Through its uniqueness, the NIFFF has secured a strong presence on the Swiss scene.
FANTASTIC CINEMA – AN AESTHETIC LABORATORY FOR FILM
“Imagination is the only field where man is free.”
The concept of “fantastic film” that defines the festival’s programming is all-encompassing, for any film that transcends the boundaries of “the ordinary” can be seen as a fantastic film. Our selection is thus extremely diverse, ranging from blockbusters to arthouse films, from black comedy to science fiction, and from stop-motion to digital animation. We aim at highlighting the dynamism that defines the genre, as well as its essential role in the history of world cinema.
ASIAN CINEMA – WHERE NEW TRENDS ARE BORN
Asian cinema has progressively established itself as one of the most energetic in the world. However, Asian films are rarely shown in Switzerland, which is why the NIFFF has a whole section dedicated to them, called NEW CINEMA FROM ASIA. This competition also includes popular genres often related to fantasy, like thrillers, swordplay films, comedies, or kung fu flicks.
DIGITAL IMAGES OR THE FILMS OF TOMORROW
Fantasy films have been linked to technological progress since the dawn of cinema. With the launch of the IMAGING THE FUTURE symposium in 2004, the NIFFF has become a pioneering event in terms of digital creation. 10 years later, the advent of digital technologies opened new possibilities, and revolutionised the way viewers and audio-visual media interact. As a result, the NIFFF EXTENDED was created to observe contemporary practices and identify the challenges associated with media convergence.