COMPETITIONS & AWARDS
The avant-garde of audiovisual storytelling, which is divided into five competitions in the film, television and digital categories, focuses on discovering new talent and distinguishes the most innovative films, series and digital works in terms of screenplay, aesthetics and technology.
International Features Competition
A selection of ten feature films that turn stylistic conventions upside down and pave the way for the cinema of tomorrow. The titles, all Swiss premieres, compete for the Reflet d’Or with a cash prize worth CHF 10,000 (donated by the City and State of Geneva) awarded by a Jury of international experts.
INTERNATIONAL SERIES COMPETITION
An exclusive Swiss window on the best international TV series, which GIFF has been reporting on for 25 years. The competition of ten hand-picked pilots (episodes 1 & 2 of season 1) showcases the innovation potential of the most popular and dynamic format in contemporary audiovisual media. An international Jury of experts rewards the best series with the Reflet d’Or worth CHF 10,000 (donated by the City and State of Geneva).
EUROPEAN SERIES COMPETITION: EUROPEAN SCRIPT AWARD
After Berlin and Helsinki, GIFF has been hosting the European Script Award since 2020, in association with the European Alliance for Television and Culture (EATC). A prize worth EUR 10,000 rewards one of three European series selected among the most original scripts written by upcoming screenwriters.
INTERNATIONAL IMMERSIVE WORKS COMPETITION
A pioneer in the field of digital arts, GIFF is one of the very first film festivals in the world to have hosted an international immersive works competition. An exceptional selection of XR works in virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) explores the rich connections between narrative and technology. Presented in national or international premiere, the ten works compete for the Reflet d’Or worth CHF 10,000 (donated by the City and State of Geneva) awarded by a Jury of international experts.
The SENSible prize is awarded by a Jury of three Swiss personalities active in the creative industries for a digital production that stands out for its humanism, ethical dimension and impact on the future, among a dozen international projects selected in the Future is SENSible section.
TRIBUTES & HONORARY AWARDS
The key movements in the history of the audiovisual industry are told to the public through original programs that focus on an author, a format, an aesthetic trend or a specific piece of technological innovation. Tributes are also given to multidisciplinary artists invited to the Festival.
SWISS INNOVATION MYTHOLOGY
Carte blanche and a masterclass is offered to a Swiss personality who has contributed significantly to the advancement of the audiovisual industry in the fields of storytelling, imaging, production or broadcasting.
FILM & BEYOND AWARD
This prize rewards an interdisciplinary artist, the Festival’s guest of honor, for his or her entire career and is presented to the public in the form of a retrospective. GIFF has had the honor of distinguishing the filmmakers Apichatpong Weerasethakul (2016), Abel Ferrara (2017), Peter Greenaway (2018) and Park Chan-wook (2019).
This recent prize rewards the careers of personalities who have inspired their contemporaries through their artistic choices and the courage of their opinions. The tribute is accompanied by a retrospective program like the one dedicated to Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan (first laureate in 2019) and Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen (2020).
CONVERGING SECTIONS (OUT OF COMPETITION)
The section of all the major events of the Festival featuring ceremonies, numerous film previews, the most eagerly awaited series of the year, complete series by prestigious authors, world premieres of Swiss series, state-of-the-art digital installations and unique immersive works.
A selection of film, serial or digital projects that gauge the pulse of contemporary creation and point to the emergence of new authors or trends.
FUTURE IS SENSIBLE
A space dedicated to social, ecological and technological foresight, featuring dystopian series, science-fiction movies and XR works and exploratory technologies that question ethical choices and their impact on the future.
SIGHT & SOUND
Artistic evenings and performances – linking sound and image – given by trailblazing or pioneer artists in performing and visual arts (Stephan Eicher, Asia Argento, Dee Nasty, Odezenne, Chloé, etc.).
SPECIAL PROGRAMS & EVENTS
Each year, additional original programs, curated by the Festival’s programming teams, complete the offer in order to address key movements and the latest emerging trends in the audiovisual industry.
The Festival revolves around the Geneva Digital Market (GDM), the only event in Switzerland open to international professionals that promotes the transfer of skills between diverse audiovisual disciplines.
School programs, classroom workshops and programmatic initiatives help raise the awareness of students and teachers to the major challenges of audiovisual arts. This initiative, unrivalled in Switzerland, combines the practice of new forms of authorship with the experimentation of immersive works.