The NIFFF is among the 22 festivals supported by the Swiss Confederation, and also a member of the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation. As a result, the festival’s programme includes 177 films divided into 4 competitions and various special events.
The Narcisse Award for best feature film was conceived by famous Swiss sculptor and designer H. R. Giger, creator of Alien, as a generous way of supporting the festival’s inception.
An extremely influential figure today, H.R. Giger has had an impact on all domains of visual production. He is renowned worldwide thanks to his major contributions to cinema with films such as Dune, Species or Alien, for which he won an Oscar in 1980. The image of the Narcisse award has become the festival’s logo.
An overview of today’s trends in fantastic cinema from around the world.
10 000 CHF
5 000 CHF
NEW CINEMA FROM ASIA
An outline of the quality and diversity that characterise popular Asian cinema.
Best Asian Film Award
Chosen by audience
OUT OF COMPETITION
Through its various programmes, the festival throws itself body and soul into developing this project, to make it grow, to make it more attractive, more coherent, more global, and more welcoming.
FILMS OF THE THIRD KIND
The most anticipated premieres of the festival let the audience explore the relationship between thrillers and fantasy films.
Midnight screenings unveil the strangest aspects of genre cinema.
An overview of the best fantastic films (or affiliated genres) aimed at promoting the Swiss industry.
CARTE BLANCHE TO A SWISS CULTURAL FIGURE
A unique approach of fantastic films through the lens of a specific Swiss cultural figure.
As an extension of the NIFFF 2016 ‘El Dorado’ programme, these films open up a window into the most original creations Latin American genre has to offer.
RETROSPECTIVES & HOMMAGES
A unique selection of features engaging the audience in the exploration the genre’s legacy or the career of its icons.
INTERNATIONAL & ASIAN SHORTS
Current trends of tomorrow’s great Asian cinema, and the best international short films.
5 pearls of genre cinema, presented in gloriously restored versions, projected on the Open Air.