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Impressive diversity and creative power

Fantoche's “International Competition” showcases the very best in new, short animated film-making. It is densely packed with contemporary animation and illustrates the impressive diversity and power of the medium. At the same time, the “International Competition” is the very heartbeat of Fantoche.

Films using all kinds of animation techniques may be entered, including combinations of live action and animation, lasting a maximum of forty minutes. Student films, experimental works and commissioned films are all treated equally. The competition is not open to commercial films.

Experimentation and tradition
The main criterion for film selection is innovation. Fantoche's “International Competition” principally offers a forum for animated films which veer away from conventions of the genre in terms of aesthetics, content or technique, which scrutinize them skillfully or which are audacious enough to turn them on their head. It particularly welcomes projects which push the boundaries of expression of animation further, which seek to experiment and which stand apart thanks to their artistic independence.

However, Fantoche is interested, at the same time, in classical, conventional auteur films, and its selection includes animated films which offer a striking, persuasive blend of idea and implementation, and of content and form. They are deliberately juxtaposed with experimental entries. This is because Fantoche is trying to locate the friction that exists between vision and tradition, offering an insight into the creative wealth of animated film-making.

Selection and award concepts
Fantoche has assembled a jury of experts from the areas of film production and training, storytelling and sound design to judge the entries submitted. New members of the selection team are appointed every year. In 2010, 826 films were entered in the “International Competition” of Fantoche from 59 countries. Films which went “in the can” between 31 March 2010 to 31 May 2011 will be eligible for 2011.

The awards concept adopts the selection criteria: it applies equal weighting to student films, experimental entries and established festival films. An international jury of five people awards six prizes worth a total of CHF 26'500. The public also chooses its favorite film, which is the recipient of the CHF 5000 Public Award.

Young talent and established film-makers
Fantoche has refined the profile and the prize categories for its “International Competition” over the years. Its preference for the unconventional, audacious and visionary means that it also offers a prominent platform to young talent and students, in particular. And Fantoche occupies a significant position within the international animated film fraternity by deliberately juxtaposing eccentric, artistic auteur films and outstanding classical works.