Whatever it takes

Tourists and expats nominate Zurich along with Vienna as the uncontested number one city worldwide since years. And with good reason as Zurich does not only convince on economic grounds, but also functions as a creative and cultural platform. It is about time that filmmakers get to know the advantages of Zurich as a film location.

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  • The Nominees for the Swiss Film Awards 2021 are..

    As part of the Solothurn Film Festival "Night of the Nominations", the highly anticipated nominees for the 2021 Swiss Film Prize were announced:

    HONORARY AWARD
    MARKUS IMHOOF

    BEST LONG FICTION FILM
    ATLAS by Niccolò Castelli (Imagofilm Lugano SA, Villi Hermann)
    MARE by Andrea Štaka (Okofilm Productions GmbH, Andrea Štaka, Thomas Imbach)
    NEEDLE PARK BABY by Pierre Monnard (C-Films AG, Peter Reichenbach)
    MY LITTLE SISTER by Stéphanie Chuat, Véronique Reymond (Vega Film AG, Ruth Waldburger)
    MY WONDERFUL WANDA by Bettina Oberli (Zodiac Pictures Ltd, Lukas Hobi, Reto Schaerli)

    BEST DOCUMENTARY
    5 NOUVELLE DU CERVAU by Jean-Stéphane Bron (Bande À Part Films Sàrl, Lionel Baier)
    THE NEW GOSPEL by Milo Rau (Langfilm, Olivier Zobrist)
    IL MIO CORPO von Michele Pennetta (Close Up Films Sàrl, Joëlle Bertossa, Flavia Zanon)
    NEMESIS by Thomas Imbach (Okofilm Productions GmbH, Thomas Imbach, Andrea Štaka)
    SAUDI RUNAWAY by Susanne Regina Meures (Christian Frei Filmproduktion GmbH, Christian Frei)

    BEST SHORT FILM
    THE GAME by Roman Hodel (Ensemble Film GmbH, Franziska Sonder)
    DEINE STRASSE by Güzin Kar (Güzin Kar)
    RED ANTS BITE by Elene Naveriani (Alva Film Production Sàrl, Britta Rindelaub)
    TROU NOIR by Tristan Aymon (Association Terrainvague, Isabelle Zampiero)
    TUFFO by Jean-Guillaume Sonnier (Association Casa Azul Films, Jean-Guillaume Sonnier, Fabrice Aragno)

    BEST ACTRESS
    SPAGAT for Rachel Braunschweig
    NEEDLE PARK BABY for Luna Mwezi
    NEEDLE PARK BABY for Sarah Spale

    BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR/ACTRESS
    SPAGAT for Masha Demiri
    MY LITTLE SISTER for Marthe Keller
    BEYTO for Dimitri Stapfer

    BEST SCRIPT
    MARE for Andrea Štaka
    NEEDLE PARK BABY for André Küttel
    MY LITTLE SISTER for Stéphanie Chuat, Véronique Reymond

    BEST CAMERA
    ATLAS for Pietro Zuercher
    NOT ME - A JOURNEY WITH NOT VITAL for Benny Jaberg
    MY LITTEL SISTER for Filip Zumbrunn

    BEST EDITING
    CITOYEN NOBEL for Karine Sudan
    NEEDLE PARK BABY for Sophie Blöchlinger
    MY LITTLE SISTER for Myriam Rachmuth

    BEST MUSIC
    5 NOUVELLES DU CERVEAU for Christian Garcia-Gaucher
    BURNING MEMORIES for Alice Schmid
    NOT ME - A JOURNEY WITH NOT VITAL for Marcel Vaid

    BEST SOUND
    MARE for Benoît Barraud, Peter Bräker
    NEMESIS for Peter Bräker
    MY LITTLE SISTER for Patrick Storck, Gina Keller, Jacques Kieffer

    BEST ANIMATION
    DARWINS NOTEBOOK by Georges Schwizgebel (Studio GDS, Georges Schwizgebel)
    ÉCORCE by Samuel Patthey, Silvain Monney (Dok Mobile SA, Mark Olexa, Francesca Scalisi)
    ONLY A CHILD by Simone Giampaolo (Amka Films Productions SA, Gabriella de Gara)

    BEST STUDENT FILM
    ALMA NEL BRANCO by Agnese Làposi (ECAL)
    AMAZONEN EINER GROSSSTADT by Thaïss Odermatt (Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf)
    BIĆEMO NAJBOLJI by Jelena Vujović (ZHDK)

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  • New Protection Concept by Swissfilm Association

    In consultation with the Department of Economics of the canton of Zurich the Swissfilm Assoication published a protection concept under Covid-19 influence for commercial and corporate film shootings. The protection concept will be constantly updated regarding the possible coming easing restrictions by the government. Updates will be communicated on their website.

