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The 2016 Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (Switzerland)

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As Orson Welles once said – “ Look what 700 years of democracy have brought to Switzerland: chocolate and the cuckoo clock”. Well since the picturesque city of Neuchâtel is precisely the Home of Swiss chocolate and watches, you might conclude that it is the quietest place on earth.

Well not anymore! Since 2000, the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) has rocked the city to the ground, welcoming cult guests such as Roger Corman, Phil Tippett, Dario Argento, Ray Harryhausen, Stuart Gordon, Shinya Tsukamoto, Tobe Hooper, Marc Caro and many more.

Now one of the most important film festivals in Switzerland, NIFFF gives away the “Narcisse” Award by Oscar Winner H.R.Giger, the famous designer of “Alien”. After “The bothersome Man” in 2006, “You, the Living” by Roy Andersson won the Narcisse award in 2007, leading a high profile selection of over 70 features and shorts, all presented in Swiss or International Premiere.

NIFFF holds various sections, from its International Competition for fantastic features to special programs and workshops devoted to Special Effects and the Digital Image. With two Competitions for feature films (fantastic and Asian) and its side programs the event offer the best platform to promote Fantastic and Asian recent productions in the country.

PALMARÈS 2016

H.R. GIGER ‘NARCISSE’ AWARD FOR BEST FEATURE FILM (INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION)

CHF 10,000 offered by the City of Neuchâtel


“UNDER THE SHADOW” – Babak Anvari, Iran/Jordan/Qatar/UK

“The Lure” (Córki dancingu, literally “Daughters of the Dance Club”, 2015) 

Honourable mention: “THE LURE” – Agnieszka Smoczyńska, Poland

SILVER MÉLIÈS FOR BEST EUROPEAN FANTASTIC FILM 

Nomination


“PARENTS” – Christian Tafdrup, Denmark  

Awarded by the Méliès jury

Brigitte Häring, Journalist (Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen – SRF), CH
Andrea Quiroz, Producer, MX
Frederik Peeters, Comic book artist, CH

The film is nominated for the Golden Méliès, which will be chosen on October 29th, at Fantastik Filmfest (Lund, Sweden).

NIFFF AWARD FROM INTERNATIONAL CRITICS (INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION)

“SWISS ARMY MAN” – Daniel Scheinert & Dan Kwan, USA

Awarded by the NIFFF international critics

Pierce Conran, Screen Anarchy, CA
Cédric Delelée, Mad Movies, FR
Andrea Monili, Nocturno, IT
Luis Rosales, Scifiworld, SP
Nando Rohner, Deadline, DE

IMAGING THE FUTURE AWARD FOR BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN (INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION)

CHF 5,000 offered by the CSEM (Centre Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique)


“SWISS ARMY MAN” – Daniel Scheinert & Dan Kwan, USA

Awarded by the Imaging The Future jury

Michael Krummenacher, Director, CH
Alexandre Poncet, Director & Journalist, FR
Laura Sanchez Acosta, Producer, AR

DENIS-DE-ROUGEMONT YOUTH AWARD (INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION)

“DETOUR” – Christopher Smith, UK, South Africa

Awarded by the Lycée Denis-de-Rougemont jury

Hafsa Ibrahim, Njarasoa Rumpf, Camila Schmalz P., Valentin Straub

AWARD FOR BEST ASIAN FILM (ASIAN COMPETITION)

“HONOR THY FATHER” – Erik Matti, Philippines

Awarded by the audience

RTS (National Swiss Television) AUDIENCE AWARD (INTERNATIONAL AND ASIAN COMPETITIONS)

Broadcast

“SWISS ARMY MAN” – Daniel Scheinert & Dan Kwan, USA

Awarded by the audience

H.R. GIGER ‘NARCISSE’ AWARD FOR BEST SWISS SHORT FILM

CHF 10,000 offered by the SSA and Suissimage

“IVAN’S NEED” – Veronica Lingg, Manuela Leuenberger & Lukas Suter, Switzerland

Awarded by the SSA/Suissimage jury

Anne Deluz, SSA/SUISSIMAGE Delegate, CH
Carmen Jaquier, Director, CH
Marie Klay, Programmer at Spoutnik, Administrative Director & Programmer at LUFF, CH

