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For more than three decades, the International Competition: Feature Films is the core of the FIFF and has been the place of many discoveries. Each year in March, winners share nearly 60 000 CHF in awards (Grand Prize, Special Jury Prize, Audience Award, Ecumenical Jury Award and Critics’ Choice Award).
The winners perpetuate the impressive list of personalities who have made up the list of recipients of the FIFF award over the past three decades: Gaston Kaboré, Souleimane Cissé, Shaji N. Karun, Omer Kavur, Raoul Peck, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Fernando Pérez, Abderrahmane Sissako, Stanley Kwan, Pablo Trapero, Edward Yang, Jia Zhang-ke, Carlos Sorín, Bahman Ghobadi, Ernest Abdyjaparov, Lav Diaz, Eric Khoo, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Brillante Mendoza, Lee Chang-dong, Júlia Murat, Wang Bing, Lee Sujin, Christian Díaz Pardo, Yaelle Kayam, Boo Junfeng, Valentyn Vasyanovych and for sure, Alejandra Márquez Abella , winner of the 2019 Grand Prix for The Good Girls!
In 2014, the FIFF launched the International Competition: Short Films for films of less than 30 minutes, with prizes worth a total of 10 500 CHF for the winner.
The best short film will be awarded with a prize of 7 500 CHF and a Jury made up of film students from the Réseau Cinéma CH will be awarding an additional prize of 3 000 CHF as well.
The Festival is open to all horizons, but its Official Selection (International Competition: Feature films and International Competition: Short films) focuses on works from Africa, Asia, Latin America, Near and Middle East and Eastern Europe (outside of the EU).
From fiction to documentary or animation, with a curiosity for all genres, the FIFF welcomes any original work that meets the regulations. Working copies are taken into consideration. If the film is selected, it must be ready for the 34rd edition and sent three weeks before the start of the Festival.
The Call for Entries 2020 will open by the end of August 2019.
Call for Entries 2019 Closed
The Call for Entries for the 33rd edition is closed.
Deadlines for the 34th edition of the FIFF: the deadline for submissions for the next edition of the Festival will be announced in August 2019.