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Locarno Film Festival to Introduce Gender-Neutral Acting Awards in 2023

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The Locarno Film Festival will introduce gender-neutral acting awards for its 76th annual ceremony in 2023, festival organizers announced Wednesday.

Already a festival that embraces diverse voices and gender parity – in 2018 it became the second world festival and first in Switzerland to sign the Programming Pledge for Parity and Inclusion in Cinema – Locarno’s announcement comes on the heels of other film organizations like the Independent Spirit Awards announcing similar initiatives.

It is among the first world festivals to present gender-neutral acting categories. “We believe that the choice we have made will further enhance our efforts to showcase and reward talent and creativity, transcending individual categories that are now obsolete,” Giona A.

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