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34e 20 > 28.03.2020

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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
FIFF is member of...


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 2019-2020
Job offers
Organisation chart (in French)

Equipe FIFF2020 par Pierre-Yves Massot



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 du comité de l'association du FIFF

Christine Eggs

Since 2019

Christine Eggs comité FIFF 2020

Marine Jordan

Since 2019

Marine Jordan comité association FIFF 2020

Sven Dietrich

Since 2019

Sven Dietrich membre du comité de l'Association du FIFF 2020

Erwin Jutzet

Since 2018

Erwin Jutzet membre du comité de l'Association du FIFF 2020

Paul-Albert Nobs

Since 2017

Paul-Albert Nobs comité association FIFF 2020

Thierry Savary

Since 2019

Thierry Savary comité association FIFF 2020

Dominique Willemin

Since 2007

Dominique Willemin membre du comité de l'Association du FIFF 2020


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

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

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 2019

Alain Berset
Conseiller fédéral
Chef du Département fédéral de l'intérieur

Jean-René Fournier
Président du Conseil des Etats

Ruth Dreifuss
Ancienne Conseillère fédérale

Joseph Deiss
Ancien Conseiller fédéral
Président de la 65e session de l'Assemblée générale de l'ONU

Jean-Pierre Siggen
Président du Conseiller d'Etat du canton de Fribourg
Directeur de l'instruction publique, de la culture et du sport

Roland Mesot
Président du Grand Conseil du canton de Fribourg

Jürg Iseli
Président du Grand Conseil du canton de Berne

Christine Häslerr
Directrice de l'instruction publique du canton de Berne

Christine Bulliard-Marbach
Présidente de la Commission de la science, de l'éducation et de la culture du Conseil national

Dominique de Buman
Conseiller national

Jean-François Rime
Conseiller national

Jacques Bourgeois
Conseiller national

Valérie Piller Carrard
Conseillère nationale

Pierre-André Page
Conseiller national

Ursula Schneider Schüttel
Conseillère nationale

Christian Levrat
Conseiller aux Etats

Beat Vonlanthen
Conseiller aux Etats

Elisabeth Baume-Schneider
Présidente de la Commission fédérale du cinéma

Gilles Marchand
Directeur général SRG SSR

Manuel Sager
Directeur de la DDC

Isabelle Chassot
Directrice de l'Office fédéral de la culture

Astrid Epiney
Rectrice de l'Université de Fribourg

Carl-Alex Ridoré
Préfet du district de la Sarine

Thierry Steiert
Syndic de la Ville de Fribourg

Julien Vuilleumier
Président du Conseil général de la Ville de Fribourg

Laurent Dietrich
Conseiller communal de la Ville de Fribourg
Directeur du Service de la culture

Pascal Crittin
Directeur de la Radio Télévision Suisse RTS

Frédéric Maire
Directeur de la Cinémathèque suisse

Josefa Haas
Präsidentin Swiss Films

Valentin Blank
Geschäftsführer Suissimage

Denis Rabaglia
Président de la Société Suisse des Auteurs SSA

Jean-Paul Monney
Président de la Commission fribourgeoise de la Loterie Romande

Philippe Trinchan
Chef du Service de la culture du canton de Fribourg

René Schneuwly
Président du Comité de l'Agglomération de Fribourg

Natacha Roos
Cheffe du Service de la culture de la Ville de Fribourg

Serge Gumy
Rédacteur en chef de La Liberté


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Here are a few statistics from FIFF 2019:

Total audience
42 921
Total films
Feature films in competition
Short films in competition
Total screenings
Total audience at school screenings
11 270
Total represented countries

You can find more insights in French and German in the yearly reports (open in PDF):

Report 2018/2019
Report 2017/2018
Report 2016/2017
Report 2015/2016
Report 2014/2015
Report 2013/2014
Report 2012/2013

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