Jannuzzi Smith, Lamone

The smallest festival poster in the world

The Festival del film Locarno lays claim to being one of the oldest film events with one of the biggest screens in the world. It will be taking place for the 70th time from 2-12 August 2017.

Every summer, Locarno's intimate Piazza Grande becomes a Mecca for film buffs. Numerous fans and filmmakers come together to enjoy a high-quality programme full of surprises. Talented young artists join famous guests and well-established celebrities from the industry. The audience is the beating heart of this festival, which attracts up to 8,000 spectators to the Piazza Grande each evening.

During the course of its 70-year history, the Festival del film Locarno has welcomed countless international stars. Marlene Dietrich, Jean-Luc Godard, Quentin Tarantino, Olivia Wilde, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Juliette Binoche, Jane Birkin, Edward Norton, to name but a few.

Locarno has also created stars. Back in 1948, in the festival's second year, Roberto Rossellini was awarded the main prize, the Golden Leopard. Several decades later, a talented young director by the name of Stanley Kubrick was discovered. Five years after that came an unknown director from the Czech Republic – no other than Miloš Forman. Locarno also proved to be a pivotal venue for Mike Leigh, Spike Lee and Jim Jarmusch.The special stamp was designed by the festival's artist in accordance with exacting corporate design specifications. Naturally it features the festival's trademark, the leopard – and thus constitutes the world's smallest film poster.

Jürg Freudiger

Great cinema on the Piazza Grande

Swiss Post is a sponsor and logistics partner of the Festival Locarno. It provides the visitors with Postbus shuttle transport, meaning that cars can be conveniently left at home. Tens of thousands of visitors make the pilgrimage to the Piazza Grande in Locarno every year. The special atmosphere created by this great event draws film fans from all over Europe.