First Look 2016 - Submissions until 25 May

Locarno’s works in progress sidebar (6 – 8 August 2016), designed as a springboard for the films of the future, will be focusing this year on Polish Cinema, one of Eastern Europe’s most thriving film industries.

Polish Films in Post-Production 

Thanks to support from the Polish Film Institute and Fundacja Polskie Centrum Audiowizualne, between five and seven films in post-production will be selected at Locarno. The producers of the selected projects will attend the Festival and present their work to industry professionals, with the aim of facilitating completion and distribution of their product. During the Industry Days the films in post-production will be screened for sales agents, buyers, programmers and post-production support fund representatives attending Locarno.

Spotlight on Polish Cinema

First Look will follow on from a successful first 5 years which saw the sidebar focus on Israel in 2015, Brazil in 2014, Chile in 2013, Mexico in 2012 and Colombia in 2011. 2016 brings a fresh challenge with the Spotlight on Polish Cinema, which has recently scored several important international successes, notably the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film for Ida by Pawel Pawlikowski, a Silver Bear for Best director to Małgorzata Szumowska, the Grand Prix in Shanghai for Carte Blanche by Jacek Lusiński and the Critics’ Week prize in Locarno for Brothers by Wojciech Staroń.

Submissions until 25 May 2016

The Polish Film Institute will be receiving submissions for works in progress – Polish projects (features and documentaries in post-production stage, 60 minutes minimum, without the sales agent) until 25 May 2016, while Festival del film Locarno will announce its final First Look line-up in July this year. Films must be submitted by email to

Jury and Award

A jury comprising Cameron Bailey (Toronto International Film Festival Artistic Director), Bero Beyer (Rotterdam International Film Festival Director) and Wieland Speck (Director of Panorama at the Berlinale) will be handing out the First Look award, aimed at helping the completion of the film in its post-production stage.

Festival del film Locarno will run from August 3 through August 13, 2016.

Further details are available at:

Press release