Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival

July 5 - 13, 2019 Neuchâtel, Switzerland / Festival type: Affiliated Members
Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival



Created in 2000, the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) has become a major film event in Switzerland in just 16 editions. Indeed, the NIFFF’s quality and original programs, as well as its prestigious guests convinced both the public (45,600 visitors) and the critics.

The first characteristic of the festival is a rich and diversified programming constructed around one central axis: Fantastic cinema and two complementary axes: Asian cinema and Digital creation.



The concept of "fantastic cinema" upon which the NIFFF’s programming is based, is open and encompasses those films which transcend the commonly accepted view of ’normal reality’ defined by the ’laws of nature.’ These transgressions can take many different forms, from the most spectacular to the more subtle. They can actually allow us to enter completely imaginary worlds, introducing a minute doubt into our habitual perception of everyday reality.

The festival is interested in all these divergences. This allows the programming to include a huge variety of films: from blockbusters to films d’auteur, from black comedy to Sci-Fi, and from stop-motion animation to CGI. The aim of the Festival is to emphasize both the creativity of the genre today and its role in the history of cinema here and abroad.



Over the years, the vitality of Asian cinema has been acknowledged internationally. Despite the fact that Asian cinema produces its fair share of blockbusters and wins awards in many of the largest film festivals, its access remains very limited in Switzerland ; hence, the Festival’s decision to launch New Cinema from Asia, a competition devoted to Asian cinema only. This competition is not restricted to fantastic films, as it also encompasses other major popular genres : thrillers, comedies, kung fu and sword films. Japan, Korea, and Hong Kong are well represented, but films from less expected countries such as Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines also attract remarkable attention. A unique opportunity to explore the tremendous diversity of this booming cinema, still largely unrecognized here.



From the very beginning, "fantastic cinema" was closely associated with technology. Thanks to special effects, filmmakers were able to give form to their imaginary worlds. Today, developments in computer technology produce extraordinary results in the creation and manipulation of images. To take the measure of these recent technologies, the festival not only presents a selection of films created with digital imagery, but also organizes a symposium bringing together designers, scientists and industrialists. Screenings, meetings, workshops and demonstrations give experts and laymen a unique opportunity to discover the latest artistic and technological innovations in the field of digital images. 


Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival
Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival
Rue Jehanne-de-Hochberg 3, 2000 Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Festival Director: Anaïs Emery
Federation Contact: Anaïs Emery
Tel: +41 32 730 50 32
E-mail: prog (at)

Award Winners

Films Director Country Type Year Award
Crépuscule Pauline Jeanbourquin Switzerland Short 2018 Short Film Méliès d'Argent
Climax Gaspar Noé France, Belgium, USA Feature 2018 Feature Film Méliès d'Argent
El bar Álex de la Iglesia Spain Feature 2017 Feature Film Méliès d'Argent
The Bridge over the River Jadwiga Kowalska Switzerland Short 2017 Short Film Méliès d'Argent
Ivan's Need Veronica L. Montaño, Manuela Leuenberger, Lukas Suter Switzerland Short 2016 Short Film Méliès d'Argent
Parents Christian Tafdrup Denmark Feature 2016 Feature Film Méliès d'Argent
Es War Finster Und Merkwürdig Still Mirella Brunold & Nina Calderone Switzerland Short 2015 Short Film Méliès d'Argent
Men & Chicken Anders Thomas Jensen Germany, Denmark Feature 2015 Feature Film Méliès d'Argent
Lothar Luca Zuberbühler Switzerland Short 2014 Short Film Méliès d'Argent
Blind Eskil Vogt Norway Feature 2014 Feature Film Méliès d'Argent
In the name of the son Vincent Lannoo France, Belgium Feature 2013 Feature Film Méliès d'Argent
Entre Ange et Demon Pascal Forney Switzerland Short 2013 Short Film Méliès d'Argent
Citadel Ciaran Foy United Kingdom, Ireland Feature 2012 Feature Film Méliès d'Argent
Room 606 Peter Volkart Switzerland Short 2012 Short Film Méliès d'Argent
Troll Hunter André Øvredal Norway Feature 2011 Feature Film Méliès d'Argent
Brutal Relax Adrian Cardona / David Munoz / Rafa Dengra Spain Short 2011 Short Film Méliès d'Argent
Strigoi Faye Jackson England Feature 2010 Feature Film Méliès d'Argent
Try a Little Tenderness Benjamin Teske Germany Short 2010 Short Film Méliès d'Argent
Left Bank Pieter Van Hees Belgium Feature 2009 Feature Film Méliès d'Argent
Lägg M för Mord Magnus Holmgren Sweden Short 2009 Short Film Méliès d'Argent
Let the Right One In Tomas Alfredson Sweden Feature 2008 Feature Film Méliès d'Argent
Scary Martijn Hullegie The Netherlands Short 2008 Short Film Méliès d'Argent
Ugly Swans Konstantin Lopushanskiy Russia Feature 2007 Feature Film Méliès d'Argent
Silence is Golden Chris Shepherd France, United Kingdom Short 2007 Short Film Méliès d'Argent
Dilemma Boris Paval Conen The Netherlands Short 2006 Short Film Méliès d'Argent
The Bothersome Man Jens Lien Norway Feature 2006 Feature Film Méliès d'Argent
Code 46 Michael Winterbottom United Kingdom Feature 2004 Feature Film Méliès d'Or
The Machinist Brad Anderson Spain Feature 2004 Feature Film Méliès d'Argent
The Last Minute Nicolas Salis France Short 2004 Short Film Méliès d'Or
7:35 de la Mañana Nacho Vigalondo Spain Short 2004 Short Film Méliès d'Argent
Loups Hugo Veludo Switzerland Short 2003 Short Film Méliès d'Argent
Joshua Andreas Müller Switzerland Short 2002 Short Film Méliès d'Argent

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