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Sections and awards

The NIFFF is among the 9 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 170 films divided into 4 competitions and various special events.

The “NARCISSE award for best feature film” was created as a tribute to the famous swiss sculptor and designer H.R. GIGER, creator of ALIEN, and who generously supported the festival with his work.

As a canonical influence on contemporary aesthetics, H.R. Giger’s legacy can be found in all domains of the audio-visual media. He enjoyed worldwide fame thanks to his works in films, such as Dune, Species and Alien – for which he got an Oscar in 1980. The image of his “Narcisse” award has become the festival’s official logo.

SECTIONS

NIFFF 2019 SPECIAL PROGRAMMES

CARTE BLANCHE À UNE PERSONNALITÉ SUISSE : LAURENCE SUHNER

Among the rare female authors of Planet Operas and influential figures of the Swiss comic book industry, Laurence Suhner made a name for herself with her series QUAN TIKA. The NIFFF gives carte blanche to the Geneva-based artist, who invites you to discover the cosmic worlds that influenced her.
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DANES DO IT BETTER!

Founded in 2003 with the objective of stimulating experimentation and inspiring new talents, the funding and development initiative NEW DANISH SCREEN has given way to one of the most dynamic cinematic movements in the world. The NIFFF offers to explore this cinema of innovations through a selection of titles.
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REFLECTIONS OF SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA: THE EDGE OF FANTASY

This year, the NIFFF invites its audience to look towards the film industry that is probably the least well-known in the world. Far from being comprehensive, this retrospective can be seen as an invitation to explore a few works that have had an impact on sub-Saharan African cinema, and which act as a testament to the myriad ways fantasy can be used in films. From the anticolonial farce (Touki Bouki, 1973) to the mythological western (Five Fingers for Marseille, 2017), and from a reinterpretation of Dürrenmatt (Hyènes, 1992) to a zany musical (Coz Ov Moni 2: FOKN Revenge, 2013), this programme will open up a new door with each singular vision it offers.
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AMAZING STORIES OF CINEMA

Four enriching documentaries that dive into the seminal worlds of the artists that have shaped the modern American imagination. This programme will dissect Alien and Showgirls, it will go back to The Exorcist and Sorcerer, but also to Silent Running and Blade Runner! Equally informative and entertaining, it gives an overview of the greatest artists that have forged cinematic history.
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COMPETITIVE SECTIONS

INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

An overview of today’s trends in fantastic cinema from around the world.

10 000 CHF

H.R. Giger “Narcisse” award for best feature filmawarded by the City of Neuchâtel

5 000 CHF

Imaging The Future award for best production designawarded by CSEM

Broadcasting

RTS audience awardawarded by Radio Télévision Suisse

Promotion

NIFFF international critics awardawarded by Scifiworld (SP), Nocturno (IT), Deadline (DE), Screenanarchy (CA) and Mad Movies (FR)

Hamilton watch
worth 500 CHF

Denis-de-Rougemont youth awardawarded by the high school Denis-de-Rougemont

SILVER MÉLIÈS

Nomination

Silver Méliès for best fantastic European feature filmwith EFFFF

Nomination

Silver Méliès for best fantastic European short filmwith EFFFF

NEW CINEMA FROM ASIA

An outline of the quality and diversity that characterise popular Asian cinema.

Broadcasting

RTS audience awardawarded by Radio Télévision Suisse

Honorary

Best asian film awardchosen by the audience

COMPETITION FOR THE BEST SWISS FANTASTIC SHORT

A glimpse at the next generation of Swiss filmmakers.

10 000 CHF

H.R. Giger “Narcisse” award for the best short filmawarded by SSA and Suissimage

2 000 CHF of post-production

Award for innovationawarded by Taurus Recording Studio

THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX AWARD

The rights of one film from the official selection are acquired by distribution company OUTSIDE THE BOX.

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.

ULTRA MOVIES

Midnight screenings unveil the strangest aspects of genre cinema.

AMAZING SWITZERLAND

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.

EL DORADO

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.

NIFFF KIDS

Screenings for young audiences in collaboration with The Magic Lantern, Fantoche (Baden International Animation Film Festival), and regional schools.