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2020 ANIMATION

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NEW SHORTS ALETSCH NEGATIVE BLACK & WHITE C DARWIN’S NOTEBOOK FULESEE LITTLE MISS FATE MEGAMALL MY DEAR LOVER ONLY A CHILD PEEL SALMON MEN SIGNS SWEET NOTHING TENT 113, IDOMÈNI THE EDGE THE LITTLE BIRD AND THE BEES

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FESTIVAL FAVOURITES THE SWALLOWS OF KABUL AVERAGE HAPPINESS DUODROM KIDS SELFIES THE FOX AND THE BIRD THE LAST DAY OF AUTUMN THE LONELY ORBIT WHY SLUGS HAVE NO LEGS ZIBILLA

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SWISS FILMS would like to thank Duscha Kistler, specialist for animation films and curator, for contributing to this selection.

SWISS FILMS TEAM

SYLVAIN VAUCHER Consultant Short Films svaucher@swissfilms.ch T +41 79 542 83 80

MARCEL MÜLLER Consultant Film, VOD, Programmes mmueller@swissfilms.ch T +41 79 787 93 88


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The Aletsch Glacier is the longest and largest glacier of the Alps. According to glaciologists, most glaciers will have disappeared by the end of this century and only bits of Aletsch will remain. Against the unescapable, the film takes us through a captivating visual and sonic experience in which scale, temporality and our perception of the nature of the images we see, are questioned. A sensory journey to the belly of the glacier.

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PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Laurence Bonvin, Switzerland www.laurencebonvin.com NATIONAL PREMIERE: Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur 2019 INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE: Berlinale 2020

SWITZERLAND Anidoc / Expanded cinema, 11 min., 2019 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: Stop Motion, other techniques ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCER: Laurence Bonvin

LAURENCE BONVIN * 1967. Laurence Bonvin received her degree from École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie in Arles, France and teaches photography at École Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne (ECAL) since 2002. Her work has been in numerous national and international exhibits. Her previous film, BEFORE THE FLIGHT (2016), also celebrated its international premiere in Berlinale Shorts, in 2017.


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JESÚS PÉREZ * 1954 in Bolivia. Jesús Pérez works as an illustrator, graphic designer and drawer of comics. Since 2002 he is also a lecturer at the Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU). GERD GOCKELL * 1960 in Germany. Gerd Gockell teaches experimental animation at the HBK in Braunschweig and is a visiting professor at the Kunsthochschule Kassel. For a decade he was Head of Animation at the Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU).

WORLD SALES: SWITZERLAND / GERMANY Magnetfilm GmbH, Berlin Animation, 5 min., 2020 www.magnetfilm.de ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: Drawing on paper, stop motion WORLD PREMIERE: Giffoni Film Festival 2020 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue SCREENPLAY: Gerd Gockell PRODUCTION: Gerd Gockell Filmproduktion, Lucerne / SRF / anigraf UG, Hannover SWISS PRODUCER: Gerd Gockell

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An animated children’s film about tolerance towards strangers. The proverbial “black sheep” is mobbed out of the herd, but only the courageous outsider can save the herd from great disaster.

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In his constant search for closeness, C experiences emotions in all their highs and lows. Even if a familiar phase of togetherness is followed by a rejection of the other person and, accordingly, a sad loneliness, C does not give up. Again and again, new ways are found to find the longed-for closeness and tenderness. And to lose.

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WORLD RIGHTS: Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU) animation@hslu.ch www.hslu.ch/animation

SWITZERLAND Animation, 5 min., 2020 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: Drawing on paper, drawn animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: German PRODUCTION: Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU) / SRF PRODUCER: Jürgen Haas

MARION TÄSCHLER * 1988. Marion Täschler completed an apprenticeship as decoration designer, before enrolling at the Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU). She studied 2D Animation receiving a Bachelor from HSLU in 2020.


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DARWIN’S NOTEBOOK written & directed by Georges Schwizgebel

SWITZERLAND  Animation, 9 min., 2020 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: Drawn animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCTION: Studio GDS, Schwizgebel, Carouge/ RTS PRODUCER: Georges Schwizgebel

WORLD RIGHTS: Studio GDS, Schwizgebel, Carouge www.studio-gds.ch

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GEORGES SCHWIZGEBEL * 1944. Georges Schwizgebel is one of Switzerland’s most acclaimed animation filmmakers. His films have been screened and awarded at numerous renowned international animation film festivals. He attended École des BeauxArts et des Arts Décoratifs, Geneva and founded Studio GDS in 1971. Schwizgebel is known for THE YOUNG GIRL AND THE CLOUDS (2000), RETOUCHES (2008) and for ERLKING (2015) for which he received the Swiss Film Award and other prestigious prizes.

