Dark clouds blanketed the Piazza Grande on opening night but failed to keep the crowds away.
Every bit of shelter from the rain - even improvised - helps.
Films at the open air cinema play regardless of the weather.
Once the lamps light up, the time for films has arrived.
380 films will be projected over the festival's 11 days. That reely is a lot of footage.
Final preparations for projector operators.
The festival has opened!
The festival as it opened
Over 11 days, the Swiss film world fell under the spell of "the leopard". A total of 380 films were shown and 18, in international competition, competed for the Locarno Film Festival's grand prize, the Golden Leopard.