Jury at Locarno Filmfestival 2015   

Since 1973 SIGNIS (World Catholic Association for Communication, formerly OCIC, the International Catholic Organization for Cinema) and INTERFILM (International Inter Church Film Organization) are together present with an Ecumenical Jury at the International Film Festival Locarno. Both Organizations appoint together Ecumenical Juries at numerous film festivals, such as Cannes (since 1974), Montréal (1979), Leipzig (1990), Berlin (1992), Karlovy Vary (1994), Mannheim-Heidelberg (1995), Fribourg (1998), Kyiv (1999), Cottbus (1999), Zlin (2000), Yerevan (2007), Warsaw (2010), Miskolc (2011), Saarbrücken and others.

In Locarno the jury is composed of six members from different countries and cultures, working as film journalists, critics, theologians, researchers or teachers. Coming from the Catholic, Protestant, Anglican or Orthodox churches the members are open to inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue. The jury members are completely independent in their decisions. During the festival they meet to analyse and comment on the films.

The Ecumenical Jury has a particular perspective. It awards prizes (as well as commendations) to directors who have shown genuine talent and succeeded in portraying human experience that is in harmony with the gospel or in sensitising viewers to spiritual, human or social questions and values. It honours works of high cinematographic quality, which bear witness to the power of film as an artistic medium for communication and visual expression.

It draws attention to those works of quality which touch the spiritual dimension of our existence, expressing the values of justice, human dignity, respect for the environment, peace and solidarity. These values, shared in all cultures, are also those of the Gospel. In its choices the Ecumenical Jury has shown openness to cultural, social or religious diversity.

In Locarno the award included a prize money of 20,000 CHF provided by the Reformed Churches and the Catholic Church of Switzerland, and is committed for the film’s distribution in Switzerland. For information about the festival see www.pardo.ch.


Wednesday, 22 July 2015, 13:28