Frederic Maire was born in Switzerland in 1961. He is one of the leading journalists specialised in film and film review. His work has been closely linked with the Locarno Film Festival since 1986. He was the editor of the Pardo News, the Locarno Film Festival Journal, and was a member of the editorial board of the Film magazine. He is one of the founders of The Magic Lantern film club for children, which has grown into the largest organisation of the kind in Europe, with 26,000 members. He has directed several shorts and documentaries, as well as a number of TV reports. In 2006 he was appointed Artistic Director of the Locarno Film Festival.