Festival confirms its commitment to parity and inclusion with women filmmakers accounting for more than half the films screened.
The Fantoche International Animation Film Festival marked its 25th anniversary with the presentation of 361 short and feature films shown over six days; the program included current Swiss and international productions, retrospectives, After Lockdown Pleasures, a series marathon, and an online festival. The festival competition received over 800 entries.
- Best Film Award - Something to Remember by Niki Lindroth von Bahr
- International Audience Award -Ties by Dina Velikovskaya
- Best Swiss Award in the Swiss Competition - Aletsch Negative by Laurence Bovin
- Swiss Audience Award - Signs by Dustin Rees
- Best Kids Award - Avec le do de la cuillère by Laurent Wassouf; Clément Crosnier; Edgard Cros; Theoline Chapas; Nolwenn Pétereau; Anouk Nedellec; and Lucas Ancel
- The Children’s Audience Award - Apple Tree Man by Alla Vartanyan
- Swiss Animation Industry Awards (SAIA) - Flu Vaccination Campaign for CHUV - Alexandre Armand and Sandra Golay; Get it Studio.
The event ended with a presentation of the festival’s 13 competition categories; complete details are available here.
Fantoche has become the eighth Swiss film festival to sign the “Pledge for Parity and Inclusion” at film festivals, launched by SWAN (Swiss Women’s Audiovisual Network). In support of this pledge, 52% of all films shown were made by women including the oldest animated film, Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed; the 1926 German animated fairytale film by Lotte Reiniger features cut-out animation.
Fantoche 2021 will take place in Baden, September 7-12, 2021.