Anaïs Emery appointed new Executive & Artistic Director at GIFF

The GIFF Foundation is delighted to announce the appointment of Anaïs Emery as Executive and Artistic Director of the Geneva International Film Festival (GIFF). She will start on 1 January 2021 and takes over from Emmanuel Cuénod who announced his departure after the 26th GIFF (November 6-15, 2020).

Her mission will be to draw on her experience to further develop GIFF, enhance its reputation and support digital creation and the Swiss film industry. “Given her outstanding career, especially as Director at NIFFF, we are convinced we will be able to rely on her film industry and digital creation expertise as well as her clear-sighted vision of current issues relating to the audiovisual industry and film festivals, to chart the future of GIFF with serenity”, says Anja Wyden Guelpa.

Cofounder of the Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF), Emery has been its Artistic Director since 2006, turning the festival into a major international event. Having been curator for an independent cinema, festival director (The Nantes International Science-Fiction Film Festival), member of the European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation’s committee (2009 to 2016), she is also committed to supporting up-and-coming filmmakers in Switzerland.

“We look forward to welcoming Anaïs Emery to GIFF. Her vision and enthusiasm appeal to us and this will undoubtedly allow us to meet the challenges initiated by Emmanuel Cuénod who since 2013 has turned this festival into a recognized and highly acclaimed event beyond our borders. I would like to thank him whole heartedly for this contribution and commitment to the Festival and wish him success in his future endeavors”, says Anja Wyden Guelpa.

The 26th Geneva International Film Festival (GIFF) will take place from November 6 to 15, 2020.

More informations in the press release