The climate-neutral event is the consistent continuation of the broad sustainability and environment strategy of the Locarno film festival. It consists of climate-friendly transportation measures like the use of electro and hybrid cars in the own fleet (80% of all cars), the supply of 100 E-Bikes free of charge as well as the general promotion of the public transportation. In addition, the own waste management and recycling system as well as the usage of recycled FSC paper and the broad focus on the digital information transfer also contribute to the carbon emission reduction.
Furthermore, the “Festival del film” supports within the framework of the initiative “Open Doors” and in collaboration with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC filmmakers and directors in developing and emerging countries in order to promote independent productions. The program’s focus country this year is amongst others Nepal. Therefore, the festival offsets its own emissions consistently in the myclimate project “Biogas Plants Increase Health of 7500 Families” the Terai Arc region in Nepal.
Biogas in Nepal
The Nepalese region Terai Arc includes several areas with animal and plant species worthy of protection. In order to protect the local ecosystems, 7,500 small biogas plants are being constructed and installed for farmers and their families. The biogas plants reduce the demand for non-sustainable firewood and thus diminish CO₂ emissions as a consequence of deforestation.
The 69th edition of the Festival del Film Locarno takes place on the Piazza Grande and other places in Locarno from the 3rd to the 13th of August. Tickets can be ordered online via Pardo Shop. This year too, some of the most famous actors and directors will visit the international movie scene of Locarno. Over the past few years, actors such as Edward Norton, Spike lee or Werner Herzog honored the festival with a visit.