Foreign distribution promoted for four Swiss films
The theatrical releases of the fiction films “Der grosse Kater” by Wolfgang Panzer and “Marcello Marcello” by Denis Rabaglia Germany as well as “Complices” by Frédéric Mermoud in the Czech Republic will be supported with financial contributions totaling 44’000 Euro (64’000 CHF). In addition the release of the documentary “Die Frau mit den 5 Elefanten” by Vadim Jendreyko will be supported with 17’000 Euro (24’500 CHF) for its release in France and Austria. In a first round 2010 of funding allocations in March, the committee responsible granted export promotions for these four 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 (36’500 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 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, July, September, December).
Zurich, April 7th, 2010
Distribution Support, first round 2010 PDF