Fantoche International Animation Film Festival

Fantoche International Animation Film Festival

Sep 06, 2022Sep 11, 2022
Bruggerstrasse 37 and other locations,
Various prices

Fantoche International Animation Film Festival is an annual celebration of the dynamic and adventurous world that is animation. The broad and multi-faceted programme presents feature films, compilations of animated shorts from all over the world, premieres, talks, exhibitions, workshops, masterclasses and networking events.

Exploring the boundless possibilities of animation

Fantoche was established in 1995 and described itself as a “new arrival in the Swiss festival landscape, a sapling in the shadow of Zurich’s cultural hothouse.” Its founders were inspired by a sense of idealism and the boundless possibilities of animation.

It’s equally a forum for the general public to enjoy excellence and creativity in animation as well as a meeting point for film industry professionals and animator to share ideas, network and grow professionally.

A multi-faceted festival focused on animation

The festival is characterised by its variety and broad scope. Attendees can expect to find the following:

  • international and national short film competitions
  • carefully curated animated feature films
  • a programme of innovative computer games
  • in-depth insights into the medium of animation and games
  • a multifaceted programme for children and young people
  • lectures
  • panel discussions
  • presentations 
  • exhibitions

Prolific animation films from around the world

The festival has something for every taste, from design lovers to fans of pop and visual culture. A special international competition for animated films presents some of the best animations from all over the world, divided into several categories. Last year the festival received over 1.800 entries from 80 countries.

This year, Fantoche International Animation Film Festival zones in on the introspective side of animation, taking a look at the inner mind. For exact film timetables and locations, check out the Fantoche International Animation Film Festival time schedule.

Getting to Fantoche

Fantoche is based in Baden, the spa resort town near Zurich. The main festival hub is located at Bruggerstrasse 37.

It’s easy to get to whether you’re driving or arriving by public transport. Visitors can take bus 6 or 7 and get off at the Gartenstrasse bus stop. By train, it’s only 15 minutes from Zurich and there are also good train connections from other Swiss cities such as Basel, Bern and Lucerne.

Other festival locations include

  • Druckereiraum
  • Cinema Trafo
  • Trafohalle
  • Kunstraum Baden
  • Royal Baden
  • Galerie DoK
  • Cinema Sterk
  • Bahnhofplatz: Reformierte Kirche
  • Cinema Orient
  • Galerie im Gluri Suter Huus
  • Bagno Popolare
  • Club house 2woi

Book your tickets to Fantoche International Animation Film Festival 

Festival passes are available online. Single film tickets are available from three weeks before the festival begins. Book your tickets and passes on the Fantoche International Animation Film Festival website. It costs 17 Swiss francs for a single film ticket; 58 Swiss francs for a multipass and 170 Swiss francs for an unlimited pass.  Access to exhibitions is free.

Thumb photo: © Fantoche / Johanna Encrantz