Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival
Orson Welles once said, “Look what 700 years of democracy have brought to Switzerland: chocolate and the cuckoo clock”. As 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 by welcoming cult guests such as Joe Dante, George R.R. Martin, Roger Corman, Sono Sion, Terry Gilliam, Zoë Bell, Cliff Martinez, Park Chan-wook, Dario Argento, Chris Carter, Kevin Smith, Nancy Allen, Ray Harryhausen, Barbara Steele, Stuart Gordon, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Jaume Balagueró, Tobe Hooper, Shinya Tsukamoto, George Romero, John Carpenter and many more. The NIFFF explores an open conception of the fantastic genre, screening films that challenge one’s perception of life and that confront oneself to personal and universal matters through unique visual styles. With two competitions of feature films (fantastic and Asian), its shorts programs (Swiss, Asian and International), its daring retrospectives and workshops devoted to literature, special effects and digital creation, the NIFFF offers the best platform in Switzerland to promote genre cinema. Ever since its first edition, the event hasn’t kept growing, scoring more than 37,000 admissions during its last edition in July 2016, where 140 films where screened and 27,000 USD cash prizes were awarded. The 17th NIFFF will take place from 30th June to 8th July 2017.