‘FIFIB', CINEMA IN FULL SWING
Two young women found themselves on the threshold of their journey. Each made a start in their professional life. One dreamed of cultural journalism, only to end up in communications jobs, the other went to drama school and then had seven years of acting and disenchantments before… jobs in communications. When these two met, a desire awoke within them to lead a more adventurous life, feeding off their mutual passion: cinema. The local ‘Kino sessions’ had shown them the way, they knew what to do; they were going to put on a festival. They just needed to find an angle. Through meeting people collaborations sprung up, and the project took shape with a chosen domain: independent cinema, alternative, experimental narratives, productions with budgetary and filming restraints. All of this with one objective: to showcase the greats of tomorrow. Local support followed. The association took the name of ‘Semer le doute’ (“sow doubt”) and created the first Festival international du film indépendant de Bordeaux- or Fifib for those close to the project. The first year was in 2012, with Olivier Assayas as sponsor and Nathalie Baye as head of the jury.
Since then, the festival has passed the 5 year milestone. The quality of its jury and their choices have given the event its credibility, as well as the opening and closing nights. The presence of DJS from the festival village as well as a few stars has added some sparkle to this militant event. The public followed suit, rising from 6500 spectators in the first year to 20,000 in 2016. Film distributors are also starting to hold avant-premières there and court the festival selection. Thus, Fifib has managed the amazing feat of becoming relevant and sought after in just a few years, among the other 500 plus cinema festivals in France.
Festival International du Film de Bordeaux. From 18/10 to 25/10 Utopia and CGR Le Français Cinemas. Village Mably, cour Mably, Bordeaux www.fifib.com