Years running: 19 (since 2003)

International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights

International Film Festival.


The FIFDH is the leading international event dedicated to film and human rights. For the past 15 years, the festival has taken place in the heart of Geneva, the human rights capital, parallel to the annual main session of the UN Human Rights Council in March.

The approach of the Festival is both artistic and thematic. It aims to promote and defend human rights, inform, debate and denounce violations of human dignity in bringing together filmmakers and human rights defenders.


Creative Documentary Competition

  • Grand Prize of Geneva, for the best Documentaire de Création (DC) - Offered by the State of Geneva and City of Geneva (10’000 CHF) - Awarded by the International documentary Jury
  • Prize Gilda Viera de Mello, as a tribute to his son Sergio Viera de Mello - Offered by the Barbara Hendricks Foundation for Peace and Reconciliation (5’000 CHF) - Awarded by the International documentary Jury
  • Youth Jury Award - Offered by the Eduki Foundation (500 Chf )- Awared by the youth jury

Fiction and Human Rights Competition

  • Grand Prize Fiction and Human Right -Offered by the Hélene and Victor Barbour Fondation (10’000 CHF) - Awarded by the International Fiction Jury
  • Youth Jury Award - Offered by the International Peace Brigades (500 CHF) - Awarded by the youth jury

Grand Reportage Competition

  • Grand Reportage Award - Offered by the World Organisation Against Torture (5'000 Chf)-Awarded by the World Organization Against Torture Jury to a filmmaker whose film shows their commitment in favor of human rights.


  • The selection is prioritarily based on 2020-2021 productions.
  • Documentaries and features with a minimal length of 50 minutes can be presented to the board of selection for the official competition.

Subtitle language: French and/or English. 

Selection media type: DVD or a link of the film.

Screening format: DCP, HD digital files.

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

FIFDH is organized by the Festival Foundation, with the principal support of the Swiss Federal Government, the State of Geneva, the City of Geneva, as well as other institutions, associations, organizations and the Festival patrons.




Official Website



Maison des Arts du Grüt
16 Général Dufour CP 5251
Geneva 11

Phone: +41 (0)22 809 69 00

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Deadline
    November 30, 2020
  • Event Dates
    5 — 14 March 2021
Categories & Fees

Fiction film with a minimal length of 50 minutes.

  • Deadline — free

Documentary film with a minimal length of 50 minutes.

  • Deadline — free

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