Foreign distribution promoted for five Swiss films
The theatrical releases of the Swiss fiction film “Vitus” and the documentary film “Carla’s List” in Japan, along with “Stealth (East)” in France, “A Song For Argyris” in Greece, and “Hippie Masala” in Germany, will be supported with financial contributions totaling 46,180 Euro (76,200 CHF). In a second round of funding allocations in June, the committee responsible granted export promotions for these five films to foreign distributors. With this new 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 other MEDIA contributions.
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 Thursten (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 27, 2007
Distribution Support, second round 2007 PDF