International Competition: Long Films
The International Competition is the backbone of the festival programme. As every year, we present about twelve brand new productions from Asia, Latin America, Africa, and Eastern Europe that stand out for their innovation and capability to touch the audience. No style or genre is favoured. Nor is the fact that it is or isn’t a director’s first film. The only criterion is the quality of the work. The films are given three showings. Usually, filmmakers will travel to Fribourg to defend their films in person and compete for the Regard d’or and other awards endowed with prizes for a total amount of CHF 62500.
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 and for sure, Valentyn Vasyanovych, winner of the 2018 Grand Prix for Black Level!
International Competition: Short Films
For the fourth consecutive year, FIFF presents its International Short Film Competition. All the directors of the selected short films are invited to present their work at Fribourg.
Designed to support the next big names and offering spectators a new wave of talent, the three short film programmes (fiction, documentary and animation) presented at FIFF are the perfect opportunity to discover new cinematic movements straight out of Latin America, Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe.
The best short film will be awarded with a prize of 7500 Swiss francs and join the ranks of past FIFF winners such as Manuel Abramovich (La Reina, 2014), Tofigh Amani (Ants Apartment, 2015), Juliana Gómez (Iceberg, 2016), Raed Rafei (Salam, 2017) and E del Mundo (Man of Pa'aling, 2017).
For the second consecutive year, a Jury made up of film students from the Réseau Cinéma CH will be awarding an additional prize of 3000 Swiss francs as well.
Out of Competition
Under the banner of Genre Cinema, romantic comedies will be honoured – a universal genre that unites the audience as much as it divides critics. The FIFF will open and close with two of these rom-coms: the Chinese fantasy comedy How Long Will I Love U on March 15, and the astonishing Filipino romance Meet Me In St. Gallen, an intriguing title that will bring the festival to an end on March 23.