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Swatch & Festival del Film Locarno 2019

August 7 – August 17, 2019

Swatch is proud of its long-term partnership with the Locarno Film Festival. Always on the lookout for emerging talent, the enfant terrible of Swiss watchmaking will offer two key awards again this year. One is dedicated to filmmakers who have completed their first feature film and are showing it at Locarno 72. The second award will sweep the winner away to Shanghai, China, for a stay as an artist in residence at the renowned Swatch Art Peace Hotel.
Again this year Swatch honors the Locarno Festival with a special edition watch featuring the Festival colors and logo.

Elizabeth Lo

Elizabeth Lo

Elizabeth Lo is an award-winning non-fiction filmmaker known for her short films on issues ranging from homelessness and mass incarceration to the treaty rights of native Americans, nuclear waste, and an extraterrestrial conspiracy theorist, among others. Recently an artist in residence at the Swatch Art Peace Hotel in Shanghai, she will take part in the Locarno Academy at this year's 72nd edition of the Locarno Festival. Elizabeth was born and raised in Hong Kong and has studied film and literature at New York University and Stanford University.



This year’s Locarno Festival Special is a New Gent (SUOB715H) featuring an intriguing drawing of leopards (the traditional Festival animal) in black and yellow, in a similarly colorful sleeve. Black dial with white numerals and indexes and date window at 3 o’clock, matte black plastic case and matte black silicone strap with yellow leopard print, black silicone loop with Locarno Film Festival logo. Special sleeve in Festival colors with leopard design.

From Switzerland to Shanghai

Long a committed partner of the Locarno Festival, Swatch has built a bridge linking young talent from the Swatch Art Peace Hotel with the annual festival in Locarno. Traffic goes both ways: previous winners of the Swatch Art Peace Hotel Award have been invited to join the dynamic community of artists in Shanghai to work on their next films, and artists in residence have traveled from Shanghai to join Swatch in Locarno. This year, Swatch has invited Elizabeth Lo, the documentary filmmaker and a former artist in residence, to join the watchmaker in Switzerland for the 72nd edition of the Locarno Festival.


Swatch Art Peace Hotel

Das Swatch Art Peace Hotel ist ein stadtbildprägendes Gebäude in der pulsierendsten und aufregendsten Stadt Chinas: Shanghai. Zwei Etagen dieses 6-stöckigen Hotels sind den voll ausgestatteten Ateliers und Apartments für die Artists in Residence vorbehalten. Über 330 zeitgenössische Künstler aus mehr als 40 Ländern hat Swatch hier bereits willkommen geheißen, um ihnen die Gelegenheit zu geben, völlig frei ihrem künstlerischen Schaffen nachzugehen, Ideen auszutauschen und mit anderen anwesenden Künstlern gemeinsame Projekte zu planen. Ausführliche Informationen zum Hotel und dem Residency-Programm sind auf der Website des Swatch Art Peace Hotel zu finden.