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Swiss films in competition in Seattle
Manuel von Stürler’s film “Hiver nomade,” considered as the documentary film discovery in the Berlinale Forum, will be one of the twelve films screened in the Documentary Competition at the 38th Seattle International Film Festivals (May 17-June 10, 2012).
Swiss presence in Cannes 2012, with films by Nicolas Wadimoff and Basil da Cunha in the Directors’ Fortnight
Nicolas Wadimoff’s fiction film “Opération Libertad” (production: Dschoint Ventschr, Zurich, and Akka Films, Geneva) as well as the 30-minute short film “Os vivos tambem choram” (“Les vivants pleurent aussi”) by Basil Da Cunha, a Swiss-Portuguese coproduction of Box Productions in Vaud, will be screened in the 44th Directors’ Fortnight section.
Swiss documentary wins European CIVIS TV Prize
The Swiss documentary film “Unser Garten Eden” was honoured with the prestigious CIVIS Media Prize for integration and cultural diversity on May 9.
“Messies …” and “Balkan Melodie” in competition in Warsaw
The Swiss documentary film “Messies, ein schönes Chaos” in the running is with 15 works for the Millennium Award, endowed with EUR 8,000, at the 9th Planete Doc Film Festival in Warsaw (May 11-20, 2012).
International distribution of six Swiss films is granted
The cinema releases for three fiction films – “Sister” by Ursula Meier in Belgium and Luxemburg, “Hell” by Tim Fehlbaum in Poland and “Stationspiraten” by Michael Schaerer in Germany – as well as for three documentary films – “Die Kinder vom Napf” by Alice Schmid in Germany, “The Substance – Albert Hofmanns’s LSD” by Martin Witz in the Netherlands and in Germany and “Vol spécial” in France – will be subsidised with a total of CHF 73,500.
Audience Award for “Retour à Mandima” at film festival in Lisbon
Robert-Jan Lacombe’s 40-minute documentary film “Retour à Mandima” won the Audience Award for Best Short Film, endowed with EUR 1,000, at the 9th IndieLisboa Independent Film Festival (April 26-May 6, 2012).
Film by Elodie Pong wins award in Oberhausen
The 4-minute film “Ersatz” by Swiss artist Elodie Pong was honoured with the Zonta Prize, endowed with EUR 1,000, at the 58th International Short Film Festival in Oberhausen (April 26-May 1, 2012).
Dindo retrospective in Madrid
The 9th International Documentary Film Festival in Madrid will honour the Swiss cineaste Richard Dindo with a retrospective.
“Vol spécial” and “Messies …” in competition in Munich
The 27th Munich International Documentary Film Festival will present an impressive selection of Helvetic filmmaking with two Swiss films in competition and four further productions in other festival sections (May 2-9, 2012).
Emerging filmmakers from Romandy at IndieLisboa Festival
The 9th IndieLisboa International Independent Film Festival in Lisbon will showcase the emerging generation of filmmakers from the Romandy (April 26-May 6, 2012).
Award for “The Wicked Uncle” (Der böse Onkel) in Rome
Urs Odermatt’s fiction film “The Wicked Uncle” was honoured with the New Vision Award at the 11th Rome Independent Film Festival RIFF (April 12-20, 2012).
Ursula Meier’s “Sister” on the road to success at home and abroad
Ursula Meier is one of this year’s discoveries in European auteur cinema.
Swiss political film at Beijing’s new film festival
The Swiss documentary film “Bottled Life – Nestlés Geschäfte mit dem Wasser” by Urs Schnell will be screened at the 2nd Beijing International Film Festival (April 23-28, 2012).
Swiss films in San Francisco
“Abrir puertas y ventanas,” the fiction film debut by the Swiss-Argentine director Milagros Mumenthaler, and “Hiver nomade,” the documentary film debut by Manuel von Stürler from French-speaking Switzerland, are in the running for awards at the 55th San Francisco International Film Festival (April 19-May 3, 2012).
Two awards for “Vol spécial” in the USA
The Swiss documentary film “Vol spécial” was honoured with two major awards at the Full Frame Festival in Durham, North Carolina (April 12-15, 2012).
Swiss films screened in the Azores
Three Swiss film productions will be screened in competition at the 1st edition of the Panazorean Film Festival, which is held on the main island in the Portuguese Azores (April 14-21, 2012).
“Summer Games,” “Sennentuntschi” and “Corpo celeste” in Minnesota (USA)
The Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival (April 12 - Mai 3, 2012), which attracts its festival audience with the theme of “Love, Film,” will screen the fiction film “Summer Games” in competition.
Fernand Melgar retrospective at BAFICI in Buenos Aires
The Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente (BAFICI), one of the leading festivals in Latin America, is devoting one of its retrospectives to the Swiss filmmaker Fernand Melgar.
Awards for Swiss films at three European festivals
The short film “Dürä..!” by Quinn Reimann and Rolf Lang won the 1st Prize, endowed with EUR 2,300, at the 22nd Short Film Festival in Cergy-Pontoise, France (March 30 - April 1, 2012). The animation film “Baka!!” by Immanuel Wagner.
Awards for Swiss documentary film and short films in Italy and Portugal
The documentary film “Rouge parole” by Tunisian director Elyes Baccar, a coproduction between Tunisia, Qatar and Switzerland (producer: Akka Films, Geneva) was honoured with the award for Best Documentary Film.
Six nominations for "Hell" at German Film Awards
The German-Swiss coproduction "Hell" by Basel director Tim Fehlbaum is a favourite at the German Film Awards 2012 together with Christian Petzold’s film "Barbara".
Swiss documentaries: releases and presentation at festivals in France
The film "Vol spécial" by Fernand Melgar, awarded the «Quartz 2012» for Best Documentary last Saturday, will be released in France on March, 28th – together with "La Forteresse", Melgar’s previous film, which also deals with asylum practices and deportation procedures in Switzerland.
Three Swiss films at the Hong Kong film festival
The film "Sister" by Ursula Meier, which won a Silver Bear in Berlin, is one of three Swiss films to be shown at the 36th Hong Kong International Film Festival (21 March to 5 April 2012).
Winners of the Swiss Film Prize «Quartz 2012»
The Swiss Film Prize «Quartz» was awarded in the KKL Luzern on March 17, 2012. The gala event marked the 15th edition of the prize, with awards in nine categories presented to films and outstanding achievements in film. The Italian speaking fiction film “Summer Games” garnered three awards and was thus the evening’s victorious film.
Four Swiss film portraits at FIFA in Montreal
The artist portrait “Tinguely” by Thomas Thümena will be screened in competition at the 30th International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA) in Montreal (March 15-25, 2012).