Since its inception in 1995, the Geneva International Film Festival (GIFF) has been exploring the links between cinema, television and digital art, while defending the place of the author in the artistic process, regardless of the audiovisual format. More than a cinema festival, the GIFF is at the crossroads of genres and disciplines, a place for experimenting, meeting others and partying. Every year over nine days, it offers a series of experiences focused on image, sound and new forms of narration, which include screenings, interactive installations, VR works, conferences and live performances.
The Geneva Digital Market, the festival’s professional programme, is dedicated to new digital trends. It includes conferences and debates, as well as a programme of meetings and exchanges between European creators and investors, the New Digital Talents.
Moreover, thanks to its PLUGS programme, the Festival remains connected throughout the year with Swiss and international partner events and institutions, including Festival del film Locarno, Festival de Cannes, Montreal’s Festival du Nouveau Cinema, CERN’s CineGlobe, and Neuchatel International Film Festival. It also co-hosts the ‘Beyond Cinema: Swiss Digital Showcase’ event at the Cannes Film Festival as well as the Swiss Party at Austin’s South by Southwest festival.
Recognised as a strategic player in the development of audiovisual arts in Switzerland, the GIFF enjoys the support of the City and the State of Geneva, the Swiss Federal Office of Culture, SSR SRG, Pro Helvetia and Swissperform as well as many private stakeholders, including Engagement Migros, Tribune de Genève and Geneva Airport.