Deputy Artistic Director
Head of International
Nadia Dresti

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Nadia Dresti (born in Locarno) began her career in the movie business in 1984, with the Locarno Festival.

In 1988 she joined the 20th Century Fox-Columbia TriStar Office in Geneva as Marketing Director for Switzerland. In 1990 she founded her own company, Zero Problem, specialized in film promotion, public and press relations. Among her clients were independent distributors and producers, as well as various film festivals.

For 8 years she was also an active member of the Commission in charge of film culture, promotion and marketing of the Federal Office of Culture (Swiss Ministry of Culture).

In 1998 she began working with the Marché du Film de Cannes and the European Film Market (EFM) in Berlin. At both festivals she was in charge of buyers for a number of years.

Meanwhile, in 1999, she became a member of the Locarno Festival Selection Committee and was nominated Head of the Locarno Industry Office. Since then she has played an important role in the growth of this department, which year by year has consistently widened its scope and increased professional attendance. In 2003 she then took part in the launching of Open Doors, the new Locarno co-production workshop.

In 2006 Nadia Dresti was nominated Delegate of the Artistic Direction of the Locarno Festival. In 2010 she launched the Industry Days and became Head of International in 2013.

Since 2012 she is a member of the Federal Commission for Cinema (CFC).

In 2017, Nadia Dresti is nominated Deputy Artistic Director of the Locarno Festival, while she continues her activities as Head of International. 

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