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A free interpretation of an authentic adventure that happened to three Tierra del Fuego natives, kidnapped by a well-meaning captain in 1829 to be educated for three years in London in order to bring home the benefits of Western civilisation. Young Charles Darwin was part of this return trip.


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FULESEE directed by Christina Benz 6

Sunday, Fulesee. Two people go diving in a lake. They understand each other wordlessly, everything seems okay. But the dive leads them not only to fish and into darkness, it also reaches into the depths of their souls. At a depth of thirty metres, fears and stories for which they cannot find any signs in diving language suddenly rise up.

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WORLD RIGHTS: Christina Benz, Zurich www.shiftingsands.ch THE BAND GmbH, Zurich www.theband.cc WORLD PREMIERE: Solothurner Filmtage 2020

SWITZERLAND  Animation, 4 min., 2020 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: Drawing on paper, sand animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Swiss-German SCREENPLAY: Patric Marino PRODUCTION: THE BAND GmbH, Zurich /  SRG SSR PRODUCER: Marco Leisi

CHRISTINA BENZ * 1972. Christina Benz graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins College in London. She received her Master of Arts from the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) in 2010. Focussing on the moving image, Christina Benz’s video projects and installations are shown at international galleries, art fairs and festivals. Her work addresses cultural and social aspects of our times.


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written & directed by Joder von Rotz

SWITZERLAND  Animation, 8 min., 2020 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D Computer animation, drawn animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCTION: YK Animation Studio, Bern /  SRF PRODUCERS: Fela Bellotto, Lukas Pulver

WORLD SALES: Magnetfilm GmbH, Berlin www.magnetfilm.de WORLD PREMIERE: Krakow Film Festival 2020

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JODER VON ROTZ * 1987. After his apprenticeship as a draughtsman in 2007, Joder von Rotz attended the Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU), graduating in 2012 with his first animated short film BIER IM TIER. In 2013 he cofounded the YK Animation Studio. He was part of the production crew for IN A NUTSHELL, COYOTE, LAUGH LINES and THE GERMANS.

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Little Miss Fate lives in a world driven by fate. When the opportunity arises, she slips into the role of the world leader. Unintentionally she creates a monster, which greedily wants to suck up all the love of the world. Overwhelmed by the rapid development, she loses control.


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In a world of escalators, figures pursue their desire to consume in a given rhythm. One of the figures is sucked in at the end of an escalator and finds itself in a quiet, weightless room, where it joins the playing figures. Meanwhile, the escalator world is thrown into confusion by a chips-mad dog. When the dog is also sucked in by an escalator, a power struggle between the two worlds begins.

WORLD RIGHTS: Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU) animation@hslu.ch www.hslu.ch/animation

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SWITZERLAND Animation, 4 min., 2020 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D Computer animation, digital cutout ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCTION: Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU) / SRF PRODUCER: Jürgen Haas

ALINE SCHOCH * 1996. After attending the preparatory course at the Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU), Aline Schoch studied Animation at HSLU, receiving a Bachelor degree in 2020. She is a member of the VJ-collective teichprojektion.


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written & directed by Milva Stutz

SWITZERLAND Animation, 9 min., 2020 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 3D Computer animation, clay animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: English PRODUCER: Milva Stutz

PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Milva Stutz, Zurich www.milvastutz.ch WORLD PREMIERE: Annecy 2020

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MILVA STUTZ * 1985. Milva Stutz is a filmmaker and visual artist based in Zurich. Her work was shown internationally in exhibitions and at film festivals. Her films question the relation between body, intimacy and technology from a queerfeminist perspective. She studied fine arts, art mediation and illustration in Zurich, Lucerne and Edinburgh. She is a lecturer at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) and at the Bern University of the Arts.

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The story of a figure’s yearning for touch and the impos­ sibility of bringing that about. While one hand is trying to get into contact with the surface of an amorphous body, a voice in the off is reading a love letter. The longed for lover might well stand for an imaginary body, upon which insecurities around human/non-human as well as digital/ analogue relationships are played out.


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A visual poem created by over twenty animation directors under the artistic supervision of Simone Giampaolo, which gives shape and colour to the original words spoken by Severn Suzuki at the UN Summit in Rio in 1992, a child’s desperate call to action for the future of our planet. With this omnibus film, through eloquent images and powerful animated allegories, the young animators scream their call through art.

