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The Fribourg International Film Festival takes place every year in Fribourg (Switzerland). Its aim is to promote quality films and thus contribute to ensuring cinematographic and cultural diversity in Switzerland as well as throughout Europe. In this spirit it selects works primarily from Asia, Africa and Latin America.
The FIFF programs a cinema of inventiveness and poetry as the expression of a conquered freedom – sometimes at great cost. By getting away from the landmarks and writings of western cinema, the films selected by the FIFF require of the spectator the disposition to be troubled by images, stories and ideas that may not be conformist for a Swiss public.
This is how the Festival contributes to diffusing “another look” and therefore a better comprehension of the various cultural and social realities in the world. In this respect the FIFF is the Swiss reference event and enjoys wide renown on the international scene.
The official selection includes a competition open to feature films both fiction and documentaries. FIFF also organizes non-competitive sections focusing on films which have rarely or never been shown in Switzerland as well as a program intended for schools and universities.
FIFF also organizes a non-competitive selection of short films, panoramas and retrospectives.
Encounters and debates are organized between filmmakers, the audience, journalists, and professionals. FIFF also organizes special showings for children and young people, meetings with the filmmakers, and workshops on the cinema. To encourage the distribution of the films selected, Swiss distributors, cinema owners and film critics are invited to attend the Festival.
Awards- The following prizes are awarded by the festival:
*Feature films both fiction and documentaries in competition
«Le Regard d’Or», Grand Prix of the Fribourg International Film Festival, in the amount of CHF 30 000 awarded by the International Jury.
*Special International Jury Award of CHF 5 000
*Oikocredit Award of CHF 5000 awarded by the International Jury to the producer whose engagement has allowed the making of a first or second film.
*Public Award amounting to CHF 5 000
*Ecumenical Award of CHF 3 000 to the film director whose film best awakens to human, spiritual or social values.
*FIPRESCI Award is granted by the representatives of the International Cinematographic Press Federation. This award aims to encourage new and young cinema.
*E-Changer Award of CHF 5 000.– is granted by the Youth Jury. It aims at encouraging the young generation to express itself at the Festival.
*Don Quijote Award is allotted by the representatives of the International Federation of Film Societies (FICC/IFFS). All films awarded by this jury will be listed in the «International Film Distribution Network» catalogue of FICC/IFFS.
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