Like in the movies...

The subject of film has a long tradition on Lake Maggiore and is an important component. Especially as Locarno is the film city par excellence. In addition to the annual Locarno Film Festival, the region is also involved in many other film-related activities and, thanks to its many facets and picture-perfect landscapes, it makes an excellent backdrop.

Grischa Schmitz / tellfilm

Since 1946, the red carpet has been rolled out once a year for the Locarno Film Festival. During the festival, the town on Lake Maggiore is graced by international stars from the film scene and is transformed into a shimmering and glittering world. But there is also a lot going on in the Ascona-Locarno region besides the festival...

Ticino Film Commission

So, it is not surprising that right here, in the film city of Locarno, an entire building is dedicated to film. The PalaCinema houses the Film Festival's office, the CISA - International Academy of Audiovisual Sciences, a cinema complex and the Ticino Film Commission.

The most famous scene filmed here in the region is undoubtedly James Bond's jump from the dam in the Verzasca Valley for the film "GoldenEye". From Hollywood film to TV ads: The Ticino Film Commission realises a wide variety of projects and knows the best locations. Thanks to the diversity and size of the destination Ascona-Locarno, the region is also a predestined setting for filming: Lake with sandy beaches, snow-covered mountains, dense forests, colourful flower meadows, dreamlike views, lively towns, rural villages with rustic stone houses or pompous villas - the Lake Maggiore region is a cinema world through and through. 

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