    The Department of Economics of the canton of Zurich also confirmed that TV and film productions can use the protection concept of the Swissfilm Association as well, as long as they won't have published a protection concept on their own. A special task force is currently working on a protection concept for TV and film productions and will publish it in the coming weeks.

    If your production gets inspected you have to show them the protection concept printed out.

    We will keep you updated on this matter on our website and our Facebook-channel.

    We hope you all are well and we are happy that productions slowly get picked up again.
    Your Film Commission Zurich Team


     
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CURRENT PRODUCTIONS
TATORT - Episodes 3 + 4

"Züri brännt" (Zurich is burning) was the very first Zurich Tatort, that premiered in October 2020. The second case, "Schoggiläbe" (chocolate life), will follow on Sunday, 28 February 2021 (20.05 on SRF 1). The Film Commission Zurich was instrumental in moving the Swiss TATORT from Lucerne to Zurich. But there is no time to rest.

On 21 January 2021, filming began for the Zurich TATORT episodes 3 and 4. This time the Zurich based production company Contrast Film is taking over production of the Swiss Tatort for the very first time. Our cdetectives Tessa Ott (Carol Schuler) and Isabelle Grandjean (Anna Pieri Zuercher) will of course come back. Rachel Braunschweig, freshly crowned with the Prix Swissperform for her portrayal of prosecutor Anita Wegenast, also returns with her celebrated role!

Filming will take place at various locations in and around Zurich: among others, in Niederdorf, in and around the Prime Tower, at Wollishofen harbour, in the Hardau housing estate, at Mythenquai and in and near Zurich University. The broadcast of episode 3 is planned for the end of 2021, episode 4 in the first half of 2022.

Case 3 takes the investigating duo into the vibrant Zurich art scene, where they get to the bottom of a bizarre murder and come up against an artistic community in which life, work and biography overlap and interpenetrate. In the fourth case, the two detectives Tessa Ott and Isabelle Grandjean investigate the violent death of a lawyer who was advising an up-and-coming pharmaceutical company on the verge of launching a new drug.

Production: Contrast Film and SRF
Director: Christine Repond
DOP: Simon Guy Fässler
Cast: Anna Pieri Zuercher, Carol Schuler, Rachel Braunschweig, Peter Jecklin, Aaron Arens, Igor Kovac and the lead roles for these episodes: Fabian Krüger, Sabine Timoteo, Robert Hunger-Bühler, Sarah Hostettler, Therese Affolter, Laura de Weck
Shooting: 21st of January - End of March 2021, in and around Zurich


WILDER - Season 4

While the third season of the popular SRF series WILDER is currently being broadcasted on Swiss television SRF, Rosa Wilder is already investigating for her next case! Filming of the 4th season began on January 11th 2021 where it all began in its first season - in the canton of Glarus and at Urnerboden. The team is successfully braving that pesky pandemic. We are excited and feverish!

In the fourth season, Rosa Wilder returns to her home in Oberwies. There she supports her sick father on the farm, police work should play a subordinate role for a change. Of course she wouldn't let alone... When the village policeman dies under mysterious circumstances, Rosa has to solve the crime - together with her colleague Manfred Kägi, although she doesn't actually want to. During the investigation, the duo is confronted with corruption and family tragedies.

Production:
C-Films AG, Panimage and SRF
Director: Claudio Fäh
DOP: Tobias Dengler
Cast: Sarah Spale, Marcus Signer, Andreas Matti, Laszlo Kish, Jonathan Loosli and the lead roles for this season: Annina Euling, Sabine Timoteo, Dimitri Stapfer, Nicolas Rosat, Sebastian Rudolph
Shooting: 11th of January until end of April 2021 at Urnerboden and canton of Glarus


Trailers
Frieden
Stürm - bis wir tot sind oder frei
Wanda, mein Wunder
Zürcher Tagebuch
Beyto
Eden Für Jeden
Who's afraid of Alice Miller?
Schwesterlein
Locations
Diversity at a glance

Convince yourselves of the diversity of our locations: picturesque old towns, urban big city feeling, bourgeois lives, shabby chic, romantic corners or even truly run-down suburbia; our city and canton offers the complete repertoire. Follow us on instagram!

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