FIFF 30th edition: a tribute to women   

30th Fribourg International Film Festival, March 11 – 19, 2016

As the FIFF prepares to celebrate its 30th edition, it continues to fight for diversity. Instead of proposing a retrospective of the last 29 festivals, the FIFF will mark this anniversary edition by asserting its trail-blazing legacy and pursuing its defence of those artists and cultures that must fight harder than the rest. The 30th festival pays a global tribute to women. This theme resonates throughout the entire festival programme, giving the public a rare chance to see a wide range of works in which a prominent place is held by women. Without departing from its principles of diversity, the 30th FIFF proposes a journey through the whole of film history from 1896 to 2016 on all continents, from Ida Lupino to African women directors, from Mira Nair to the fighters in the Genre Cinema section: Fiercer than the Male. All in all, the programme encompasses 126 films from 62 countries (a record), more than half of which were directed by women, and a hundred of which tell their stories.

An exceptional edition deserves an equally exceptional Opening Night, which will take place in the presence of Federal Councillor Alain Berset in the main hall of the Théâtre Equilibre on Friday, March 11th. The first part of the programme will present a series of short films by Alice Guy, the very first woman director in the history of film. The second part of the evening will be dedicated to The Kid by Charlie Chaplin, a film dear to one of our 2016 special guests, Geraldine Chaplin. The screening will be accompanied by live music performed by the Fribourg Chamber Orchestra. Music will also resound at the festival’s Closing Night, since the film chosen for the event is Parched, a feminist Bollywood comedy by Leena Yadav. From March 11 - 19, the whole city of Fribourg will take part in the celebrations, hosting no less than four exhibitions dedicated among others to François Truffaut, Kathe Burkhardt or Namsa Leuba.

With thirteen feature films and some twenty shorts, the two FIFF International Competitions continue to showcase some of the year’s finest productions, a majority of which are from Asia, Africa or Latin America. The films are presented in Swiss, European or world premieres, and all of the authors are personally invited to Fribourg.

Since 1998 INTERFILM and SIGNIS are present within an international Ecumenical Jury awarding a film from the official competition of long films. The prize is endowed with CHF 5’000 by Bread for all and  »Fastenopfer», Members of the jury are this year Pierre Buehler (Switzerland), Roland Kauffmann (France), Valérie de Marnhac (France) und Laure Speziali (Switzerland).

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