Country Focus: Switzerland
Six Swiss films get export funding
by Françoise Deriaz
- With support from the Federal Office for Culture, film promotion agency Swiss Films has granted a total of €81,400 for the foreign distribution of six Swiss films.
Sums totalling €25,000 and €12,500, respectively, have been allocated for the German release of Micha Lewinsky’s Will You Marry Us? [+see also:
film profile] (distributed by Schwarzweiss Filmverleih) and Oliver Paulus’ Tandoori Love [+see also:
film profile] (Arsenal Filmverleih).
Lorber Digital has obtained €25,000 for the US release of Ursula Meier’s Home [+see also:
interview: Kacey Motten Klein
interview: Thierry Spicher
interview: Ursula Meier
Meanwhile, €15,000 has been granted for the French launch of the documentaries Letter to Anna [+see also:
film profile] by Eric Bergkraut (Nour Films) and Far from the Villages by Olivier Zuchuat (Hevadis Films).
Finally, Against Gravity has received €3,900 for Polish distribution of Peter Liechti’s The Sound of Insects: Record of a Mummy.
With an annual sum of €270,000, Swiss Films has since 2007 been promoting the export of Swiss films and majority co-productions to boost their theatrical exhibition abroad. A maximum of €25,000 is granted per film and per territory, with preference given to distributors from member countries of the MEDIA programme.