INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS FOR FEATURE FILMS, TV SERIES AND IMMERSIVE WORKS
Following the cancellation of the Festival, the Reflets d’Or for the best feature film, the best TV series and the best immersive work, each worth 10,000 CHF and donated by Ville de Genève and la République et canton de Genève, have been redistributed equally among the 30 competing titles.
EUROPEAN SCRIPT AWARD
The jury unanimously awarded the European Script Award to We Got This, a series co-written and performed by Schiaffino Musarra. Endowed with 10’000 EUR and awarded by the European Alliance for Television and Culture (EATC), the European Script Award was presented to GIFF for the first time this year. Despite the cancellation of the 26th edition, the jury, composed of Nicolas Dufour (CH), Elena Hazanov (RU-CH) and Raphaël Nieuwjaer (FR), deliberated online to determine the winner of the prize among three pre-selected series : We Got This, Grow, Hide and Seek.
JURY OF THE EUROPEAN SCRIPT AWARD (TV SERIES)
Nicolas Dufour, born in 1971, is a journalist at Le Temps daily newspaper. Since 2005 he has written a weekly column on the topic of TV series, which appears in the newspaper’s weekend cultural supplement and of course online. It is one of the longest-running columns covering TV series in a European general-interest daily. He contributed to the collective work Séries TV, pourquoi on est tous fans (ed. Allan Gorsën, Paris: Editions Edysseus, 2008). He has written several stories on the physical settings of various TV series, including Twin Peaks (Washington State) and Treme (New Orleans), and met with the main creators of various Danish TV series in Copenhagen.
Russia / Switzerland
Director, Producer and Writer
Elena Hazanov is a director, producer and screenwriter. During her graduate studies, she shot her first short films and worked at the same time as an assistant director (Jonas et Lila, à demain by Alain Tanner, Neutre by Xavier Ruiz). In 1999, she directed Salade(s) russe(s), Best Short Film Award at the Festival Cinéma Tout Écran. Her first feature film, Love Express, was released in 2004, followed by La Traductrice (2006) and Sam (2013), the latter of which won the Audience Award at the 43rd São Paulo Mostra and the Best Feature Film Award at the 52nd New York Film Festival. Elena Hazanov also has seven documentaries to her credit, as well as numerous television productions, including the television films Les Caprices de Marianne and the series L’heure du secret, broadcast by RTS.
Raphaël Nieuwjaer is a film critic. He has co-edited the magazine Débordements since it was launched in 2012 and is a regular contributor to a number of publications (Cahiers du Cinéma, Images Documentaires, AOC, etc.). He lectures at university and in organizations focused on visual image education. In 2014, he contributed to the collective work Breaking Bad, Série Blanche (ed. Emmanuel Burdeau, Paris: Les Prairies ordinaires). For the first paper issue of Débordements, he wrote two long articles on David Simon (Tombeaux d’Amérique I and II, on The Wire and Generation Kill, respectively) and coordinated the other articles on Simon’s significant body of work for television. In 2019 he co-edited the collective work Richard Linklater, cinéaste du moment (Paris: Post-éditions & Centre Pompidou).