Moving Ahead

"Cocote" by Nelson Carlo De Los Santos Arias


"Ascent" by Fiona Tan


“Chi” (“Mr. Zhang Believes”) by Qiu Jiongjiong


“Al-Rakib Al-Khaled” (“The Immortal Sergeant”) directed by Ziad Kalthoum


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As a tribute to Jonas Mekas, who recently passed away, Signs of Life changed its name to Moving Ahead, a tribute to his 2000 film As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty

Moving Ahead aims to explore film’s frontier territories, engaging with new forms of narration and innovation in filmic language. Works by both emerging and acknowledged filmmakers will be presented as world or international premieres in evening programs at the Kursaal.


Moving Ahead Award
CHF 5000 to the director

Swatch First Feature Awards

Swatch support the prizes awarded by a jury of international film critics to the two best first feature films, as world or international premieres, selected for all sections of the Festival, except for the independent sections Semaine de la critique and Panorama Suisse:

  • Swatch First Feature Award for the best first film: CHF 15’000 to the director;
  • The Swatch Art Peace Hotel Award: a special mention, with a 3 to 6 month residency in the Shanghai hotel of the same name.
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