In 2012, Annette Schindler was appointed as the artistic director of Fantoche, in 2013 she became the festival director. She considers the increasing proximity between animation, gaming and media art is a promising departure point for the development of the festival. She presented high profile programming for the festival editions 2012, 2013 and 2014, renewed the programme structure of the festival and expanded it’s network with partners. In 2013 she also introduced a new business organisation which more clearly maps the festivals fields of activity and optimizes resposibilties and communication channels.
Annette Schindler has established her reputation as director, initiator and co-founder of several institutions and festivals, most recently the House of Electronic Arts Basel (2010), the Shift Festival of Electronic Arts (2007–2010), the Digital Art Collection/Store (since 2005) [plugi.in] and Art and New Media Basel (2000–2010). Previously, she was involved with the Swiss Institute in New York (1997–2000) and the Kunsthaus Glarus (1995–1997). As a member of numerous juries, committees and commissions, she became acquainted with Swiss and international filmmakers, artists and designers. In 2010, the Federal Office of Culture honoured Annette Schindler with the Swiss Art Award Prix Meret Oppenheim. In 2014 she was appointed a member of the Juries “Graduation Films” and “Off-Limits Short Films” of the Annecy festival.