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WORLD RIGHTS: Amka Films Productions SA, Savosa www.amka.ch

SWITZERLAND Anidoc, 6 min., 2020 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: Mixed technique ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: English SCREENPLAY: Simone Giampaolo, Severn Cullis-Suzuki PRODUCTION: Amka Films Productions SA, Savosa / RSI PRODUCERS: Gabriella de Gara Bucciarelli, Tiziana Soudani, Ursula Ulmi

SIMONE GIAMPAOLO * 1989. Swiss-born Simone Giampaolo is a Londonbased director. He graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor in Computer Animation from the National Centre for Computer Animation in Bournemouth. At Blue-Zoo Animation in London Giampaolo worked as animation director and computer graphics artist for renowned clients such as Disney, BBC and Marvel, receiving several awards and recognition. He currently works as director for Aardman Animations and is a storyboard artist and animator.


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written & directed by Samuel Patthey, Silvain Monney

SILVAIN MONNEY * 1993. Silvain Monney studied Animation at the Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU) and graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor in Animation. He since has been working as a freelancer in animation and illustration.

SWITZERLAND  Anidoc, 15 min., 2020 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: Drawing on paper ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCTION: DOK MOBILE, Fribourg / RTS PRODUCERS: Mark Olexa, Francesca Scalisi

WORLD RIGHTS: DOK MOBILE, Fribourg www.dokmobile.ch FESTIVAL DISTRIBUTION: Square Eyes, Nijmegen www.squareeyesfilm.com

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SAMUEL PATTHEY * 1993. Samuel Patthey graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor in Animation from Lucerne School of Art and Design. He works as an illustrator and graphic designer. Among his recent films are TRAVELOGUE TEL AVIV (2017) and PEEL.

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A cracked material looking like bark. Time seems to have stopped around the Villa, when suddenly a silhouette passes. Inside the building we discover weakened bodies, auxiliary nurses and a black cat. Between an episode of “The Young and the Restless” and a yogurt, we watch time go by, slowly, repetitively. Only crucifixes, radios, and puppets, kept as relics in the rooms, appear to resist time. Then all of a sudden, there is a loud crash.


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The salmon want to reproduce. While the salmon men are swimming upstream in a testosterone-driven race, the women at the source of the river indulge themselves in a fertility dance. But the roles aren’t set as clearly as the men expect.

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WORLD RIGHTS: YK Animation Studio, Bern www.yk-animation.ch

SWITZERLAND Animation, 6 min., 2020 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D Computer animation, drawn animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCTION: YK Animation Studio, Bern /  SRF PRODUCER: Lukas Pulver

JOEL HOFMANN * 1990 VERONICA L. MONTAÑO * 1990 MANUELA LEUENBERGER * 1988

The directing trio consisting of Joel Hofmann, Veronica L. Montaño and Manuela Leuenberger all graduated in Animation from the Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU).


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SIGNS written & directed by Dustin Rees

SWITZERLAND  Animation, 11 min., 2020 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D Computer animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCTION: Virage Film, Zurich / SRF PRODUCER: Saskia von Virág

WORLD SALES: Bonobostudio, Zagreb www.bonobostudio.hr

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DUSTIN REES * 1981. Zurich-born Dustin Rees grew up in the UK before returning to Switzerland in 1991. In 2007 he graduated from the Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU). He has directed and produced numerous commissioned trailers, clips and short films, as well as executing his own projects. Additionally he teaches at the HSLU, runs film and animation workshops, and is a film projectionist in various cinemas. His previous films RANSOM (2012), BORDERLINE (2011) and THE BELLRINGER (2007) screened at numerous festivals.

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An electrician follows his nightly routine setting up signs in the city. He goes through life unnoticed and out of touch with the world, until he realises which signs he should be paying attention to.


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Rosa is sunbathing in her garden on a hot summer afternoon, when suddenly the idyllic peace is disturbed by the noise of a lawnmower. The gardener in the neighbouring garden is going about his work, while Rosa is increasingly ecstatic at the sight of his tender touch of the flowers.

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PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU) animation@hslu.ch www.hslu.ch/animation

SWITZERLAND Animation, 4 min., 2020 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D Computer animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCER: Jürgen Haas

MARIE KENOV * 1990. Marie Kenov attended the National Art Academy in Sofia, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 2016. She received her Bachelor in Animation at Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU) in 2020. JOANA FISCHER * 1994. Joana Fischer graduated in Graphic Design from Fachklasse Grafik Luzern in 2015. She received her Bachelor in Animation at Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU) in 2020.


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HENRI MARBACHER * 1993. Henri Marbacher attended the Geneva School of Art & Design (HEAD – Genève) and graduated with a Bachelor degree in Cinema in 2019. He since works on students films. His short animation TENTE 113, IDOMÈNI screened at Visions du Réel’s first online edition.

