Fest introduces emerging helmer award

ROME — The 65th Locarno Film Festival is beefing-up its Filmmakers of the Present competition with more cash and a new nod for emerging helmer worth 20,000 Swiss francs ($22,000).

Section’s main prize, the Filmmakers of the Present Golden Pard, is being upped from $33,000 to $44,000.

About 15 feature-length works, including documentaries, will compete in the sidebar that runs parallel to the main competition. Swiss fest will unspool Aug. 1-11.

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