NIFFF 2021 : A NEW GENERATION CROWNED
The Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival (NIFFF) is excited to unveil the winners of its 20th edition, which concludes with a bang this Saturday, July 10th, on the occasion of its closing ceremony. Organised in a context rife with uncertainty in terms of health measures, this hybrid edition ends with remarkable attendance numbers: 29,000 audience members, including 2,000 views on the online platform. General attendance reached 34,000 people, counting the Festival OFF area. This never-seen-before format was an opportunity for the NIFFF to be reunited with festival-goers as they filled the cinemas (limited to two thirds of their max. capacity) all the while strengthening the innovative online offer that was quickly adopted by the audience. The winners of the competitions are now known: LAPSIS, a cutting social satire from American filmmaker Noah Hutton that opened the festival, wins the prestigious H.R. Giger ‘Narcisse’ award (CHF 10,000 from the City of Neuchâtel). Not to be outdone, the dynamism of Swiss fantasy industry was also rewarded, as Tim Fehlbaum’s ambitious film TIDES wins two major prizes: the award for Best Production Design (CHF 5,000 from the CSEM) and the RTS Audience Award (broadcasting rights purchased by the RTS). The ceremony concluded with the festival’s new General Director Pierre-Yves Walder taking up his new post effective immediately.