SILVER MÉLIÈS FOR BEST EUROPEAN FANTASTIC SHORT FILM

Nomination

“IVAN’S NEED” – Veronica Lingg, Manuela Leuenberger & Lukas Suter, Switzerland

Awarded by the SSA/Suissimage jury

Anne Deluz, SSA/SUISSIMAGE Delegate, CH
Carmen Jaquier, Director, CH
Marie Klay, Programmer at Spoutnik, Administrative Director & Programmer at LUFF, CH

The film is nominated for the Golden Méliès, which will be chosen on October 29th, at Fantastik Filmfest (Lund, Sweden).

TAURUS STUDIO AWARD FOR INNOVATION (SWISS SHORTS COMPETITION)

CHF 2,000 voucher for audio post-production


“BELLE COMME UN COEUR” – Gregory Casares, Switzerland

Awarded by Jury Taurus Studio
Claude Lander, Founder of Taurus Studio, CH
Marie-Thérèse Bonadonna, Cultural Delegate at Club 44, CH
Freddy Landry, Journalist & Producer, CH

Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival
Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival
Passage Max. de Meuron 6, 2000 Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Festival Director: Anaïs Emery
Federation Contact: Anaïs Emery

Award Film Winners

FilmsDirectorCountryTypeYearAward
Men & ChickenAnders Thomas JensenGermany, DenmarkFeature2015Feature Film Méliès d’Argent
Es War Finster Und Merkwürdig StillMirella Brunold & Nina CalderoneSwitzerlandShort2015Short Film Méliès d’Argent
BlindEskil VogtNorwayFeature2014Feature Film Méliès d’Argent
LotharLuca ZuberbühlerSwitzerlandShort2014Short Film Méliès d’Argent
Entre Ange et DemonPascal ForneySwitzerlandShort2013Short Film Méliès d’Argent
In the name of the sonVincent LannooFrance, BelgiumFeature2013Feature Film Méliès d’Argent
CitadelCiaran FoyUnited Kingdom, IrelandFeature2012Feature Film Méliès d’Argent
Room 606Peter VolkartSwitzerlandShort2012Short Film Méliès d’Argent
Brutal RelaxAdrian Cardona / David Munoz / Rafa DengraSpainShort2011Short Film Méliès d’Argent
Troll HunterAndré ØvredalNorwayFeature2011Feature Film Méliès d’Argent
StrigoiFaye JacksonEnglandFeature2010Feature Film Méliès d’Argent
Try a Little TendernessBenjamin TeskeGermanyShort2010Short Film Méliès d’Argent
Lägg M för MordMagnus HolmgrenSwedenShort2009Short Film Méliès d’Argent
Left BankPieter Van HeesBelgiumFeature2009Feature Film Méliès d’Argent
ScaryMartijn HullegieThe NetherlandsShort2008Short Film Méliès d’Argent
Let the Right One InTomas AlfredsonSwedenFeature2008Feature Film Méliès d’Argent
Ugly SwansKonstantin LopushanskiyRussiaFeature2007Feature Film Méliès d’Argent
Silence is GoldenChris ShepherdFrance, United KingdomShort2007Short Film Méliès d’Argent
DilemmaBoris Paval ConenThe NetherlandsShort2006Short Film Méliès d’Argent
The Bothersome ManJens LienNorwayFeature2006Feature Film Méliès d’Argent
Code 46Michael WinterbottomUnited KingdomFeature2004Feature Film Méliès d’Or
The Last MinuteNicolas SalisFranceShort2004Short Film Méliès d’Or
7:35 de la MañanaNacho VigalondoSpainShort2004Short Film Méliès d’Argent
The MachinistBrad AndersonSpainFeature2004Feature Film Méliès d’Argent
LoupsHugo VeludoSwitzerlandShort2003Short Film Méliès d’Argent
JoshuaAndreas MüllerSwitzerlandShort2002Short Film Méliès d’Argent

 

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