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Fantastic Web Contest III

Looking for an extraordinary web series
A call for projects from the NIFFF and the RTS

Driven by the desire to support a new generation of Swiss filmmakers, the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF), in collaboration with the Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS), is launching its third call for projects among web creators, affirming once again its engagement for innovation.

What is the 3rd Fantastic Web Contest?

For the 3rd time, the RTS and the NIFFF are launching a call for projects to find a great fantasy web series. Both partners wish to pursue their collaboration for a genre that has met with success every year in Neuchâtel, all the while offering new voices a platform, as well as the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of “Hellvetia” (2015) and “Le 5e Cavalier” (2018). The winner will be given financial and editorial support from the RTS, as well as a writing coach picked by the NIFFF.

Who can partake?

The competition is open to all French-speaking writers, directors and vlog makers who, with the help of a producing structure based in Romandy, will be able to harness all the possibilities of the fantasy genre, and maybe even reinvent it by completing their project within one year.

What are the criteria?

  • Target audience: 20-35-year olds
  • Broadcasting channel: rts.ch, YouTube RTS, Facebook RTS and possibly more
  • Must be adapted to mobiles and tablets
  • Format: between 5 and 15 episodes, 3-7 minutes each
  • Will be shown at the NIFFF 2020 (must be completed within one year)

What is the budget?

The RTS will invest about CHF 150,000 into it, but the budget must match the project’s needs. Additional support from third parties is also possible.

What should the application include?

  • Brief description of the project: pitch, synopsis, number and duration of episodes
  • Characters bible and story archives
  • Editorial and artistic note of intent
  • Budget and financing plan
  • Broadcasting and cross media promotion strategy
  • Writers/producers’ filmographies

What is the selection process?

The RTS and the NIFFF will go through a first round based on the applications. The selected candidates will be invited to pitch their project during the festival, at the end of which a winner will be announced.

What is the planning?

  1. Application deadline: Friday, April 12th, 2019 (midnight)
    Send projects to virginie.chambaz@rts.ch
  2. Announcing selected projects for pitching sessions: Thursday, May 2nd, 2019
  3. Pitching sessions: Wednesday, July 10th, as part of the NIFFF Extended
  4. The winner will be revealed on Saturday, July 13th, 2019 during the NIFFF’s closing ceremony
  5. The web series will have its world premiere for the NIFFF’s 20th edition, in 2020

By the way, what do we mean by fantasy?

Thriller, SF, horror, fairy tales, near future, found footage, gore, giallo, hard boiled crime story: as demonstrated by the diverse and fantastic programme at the NIFFF, genre cinema includes many variations and sub-categories. But they all have something in common: they are about us, society, and our fears. Past, present or future, with humour or in all seriousness, we are looking – on a modest Swiss scale – for a project that would speak about our world by using, or even re-imagining, fantasy tropes.