The 20th Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) concluded on Saturday with 29,000 spectators. It won the award for Best American Film Production “Lapses”. Swiss Tim Fellbaum has been rewarded twice.
Pandemic obliges, this edition had to put in place a new format, with 2,000 views in particular on the Internet. It made it possible to reconnect with “audiences in theaters (limited to two-thirds of capacity) while enhancing access to programming through innovative online show that quickly acclaimed audiences,” as the festival consistently emphasizes. The general attendance rose to 34,000 visitors to the festival (Festival of).
The jury distinguished “Labsys” from the American Noah Hutton, who won the Narcissus HR Geiger Prize, awarded with 10,000 francs. This hot social satire tells of the strange job of a deliveryman, responsible for pulling cables between metal cubes at a distance of kilometers from the forest.
The brilliant Swiss also starred with “Tides,” the ambitious production of Swiss Tim Feilbaum. The film, which confronts the viewer with the repercussions of the climate catastrophe, received two main awards: the prize for best production design worth 5,000 francs, and the RTS Audience Award (purchase of broadcast rights by RTS).
The Silver Miller Award for Best European Great Film went to Boys from County Hell (Ireland / UK), directed by Chris Pugh. Lee Haven Jones’ film “The Feast” (UK) won the International Critics’ Award.
Joder von Rotz’s “Litte Miss Fate” won the Narcisse Prize for Best Swiss Short Film, giving it CHF10,000. The award for Best Asian Film went to Ok! Ma’am” to South Korean Lee Chul Ha.
The closing ceremony of the festival, which opened on 2 July, was concluded by its new general director Pierre-Yves Walder, who is now taking over the reins of the festival.
“I am particularly pleased to be chairing the festival after its anniversary edition which saw NIFFF reunite with its audience. The fantasy genre is more connected than ever to its time and I look forward to continuing to explore its many differences,” he said.