Festival screenings

The Cinema Department organized the first edition of the HEAD CINEMA FESTIVAL, which took place on our Campus and at the Parc Gustave & Leonard Hentsch in the Charmilles district, from Wednesday June 19 to Saturday June 22. Four evenings of outdoor film screenings and two professional days took place.


  • Four evenings of outdoor screenings (June 19-22) featuring previews of workshop films and graduation films from HEAD’s Film Department, which have won over 15 festival awards in the last 12 months.

  • A public masterclass (Wednesday, June 19, 6:00 pm) with American director and cinematographer Kirsten Johnson , on the HEAD Campus (salle Georges Addor). Free admission, limited seating.

  • Two Journées professionnelles de la relève (Wednesday June 19 and Thursday June 20 - detailed program below).

We’ll also be delighted to welcome directors and programmers from major Swiss and international festivals to our Professional Days, including John Canciani from Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, Emilie Bujes from Visions du Réel, Anaïs Emery from GIFF and Juliette Canon from Critics’ Week in Cannes.

You’re all invited! Cinephiles, independent filmmakers, producers, alumni of HEAD and elsewhere, actors and actresses from the next generation of Swiss cinema to discover the talents that are making the cinema of today and tomorrow.


Wednesday, June 19, 2024 

  • 09:30 - Welcome
  • 10:00 - Welcome by Lada Umstätter, Director of HEAD and Anita Hugi, Head of the Film Department

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  • 10:30 - Cinéforom, Stéphane Morey, General Secretary

  • 11:30 am - Featuring! Festivals and the next generation: Visions du Réel, Emilie Bujès, Artistic Director, Semaine de la critique, Juliette Canon, Short Film Officer, Locarno Film Festival, Julia Schubiger, Pardi di domani Selection Committee, GIFF, Anaïs Emery, General and Artistic Director, Int. Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, John Canciani, Artistic Director,

  • 2:45 pm - Aropa, Max Karli, Co-President and Producer (Rita Productions)

  • 3:00 pm - RTS, Fiction, Society and Culture Unit, Celya Larré, cinema editorial producer and Patrick Suhner, cinema editorial producer

  • 15:45 pm - SwissFilms, Sylvain Vaucher, short film consultant

  • 4:00 pm - Coffee and professional meetings with attending festivals and institutions

  • Animatou**, Matilda Tavelli, co-director

  • Everybody’s Perfect**, Sylvie Cachin, director

  • Palestine Festival Filmer c’est exister**, Céline Brun and Catherine Hess, program managers

  • FIFDH** - Laila Alonso, co-director

  • Black Movie** - Julie Dubois, cultural mediation manager

  • Filmar** - Jorge Cadena, programmer

  • 6:00 pm - Public Masterclass with Kirsten Johnson, salle Georges Ador, cinematographer and director, New York

  • 7:15pm - Aperitif in the presence of Lada Umstätter, Director of HEAD - Geneva, on registration.

  • 7:00 pm - Food truck and DJ set

  • 10:00 pm - Outdoor screenings of student films, including Mawtini by Tabarak Allah Abbas (Opening Scenes Award at Visions du Réel 2024 and Art & Humanité Award 2023 ) and Beutset, by Alicia Mendy, Best School Film Award at the Int. Kurzfilmtage Winterthur. 

Thursday, June 20, 2024 

  • 09:30 am - Welcome  
  • 10:00 - Welcome by Anita Hugi, Head of Film Department

Professional meetings

  • 10:30 am - Joined Forces! Becoming a member of an association - to do what?

  • Café des Techniciennes, Christelle Michel, Executive Producer and Director of Box Productions

  • ARF/FDS, Roman Wider, director and Pauline Deutsch, director

  • Fonction Cinéma (professional association for independent cinema), Ivry Braun and Frédérique Lemerre, responsible for events and professional services.

  • FOCAL, Rachel Schmid, Director

  • SWAN, Delphine Lucchetta, President, director, and Lucie Emch, SWAN committee member, GIFF program coordinator.

  • ProShort, Jenna Hasse, director and Bruno Quiblier, Base-Court manager

  • SSFV and FAS Future Audiovisuel Suisse**, Martin Zumbach, Director of Photography

  • Progress, François Wolf, (Downtown Studios sound engineer)

  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - Lunch offered to all participants

  • 2:30 pm - Focus on production and creation - Flavia Zanon, producer Close-up Films, Rhea Plangg, producer Lido Films with Alicia Mendy, alumna and director, Brigitte Hofer, producer Maximage Productions with Marie de Maricourt, alumna and director.

  • 4:00 pm - Focus on the next generation of producers, presented by alumni-ae from the Film Department, Julie Sando, producer and director, JoY, Irene Muñoz Martin, producer, Autre Terre, Jules Carrin, Les Films du Causse, Mateo Ybarra, L’Artifice.

  • 5:30 pm - Closing aperitif

  • 7:00 pm - Food truck

  • 9:45pm - Open-air screenings (in French)
    Free admission

Friday, June 21, 2024 

  • 7pm - Food truck
  • 9:45pm - Open-air projections (in French)
    Free admission

Saturday, June 22, 2024

  • 7pm - Food truck
  • 9:45pm - Outdoor projections (in French)
    Free admission