image: Pina from Wim Wenders
CinemaThe International Competitions for full-length and short feature films at Geneva International Film Festival Tous Ecrans explore cinema in the making, while focusing on the discovery of new narratives and openly looking to delight and surprise, and to open new paths. Another aim of the competitions is to confront genres, outlooks and perspectives.
Moreover, a programme of special events (Highlights Screenings), during which some of the year’s most awaited films are premiered, pays homage to grand international art-house cinema. Furthermore, by its Retrospective programmes, the Festival also honors the cinema of the past, which shines brighter than ever today.
image: The Night Manager from Susanne Bier
TELEVISIONIconoclastic, subversive, and visionary - Geneva International Film Festival Tous Ecrans was one of the first European events to screen the made-for-television works of renowned filmmakers across the world. Its International TV Series competition served to reveal during the years such series as Les Revenants, Top of the Lake, Rectify, Penny Dreadful, Gomorrah or more recently, Deutschland 83, The Refugees, Trapped and Show Me a Hero.
Its bold choices systematically give priority to cutting-edge programmes and creative series, simultaneously highlighting the authors’ essential roles when screenwriting. The Festival launches a new International Music Videos Competition in order to reinforces the strong ties between music and audiovisual arts, already booming with the Nuits blanches programme.
image: The Machine To Be Another from BeAnotherLab
digitalThe Yves and Inez Oltramare Foundation supports this new scene of the Festival.
Since 2008, Geneva International Film Festival Tous Ecrans has explored new participative and interactive forms of screenwriting. This pioneering festival is one of the majors in the world to host an International VR Films Competition. It also presents transmedia works and supports and organizes various digital actions around the year in this field (Hackathon CERN-Tribeca, TEDx Transmedia, Swiss Digital Showcase at Marché du Film in Cannes, VR Bar @LaRotonda at Festival del film Locarno, etc.).
The Festival also pays tribute to web genre via an International Web Series Competition, which audaciously blends fiction with documentary projects. In this way, the Festival contributes to the recognition of web series as a format in itself by restricting its selection to only the best web projects.
The program is supported by the Federal Office of Culture