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.

  • 24th edition of International Kurzfilmtage Winterthur held in hybrid format

    Tickets for the 24th edition of Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur – held in a hybrid format for the first time this year – are now available. Like every year, short films can be enjoyed in cinemas – in Winterthur itself at Casinotheater and Kino Cameo, as well as in various other Swiss cities, amongst others in Basel, Bern, Geneva, Lausanne, and Zurich.

    Outside of cinemas, the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur create settings where people can move around freely. There will be open-air screenings with an original sound design in four of Winterthur’s city parks. Some shorts programmes as well as the Industry Events will be held in digital space.

    All seats are numbered, and reservations are required for all screenings. They recommend purchasing tickets in advance. Masks are mandatory at all festival venues – including their cinemas in Winterthur – and must be worn at all times

    More about the protective measures at the festival site will be published here soon.

    And since there will be many filmmakers not be able to travel to Switzerland, the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur are offering their Industry Labs online. For more information and on how you can take part visit their website

  • 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


Techincally Michi Wyss (Julian Koechlin) lives his life to the fullest as a consultant in Zurich. But when his father takes his own life, he is forced to return to his family's farm and take care of the necesseties at short notice. Together with his mother Katharina (Rachel Braunschweig), his grandmother Trudi (Marlise Fischer), his sister Sarah (Sophie Hutter) and his brother Lorenz (Jérôme Humm) Michi has to decide what they are going to do with their indepted farm. The local mayor (Judith Hofmann) already has her own plans and offers the family a lucrative offer.

"Neumatt" is the story of a family in an area of conflict between the city and the country side that have to fight for the preservation of their own farm while dealing with the complex challenges of modern agriculture and the current situation of the dairy industry.

Production: Zodiac Pictures Ltd. and SRF
Directors: Sabine Boss and Pierre Monnard
DOP: Pietro Zürcher
Cast: Julian Kochlin, Rachel Braunschweig, Marlise Fischer, Sophie Hutter, Jérôme Humm, Judith Hofmann
Shooting: August - December 2020, city and canton of Zurich

Gömmer Hei (aka "Let's go home")

"Gömmer hei" (translated "Let's go home") is a psychological drama about a single mother who fled from Eritrea to Switzerland. Semret does everything to give her daughter Joe a better life. But when Joe wants to know about their background and culture, she thereby forces her mother mother to face her past. And when Semret doesn't want to loose everything she loves she has to confront her daughter with the truth.

Production: Cinédokké Sagl
Director: Caterina Mona
DOP: unknown
Cast: unknown
Shooting: October - November 2020, Zurich

Tatort Zurich - episodes 3 & 4

"Züri brännt" (translated "Zurich is burning") is the very first episode of the beloved series Tatort now playing in Zurich and will be screened on the 18th of October. The second case called "Schoggiläbe" (translated "chocolate life") will follown early 2021. The Film Commission Zurich was an essential player while bringing the TATORT from Lucerne to Zurich, so we are now over the moon to finally be able to show everyone how it turned out. But there is no time to relax. The preproduction for the episodes 3 and 4 have already begun. This time the Zurich based production company Contraft Film will produce the Swiss Tatort for the very first time and lead our new detectives Tessa Ott (Carol Schuler) and Isabelle Grandjean (Anna Pieri Zuercher) to solve their new cases.

Production: Contrast Film and SRF
Director: Christine Repond
DOP: unknown
Cast: Anna Pieri Zuercher, Carol Schuler, Rachel Braunschweig
Shooting: ca. December 2020 - March 2021, city and canton of Zurich

Wilder - season 4

Due to Covid-19 shooting for season 3 of the fan favourite TV series Wilder just finished in August 2020, but the preproduction of season 4 are alreday at full blast. For season 4 the production will return to its base from season 1 and thereby return to the wonderful canton of Glarus.

Production: C-Films AG, Panimage and SRF
Director: unknown
DOP: unknown
Cast: Sarah Spale, Marcus Signer
Shooting: ca. December 2020 - March 2021, Canton of Glarus

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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!