Known as the “capital of peace” Geneva Switzerland is the third-largest city in the country. It was dubbed this nickname because both the second-largest office of United Nations and headquarters of the Red Cross are located in the city.
Geneva stands in the bay where the Rhone river flows out of Lake Geneva nestled between Alpine peaks and the Jura mountain range. The symbol of the city is “Jeet d’eau”, literally meaning water jet. This fountain is one of the tallest in the world. When it was built the fountain was designed to control and release the excess pressure of a hydraulic plant at la Coulouvrenière. It fast became the symbol of the city. That is the reason its strength was amplified and why it was moved to the center of the lake.
There are many interesting things to do in the city. You could check out the Jeet d’eau, enjoy Lake Geneva, go to a museum or film festival, and explore the old city center.
The CERN headquarters for the European Organization for Nuclear Research is located west of the center of Geneva in the suburb of Meyrin. This is where the world’s largest particle physics laboratory is located in which Higgs boson was discovered in 2012.
The Geneva International Film Festival
Artistic exploration in Geneva can be done during the Geneva Film Festival. Since 1995 it has been exploring the connection that cinema, television, and digital art share. It is important to note that this festival is protecting the role of the author in the artistic process.
This is a place for experimenting in visual art where genres and disciplines blend. The film festival is the place for unique experiences, meeting others and having fun.
The ground-breaking and pioneering Geneva International Film Festival has a very important role as the leading event in Switzerland which is dedicated to audiovisual innovation.
The most popular event during the festival is the VR program. It includes interactive installations, conferences, live performances, movie screenings which together with its VR works make it more than a cinema festival.
The Geneva Digital Market
A part of the film festival is The Geneva Digital Market. It is a professional program focused on new digital trends. It is opened to creators, filmmakers, and distributors in the digital audiovisual field. The Geneva Digital Market has become the place where they reflect, exchange ideas and thoughts and make connections.
The most talented start-ups have the opportunity to meet with professionals. You can get acquainted with the latest trends in the field of digital creation, debate the new audiovisual forms, and learn how to finance them. It offers the opportunity for investment in the best projects of the moment.
In 2019, the Geneva International Film Festival and Virtual Switzerland have decided to collaborate and transform Geneva Digital Market into one of a kind professional platform in Switzerland. The New Digital Talents program has been the opportunity for gifted people to present what they are capable of doing and find partners that will work with them on their projects.
This opportunity has been supported by Engagement Migros, Pro Helvetia, and Media Desk. Coproduction meetings, debates, round-table discussions, and conferences closely examine the changes in the audiovisual field complete the Geneva digital Market.
The International Geneva Film Festival’s commitment to modern creation is reaffirmed throughout the PLUGS program. It promotes digital culture and artistic innovation in Switzerland and abroad. Throughout the entire year, it is connected with its domestic and international partner events and institutions.
Those are: Festival del film Locarno, Montreal’s Festival du Nouveau Cinema, CERN’s GineGlobe, Forum des Images in Paris, Haus der elektronischen Künste in Basel, Hochschule der Künste from Zurich, as well as Beyond Cinema: Swiss Digital Showcase at the Cannes Film Festival co-hosted by the Geneva International Film Festival. Swiss party at Austin’s South by Southwest festival is one more example of its global presence.
The Plugs program provides an opportunity in which the audience can see the most beautiful audiovisuals and experiment with the new modes of digital storytelling. You can experience unimaginable, be more than a silent observer and immerse yourself in art through the means of the VR.
The Geneva International Film Festival includes six competitions and out-of-competition events among which are International TV Series Competition and International VR Films Competition. The series such as 24, The Killing, The Young Pope, Deutschland 83, and many more were revealed by this film festival.
The old town
When you are in Geneva for the film festival, you can enjoy not only the mind-blowing experiences and emotions but also the city itself. The old town of Geneva is the most scenic part of the city. It is located on a hill surrounding the Saint-Pierre Cathedral and the pedestrian square named Place du Bourg-de-Four. Numerous cafes and restaurants invite you in to experience a speck of history through the amazing architecture. Visit the archeological remains beneath the cathedral on your way to the promenade where you can see enchanting views of Bastions park below and the Jura mountain range lurking from afar. It is home to some amazing independent boutiques where you get to see unique fashion.
The Geneva Lake
Lake Geneva is the biggest lake in Central Europe. It offers quite an experience as it showcases natural awe-inspiring beauty. The best way to explore the lake, and the easiest, is by boat. Hop on one at the quay at Geneve-Mt-Blanc and let the magnificent beauty of the Alps do the rest. The lake has influenced the architecture of the city. In the mid 19th century, a promenade was built around the shore of the lake.
Located on the same lake is the town of Montreux. It is nestled in a guarded bay at the foot of the Alps surrounded by vineyards. Its exceptionally mild climate has made it the capital of the Vaud Riviera. Don’t be surprised when you encounter pines, cypresses and palm trees. They are very common. It is the most popular excursion and holiday destination due to numerous opportunities to enjoy the natural beauty.
The Chillion Castle is located at the end of a long lake promenade which connects Vevey and Montreux. Jazz lovers go there for the Montreux Jazz Festival. You should also see terraced vineyards of Lavaux. They have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Geneva International Film Festival is a unique, groundbreaking festival that offers an insight into the world that connects cinema, television and digital art. It is an event where new generations can express themselves in the mode of communication that is familiar to them, through technology. It is a place for the innovators and investors to meet and create the impossible.
The experiences you will get when you visit this film festival will be beyond the limits of your imagination. It protects the role an artist has in the artistic process. The city of Geneva, together with the Lake Geneva, Montreux and the view of the snowy peaks of the Alps will bring on a visual art the way nature imagined it. All in all, you are in for a life-changing visit and tons of experiences when you visit Geneva in November to attend the Geneva International Film Festival.