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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.””
Luis Buñuel

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.

Hyènes, Djibril Diop Mambéty, SN/CH/FR, 1992
Hyènes, Djibril Diop Mambéty, SN/CH/FR, 1992

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.

Fly Me to the Saitama, Takeushi Hideki, JP, 2019
Fly Me to the Saitama, Takeushi Hideki, JP, 2019

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.

Immersive Lab: an interactive audio-visual experience
Immersive Lab: an interactive audio-visual experience