SWITZERLAND  Anidoc, 18 min., 2020 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D / 3D Computer animation, rotoscope ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: French PRODUCER: Daniel Schweizer

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Agìr, a smiling and discreet 19-year-old, tells the story of his migration. His journey from Syria to Switzerland spans several years, rushes from boats to buses, lingers from shacks to mosques, crosses camps and borders. From this chaotic construction, a fragmented, unequal narrative emerges. Constructed of short capsules, it is this journey that the animated film puts into action through Agìr’s voice-over.

PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Geneva School of Art & Design (HEAD – Genève) cinema.head@hesge.ch head.hesge.ch/cinema WORLD PREMIERE: Visions du Réel Nyon 2020

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A lone truck driver drives his load, a ferris wheel, through a remote desert landscape. Trapped in his fears and habits, he hardly dares to step out of the sheltered driver’s cabin. His pastime of silhouettes accompanies him on his journey through no man’s land and beyond the edge of his universe.

WORLD RIGHTS: Ulmi Film, Lucerne ursula.ulmi@gmx.ch WORLD PREMIERE: Internationales TrickfilmFestival Stuttgart 2020

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SWITZERLAND  Animation, 7 min., 2020 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D/3D Computer animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCTION: Ulmi Film, Lucerne / Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU) / SRF PRODUCERS: Ursula Ulmi, Fred Truniger

ZAIDE KUTAY * 1992. Zaide Kutay is known for her award-winning short THE MARKET OF LOST THINGS (2017), which premiered at Premier Plans Angers. GÉRALDINE CAMMISAR * 1992. Géraldine Cammisar’s award-winning short BEYOND ORANGE (2017) screened at Fantoche, Anima Mundi and Encounters among others. Both received their Bachelor in 2017 and their Master in 2019 in Animation from the Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU).


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written & directed by Lena von Döhren

SWITZERLAND  Animation, 4 min., 2020 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D Computer animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCTION: Schattenkabinett GmbH, Bern / SRF PRODUCERS: Ted Sieger, Gerd Gockell

WORLD SALES: Magnetfilm GmbH, Berlin www.magnetfilm.de WORLD PREMIERE: Berlinale 2020

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LENA VON DÖHREN * 1981 in Germany. Lena von Döhren graduated in 2007 with a BA in Visual Communications from Gerrit Rietveld Akademie in Amsterdam. In 2011 she received her Master in Design from the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU). Her previous animation film, THE LITTLE BIRD AND THE LEAF (2012), was her Master project and also premiered at the Berlinale. The animated film has screened at numerous festivals and been awarded in Sapporo, Hiroshima and La Bourboule.

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High up in the maple tree, the little bird is happy about the buds growing on his tree. Everywhere around him there is a buzzing and humming sound and there is a lot to discover. The little bird curiously follows the funny bees and does not notice that the fiery red fox is on his heels.


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Summer 1998 – Kabul under Taliban rule. Zunaira and Mohsen are young and in love. Despite the daily violence and misery, they hope for a better future. One day, a foolish gesture causes life to take an irrevocable turn.

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FRANCE / LUXEMBOURG /  SWITZERLAND / MONACO Animation, 80 min., 2019 ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: French SCREENPLAY: Sébastien Tavel, Patricia Mortagne, Zabou Breitman PRODUCTION: Les Armateurs, Paris / Mélusine Productions, Contern / Close Up Films, Geneva / ARTE / RTS /  KNM, Monaco WORLD SALES: Celluloid Dreams, Paris www.celluloid-dreams.com FESTIVALS (SELECTION): Cannes 2019 / Annecy 2019 /  Tokyo Anime 2020

LES HIRONDELLES DE KABOUL  directed by Zabou Breitman, Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec

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AVERAGE HAPPINESS written & directed by Maja Gehrig

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SWITZERLAND  Animation, 7 min., 2019 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D Computer animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCTION: Langfilm / Bernard Lang AG, Freienstein / SRF WORLD SALES: Miyu Distribution, Arles www.miyu.fr FESTIVALS (SELECTION): DOK Leipzig 2019 /  Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur 2019 / ClermontFerrand 2020 / Krakow Film Festival 2020 / Annecy 2020

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During a PowerPoint presentation, statistical diagrams are breaking free from the strait-jacket of their coordinates. A trip into the sensual world of statistics begins. Pie charts are melting, arrow diagrams twisting, scatter plots, bar graphs and stock market curves join in a collective climax.


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We all have two sides. But if even the tiniest scare splits someone into a timid skin on the one hand and an overconfident skeleton on the other, that person has a lot of work ahead to bring their characteristics back into harmony again.

