Fantoche, the international animation film festival, took place from 5 to 10 September 2017 in Baden. Fantoche is one of the world's leading festivals for animated films and is Switzerland’s largest and most prestigious cultural event devoted exclusively to animation in all its many thematic and technical facets. What once started life 22 years ago as a small, yet promising project, is now a crowd-puller and a meeting place for industry professionals from Switzerland and the rest of the world. The event also sees school classes, families and youths converging upon Baden’s cinemas every September.
81 animated short films in the categories "International Competition", "Swiss Competition" and "Competition for Children's Films" have competed for the favor of the jury and the audience from 6 September 2017 onwards. The selection team gave some extra hours – Fantoche received 700 animation films more than last year! The 2094 submissions from 102 countries, of which 67 films from Switzerland, break all records. Most submissions come from France, Great Britain and the USA, but Iran was strongly represented this year with 119 submissions. Even from Guatemala, Iraq, Lebanon, Macao, Syria, Bangladesh and Kazakhstan, animation films have arrived. In the category “audience award for the best international animation film”, donated by the Julius Baer Foundation, the winning project was “Negative Space” by Ru Kuwahata and Max Porter.
Thomas R. Meier, President of the Julius Baer Foundation, explains: “Our foundation has a long tradition of donating awards to outstanding and innovative projects in the area culture. Next to Fantoche, this includes Prix Visarte and P3-Photomuesum Winterthur. Besides its cultural commitments, the Julius Baer Foundation concentrates its activities on the three core areas vocational training, recycling plus and wealth inequality.”