Foreign distribution promoted for three Swiss films
The theatrical releases of three Swiss fiction films – “L’autre moitié” in France, “That Day” (“1 Journée”) in South Korea and “Das Fräulein” in the United States – will be supported with financial contributions totaling 25’000 Euro (40’000 CHF). In a second round 2008 of funding allocations in June, the committee responsible granted export promotions for these three 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, June 13th, 2008
Distribution Support, second round 2008 PDF