Created in 2000, the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) has rapidly become an unmissable event for film lovers. Its prestigious programme has ensured it a national and international presence. This event is mainly dedicated to one genre — that is fantasy, or fantastic films. Asian cinema and digital creation are the two additional topics that complete the picture.
The encompassing, pluridisciplinary vision that defines the fantastic films selected at the NIFFF have made the festival an internationally recognised centre of excellence and innovation. This has allowed us to develop an innovative approach to the cinema of the imagination.
The NIFFF possesses a strong and unique identity in Switzerland and everywhere else. The festival and its 3 labels — NIFFF EXTENDED “the future of cinema”, NIFFF INVASION “a pluridisciplinary approach to fantasy for everyone”, and NIFFF ON TOUR “visionary worlds of fiction” have become staples for industry professionals, audiences and the next generation of Swiss filmmakers alike.
As the only Swiss festival dedicated to genre films, the NIFFF attracts all who take interest in the power of the imagination and innovations.
FANTASTIC FILMS AS THE AESTHETIC LABORATORY OF CINEMA
“Imagination is the only thing that protects our freedom.””
The concept of “fantastic” on which is based the NIFFF’s programme is very wide. Everything that goes beyond the “ordinary” of the real is considered fantastic. This allows us to screen very diverse movies, from blockbusters to auteur films, from black comedy to digital creations. Our goal is to reveal the current dynamism of the genre, as well as its primary role in the history of cinema worldwide.
ASIAN CINEMA – WHERE NEW TRENDS ARE BORN
In spite of its unrivalled energy, Asian cinema is rarely shown in Switzerland, which is why the NIFFF has a whole section dedicated to it, called New Cinema from Asia. This competition also includes popular genres often related to fantasy, like swordplay films, comedies, kung fu flicks, superheroes.
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, as well as identify the challenges associated with media convergence and the future of creative processes.