Competitive sections


INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

Composed of three sections – feature films, medium-length films and short films –, the competition seeks to present the best of contemporary documentary film productions. Only world, international or European premieres are eligible. Priority is given to world premieres.

Regard neuf

A selection of first feature films that focuses on discovering new talents. Only world, international or European premieres are eligible. Priority is given to world premieres.

Helvétiques

A selection of feature and medium-length films that are (co)produced by Switzerland. Only world, international or European premieres are eligible. Priority is given to world premieres.

Premiers pas

A selection of first short films created by film schools. Only world, international or European premieres are eligible. Priority is given to world premieres.

Grand angle

A selection of the best of contemporary world cinema destined for a large audience. This section presents films, at least as Swiss premiere, directed by renown filmmakers and possibly already presented at other international film festivals.

Non-competitive sections


Ateliers

Tributes to renown filmmakers known for their creativity and in-depth research. These consist of retrospectives and masterclasses open to the public.

Maître du réel

Section dedicated to the work of an internationally renown filmmaker, who will be awarded a prize for her/his career. This section includes a retrospective and a masterclass open to the public.

Focus

An overview of contemporary documentary film productions of a Southern or Eastern country, the Focus section is organised together with Visions du Réel's Doc Outlook – International Market (DOCM) and developed in cooperation with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swiss fund visions sud est. It includes a selection of films from the guest country and, in addition, the DOCM organises panel discussions, a pitching of projects from that same country and coproduction meetings.

Doc Alliance selection

A selection of three films amongst the ones nominated by the seven Doc Alliance festival partners.

Special screenings

A selection of cinematographic documentary films presented out of competition.