Lili Hinstin
Michela Di Savino/Locarno Film Festival

Locarno Film Festival


Artistic Director

A former chief of France’s Entrevues Belfort international film fest and former producer with Les Films du Saut du Tigre, which she set up in 2001, Hinstin stepped in at Locarno in 2018, taking the reins from Italy’s Carlo Chatrian (who moved to the Berlinale) and becoming the second female artistic director of the venerable Swiss event since its 1946 founding. For her debut edition this year, roughly 40 percent of the features were by female filmmakers — without resorting to quotas, she proudly pointed out. To further broaden the perspective of the festival, Hinstin accepted the offer of the Blake Edwards estate to postpone his retrospective this year and instead moved up one on black film that had been slated for 2020, which she titled Black Light.


  • Locarno Film Festival
  • Entrevues Belfort Film Festival
  • Les Films du Saut du Tigre


  • University of Paris (France)
  • University of Padua (Italy)

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Locarno Festival's Nadia Dresti Steps Down; Valentina Merli Heads Industry (EXCLUSIVE)

Locarno Festival's Nadia Dresti Steps Down; Valentina Merli Heads Industry (EXCLUSIVE)

The Locarno Film Festival has announced that Nadia Dresti is stepping down as head of the prominent Swiss indie cinema event's market side which she built over two decades into a unique and formidable space for international quality cinema industry operators.Dresti (pictured, left) praised in a statement as Locarno’s "Grand Dame," is staying on board at the fest as "international consultant." The new head of Locarno Pro is experienced Paris-based indie exec Valentina Merli (pictured, right) best known on the festival...


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