The IFFI – International Film Festival Innsbruck takes place from 3. – 8.11.2020 for the 29th time and for the first time under the new director Anna Ladinig. The IFFI is the largest film festival in Western Austria and the largest in Austria after the Viennale, Diagonale and Crossing Europe. Both filmmakers and visitors appreciate the open structure and relaxed atmosphere of the festival. During these six festival days, the cinemas of the Leokino/Cinematograph will be filled with current films from the global festival circus as well as film historical gems. This year, films from Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Algeria, Mozambique, Angola, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, Thailand, the Philippines, Austria, etc. will be screened in around 60 programme points. Also this year, numerous film screenings will take place in the presence of the directors. The Leokino and Cinematograph offer the festival with its three halls, the technical equipment and the knowledge that goes with it the optimal conditions. After all, it is one of the last cinemas in Austria where all analogue formats can be screened. Since its foundation in 1992 by long-standing festival director Helmut Groschup, the IFFI has always focused on films and themes that are underrepresented in global cinema networks.
In 1924 the film critic Béla Balázs attested that cinema played the role of a pioneer of world humanism. Since 1924, however, we have seen that cinema can also reproduce stereotypes, widen gaps and harden borders. But Balázs’ idealistic and utopian vision continues to shine through the core of the IFFI. This vision is important – especially in our time. The IFFI, with its goal of making visible themes and regions that are underrepresented in global cinema networks, is a place for entertainment and coming together. But the IFFI is also a place where complex and differentiated representations are contrasted with stereotypical simplifications, a place where we set exchange against hardened borders and a place where we strive for this vision of world humanism on a small scale.
Based on this positioning, the 29th IFFI will once again feature numerous current feature films and documentaries in the three sections. The retrospective is framed by the motto WE [STILL] MUST DISCUSS, WE [STILL] MUST INVENT. It refers to the quote attributed to the anticolonial writer Frantz Fanon, which the directors Octavio Getino and Fernando Solanas chose as the introduction to their manifesto of the Third Cinema “Hacia un tercer cine”. In contrast to the Second Cinema (European auteur film) and the First Cinema (Hollywood), the Third Cinema sees itself as anti-colonial and anti-capitalist and as a vehicle for emancipatory discourses. This movement spread globally like a network. This Third Cinema forms the frame of reference, whereby the insertion of [STILL] spans the arc from this (film) historical reference into the present. It poses questions as to how far these themes are still relevant today, where the limits of this concept are to be found and whether there have been shifts. The [STILL] also refers to the individual images which, strung together, create the cinematic worlds.