The latest news of the Festival:

Unfortunately, due to quarantine, it was decided to hold the Festival online.

On the first day of screenings (May 25), on our site -, will appear a tab - "Screenings", on which you can go and watch any submitted film.
The judges of this season will be all viewers who can give an appropriate rating, as well as leave a comment to share impressions of the film.

To determine the winners, 3 factors will be taken into account:
1) Number of voters
2) Overall rating
3) Comments

All awards and prizes remain the same.

Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time. For our part, we will do our best to make this event grandiose.


No matter if you have never made a movie before, but have a burning wish to do so, or you have already made hundreds, this is the Festival for you.

What sort of movies you make, whether you create complex dramas set in medieval times, prefer fast-paced action thrillers or make nothing but western shaky-cam romantic comedies, we want to hear your story and see your vision!

Your submission can be new or old, long or short, everything we require is that you are proud of what you made!

Our website:

Opening Date - July 4, 2019
Notification Date - May 18, 2020
Event Date - May 25 - 29, 2020

Festival Program:
25.05.2020 - The opening of the Festival and Short Film screenings
26.05.2020 - Foreign Film screenings
27.05.2020 - Drama and Experimental Film screenings
28.05.2020 - Documentary Film screenings
28.05.2020 - Animation Film and Music Video screenings
29.05.2020 - Award Winners of the Festival

Attention: Please, note that the category "Films about Swiss culture" is outside the program of the Festival.
This category is free, so our experts will be the judges. And since the Festival this year due to quarantine will be held in an online format, we decided to allow all projects of this category to participate.

The list of winners in this category will be published on our website - ( on May 29.

Look forward to seeing You at this Grand event.

Awards are given in the following categories:

- Best Short Film
- Best Foreign Film
- Best Drama Film
- Best Documentary Film
- Best Animation Film
- Best Experimental Film
- Best Music Video

Screenplay Award categories:
Best Screenplay

There aren't many rules to follow when participating at Switzerland International Film Festival, but the few we have are really important:

☆ The movie must be one of the following genres:

- Short Film
- Foreign Film
- Drama Film
- Documentary Film
- Animation Film
- Experimental Film
- Music Video

☆ All non-English films (or other forms of media) must have English subtitles.
☆ All screenplays must be in English.
☆ The film production could be from any year.
☆ Any decisions made by the judges and/or competition administrators must be considered final and cannot be disputed.
☆ If your film is selected for screening, you will be asked to send us all the necessary materials.
☆ All entrants will be notified of acceptance by E-mail. Make sure your email address is valid.
☆ By submitting your work to the Switzerland International Film Festival you represent that you have read and agree to all rules, terms and conditions.

Overall Rating
  • fabien valour

    Switzerland International Film Festival is a wonderfull Festival. i am very honored that my film "GROW" have become winners for the best animation film of the SIFF 2020, and i received the very beautiful certificates. Thanks to Festival Director Fuger Daniel and the all team !

    June 2020
  • Sandino Burbano

    We thank the festival for the Best Experimental Film award for BIG BANG, directed by Wilson Burbano and of which I am a producer. Also for the opportunity to meet very interesting films from different countries, which enrich our cinematographic vision. We wish them success and look forward to participating again with new films. A fraternal hug for all the filmmakers and for the members of the festival.

    May 2020
  • SIFF is a great festival with an interesting selection of both short and feature films. The SIFF team is very professional. I am very thankful and honored that our short film "If We Had Tomorrow" received an award from this incredible festival. Congratulations to all winners!

    May 2020
  • Barbara Peikert

    I had a great time at an excellent worldwide online festival and rich networking opportunities with other filmmakers in the period of the Covid 19 pandemic restriction. I feel so honored that my project MI DI WORM Nr.10, a Swiss Premiere, was nominated as the winner in the category "Best Film about Swiss culture". The full SIFF team is wonderfully caring, professional and I am looking forward to the new festival season live at the cinema.

    May 2020
  • Famei Tang

    Switzerland International Film Festival is an awesome Festival. I was honored to my film "Enjoy The Moment" was selected the winner "Best Documentary Film" of the SIFF in the category, and I received the very beautiful certificates. Thanks again to Festival Director Fuger Daniel has very good communication with me. I will be happy continue to participate in future festivals as always.

    May 2020