In 2011, Annette Schindler was appointed as the artistic director of Fantoche, in 2013 she became the festival director. Under her direction the festival grew in various realms: The programm was expanded with the Industry Day designed specially for professionals and with multimedia exhibitions. The number of submitted films increased by more than 100%; since 2016 Fantoche communicates in there languages; and the number of visitors grew by some 27%.
Annette Schindler has established her reputation as director, initiator and co-founder of several institutions and festivals, such as the House of Electronic Arts Basel (2010), the Shift Festival of Electronic Arts (2007–2010), the Digital Art Collection/Store (2005-2011) [plugi.in] and Art and New Media Basel (2000–2010). Previously, she directed the Swiss Institute in New York (1997–2000) and the Kunsthaus Glarus (1995–1997). In 2010, the Federal Office of Culture honoured Annette Schindler with the Swiss Art Award Prix Meret Oppenheim. On a regular basis, she serves as Jury member in festivals, amongst them the Annecy festival in France (2014), the 3rd Shenzen Independent Animation Biennial in China (2016), the Festival Anima, The Brussels Animation Film Festival in Belgium (2017) and the New Chitose Airport International Animation Festival in Japan (2018).