BDFIL Nouveau talent - Comix competition


Creative Ideas Essay

Location (s):

  • Online
  • Switzerland


Nouveau talent, the comix competition of BDFIL, is dedicated to the promotion of new talent. The competition is open to anyone over the age of 15 who has not yet been published and carries prize money totalling CHF 5’000.- (€ 4’406.- approx*). The theme for the 2019 edition is “Shadow”.


The three winners will be invited to the festival (12 – 16 September 2019). The deadline for entries is Monday, 1 st of July 2019 (date of postmark as proof).

Every project should present a complete story, on one board, with or without text, and be closely connected with the theme of the competition: “Shadow”. This theme may be freely interpreted. Every project should be presented on a format A3 (29.7 X 42 cm maximum) and in the French format (vertical). Projects that contain no narrative or that are presented in a different format will be automatically excluded from the competition. Participants are free to choose the style, form and the materials used for their projects. Any text/dialogue used in the story must be in French, German, English or Italian.

Competition entrants should send their work to the address of BDFIL (BDFIL, Concours Nouveau talent, Place de la Cathédrale 12, 1005 Lausanne - Switzerland) by Monday 1 st of July 2019 at the latest (date of postmark as proof – priority/first class mailing if posted the previous week or on the 1st of July). Sending in a competition project implies acceptance of the present rules. The online form (mentioned on 2.2) must also be completed by Monday 1 st of July 2019.

Each project (original or print) must arrive at BDFIL flat, neither folded nor rolled, and packaged in such a way as to ensure optimum protection. BDFIL will send an e-mail confirmation of reception of projects by Friday 19th July 2019 at the latest to all entrants. Any projects sent from outside Switzerland must contain the information « no commercial value » clearly indicated on the customs form*. It will only be possible to hand in projects at the BDFIL office from Monday to Friday from 14h to 17h, until the 1st of July 2019 (included).

*BDFIL declines all responsibility in the case of withholding or blocking of projects by customs authorities and will not pay any additional costs resulting in erroneous customs.

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The comix competition Nouveau talent BDFIL 2019 is open to anyone over the age of 15 domiciled in Switzerland or abroad and whose work has never been published in the form of an album, regularly in a large-circulation newspaper or magazine, or an expert reviewed online platform (such as for instance) or under any editorial license. Participants whose work is being published on the 1st of July 2019 will be disqualified. Each participant may enter one project only. As the competition aims to encourage and recompense complete artists, collective entries will not be accepted. Winners of previous competitions, with the exception of ‘special mentions’, are not allowed to re-enter.


Deadline: July 01, 2019

Program Starts: September 12, 2019

Program Ends: September 16, 2019

Cost/funding for participants:

Three BDFIL prizes:

  • 1st prize CHF 2,000.- (approx. € 1,760*)
  • 2nd prize CHF 1,500. - (approx. € 1,320*)
  • 3rd prize CHF 1,000. - (approx. € 880*)
  • A special prize, worth CHF 500.- (approx. € 440.- *) will be awarded by visitors to the exhibition during the festival
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