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Zucchini superstar and women’s power at Swiss Film Awards 2017
The internationally acclaimed animation film “My Life as a Zucchini” by Claude Barras was honoured with the Swiss Film Award for Best Fiction Film. The Swiss box-office hit also won the award for Best Film Score (Sophie Hunger) as well as the Special Academy Award. Three trophies were also awarded to Petra Volpe’s fiction film “The Divine Order” about the women’s suffrage movement in Switzerland. Heidi Specogna’s documentary film “Cahier africain” received two awards. These three Swiss film productions predominated the 20th edition of the Swiss Film Awards.
Personal visions: Swiss documentaries in Nyon
Twenty-six Swiss film productions will be screened in various competitions at the 48th Visions du Réel in Nyon (21 to 29 April 2017), four of which will celebrate their world premiere in the International Feature Film Competition: “A Campaign Of Their Own” by Lionel Rupp; “Adieu à l'Afrique” by Pierre-Alain Meier; “La fureur de voir” by Manuel von Stürler; and “Retour au Palais” by Yamina Zoutat. Many of the films are distinct due to the directors’ personal stories.
Two Césars for “Ma vie de Courgette”
“Ma vie de Courgette” (“My Life As a Zucchini”) by Claude Barras was honoured with the César for Best Animated Feature and for Best Book Adaption at the 42nd César Award Ceremony.
Berlinale 2017: “Tiere” screened in the Forum and short films in competition
Greg Zglinski’s fiction film “Tiere” will celebrate its world premiere in the Forum section of the 67th Berlinale (February 9–19, 2017). Laurence Bonvin’s documentary short film “Avant l’envol” will compete in the Berlinale Shorts; the short animation films “In A Nutshell” by Fabio Friedli and “Der kleine Vogel und die Raupe” by Lena von Döhren will be screened in competition in the Generation section. A number of prominent Swiss actors starring in new films will also be screened at the Berlinale.
“My Life As A Zucchini”, “La femme et le TGV” and “I Am Not Your Negro” nominated for the Oscars
Swiss recognition at the Oscars: The Academy of Motion Picture Art and Sciences announced today that “My Life As A Zucchini” and “La femme et le TGV” have been nominated for an Oscar in the categories of Animated Feature Film and Live Action Short Film. Nominated in the category for Documentary Feature is “I Am Not Your Negro”.
2017 kicks off with new vigour: films by emerging directors and short films at international festivals
Films by young Swiss filmmakers and a diverse number of short films will be screened at international film festivals: Saarbrücken, Rotterdam and Clermont-Ferrand at the start of the year
Swiss films on online festival "My French Film Festival"
My French Film Festival - the online French film festival – presents two Swiss coproductions in collaboration with SWISS FILMS: “Moka” by Frédéric Mermoud; and “D’ombres et d’ailes” by Elice Meng and Eleonora Marinoni. The festival programme is simultaneously available on roughly 30 VOD partner platforms around the world, including iTunes in 90 countries.
Swiss filmmaking more successful than ever internationally. An interim review
Swiss filmmaking shines with international successes in the year 2016. Two outstanding productions give rise to an unparalleled success story: “Heidi” by Alain Gsponer and “My Life as a Zucchini” by Claude Barras. Further highlights include excellent documentary films, promising up-and-coming filmmakers and striking short and feature-length animation films. Positive international box-office figures and high-calibre awards attest to this magnificent ascent of Swiss filmmaking.
“My Life as a Zucchini” and two Swiss short films shortlisted for an Oscar
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that Switzerland’s official entry “My Life as a Zucchini” (“Ma vie de Courgette”) has made the shortlist of the 89th Academy Awards in the Foreign Language Film category.
Golden Globe nomination for “My Life as a Zucchini”!
“My Life as a Zucchini” honoured with European Film Award 2016
“My Life as a Zucchini” (“Ma vie de Courgette”) by Claude Barras (Rita Productions, Geneva) was honoured with the European Film Award for Best European Animated Feature Film. The award ceremony was held in Wroclaw, Poland, this year’s European Capital of Culture, on Saturday, December 10, 2016.
Oscars 2017: These Swiss films are in the running
It is looking to be a fantastic year for Swiss films in the race for the 89th Academy Awards.
Swiss documentary and animation films at international festivals this autumn
There is a strong presence of Swiss documentary and animation filmmaking at numerous festivals again this autumn. Many of the films will be screened in competition in Leipzig, Duisburg, Montréal and Amsterdam.
Three Swiss films in the running for the European Film Awards
The European Film Academy has announced all the films in its preliminary selection for the European Film Awards. Two Swiss productions have made the shortlist for the preliminary selection of the “European Oscars”, one is already nominated.
Swiss documentary films on tour in Latin America
In collaboration with the international documentary film festivals in Mexico, Argentina and Chile, SWISS FILMS has launched the “Nuevas voces, otros ámbitos” (new voices, different settings) film programme.
Two Swiss films nominated for the Trophées Francophones du Cinéma
The two Swiss productions – “Keeper” and “La vanité” – have each received two nominations for the Trophées Francophones du Cinéma 2016.
Busan International Film Festival presents four Swiss (co)productions
Filmmakers Milagros Mumenthaler and Tobias Nölle will travel to South Korea to present their films personally to the festival audience.
Swiss coproductions at Toronto International Film Festival
Three Swiss coproductions celebrate their North American or world premieres in various sections of the Toronto International Film Festival TIFF (September 8-18, 2016).
Andreas Bühlmann new at SWISS FILMS
Andreas Bühlmann will join the SWISS FILMS team at the beginning of October 2016.
Swiss films at the Venice Film Festival
Two Swiss productions will celebrate their world premieres in the official competition sections of the 73rd Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica in Venice: the Italian-Swiss documentary film “Spira mirabilis” and the short film “Ruah”.
«Ma vie de Courgette» is Switzerland's entry for the Oscar race
Switzerland sends the animated film “Ma vie de Courgette” (“My Life As A Courgette”) by Claude Barras (Rita Productions, Geneva) into the running for an Oscar nomination as Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards.
Suiza en Lima – Discovering Switzerland
In partnership with the Festival de cine de Lima SWISS FILMS selected nine engaging films, all of them acclaimed international festival hits.
Swiss Films at Festival del film Locarno: “Marija” and “La idea de un lago” in International Competition
Two Swiss film productions will celebrate their world premieres in the international Competition of the 69th Festival del film Locarno (August 3–13, 2016): Michael Koch’s fiction film debut “Marija” as well as “La idea de un lago”, Milagros Mumenthaler’s second feature-length work.
Christoph Daniel new on SWISS FILMS board of trustees
Swiss film producer and distributor Christoph Daniel joins the SWISS FILMS board of trustees, effective immediately
Swiss talents and productions in Karlovy Vary
Four Swiss productions will be screened this year at the 51st Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF) in the Czech Republic. The young film director Julia Furer will participate in the FUTURE FRAMES programme as one of the 10 European next-generation directors with her film “Julian”.