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Structure

The festival takes place every year in March. It hosts a feature films competition, a short films competition and several parallel sections. FIFF runs projects all year long such as cultural mediation or its involvement in supporting productions.

Its mission statement:

The Fribourg International Film Festival (FIFF) discovers new and original film-making from around the world, especially Asia, Africa and Latin America, and its carefully curated competition programme serves as a showcase for these works. FIFF is an event which prizes excellence and embraces all cultures and genres, from intimate, introspective works right through to big-budget productions. At the same time, it offers a unique, welcoming and relaxed space for informal dialogue and encounters. FIFF is also passionate about spotting emerging talent and bringing these gifted film makers into FIFF’s extended family 
FIFF is an effective and committed cultural mediator, a conveyor of emotions and a firm believer in the power of cultural and linguistic diversity in film.

Details informations about the Festival's structure are available hereunder:

The Team

The Association

Facts, figures and yearly reports

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THE TEAM

The Festival takes place every year in March and takes part in projects all year long. FIFF employs nine persons on a yearly contract and about fifteen others join the team for the months before the Festival. Each edition is possible with the help of a great number of volunteers.

The executive direction is seperated between the head of operation and the artistic direction. Philippe Clivaz directs operation since October 2019 and Thierry Jobin is FIFF's artistic director since May 2011.

More insights about the team:
The team 2021-2022
Job offers
Organisation chart (in French)

Equipe du FIFF22

 

THE ASSOCIATION

The Fribourg International Film Festival Association is the funding body of the Festival. Founded in 1987 with headquater in Fribourg, the non-profit organization aims to promote the understanding between the cultures and more particularly between the so-called North and South. It gives preference to films that stimulate reflection and provoke discussion. 

The Association is formed by Festival friends and active members (individuals or collective membership) and counts almost 300 persons. The membership fees contribute to the organization of the Festival. They are also connected to some interesting advantages. Become a friend or a member of the festival too.

More insights about the board:

Board members

Mathieu Fleury
President of the board

Since November 2018

Mathieu Fleury, président de l'association du Festival International du Film de Fribourg

Marine Jordan
Vice-president of the board

Since 2019

Mairne Jordan, vice-présidente de l'association du Festival International du Film de Fribourg

Christine Eggs

Since 2019

Christine Eggs, membre du comité de l'association du Festival International du Film de Fribourg

Beki Probst

Since 2020

 

Geraldine Zeuner

Since 2020

Geraldine Zeuner, membre du comité de l'association du Festival International du Film de Fribourg

Xavier Barras

Since 2019

Xavier Barras, membre du comité de l'association du Festival International du Film de Fribourg

Paul-Albert Nobs

Since 2017

Paul-Albert Nobs comité association FIFF 2020

Thierry Savary

Since 2019

Thierry Savary, membre du comité de l'association du Festival International du Film de Fribourg

Dominique Willemin

Since 2007

Dominique Willemin, membre du comité de l'association du Festival International du Film de Fribourg

 

Former presidents

Magda Bossy
Ivan Stern
Paul Jubin
Jean-Paul Rüttimann
Charles Ridoré
Jean-François Giovannini
Ruth Lüthi
Walter Stoffel
François Nordmann

Founding and institutional members

Helvetas
Action de Carême
Déclaration de Berne (today's name Public Eye)
Pain pour le Prochain
Swissaid

And joined later by l’Entraide Protestante (EPER), Frères sans frontières (today's name E-changer), Groupes volontaires d’outre-mer (GVOM) and Magasins du Monde

Board of Honour

FIFF gathers each year a Board of honour. It consists of leading figures from the political, economic, cultural and film industry world who wish to support the goals and the spirit of the Festival.

Board of honour 2022

ALAIN BERSET
Federal Councillor 
Head of the Federal Department of Home Affairs

IRÈNE KÄLIN
President of the National Council

OLIVIER CURTY
President of the Cantonal Government, Fribourg
Cantonal Minister of Economy and Employment

JEAN-PIERRE DOUTAZ
President of the Cantonal Parliament, Fribourg

RUTH DREIFUSS
Former Federal Councillor

JOSEPH DEISS
Former Federal Councillor
President of the 65th Session of the UN General Assembly

SYLVIE BONVIN-SANSONNENS
Member of the Cantonal Government, Fribourg
Cantonal Minister of Public Education and Culture 

FABIEN FIVAZ
President of the National Council Science, Education and Culture Committee

JACQUES BOURGEOIS
National Councillor

CHRISTINE BULLIARD-MARBACH
National Councillor

VALÉRIE PILLER CARRARD
National Councillor

PIERRE-ANDRÉ PAGE
National Councillor

URSULA SCHNEIDER SCHÜTTEL
National Councillor

MARIE-FRANCE ROTH PASQUIER
National Councillor

GERHARD ANDREY
National Councillor

JOHANNA GAPANY
Member of the Council of States

ISABELLE CHASSOT
Member of the Council of States

CARINE BACHMANN
Director of the Federal Office of Culture

ASTRID EPINEY
Rector of the University of Fribourg

LISE-MARIE GRADEN
Prefect of the La Sarine district

RENÉ SCHNEUWLY
President of the Greater Fribourg Council (Comité de l'Agglomération de Fribourg)

THIERRY STEIERT
Mayor of the City of Fribourg

DAVID AEBISCHER
President of the Communal Parliament, City of Fribourg

LAURENT DIETRICH
Member of the Communal Parliament, City of Fribourg
Director of the Communal Department of Culture

PHILIPPE TRINCHAN
Head of the Cantonal Office of Culture, Fribourg

NATACHA ROOS
Head of the Communal Office of Culture, City of Fribourg

GÉRARD RUEY
President of the Federal Film Commission

MATTHIAS AEBISCHER
President of Cinésuisse

JEAN-PAUL MONNEY
President of the Fribourg Committee of the Loterie Romande

GILLES MARCHAND
Director-General SRG SSR

PASCAL CRITTIN
Director of Radio Télévision Suisse RTS

FRANÇOIS MAURON
Editor-in-chief, La Liberté

FRÉDÉRIC MAIRE
Director of Cinémathèque suisse

CATHERINE MÜHLEMANN
President of Swiss Films

VALENTIN BLANK
Director Suissimage

STEFAN DOBLER
President of the Conférence des Festivals

 

Ancienne Gare Fribourg FIFF Festival International de Films de Fribourg

 

FACTS AND FIGURES

Here are a few statistics from FIFF 2019:

Total audience
34 536
Total films
142
Feature films in competition
12
Short films in competition
16
Total audience at school screenings
14 525

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