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SWITZERLAND  Animation, 9 min., 2019 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D Computer animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCTION: Virage Film, Zurich / SRF WORLD SALES: Bonobostudio, Zagreb www.bonobostudio.hr FESTIVALS (SELECTION): Fantoche 2019 / Animated Film Varna 2019 / Krok Int’l Animated Film Festival 2019 /  Kaohsiung Film Festival 2019  /   Chicago Int’l Children’s Film Festival 2019 / Anima Brussels 2020 / Mecal Barcelona 2020

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SWITZERLAND Animation, 9 min., 2019 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D Computer animation, drawn animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: English SCREENPLAY: Michael Frei, Mario von Rickenbach PRODUCTION: Playables GmbH, Zurich /  SRF / SRG SSR / ARTE WORLD SALES: Interfilm Berlin Sales & Distribution, Berlin www.interfilm.de/vertrieb FESTIVALS (SELECTION): Berlinale 2019 / Tokyo Anime 2020

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An experimental project about group dynamics. How do we define ourselves when we are all equal? The animated short is accompanied by an interactive animation for computer.

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In a veritable firework display of digital self-portraits, hundreds of quaint, embarrassing and dreadfully disturbing selfies were arranged in a unique short film composition. Single photos, artistically reworked, consolidate to form a ghastly grin that outshines the abyss of human existence.

SWITZERLAND Animation, 4 min., 2018 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D Computer animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCTION: Gentinettafilm, Zurich / SRF WORLD SALES: Ouat Media, Toronto www.ouatmedia.com FESTIVALS (SELECTION): Locarno 2018 / Animafest 2019 / Annecy 2019 / Anima Mundi 2019 / Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival 2019 /  PÖFF Shorts 2019 / Go Short Nijmegen 2020 

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SWITZERLAND  Animation, 12 min., 2019 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: Mixed technique ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue SCREENPLAY: Vincent Gessler, Christophe Pagnon PRODUCTION: fvp, Lausanne / RTS / SRG SSR WORLD SALES: Magnetfilm GmbH, Berlin www.magnetfilm.de FESTIVALS (SELECTION): Aspen shortfest 2019 / Annecy 2019 / Fantoche 2019 / FIFF Namur 2019 / Flickerfest 2020 /  Anima Brussels 2020

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THE FOX AND THE BIRD LE RENARD ET L’OISILLE directed by Samuel Guillaume, Frédéric Guillaume

A solitary fox finds itself improvis­ ­ing fatherhood for a freshly hatched baby bird. Two paths cross and a family is formed, until fate reminds each of the life it is meant to lead.


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SWITZERLAND  Animation, 10 min., 2019 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D Computer animation, Drawn animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: English SCREENPLAY: Frederic Siegel PRODUCTION: Team Tumult, Zürich / SRF WORLD SALES: Bonobostudio, Zagreb www.bonobostudio.hr FESTIVALS (SELECTION): NIFFF 2019 / Anima Mundi 2019 / Fantoche 2019 /  Encounters Bristol 2019 /  Solothurner Filmtage 2020 

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Leaving for his dream job, a satellite technician keeps solitude at bay by constantly texting with his old friends. After neglecting his duties a satellite leaves its orbit which causes the world’s network to collapse.

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SWITZERLAND / FRANCE Animation, 7 min., 2019 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D Computer animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCTION: Nadasdy Film Sarl, Geneva /  Les Films du Nord, Roubaix /  RTS WORLD SALES: Interfilm Berlin Sales & Distribution, Berlin www.interfilm.de/vertrieb FESTIVALS (SELECTION): Berlinale 2019 / IndieLisboa 2019 / DOK Leipzig 2019 /  Clermont-Ferrand 2020 /  Anima Brussels 2020

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A group of forest animals secretly collects parts from abandoned bicycles, with the intention of constructing vehicles adapted to their size. They are preparing for a great race. The Last Day of Autumn race.

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LE DERNIER JOUR D’AUTOMNE written & directed by Marjolaine Perreten


WARUM SCHNECKEN KEINE BEINE HABEN written & directed by Aline Höchli

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Slugs have a hard time keeping up with the pace of life in the city of insects. When a financial crisis hits, the industrious bees only see one solution.

