Isabelle Gattiker, General Director, to leave FIFDH after the 20th edition

She has been appointed General Director of the Cantonal Office for Culture and Sport (OCCS) by the State Council of the Canton of Geneva.

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The 20th edition of the FIFDH is approaching, and with it, the last tour of duty of our General and Artistic Director, Isabelle Gattiker. After eight years at the wheel of the Festival, led with dedication and creativity, Isabelle Gattiker will leave her duties by the end of April, after the FIFDH 2022, to take up her new responsibilities as General Director of the Cantonal Office for Culture and Sport (OCCS) on the 1st May 2022.

« I am leaving to take up an exciting professional challenge, but these years with the FIFDH will always hold a special place in my heart. It is an honour to have contributed to such an important Festival, and I did so with tremendous enthusiasm and passion. The Festival is in good hands, and I would like to thank the Board, my co-directors, our partners and the outstanding teams who have accompanied me every day along the way and made this adventure possible. The future of this unique event in the world can only be exceptional.» - Isabelle Gattiker

Isabelle Gattiker joined the FIFDH in 2013 as deputy director before taking over as director in 2015. Under her leadership, the Festival has grown considerably and developed a vast network of 170 partners in Switzerland and abroad. In eight years, the FIFDH has seen its attendance double; it has organised events in 85 venues in the Geneva region and has toured the world in 60 countries. Thank you for being more numerous each year!

The FIFDH have brought to the Festival personalities such as Ai Weiwei, Edward Snowden, Angelina Jolie and Angela Davis, Gael Garcia Bernal, Forest Whitaker, Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Denis Mukwege, writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Arundathi Roy, Joe Sacco, Roberto Saviano, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya and many others. The Impact Days programme was created to strengthen dialogue and collaboration between filmmakers and activists and to increase the impact of film productions on civil and political society. Under the direction of Isabelle Gattiker, the FIFDH has also greatly expanded its cultural action programmes to address an ever-growing and diverse audience.

Isabelle Gattiker and the Festival team are currently working on the 20th edition of the FIFDH, which will take place from 4 to 13 March 2022, an anniversary edition that will celebrate the commitment of human rights activists and filmmakers. The full programme will be revealed on 15 February, 2022.

«We are proud and grateful for the tremendous work accomplished by Isabelle Gattiker as head of the Festival team. She was able to develop the Festival not only in size and presence but also in depth and legitimacy, transforming it into an international platform for the defence of human rights, yet firmly rooted in Geneva. We regret her departure but look forward to working with her in the interest of Geneva’s culture and its influence.» - Bruno Giussani, President of the FIFDH Foundation Board.

The FIFDH will recruit a new director for its 21st edition, set to take place in March 2023. The call for candidates will be issued shortly. In the meantime, the FIFDH Foundation Board, the Administrative and Financial Director and the Director of Communications will guide the transition.