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Participant CEO David Linde to Receive Locarno Film Festival 2016 Tribute Award for independent Producers


Locarno Film Festival to give producing prize to Participant Media CEO David Linde

Los Angeles Times - May 10, 2016

By Mark Olsen

The Locarno Film Festival will give its 2016 tribute award for independent producers, the Premio Raimondo Rezzonico, to David Linde, chief executive of Participant Media.

Running this year from August 3-13 in Locarno, Switzerland, the festival has become one of the key stops on the annual international circuit thanks to its savvy programming and summer position after Cannes, which starts this week, but before the crush of fall festivals including Venice, Telluride, Toronto, New York and L.A.’s AFI Fest.

“David Linde's eclectic career and take on film is a perfect fit for the spirit of exploration that drives the Locarno Festival,” said festival artistic director Carlo Chatrian in a statement. “In all his ventures, whether working with the majors or independent production companies, Linde has established himself as having a keen eye for the most original voices in cinema.

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