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Country profile: Switzerland

Country profile: Switzerland

27 December 2020

NENT Group’s streaming service Viaplay set to expand into five new markets by 2023

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Sweden

NENT Group’s streaming service Viaplay set to expand into five new markets by 2023

The Nordic platform is due to launch in the UK, Canada, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, aiming to reach 12 million subscribers by the end of 2025  

22 September 2021

Streaming services must now contribute towards the funding of Swiss cinema

Industry / Market - Switzerland

Streaming services must now contribute towards the funding of Swiss cinema

4% of their turnover in Switzerland must be reinvested in Swiss cinema, which stands to benefit from an extra 18 million francs  

20 September 2021

Locarno Pro’s Open Doors Hub and Lab hand out their awards

Locarno 2021 - Locarno Pro

Locarno Pro’s Open Doors Hub and Lab hand out their awards

The established Locarno Pro initiative has wrapped its three-year cycle of focusing on South-East Asia and Mongolia  

11 August 2021

ViacomCBS joins forces with Sky to launch Paramount+ in Europe

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - UK/Ireland/Italy/Germany/Switzerland/Austria

ViacomCBS joins forces with Sky to launch Paramount+ in Europe

The premium streaming service will be available in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Austria in 2022  

10 August 2021

Locarno Pro chooses WYTH as the “virtual square” dedicated to professionals visiting the festival’s 74th edition

Locarno 2021 – Locarno Pro

Locarno Pro chooses WYTH as the “virtual square” dedicated to professionals visiting the festival’s 74th edition

As the Swiss gathering celebrates its return, industry professionals are invited to the WYTH Plaza  

06 August 2021

WYTH expands its partnerships with leading training organisations

Industry / Market - Switzerland

WYTH expands its partnerships with leading training organisations

After EAVE, MIDPOINT Institute and ACE Producers will also rely on the innovative tech platform for their virtual classrooms  

21 June 2021

Switzerland’s Council of States approves the “Netflix tax”

Institutions / Legislation - Switzerland

Switzerland’s Council of States approves the “Netflix tax”

This week, Swiss councillors approved the obligation for online streamers to invest at least 4% of their turnover in the Confederation’s film industry  

09 June 2021

Italian cinemas reopen, France and the UK warm up the engines

Distribution / Releases / Exhibitors - Europe

Italian cinemas reopen, France and the UK warm up the engines

Cinemas in Italy are open from today, but with which films remains uncertain. Many European countries are still in doubt, while France and the UK are looking at 17 May for reopening  

26 April 2021

Projects from the Americas and China dominate Visions du Réel industry awards

Visions du Réel 2021 - VdR-Industry

Projects from the Americas and China dominate Visions du Réel industry awards

The main prize goes to Science Fiction from Argentina, Chinese entry Yoga Village gets two awards; awarded European projects hail from Georgia, France and Serbia  

21 April 2021

Visions du Réel welcomes participants to its digital environment

Visions du Réel 2021 - VdR-Industry

Visions du Réel welcomes participants to its digital environment

The leading Swiss documentary festival will host its industry events within WYTH, which will allow participants to fully interact with each other in an easy-to-use environment  

15 April 2021

VdR-Industry 2021 announces its selected projects, juries and awards

Visions du Réel 2021 – VdR-Industry

VdR-Industry 2021 announces its selected projects, juries and awards

Unspooling 14 to 22 April, the event will welcome 29 projects across three sizeable forums: VdR-Pitching, VdR-Work In Progress and VdR-Rough Cut Lab  

23 March 2021

During the FIFDH Impact Day, it's all about asking the right questions

FIFDH 2021 – FIFDH Industry

During the FIFDH Impact Day, it's all about asking the right questions

The speakers within the industry part of the Geneva International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights explained how to change the world with your film. In short: just do it!  

29 January 2021

FIFDH Impact Day organises a webinar on filming for human rights

FIFDH 2021 – FIFDH Industry

FIFDH Impact Day organises a webinar on filming for human rights

The webinar is being held on 27 January and will focus on how storytellers can strengthen human rights movements, and contribute to achieving a more just and sustainable world  

20 January 2021

FIFDH Impact Day announces its 2021 selection

FIFDH 2021 - FIFDH Industry

FIFDH Impact Day announces its 2021 selection

Half of the 16 selected projects are directed by women, over 30% by male directors, and the rest by teams of male and female directors  

14 December 2020

First Cut Lab expands to Western Europe

First Cut Lab 2020

First Cut Lab expands to Western Europe

The successful workshop for films in their editing phase will run its first editions in Belgium and Switzerland  

