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Country profile: Switzerland

Country profile: Switzerland

27 December 2020

REPORT: First Look @ Locarno Pro 2022

Locarno 2022 - Locarno Pro

REPORT: First Look @ Locarno Pro 2022

We take a closer look at the six German projects in post-production taking part in the industry initiative organised by the Swiss festival  

11 August 2022

REPORT: Open Doors @ Locarno Pro 2022

Locarno 2022 - Locarno Pro

REPORT: Open Doors @ Locarno Pro 2022

A look at the Latin American-European projects Sopor and Bird by Ana Cristina Barragán and Kids Swimming in the Lake by Michael Labarca, currently in development  

11 August 2022

REPORT: Alliance 4 Development @ Locarno Pro 2022

Locarno 2022 - Locarno Pro

REPORT: Alliance 4 Development @ Locarno Pro 2022

We take a closer look at four projects showcased by Locarno Pro’s co-development programme for films from Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland  

10 August 2022

The Valais Film Commission becomes fully operational

Industry / Market - Switzerland

The Valais Film Commission becomes fully operational

Launched at Locarno, the new Swiss body will introduce a cash rebate along with the full implementation of its services  

08 August 2022

Locarno Pro returns with a raft of industry initiatives

Locarno 2022 – Locarno Pro

Locarno Pro returns with a raft of industry initiatives

The Swiss gathering’s industry section will offer myriad events for professionals, providing answers and opportunities for a sector that is “on the upswing and full of energy”  

06 July 2022

Zurich Film Festival launches ZFF Summit Climber talent development programme

Zurich 2022 – ZFF Industry

Zurich Film Festival launches ZFF Summit Climber talent development programme

Eight young industry talents will get the chance to learn from the crème de la crème of Hollywood during this year’s Swiss-based gathering  

15 June 2022

Twenty-five projects selected for the Alentours Forum

Alentours Forum 2022

Twenty-five projects selected for the Alentours Forum

The Rhinish Co-Production Meeting will unspool from 28-30 June in Strasbourg and will showcase French- and German-language projects, encompassing both fiction and documentaries  

03 June 2022

REPORT: VdR-Pitching @ Visions du Réel 2022

Visions du Réel 2022 – VdR-Industry

REPORT: VdR-Pitching @ Visions du Réel 2022

We profile the European projects that won prizes at Visions du Réel's VdR-Pitching event last week  

21 April 2022

Visions du Réel announces its industry awards and impressive attendance record

Visions du Réel 2022 – VdR-Industry/Awards

Visions du Réel announces its industry awards and impressive attendance record

The prizes went to projects from Switzerland, France, Argentina, Belgium, Estonia, South Africa, the USA, Colombia, Brazil, Syria and India  

14 April 2022

VdR-Industry announces the selected projects and the jurys of its new edition

Visions du réel 2022 - VdR-Industry

VdR-Industry announces the selected projects and the jurys of its new edition

The event, which will take place from 10 to 14 April, will welcome in person 27 projects in three different forums: VdR-Pitching, VdR-Work In Progress and VdR-Rough Cut Lab  

17 March 2022

Peace For Nina wins the 2022 FIFDH Impact Days Award

FIFDH 2022 – FIFDH Industry

Peace For Nina wins the 2022 FIFDH Impact Days Award

The film project by Ukrainian director Zhanna Maksymenko-Dovhych has received the €15,000 prize at the hybrid industry event  

10 March 2022

The Alentours Forum – Rhinish Co-Production Meeting launches its call for projects

Alentours Forum 2022

The Alentours Forum – Rhinish Co-Production Meeting launches its call for projects

25 French- and German-language projects in development will be selected for the event unspooling 28th to 30th June in Strasbourg  

25 February 2022

FIFDH Impact Days confirms its programme

FIFDH 2022 – FIFDH Industry

FIFDH Impact Days confirms its programme

The industry programme aims to match professionals who are seeking to enhance the power of their films and make a greater impact with the right global changemakers  

22 February 2022

FIFDH Impact Days organise a webinar on impact filmmaking for human rights

FIFDH 2022 – FIFDH Industry

FIFDH Impact Days organise a webinar on impact filmmaking for human rights

The session is being held on 25 January, and will focus on how storytellers can strengthen human rights movements, and contribute to achieving a more just and sustainable world  

20 January 2022

FIFDH Impact Day announces its 2022 selection

FIFDH 2022 – FIFDH Industry

FIFDH Impact Day announces its 2022 selection

A total of 16 projects hailing from all over the world have been selected, set to be presented in March during the special event held in Geneva  

15 December 2021

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

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