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. Under her direction the festival was able to grow in various realms: The programm could be expanded with the Industry Day designed specially for professionals and with multimedia exhibitions. The number of submitted films increased by more than 100%; since 2016 Fantoche communicates in there languages; and the number of entries has risen by some 27%.
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. On a regular basis, she serves as Jury member in festivals, such as the Annecy festival in 2014 („Animation off Limits“), in 2016 in the 3rd Shenzen Independent Animation Biennial, in 2017 in the Festival Anima, The Brussels Animation Film Festival and in 2018 in New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival.