A welcoming event from refugees in Geneva

In partnership with the Hospice Général, the FIFDH organizes free screenings, encounters and events in collective accommodation centres that provide housing for migrant people.

Three collective accommodation centres (CHC) that provide housing for migrant people will open their doors to the public (Presinge, Anières, Tattes). The Frank-Thomas Center joins an event at the Community Center of Eaux-Vives and the CHC of Saconnex will also hold an event.

The Festival program will host film screenings, Eritrean, Syrian, Somali and Afghan buffets, as well as discussions among guests of the festival, residents of the centres and the public. These events help to involve these centres in the local life and encourage encounters. Come meet new people!

Transport for the Festival will be organized for migrant people from the surrounding CHCs who do not have film screening sites (Appia, Feuillasse, Praille-Gavard, etc.) as well as for the participants of the reception centre of La Roseraie. A screening is also organized for the unaccompanied minors of the Etoile CHC.

Furthermore, the Festival and the Hospice Général will continue their partnership for the second year running in which residents of the collective accommodation centres are integrated into the FIFDH's volunteer team, order to encourage encounters between volunteers, the public and migrants.


Patients or hospitalized people

As a public space, the hospital can host culture as well as other basic needs. The FIFDH organises free screenings open to all: patients, nursing staff, carers and families, but also to the wider audience.

The Festival organises or has organised screenings and meetings at the Beau Séjour Hospital (HUG), welcoming patients who have suffered serious accidents and need rehabilitation treatments, at the Belle-Idée Psychiatric Hospital (HUG) and at the Otium Center, a support service for people suffering from cancer and their relatives.

Youths in hospital

The FIFDH offers workshops to adolescents in medical institutions that contribute to giving them a safe environment, helping them to regain a desire to learn and to prepare their return to school and social life. The young people form a jury, watch several films from the Festival and award the Artopie Prize, presented at the closing ceremony. This is a process during which the young people debate and meet the directors or protagonists of the films. Medical and educational teams supervise the process.

The FIFDH organises workshops at the Hôpital de jour (HUG), which takes in underage young people aged between 11 and 16 suffering from psychological difficulties but living at home or in a shelter, at the Unité de crise Malatavie, which welcomes young people in a situation of distress after a suicidal crisis, and at the Salève, a hospitalisation unit of the child and adolescent psychiatry department of the HUG.


Persons with disabilities

In association with Regards Neufs (association for access to film culture for the visually or hearing impaired), the FIFDH offers a cinema experience in audiodescription for blind and visually impaired people, and with subtitles for deaf and hard of hearing people, followed by a discussion translated into sign language.

These sessions make the FIFDH accessible to people with a visual or hearing disability and mix the audiences by promoting encounters.


People in prison

Every year since 2015, prisoners have been actively participating to the FIFDH. During screenings organised in La Brenaz, Champ-Dollon and La Clairière prisons, men, women and minors watch several films in the presence of Festival guests. Formed in juries, the groups debate and award a prize for the best film. These film screenings, supervised by the FIFDH, enabled prisoners and prison staff to discover each other in a new light. They have opened an essential window on the world for them.


Migrants and asylum seekers

Since 2016, all the collective accommodation centres (CHC) for migrants in Greater Geneva with space suitable for hosting a screening will receive FIFDH events. For the others, transport is organised to the festival centre or to the nearest commune, in collaboration with associations associated with the Geneva communes. These initiatives enable the reception centres to become actors in their own right in local life, creating links between migrants and the local population around a cultural and convivial event.


Elderly people

The FIFDH collaborates actively with the "Club des aîné-es" of the various Geneva municipalities. Every year, the Festival organises a screening followed by a debate with the Club des aîné-es de Meyrin and offers seniors free admission to several of its sessions.


People in precarious situations

The FIFDH has set up a system of suspended tickets. It allows to offer access to FIFDH sessions to people in precarious situations. More than a hundred tickets are bought by our partners and made available to people in precarious situations through local associations.

The Festival also collaborates with the Centre d'Action Sociales de l'Hospice Général and each year organises a special session dedicated to the beneficiaries of social assistance and the employees of the Hospice Général.