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SWITZERLAND Animation, 10 min., 2019 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: Drawn animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCTION: Cinéma Copain, Zurich / SRF WORLD SALES: New Europe Film Sales, Warsaw www.neweuropefilmsales.com FESTIVALS (SELECTION): TIFF 2019 / DOK Leipzig 2019 /  Max Ophüls 2020 / ClermontFerrand 2020 / Anima Brussels 2020 / Oberhausen 2020

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SWITZERLAND / BELGIUM Animation, 26 min., 2019 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D Computer animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: German, French SCREENPLAY: Pierre-Luc Granjon, David Bredel PRODUCTION: Nadasdy Film Sarl, Geneva /  La Boîte,… Productions, Brussels / RTS WORLD RIGHTS: Nadasdy Film Sarl, Geneva www.nadasdyfilm.ch FESTIVALS (SELECTION): Berlinale 2019 / Anim’est 2019 /  Film Court Brest 2019

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directed by Isabelle Favez

Zibilla, a zebra adopted by a family of horses, begins to hate her stripes. When her favourite toy is lost, she impulsively goes looking for it and finds herself at a circus whose main act, a lion, has escaped. The lion’s keeper is so desperate for the show to go on that he dresses up as the lion to perform the act. By helping to find the real lion, Zibilla will also find the confidence to be herself and be accepted by the other children.


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WORLD RIGHTS: Intermezzo Films, Geneva www.intermezzofilms.ch

Animation

RED JUNGLE

JUNGLE ROUGE

directed by Juan José Lozano, Zoltán Horváth

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Raul Reyes, FARC’s number two, died in 2008 under the weight of bombs dropped by the CIA and the Colombian army. In the devastated camp, among the corpses, computers with ten years of correspondence of the man who served as foreign minister of the oldest communist guerrilla in the world. An open door in the heart of the sinking of a revolutionary utopia that in its final hours has become a nightmare.

SWITZERLAND / FRANCE Animation, 85 min. ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D/3D Computer animation, mixed technique, rotoscope ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Spanish SCREENPLAY: Juan José Lozano, Antoine Germa PRODUCTION: Intermezzo Films, Geneva /  Dolce Vita Films, Paris / RTS /  Nadasdy Film Sarl, Geneva /  Tchack, Lille SWISS PRODUCERS: Anne Deluz, Luc Peter, Nicolas Burlet

ZOLTÁN HORVÁTH * 1966. Zoltán Horváth has worked as producer, director, graphic designer and writer. In 2001 he founded Nadasdy Film. His shorts have screened at numerous international film festivals. JUAN JOSÉ LOZANO * 1971 in Colombia. Juan José Lozano worked as director, writer and television producer in Colombia. Since 1998 he works in Geneva. His feature documentary films have screened at several international film festivals.


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FRANCE / SWITZERLAND /  ITALY Anidoc, 80 min. ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: Stop Motion ORIGINAL LANGUAGES: French, Italian SCREENPLAY: Alexis Galmont, Anne Paschetta, Alain Ughetto PRODUCTION: Les Films du Tambour de Soie, Marseille / Vivement Lundi!, Rennes / Foliascope, BourgLes-Valences / Nadasdy Film Sarl, Geneva / Graffiti Doc, Torino SWISS PRODUCER: Nicolas Burlet

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WORLD RIGHTS: Les Films du Tambour de Soie, Marseille www.tamtamsoie.net

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ALAIN UGHETTO Alain Ughetto is a talented director from Marseille who has long made a name for himself on the animated film scene, receiving a César for his short animation film LA BOULE (1984). His clay characters transport the viewer into imaginary worlds, telling stories of often harsh realities. For JASMINE (2013) he was nominated for the European Film Prize, as well as the Feature Film Cristal and the Audience Award at the Annecy Animation Film Festival.

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Luigi Ughetto and his brothers leave behind their village of Ughettera, the land of the Ughetto family in their native Piedmont, to discover “La Merica”, that fabulous land where dollars grow on trees. Instead of America, it is in Provence that Luigi will set down his bundle. His story is that of hundreds of thousands of Italians who left their homeland to settle in France, Switzerland, Belgium and everywhere else.

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directed by Alain Ughetto

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Skin as far as the eye can see. Life blossoms but it is greedy. Another ecosystem is in a sensitive condition. A 99% procedural, 100% cinematic, 100% bodily experience.

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SWITZERLAND  Animation, 3 min. ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: Procedural, 3D computer animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCER: Jurgen Haas PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU) animation@hslu.ch www.hslu.ch/animation

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written & directed by Jonas Bienz

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SWITZERLAND Animation, 15 min. ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: Drawn animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: French CAST: Kacey Mottet Klein, Jean-Claude Dreyfus, Jacques Roman PRODUCTION: Imaginastudio Sàrl, Lausanne /  RTS PRODUCER: Arnaud Gantenbein WORLD RIGHTS: Imaginastudio Sàrl, Lausanne www.imaginastudio.com

LE VIGNERON ET LA MORT written & directed by Victor Jaquier

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DEATH AND THE WINEMAKER

The story of a young winemaker who devoted himself to create the world’s best wine, to win the hand of his beloved Mathilde – the beautiful daughter of his rich neighbour. He created a wine so exquisite, that even Death himself demands to taste it. As he crossed the Alps to Rome, the winemaker learns the devastating truth about Mathilde’s fate; to save her he captures Death in a barrel, believing to have tricked him.


