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Don't wait to ask your questions to find the answers: Tous Ecrans director Claudia Durgnat offers you key information on the Festival.

 

 

 








Who is the Tous Ecrans Festival geared at?

All fiction and story fans across the board, be they film, series, video or TV aficionados, gamers, etc. For us, "Tous Ecrans" (All Screens) means everyone, amateurs as much as professionals. Our specialized yet accessible program is compiled by selection committees consisting of three to five experts in each field. This organization is in line with the Festival's multidisciplinary but cohesive approach to audiovisual creation, including its most innovative aspects. I can see an event somewhere between the SXSW Festival and the TED conferences for Geneva, can't you?

The competition itself is divided into five categories: Features, TV and web series, Swiss Shorts, International Shorts (including web productions, previously called "web films") and Interactive Fiction and Documentary. This diversity is also an opportunity for people to discover productions they wouldn't spontaneously have seen outside of the Festival.

Many items on the program are available on the web. What more does the Festival Tous Ecrans have to offer?

Besides screenings, Q&A sessions between industry professionals and the public as well as the festival setting itself, Tous Ecrans is also an opportunity for reflection and debate.
To explore the new ways of telling, producing and distributing stories while ensuring discussion and exchanges with the Festival public, we have organized the Festival into three sections:

  • Screenings: including competing and non-competing films, retrospectives, special guest countries, discoveries, etc.
  •  Events: Q&As between festivalgoers and creators, special evenings and celebrations.
  • The New Wave Forum, to be inaugurated this year. This forum, which focuses on evolving forms and experiences, will offer opportunities for reflection, information, education and discussion.

    These three complementary sections make the Tous Ecrans Festival a unique opportunity for a community to come together based on the practices of all the various screens and an exclusive opportunity to take stock of the changes in these different fields.

 


For its eighteenth year, the Cinéma Tous Ecrans Festival has changed its name to the Tous Ecrans Festival. What changes does this new identity reflect?

When it was created in 1996, Cinéma Tout Ecran Festival strove to highlight the "creative effervescence which blurs the boundaries between cinema and television".
In 2008, in response to new audiovisual technology and the emergence of web fiction, the festival was renamed Cinéma TouS EcranS (screens in the plural). However, with new media emerging every year, in terms of both technique and content, a broader focus was needed. In order to adequately reflect this multidisciplinary reality and avoid the divide between small and big screen, we decided to replace "Cinéma" with "Festival".

This is in line with the Festival's drive to unite all audiovisual works of fiction, without any distinction based on screens. What's more, these will all be shown on the same big screen. Tous Ecrans doesn't just celebrate cinema but film and fiction in the broad sense of the word.  


You have just announced the festival will be free of charge in 2012. Why this turnaround?

This decision - a first for a film festival in Switzerland - is motivated by criteria inherently part of our Festival. In 2010, the Tous Ecrans Festival embarked on a huge restructuring program, following a change in management. This program provided for several modernization strategies, including consolidating our core, reorganizing the competition and extending the festival's reach on a local, domestic and international level. In this regard, making the festival more accessible is a particularly interesting experiment.
The Festival Tous Ecrans also screens many films that are freely available on the web. In order to be more in tune with the reality of new screens practices, we didn't want to charge festivalgoers for content they can access for free elsewhere. This is an essential aspect of contemporary audiovisual creation, which we cannot ignore.

 

The festival focuses extensively on "new screens". Does this technological revolution affect the content of the various creations?

Yes, but we shouldn't forget that this concept has existed since Antiquity: industrial and technological progress has always shifted art, without reducing it, unlike what more conservative critics might think. These new screens - phones, tactile tablets and computers - are very tied to mobility. They enable new trends: now, we watch films in trains and airplanes, over different journey times. Unlike cinema, which has a captive audience, new screens are subjected to users' volatility as other "products" are constantly on offer. The series 24 is but one example of these different "hooks". TV series arose from the democratization of television and its omnipresence in households. Likewise, the Internet has invented interactive multimedia fiction, made web series possible and popularized video clip narrative. Web culture is also based on accessibility and a DIY approach, which encourages new forms of creation and distribution, with high quality results.
These new practices have a huge influence on creative writing and the driving force behind fiction, which the Tous Ecrans International Festival program proves every year. 


Save the date: Tous Ecrans will run from November 2nd to 8th 2012