12 November 2020

FIFDH Impact Day is accepting new projects

FIFDH 2021 - FIFDH Industry

FIFDH Impact Day is accepting new projects

The special programme on impact strategy for documentaries at any stage of production has opened its call until the end of October  

26 October 2020

The future of festivals could still be bright, according to the Zurich Summit

Zurich 2020 – ZFF Industry

The future of festivals could still be bright, according to the Zurich Summit

During the Zurich Summit, the future of festivals and markets was discussed, with everyone agreeing that this is a period of “limbo” until a new era is ushered in  

02 October 2020

Film production struggles to deal with the pandemic

Zurich 2020 – ZFF Industry

Film production struggles to deal with the pandemic

At the Zurich Summit, the burning issue of film production during the pandemic was discussed by European professionals, who nevertheless also looked to the future  

01 October 2020

The Zurich Summit asks: can local content save the theatrical business?

Zurich 2020 – ZFF Industry

The Zurich Summit asks: can local content save the theatrical business?

During the event, a group of European distributors and film experts discussed the threats that could potentially kill off cinemas, including the pandemic and the streaming services  

01 October 2020

FOCAL’s Audience & Market Strategies wraps in Zurich

Zurich 2020 – ZFF Industry

FOCAL’s Audience & Market Strategies wraps in Zurich

Producer Noah Bohnert was the big winner for Tillo Spreng’s debut feature, Wound, at the end of the programme’s showcase event  

28 September 2020

ZFF Industry welcomes visitors to a brave new world

Zurich 2020 – ZFF Industry

ZFF Industry welcomes visitors to a brave new world

Set to take place in physical form, the industry platform of the Zurich Film Festival will investigate how events can continue to happen successfully during a pandemic  

21 September 2020

SoundTrack_Zurich unveils its programme

Zurich 2020 – ZFF Industry

SoundTrack_Zurich unveils its programme

The specialised conference on film and media music is running for the first time during the Zurich Film Festival, as part of ZFF Industry  

11 September 2020

The Locarno Film Festival reinvents its programme

Locarno 2020

The Locarno Film Festival reinvents its programme

The festival has selected the 20 films (half of them international and the other half Swiss) which will take part in its new The Films After Tomorrow initiative  

25 June 2020

Locarno announces the selections for its Open Doors Hub and Lab

Locarno 2020 – Locarno Pro

Locarno announces the selections for its Open Doors Hub and Lab

A total of 8 projects and 9 producers hailing from Southeast Asia will participate in the specialised platform that is moving online this year  

12 June 2020

REPORT: Pitching du Réel @ Visions du Réel 2020

Visions du Réel 2020 – Visions du Réel Industry

REPORT: Pitching du Réel @ Visions du Réel 2020

We profile the winning European projects from Visions du Réel's Pitching du Réel section  

14 May 2020

Swiss Films presents five new projects at Visions du Réel

Visions du Réel 2020 - Visions du Réel Industry

Swiss Films presents five new projects at Visions du Réel

The Swiss agency presented an exclusive preview of work-in-progress, featuring titles by Felipe Monroy, Laura Elena Cordero, Marion Neumann, Valerie Blankenbyl and Rolando Colla  

08 May 2020

Visions du Réel discusses the film industry during these times of Covid-19

Visions du Réel 2020 - Visions du Réel Industry

Visions du Réel discusses the film industry during these times of Covid-19

Online markets, new resources for development and co-productions and the question of how to ensure continuity and cash flows for European producers all formed the basis of discussions in Nyon  

05 May 2020

Visions du Réel announces its industry award winners

Visions du Réel 2020 – Visions du Réel Industry/Awards

Visions du Réel announces its industry award winners

14 projects from four continents received prizes in Pitching du Réel, Rough Cut Lab and Docs in Progress, and three shorts in the Opening Scenes section were awarded by IDFA, Tënk and Slon  

04 May 2020

Switzerland sets aside 280 million francs for culture

Industry / Market - Switzerland

Switzerland sets aside 280 million francs for culture

The Federal Council has made public its support measures for culture and some special measures for the film industry  

16 April 2020

Jean-Luc Godard talks language, information, virus and semantics on Instagram Live

Industry / Market - Switzerland/France

Jean-Luc Godard talks language, information, virus and semantics on Instagram Live

Lionel Baier, of ECAL University of Art and Design in Lausanne, talked to the legendary director for more than 90 minutes  

10 April 2020

Visions du Réel announces its online industry programme

Visions du Réel 2020 – Visions du Réel Industry

Visions du Réel announces its online industry programme

The festival's industry section, which will unspool from 25-30 April, includes 15 projects in Pitching du Réel, nine in Docs in Progress and four in the Rough Cut Lab  

