Locarno Film Festival Podcast 2021

As part of our science communication exercises during the festival in Locarno we asked our NCCR participants to record a daily audio-logbook using their mobile phones. The group was advised
a) how to achieve the best possible audio quality while using this recording device
b) regarding which content would be interesting for prospective podcast listeners and
c) rhetorical guidelines to be followed when transmitting content via audio only.

Each daily audio logbook should not last much longer than 120 seconds (which turned out to be the greatest challenge…). At the end of the Locarno Film Festival we collected these audio files and mixed them in a recording studio where the pieces were finalized and produced into altogether three „Art of Molecule podcasts.“ These podcasts are available now on Spotify, Itunes, Amazon Music, Google, Deezer etc.

Over the seventy-plus years of its history, the Locarno Film Festival has earned a secure position on the leading edge of the prestigious international film festival scene. Lying at the heart of Italian-speaking Switzerland on the shore of Lake Maggiore, with the Alps at its back, Locarno is transformed for eleven days each August into the world capital of auteur cinema. For the second time in a row, a group of young NCCR Molecular Systems Engineering scientists was invited to participate actively in the festival program. In this episode, Renan Leonel from Brazil shares his Locarno experience. Renan is a sociologist affiliated with the ETH Zurich Health Ethics and Policy lab led by Professor Effy Vayena.

In this episode, Akanksha Jain from India invites you to follow her on her 10 day Basecamp journey. Akanksha is a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of Prof. Barbara Treutlein at the Department of Biosystems, Science and Engineering of ETH-Zurich.

In this episode, Beichen Gao from Canada shares his Locarno experience. Beichen is a PhD student in Prof. Sai Reddy’s group at the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering (D-BSSE) of ETH-Zürich.

Interview with Georgian film director Elene Naveriani whose film "Wet Sand" world premiered at the 74th Locarno Film Festival and received the Pardo for Best Actor (Gia Agumava).