Why OtherMovie?

The choice of calling it “OtherMovie” reflects the desire to offer its audience a “different” film festival from what is currently on offer in festivals across Ticino and the rest of Switzerland.  

The name “OtherMovie” is the final act which lends visibility to a more structured concept that shifts the perspective from where to view the festival. 

“Other/Different” because , while the festival is indeed an window on movies, it wishes to use first of all this noble art to discuss and publicize current issues that touch - across a broad spectrum  upon our society, times and every culture.


What makes OtherMovie

OtherMovie is:

·         An intercultural platform where different cultures meet.

·         An’“Agora” (i.e. a meeting place) where current affairs are discussed.

·         A lab where movies open up towards other art forms thereby finding the ideal dimension in which to express their own interpretation of current affairs.

·         A network of artists and experts who come together in order to reach a greater and better understanding of our society.

·         A socially-engaged cultural operator who builds bridges: between East and West, North and South. In our view, art unites different worlds.


The OtherMovie format

OtherMovie’s format defines its very essence:

·         The yearly choice of a current affairs theme around which the entire list of events is developed.

·         Movies, talks, workshops, concerts, photo exhibitions, performance art and other are scheduled on the basis of the theme of each edition.

·         Co-operation with local and international artists, experts and cultural operators.

·         Presentation of related events during the year in conjunction with other cultural operators and partners.



The themes so far:

In its first five editions, OtherMovie has put forward the following themes:

2012: “Zero” edition, with disability issues as its main topic

2013: Childhood and Adolescence

2014: Art and Femininity

2015: Freedom of Being

2016: Transitions and Migrations


The editions so far: facts and numbers

OtherMovie has managed to grow over the first five editions and gain the respect of film lovers thanks to its themes, the wide range of movies shown and the events it has organized. Here are some significant numbers that mark its success:

·         Overall number of spectators per edition: 1000

·         Overall number of movies shown per edition: 80 (feature films, shorts and documentary films)

·         Overall number of participating countries per edition: 27

·         Overall number of festival partners per edition: 10 (Swiss and international).


OtherMovie and the media

OtherMovie has its own website www.othermovie.ch and may be found on social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).

Furthermore, throughout the year OtherMovie gets visibility on the local and international press with various articles, interviews and in advertorials.

We are also active across Ticino all year round by offering our own ‘spin-off’ events or working in conjunction with other local associations. We get radio space too, particularly during the festival which is covered by local radio stations as well as by the state one (RSI – Radiotelevisione svizzera).



The theme of the 2017 edition:

In its next edition, “OtherMovie” aims to tackle the theme of violence in its varied forms, even those that are more hidden and less talked about in the media.

Hence the name of the 6th edition: “Violence [un]veiled”.


The 2017 edition: sections

The 2017 will come before the public with its established structure made up of different sections:

·         Close-up look: international competition for emerging movies and directors

·         About the Middle East: movies and topical talks

·         OtherMusic: music concerts by local and international artists

·         OtherPhoto: topical photo exhibitions

·         OtherExperience: talks, readings and topical workshops

·         OtherFrame: topical video installations.

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Pre-Festival 2018

25/02/2018 Programma 2018

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Il Festival si svolgerà dal 15 al 22 aprile 2018 in diverse sale cinematografiche e sedi culturali del Luganese (Exmacello,Studio Foce, Cinestar, Lux art house, Art On...paper Gallery), del Mendrisiotto e del Locarnese. L’apertura si terrà domenica 15 aprile allo Studio Foce di Lugano, con i saluti ufficiali e uno spettacolo video-musicale.


Vincitori Concorso 2018

Nicola Mazzi, Presidente della giuria, Mischa Tognola, Gülsüm Demirci e Drago Stevanovic, direttore OtherMovie(manca Gaia Simionati)


Camilla Merati

Camilla Merati, classe 1981, milanese di nascita, trapiantata in Svizzera.
"Con la fotografia catturi l’attimo, quell’attimo che rimarrà sempre con te. Cogli uno sguardo, un’emozione che magari a occhio nudo non noteresti, ma che, davanti alla tua macchina…si palesa, si manifesta. Il mio obiettivo è la mia lente d’ingrandimento sul mondo."


Casa Astra-Mendrisio


17.00-22.30 Il tema dell’economia tocca naturalmente anche l’unico posto in Ticino dove le persone senzatetto possono trovare riparo per la notte. Casa Astra è partner di OtherMovie già da anni e questa collaborazione continuerà anche quest’anno, con una formula collaudata: lungometraggi, cena in comune, musica, dibattito. Il programma di Casa Astra + OtherMovie di quest’anno prevede la proiezione di 4 opere – tra lunghi e cortometraggi – che trattano in modo originale e forte tematiche come esclusione sociale, persecuzione a causa dell’identità sessuale, accoglienza.

Programma 2018