Launched by a set of friends back in 2000, the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) hails from Switzerland, a place well-known for its magnificent, delicious chocolates. Open to the public, this fiesta is one of the greatest events in the country, has grown to become a great platform for countless shorts and feature films, each bigger and better than the last.
Not Just About Fashionable Watches
The city of Neuchâtel has been renowned for classic watch-making business, and is now also being recognized for the NIFFF, which has invited a number of individuals from the film industry, such as George A. Romero, Marc Caro, Hideo Nakata, Roger Corman, Terry Gilliam and many others.
The NIFFF makes it a point to take tours all around picture-perfect Switzerland, to assemble a diverse event that consists of mainly two portions: digital images and fantastic cinema. Hosting a festival for over 30,000 people during 2014, the NIFFF showcased and promoted Asian cinema, as it was not too well-publicized in the country, despite the inclusion of a set of critically acclaimed shorts and feature films.
Bringing the Masterminds Together
Right from the start, the NIFFF has related fantastic cinema to the magic created with the help of technology, making it a point to gather many of these experts together for seminars and workshops that are certain to inspire, encourage and educate amateurs. Along with making use of a spectacular lounge that holds parties and an eatery only for the attendees, NIFFF also includes five different competitions and has bestowed countless awards over the last fourteen years, some of which include the following:
- H.R. Giger “Narcisse” Award for the Best Feature Film
- TSR Audience Award
- Silver Méliès Award for the Best European Feature Film
- Mad Movies Award for the “Maddest” Film
- RTS Audience Award
- Best Asian Movie Award
- Imaging the Future Award for the best production design
- Special mention of the Jury
- Taurus Studio Award for innovation
Covering movies that have deep plots and that are said to leave viewers unsettled, the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival has managed to make a mark in the world of cinema, despite being quite young in comparison to other film festivals.