Documentary Summer School 2022


Institutional Communication Service

27 May 2022

Established 23 years ago as a joint initiative between the Institute of Media and Journalism of the Università della Svizzera italiana and the Locarno Film Festival, in collaboration with La Semaine de la Critique, the Documentary Summer School (DSS) offers to its participants a unique platform to meet and learn from high-profile international film scholars and non-fiction filmmakers and representatives of film institutions, all while enjoying the vibrant atmosphere of one of the top film festivals in the world. The theme of this year’s edition is “Filming the real: dramatization and performance in documentary cinema”.

The DSS takes place from Monday 8th to Friday 12th of August 2022 in Locarno. It is open to 30 participants among university and film school students, early PhD students, emerging filmmakers.

USI students can benefit from a special discount on the full participation fee (other options are available) inclusive of:

  • Lectures
  • Exclusive Q&A sessions with filmmakers from La semaine de la critique and other sections of the Festival
  • Participation to Masterclasses and Locarno academy events
  • Bed and breakfast accommodation for 7 nights at the Locarno Youth Hostel
  • Locarno Film Festival accreditation
  • Red carpet experience
  • Closing dinner
  • Certificate of attendance

For university students, attendance to the DSS can be rewarded with 3 ECTS subject to the participation of all the academic lectures and the submission of a concise theoretical and/or practical work, to be agreed with the organizing committee.


Deadline for submitting the application to the DSS is 30 June 2022 for participants who do not need a visa, and 17 June 2022 for participants who need a visa to enter Switzerland.

For the full program, list of guests and details about application submission and attendance, please visit the official website of the DSS:

If you have further questions, please write an email to:
[email protected]