Competitive sections


INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM COMPETITION

Contemporary documentary filmmaking through a selection of original and singular feature films. Only world, international or European premieres are eligible.

BURNING LIGHTS COMPETITION

An international competition dedicated to new vocabularies and expressions, to research and to narrative and formal experimentation (medium-length and feature films). Only world, international or European premieres are eligible.

NATIONAL COMPETITION

A competition dedicated to feature and medium-length films (co)produced by Switzerland. Only world, international or European premieres are eligible.

INTERNATIONAL MEDIUM LENGTH AND SHORT FILM COMPETITION

Contemporary documentary filmmaking through a selection of original and singular medium length and short films. Only world, international or European premieres are eligible.

GRAND ANGLE

Feature films that have already wowed audiences at other festivals or that shall mark the coming year. Presented at least as Swiss premieres.

Non-competitive sections


LATITUDES

A non-competitive section (feature films) that aims to reveal a panorama of current documentary practices. Presented at least as Swiss premieres.

OPENING SCENES

A non-competitive section dedicated to first short films or student films, presented as world, international or European premieres. The invited filmmakers present their films as part of the Festival’s official selection and participate in a specially developed programme of industry-related professional activities.

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.

Ateliers

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