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SWITZERLAND / USA Animation, 10 min. ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D Computer animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Papuan-Australian CAST: David Miad, Walter Ulmi PRODUCTION: Ulmi Film, Lucerne / SRF /  Pacific Islanders in Communications, Honolulu SWISS PRODUCER: Ursula Ulmi WORLD RIGHTS: Ulmi Film, Lucerne ursula.ulmi@gmx.ch

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A story about how reef fish got their beautiful colours. Long ago the fish transformed into humans and came onto land to celebrate and dance. Once the sun set, they hurried back into the sea, leaving behind a big mess. Curious as to who occupied the village in their absence, the villagers of one island plan to find out who these uninvited visitors were. What they would soon discover, leaves them astounded and mesmerized.

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written & directed by Ursula Ulmi

IN NATURE

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SWITZERLAND  Animation, 5 min. ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D Computer animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: French, Italian SCREENPLAY: Marcel Barelli, Fleur Daugey PRODUCTION: Nadasdy Film Sarl, Geneva /  RTS PRODUCTION: Nadasdy Film Sarl, Geneva /  RTS PRODUCER: Nicolas Burlet WORLD RIGHTS: Nadasdy Film Sarl, Geneva www.nadasdyfilm.ch

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In nature, a couple is a male and a female. Well, not always! A couple is also a female and a female. Or a male and a male. You may not know it, but homosexuality isn’t just a human story.

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DANS LA NATURE directed by Marcel Barelli


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1930s: A village in South America wanted to inaugurate its cemetery. Unfortunately, no one died. So the mayor published an ad in the region: “Looking for a corpse for the inauguration of the Miracasas cemetery”. Freshly murdered, Ernesto is the lucky one and takes part in his carnivalesque funeral in spite of himself. The gathered villagers celebrate the event with passion, so intrigued by the idea of death that they put life aside.

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SWITZERLAND / FRANCE Animation, 11 min., 2021 ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D Computer animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Portuguese PRODUCTION: Nadasdy Film Sarl, Geneva /  Komadoli Studio, Paris / RTS SWISS PRODUCER: Nicolas Burlet WORLD RIGHTS: Nadasdy Film Sarl, Geneva www.nadasdyfilm.ch Komadoli Studio, Paris www.komadoli.fr

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written & directed by Raphaëlle Stolz, Augusto Zanovello

MR. PETE & THE IRON HORSE

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SWITZERLAND  Animation, 8 min. ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: Drawn animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCTION: YK Animation Studio, Bern / SRF PRODUCER: Fela Bellotto WORLD RIGHTS: YK Animation Studio, Bern www.yk-animation.ch

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written & directed by Kilian Vilim

The diligent soldier Mr. Pete does everything to meet the high standards of his baroness. To satisfy her insatiable lust for speed, he shovels madly on her new iron horse’s voyage.


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SWITZERLAND  Animation, 10 min. ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D Computer animation, Drawn animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Japanese PRODUCTION: Studio GDS, Schwizgebel, Carouge / RTS /  Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU) PRODUCERS: Georges Schwizgebel, Martin Wiedmer WORLD RIGHTS: Studio GDS, Schwizgebel, Carouge www.studio-gds.ch

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In Kyoto, it is in the middle of summer and the O-Bon festival is approaching. Everyone eagerly awaits this annual event, because it is well known that wishes come true. Most of them want wealth, beauty and health. Except Nashi, a homeless man who pollutes the air with his body odour to the point of becoming more and more of a public hazard. His only real wish is to bathe in a public bath.

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O-BON, ANECDOTES DE KYOTO written & directed by Jénay Vogel

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SWITZERLAND  Animation, 7 min. ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D Computer animation, Cutout animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCTION: Louise Productions Lausanne /  RTS PRODUCER: Elisa Garbar WORLD RIGHTS: Louise Productions Lausanne www.louiseproductions.ch

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Omar is a freakshow monster with a big soft body and crab claws as his arms. Exploited since the beginning by Mr. Jules, a despi­­ cable circus director, Omar has long since resigned himself to his unfortunate fate. But the arrival of Pincette, a mermaid tightrope walker, disrupts his life, giving rise to new feelings in him. Because Omar loves Pincette and Pincette has a crush on him.

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written & directed by Julien Sulser


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In the hopes of making their queen smile again, the foxes descend on the city each night to rummage through the humans’ trash, searching for all the love letters that were never sent.

