partners, in predetermined positions.

Selection Criteria:

  • The selection will be based on the image’s adherence to the identity of the Locarno Film Festival, as well as its originality and versatility. 
  • The appointed jury, which will be announced on December 1st, will favor ideas that can be developed in various formats and on digital platforms (website, social media, apps) as well as traditional ones (merchandising, covers of official publications, leaflets).
  • The Locarno Film Festival reserves the right to not use the winner’s project for the annual poster campaign if it doesn’t meet the criteria of the latter. Furthermore, the Festival can ask for alterations regarding the chosen poster.


  • The chosen project will receive a cash prize of 5,000 Swiss francs (5,000 US dollars), which will also cover the compensation for the Locarno Film Festival’s use of the poster. 
  • Five additional projects, which will have been deemed worthy based on the selection criteria, will receive a general pass for the Festival. All the projects will be exhibited during the Festival’s 74th edition (August 4-14, 2021), in Locarno.

About Locarno Film Festival:

Locarno Film Festival is a film competition for graphic designers, illustrators, photographers, and artists from all over the world, with no age restrictions, to interpret the Festival’s spirit for the next edition’s poster. It is an essential means of communication, conveying the Festival’s identity and the current meaning of the historical leopard, and thus inspiring the Festival’s supplemental information and advertising materials. For over 70 years, the Locarno Film Festival has been not only a great live event but also a meeting point for artists and audiovisual professionals from all over the world. It is the place where, every year, they unveil a selection of the best global independent and experimental productions and host innovative outlooks and projects, to create previously unseen images together, freely.

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