Grand Prix of the Fribourg International Film Festival
The Grand Prix of the Fribourg International Film Festival consists of CHF 30,000 jointly bestowed by the Canton of Fribourg (CHF 20,000) and the Municipality of Fribourg (CHF 10,000). This award is conferred upon the director (CHF 20,000) and the producer (CHF 10,000) of the film selected by the international Jury.
Special Jury Award
This prize consists of CHF 10,000. It is bestowed on the director of the film chosen by the international Jury for the inventiveness of the screenplay and the direction, the rejuvenation of the cinematographic language, or the thematic and formal audacity shown.
The Audience Award
This prize, consisting of CHF 5,000, is supported by the Banque Cantonale de Fribourg and awarded to the director of the film selected by the audience.
The Ecumenical Jury Award
The Ecumenical Jury of SIGNIS (World Catholic Association for Communication) and INTERFILM (International Interchurch Film Organization) awards its prize of CHF 5,000 conferred jointly by Bread for all and Action de Carême. The Ecumenical Jury offers a distinctive approach to the films. Interested in their artistic and formal qualities, it draws attention to those works expressing the values of justice, human dignity, respect for the environment, peace and solidarity. These values, upon which the two organisations base their commitment, are also those of the Gospel.
The Youth Jury Award COMUNDO
Conferred by COMUNDO and amounting to CHF 5,000, this prize is awarded by the Youth Jury. It aims not only to give young people a say in the Festival, but also to highlight a film that takes into account the problems faced by young people in today's world. It is aimed to raise awareness in students and apprentices of the irreplaceable means provided by films – beyond mere diversion – to discover the riches of other cultures and to learn tolerance and justice.
Critics’ Choice Award
Awarded by a Jury of members of the Swiss Film Journalist Association, this prize aims to promote filmmaking as an art form and encourage new and emerging creative talent.
Best International Short Film Award
The Best International Short Film Award, which is sponsored by the Clinique Générale Ste-Anne, recognises innovative, independent filmmaking by emerging young talent. The Short Film Jury awards the CHF 7,500 cash prize to the winning director.
CH Cinema Network Prize
Prize money of CHF 3,000 is awarded to the best short film entered in the International Competition. It will be awarded by a Jury of CH Cinema Network students from Lausanne, Lugano and Zurich universities, ECAL, HEAD and ZHdK. Based on an exchange between universities, universities of applied sciences and filmmaking institutions, this national programme combines theory and practice and university education.
Passeport suisse – Foreign Visa Prize
This prize of CHF 1,000 is sponsored by E-CHANGER and Fribourg-Solidaire. Every year, Switzerland's top film schools are invited to send in short films (20 minutes maximum) made by their students. These top films by the future filmmakers of Switzerland are submitted to the judgment of the members of the New Territory section, which this year is composed of Angolan producers and directors.
The Schweizer Jugendfilmtage (SJFT) and the FIFF have joined forces to offer a new award for Swiss film-school students. Young filmmakers whose film is selected at the FIFF judge the work of their peers selected at the SJFT, and vice versa. The two winning films receive prize money of CHF 500 each. The aim is to promote cooperation and closer ties between young filmmakers working on either side of the "Röstigraben", the invisible border between French- and German-speaking Switzerland.
Each director whose film is shown during the Festival receives a diploma certifying his or her participation.