Call for entries – Fantoche opens 2016 animation competition and adds three new awards

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From 6 to 11 September, Baden will be playing host for the 14th time to Fantoche – Switzerland’s biggest animation film showcase. For the ‘International Competition’ and the ‘Swiss Competition’, Fantoche is looking for the latest trends in the world of animated film.

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Fantoche will be giving out a total of 14 awards this year – three more than in 2015. Each year the festival welcomes countless film entries from the ever-growing genre of animated film production. 1,370 short films from 73 countries and 76 from Switzerland were entered in 2015.

From 1 March to 31 May 2016, film makers are called upon to submit their animated films, each no longer than 40 minutes, to the competitions.

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© Melanie Vetterli Violet-pale noise - Melanie Vetterli ANIMATION GOES MULTIMEDIA - Fantoche 2015
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Violet-pale noise – Melanie Vetterli ANIMATION GOES MULTIMEDIA – Fantoche 2015

The core focus of Fantoche is, without a doubt, the screening of current animated short films. And to enhance this focus further, Fantoche will be giving out three new awards in this year’s Swiss Competition: the winners of the  New Swiss Talent award, sponsored by Jingle Jungle, and  the Swiss Fantastic award, sponsored by the NIFFF Festival, are both selected by the international jury of experts.

The  Swiss Youth Award is sponsored by the Castellinaria Festival in Bellinzona and is presented by a specially selected multilingual jury of young people from Ticino and the canton of Aargau. These are all very valuable additions to the Swiss competition. To judge the submissions, Fantoche brought in experts in storytelling, sound design, film production and film schools. The composition of the jury changes from year to year.

Festival director Annette Schindler comments: “The huge number of current animated shorts we receive each year is a veritable treasure trove for Fantoche in every way. As a result, the competition programmes are literally one-of-a-kind and never fail to delight our audiences.”

There has been a constant and noticeable rise in film submissions coming from exotic countries like Cuba, Ghana, Palestine, Peru, Costa Rica, India, Israel, and Taiwan. Annette Schindler could not be more pleased: “Thanks to digital uploads, it’s now a lot easier to submit films. Submissions by conventional mail create an obstacle for film makers in many countries.” The online application portal to submit a short animation film is now open at The closing date for registering is 31 May 2016.

More information is available here.