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7th edition of the Nyon International Festival of Archaeological Films

The seventh edition of the Festival was held from 22 to 26 March 2011 at the Usine à gaz, Nyon

Organization : Roman Museum.
Director : Mr. Christophe Goumand.

The looting of archaeological sites: a problem at the centre of the 2011 Festival

Throughout the year the Roman Museum informs the public about the results of local archaeological research and raises awareness in its visitors of what is at stake in the conservation of the archaeological and historical heritage. The looting of archaeological sites strips the objects discovered of much of their scientific value and the testimony they provide by destroying the stratigraphic context in which they were found.  Illegal operations on sites of archaeological importance are one of the main dangers threatening the archaeological heritage everywhere in the world. This is a problem of which the public at large is barely conscious.

With the support of the Federal Office of Culture, the Festival helps to make the public aware of these threats, not only locally but by expanding the perspective to take in the world’s historical heritage. This is especially important now that Switzerland is making efforts to implement a strict policy to combat the effects of looting, after ratifying the UNESCO Convention of 1970 in 2003.

Awards were made to the best productions by a five-person jury from the worlds both of archaeology and the film. An audience award was also made.

We would like to thank all those who supported the Festival in their different capacities:

Nyon and the Service de la Culture, the Amis des Musées de Nyon, the Federal Office of Culture, the Cercle genevois d’archéologie, the Usine à gaz, the late Mr. P.-A. Bertola and the La Côte newspaper.

The jury


Véronique Dasen, Associate Professor of classical archaeology, University of Fribourg (Switzerland)


Romain Pigeaud, prehistorian, editor Errance publications, Paris (France)

Dominique Delporte, journalist, film-director specialising in archaeology, Tournai (Belgium)

Carole Lazio, media consultant specialising in film and archaeology, New York (United States)

Philippe Clivaz, Secretary-general, Visions du Réel, Nyon (Switzerland)

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From 24 to 28 March 2015, the Roman Museum organized the 9th edition of the Nyon International Festival of Archaeological Films! You can discover the program by clicking here!

This year's edition was different from the others, because of the establishment of a new Association under the name "Festival International du film d'archéologie de Nyon" (F.I.F.A.N.)!

About forty movies were suggested to the public, free of charge, during 5 days and 9 sessions, of which the closing evening during which the prize-winning films were been presented.

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