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36e 18 - 27.03.2022

FIFF as an open book

Le FIFF à livre ouvert, n°6
Le FIFF à livre ouvert, n°6

Invaluable companion of the public during the Festival and eagerly awaited: our programme is under construction.
We offer you a photostory which presents the stages of its conception. 

16th January 2020, Episode 1

It starts with the frame of light around Thierry Jobin’s door late at night during the holiday season. 8771 words later, the programme is now in the hands of the translators of Transit txt and our colleagues Hélène Wichser and Irène Unholz who coordinate the work.

Le FIFF à livre ouvert, FIFF2020, Pierre-Yves Massot

23th January 2020, Episode 2

For most people, these are just sticky notes. For us, it's a festival taking shape. On these little pieces of paper placed on the wall, an entire year of work is transformed into a week of screenings and conferences. This collection of coloured squares is actually FIFF 2020’s timetable.

Le FIFF à livre ouvert, FIFF2020, Pierre-Yves Massot

30th January 2020, Episode 3

Aurélie Gunter from Asphalte Design drinks her coffee from an NYPD mug. And it'll take a serious amount of caffeine to tackle the layout of the FIFF 2020 programme: setting more than 160,000 characters and 100 or so photos into 204 pages, all within 48 hours. Mission: Impossible. But Aurélie, FIFF's graphic design shero, chose to accept it! Watch out – this message will self-destruct in 5 seconds.

FIFF à livre ouvert , photographies de Pierre-Yves Massot

6th February 2020, Episode 4

Read, reread, edit, correct, reread, modify, translate, reread, comment, validate, drink coffee ... A part of the FIFF team is busy these days proofreading the program. In the basement or in a hammock, some used twice as much imagination in order to find the right places to isolate themselves with the texts!

FIFF à livre ouvert / Pierre-Yves Massot / épisode 4

13th February 2020, Episode 5

It’s 7.30 am. The coffee is flowing, the smell of ink fills the air and the whirr of the pick-up rollers at full tilt drowns the room in sound. By 8 pm, the machines fall silent. Their work is done: all 12,500 copies of the FIFF 2020 programme are now printed and waiting for the big reveal on 4th March. We are itching to see this year’s catalogue! You too?

FIFF open book thumbnail

6th Mars 2020, Episode 6

On 26th February, so far, so good. We had just received the programme, freshly printed. The scent of ink blended in the flavour of our lunch. We were clear for action, ready to present to you a great bunch of great films and keen to live and share with you a week full of emotions. As the famous movie line goes, the important thing is however the landing. Reality goes beyond fiction. FIFF 2020 will not happen. Let’s hope that the screenplay for next year will be less dramatic…

Thank you for following our photostory!

You can purchase a copy of the programme for CHF 7.- in our online shop as a support gesture.

FIFF livre ouvert - open book - FIFF2020 - Pierre-Yves Massot

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