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SWITZERLAND  Animation, 8 min. ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: Drawing on paper ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: French PRODUCTION: Marina Rosset Productions, Lausanne / RTS PRODUCER: Marina Rosset WORLD RIGHTS: Marina Rosset Productions, Lausanne www.marinarosset.ch

LA REINE DES RENARDS written & directed by Marina Rosset

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THE QUEEN OF THE FOXES

THE WHALE

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SWITZERLAND  Animation, 7 min. ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D Computer animation, cutout animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: French PRODUCTION: Nadasdy Film Sarl, Geneva /  RTS PRODUCER: Nicolas Burlet WORLD RIGHTS: Nadasdy Film Sarl, Geneva www.nadasdyfilm.ch

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LA BALEINE written & directed by Tom Tirabosco, Leandro Basso

A young man leaves his dying mother in the hospital and discovers a whale stranded on a beach. He drifts into a dream that takes him back in time. He relives moments with his mother and tries to put off the fatal outcome. A film about the ordeal of mourning through a phantasmagorical journey.


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THE WHITE BIRD

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SWITZERLAND  Anidoc, 12 min. ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D/3D Computer animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: French PRODUCERS: Eugenia Mumenthaler, David Epiney PRODUCTION AND WORLD RIGHTS: Alina film, Geneva www.alinafilm.com

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The legendary aviator Charles Nungesser, is adrift in the middle of the ocean on the wreckage of his plane, the White Bird, as he attempted to cross the Atlantic with his companion Coli. He replays certain passages of his life, made of challenges, of a constant relationship with death and danger, while his last moments seem to have arrived this time.

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L’OISEAU BLANC written & directed by Mathieu Epiney

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SWITZERLAND  Animation, 6 min. ANIMATION TECHNIQUE: 2D Computer animation ORIGINAL LANGUAGE: Without dialogue PRODUCTION: Nadasdy Film Sarl, Geneva / Lucerne School of Art and Design (HSLU) / RTS PRODUCER: Nicolas Burlet WORLD RIGHTS: Nadasdy Film Sarl, Geneva www.nadasdyfilm.ch

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Eugene and his daughter Lavey move from place to place. Eugene loves his daughter, but he has a problem with her gradual metamorphosis. One night, strange shapes approach them. In a panic, Eugene shoots one of the pursuers. Lavey realizes that she looks like one of these creatures. She runs away from Eugene, who desperately tries to get her back.

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written & directed by Sunitha Sangare


DISTRIBUTION SUPPORT NON-EUROPEAN COUNTRIES

Supporting the theatrical release of Swiss feature films in Europe.

Supporting the theatrical release of Swiss feature films in twelve selected non-European countries.

Its aim is to strengthen the visibility and the distribution of Swiss films in Europe. The subsidies are granted according to the “Guidelines Funding for the distribution of Swiss films and coproductions in foreign countries”. Applications must be submitted by the European distributor via the Swiss producer.

Its aim is to strengthen the visibility and the distribution of Swiss films outside of Europe. Eligible countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Colombia, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan and USA. Applications must be submitted by the foreign distributor via the Swiss producer.

A support measure by the Swiss Federal Office of Culture (FOC), administrated by SWISS FILMS. www.bak.admin.ch Contact: support@swissfilms.ch

A support measure by SWISS FILMS in collaboration with the Swiss Federal Office of Culture (FOC). www.swissfilms.ch/en/distribution Contact: support@swissfilms.ch

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SUPPORT MEASURES

DISTRIBUTION SUPPORT EUROPEAN COUNTRIES

FILM SALES SUPPORT

VOD SUPPORT

A scheme by the European Film Promotion (EFP) for the promotion of European films outside of Europe. CLASSIC: A scheme also available to European and Swiss sales companies selling Swiss films at selected festivals and markets. READY-TO-USE DIGITAL PROMOTION CAMPAIGNS: This scheme encourages the creation of innovative universal digital promotion strategies (B2B/B2C) by European sales com­panies. Applications must be submitted online by the European sales company. A support measure by the Swiss Federal Office of Culture (FOC), Media Desk Suisse and SWISS FILMS. Guidelines and application: www.efp-online.com/en/project_market/fss.php

Supporting the distribution of Swiss films on selected international VOD platforms. Its aim is to increase the visibility and the online distribution of Swiss films. The subsidies are granted according to the “Guidelines VOD Support”. Applications must be submitted by the Swiss rights holder. A support measure by SWISS FILMS in collaboration with the Swiss Federal Office of Culture (FOC). www.swissfilms.ch/en/vod Contact: support@swissfilms.ch


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