Foreign distribution promoted for two Swiss films
The theatrical releases of two Swiss films – the fiction film “That Day” (“1 Journée”) in France and the documentary “bill – the master’s vision” in Germany – will be supported with financial contributions totaling 27’000 Euro (43’000 CHF). In a third round 2008 of funding allocations in September, the committee responsible granted export promotions for these two films to foreign distributors. With this tool, SWISS FILMS – in collaboration with the Swiss Federal Office of Culture – increases the likelihood for the films’ successes abroad.
Since 2007, SWISS FILMS has promoted the export of Swiss films and majority co-productions for theatrical distribution abroad. A total of 300’000 CHF are available to support export projects. Foreign distributors, which bring Swiss films to movie screens, will receive a total of 25’000 Euro (40’000 CHF) per film and per country. Distributors from MEDIA member countries have priority for receiving grants, while the funding cannot be combined with the MEDIA selective support.
Members of the “Utilization and Diversity” committee, presided over by Carola Stern (Cobra Film, Zurich) are: Frank Braun (movie theatre Riff Raff, Zurich), Laurent Dutoit (Agora Films, Genf), and Cyril Thurston (Xenix Film Distribution, Zurich). SWISS FILMS and the Swiss Federal Office of Culture serve in an advisory role. The grants are awarded in four rounds (March, June, September, December).
Zurich, September 29th, 2008
Distribution Support, third round 2008 PDF