Competitions & Awards
The core of Fantoche are the competitions for animated short films. Since its first edition in 1995, the international competition has been held. In 2009, the Swiss and the children's film competitions were added. Since 2018, the Swiss Animation Industry Award (SAIA) has also been presented at Fantoche as part of the Industry Day.
In its “International Competition”, Fantoche showcases the best and most interesting new examples of animated short film production worldwide. The competition is a potent mix of contemporary animated film and illustrates the impressive diversity and power of this medium. The “International Competition”, together with the “Swiss Competition”, is the heart of the Fantoche festival.
Fantoche launched the “Swiss Competition” in 2009 to give home-grown animators a chance to gain a prominent footing on an international festival stage. All Swiss film productions entered in the “International Competition” are automatically entered in the “Swiss Competition” too. They can be nominated simultaneously for both competitions.