02 April 2020

San Sebastián and Zurich to host a market during their upcoming editions

San Sebastián 2020/Zurich 2020

San Sebastián and Zurich to host a market during their upcoming editions

Both festivals have announced plans to create joint industry events that will include films originally selected for the cancelled editions of SXSW and Tribeca  

31 March 2020

Valentina Merli replaces Nadia Dresti as head of Locarno Pro

Locarno 2020 – Locarno Pro

Valentina Merli replaces Nadia Dresti as head of Locarno Pro

Dresti, who originally founded Locarno Film Festival’s industry section and also served as deputy artistic director, will remain with the festival as international advisor  

14 January 2020

Full Circle Lab Upper Rhine reveals its selection

Industry / Market - France/Germany/Switzerland

Full Circle Lab Upper Rhine reveals its selection

The new feature-film development programme has selected six feature-length projects that are closely related to the Upper Rhine area and the neighbouring regions  

02 December 2019

The Locarno Pro team sums up this year’s edition

Locarno 2019 – Locarno Pro

The Locarno Pro team sums up this year’s edition

Project managers of each section of Locarno Pro, the industry side of the Locarno Film Festival, gave us their verdict on the 2019 edition  

20 August 2019

Locarno Pro’s Open Doors Hub and Lab hand out their awards

Locarno 2019 - Locarno Pro

Locarno Pro’s Open Doors Hub and Lab hand out their awards

The established Locarno Pro initiative commenced its three-year cycle of focus on South-East Asia and Mongolia  

14 August 2019

REPORT: Alliance for Development, Locarno Pro 2019

Locarno 2019 - Locarno Pro

REPORT: Alliance for Development, Locarno Pro 2019

Seven projects from Switzerland, Italy and Germany attended the Locarno Pro initiative focused on strengthening partnerships between film funds in neighbouring countries  

14 August 2019

Celts wins the main award at Locarno Pro’s First Look

Locarno 2019 – Locarno Pro

Celts wins the main award at Locarno Pro’s First Look

Documentaries Telenovela Greyscale in Color and Resisting Landscapes were also awarded at the work-in-progress section that this year was dedicated to Serbian cinema  

12 August 2019

Locarno Pro unveils a full programme

Locarno 2019 – Locarno Pro

Locarno Pro unveils a full programme

Locarno’s industry section continues its expansion with another new initiative and more international professionals investing in arthouse cinema  

05 August 2019

A focus on Switzerland by Europa Distribution

Distribution - Switzerland

A focus on Switzerland by Europa Distribution

The European distributors network sheds some light on the situation of independent film distribution in the country  

27 June 2019

TV programmes and the web now covered by the Swiss/Wallonia-Brussels co-production agreements

Institutions – Belgium/Switzerland

TV programmes and the web now covered by the Swiss/Wallonia-Brussels co-production agreements

The co-production agreement between the Wallonia-Brussels Federation and Switzerland has been extended to encompass TV programmes and those intended for online release  

09 May 2019

REPORT: Pitching du Réel 2019

Visions du Réel 2019 – Visions du Réel Industry

REPORT: Pitching du Réel 2019

We take a close look at the projects that won awards in the main section of Visions du Réel's industry segment  

17 April 2019

Pornomelancholia and The Flats (Once We Were Terrorists) win big at Pitching du Réel

Visions du Réel 2019 – Visions du Réel Industry

Pornomelancholia and The Flats (Once We Were Terrorists) win big at Pitching du Réel

The Argentinian and French projects have won two prizes apiece; the industry events also included Switzerland Meets Quebec and Doc & Art  

15 April 2019

Visions du Réel reveals Docs in Progress, Rough Cut Lab and Opening Scenes Lab award winners

Visions du Réel 2019 – Visions du Réel Industry

Visions du Réel reveals Docs in Progress, Rough Cut Lab and Opening Scenes Lab award winners

Projects from the USA, Argentina, Morocco, France, Belgium, Switzerland and Germany have been awarded the first round of the Swiss gathering’s industry prizes  

11 April 2019

Visions du Réel Industry ready for its 17th edition

Visions du Réel 2019 – Visions du Réel Industry

Visions du Réel Industry ready for its 17th edition

27 projects will be split into three sections, Pitching du Réel, Docs in Progress and Rough Cut Lab, and will be presented during the Swiss festival, which takes place from 5-13 April  

03 April 2019

A busy year for Swiss cinema at film festivals across the globe

Industry - Switzerland

A busy year for Swiss cinema at film festivals across the globe

A strong presence on the festival circuit and a large number of young, energetic and promising directors have characterised Swiss cinema this year  

21 December 2018

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