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.

  • Filming in Zurich, curse or blessing?

    More and more filming takes place in the city of Zurich, be it for feature and documentary films, short films or commercials. But are the city of Zurich and its administrative departments ready for these productions, and can they provide even more streets, squares and green spaces for filming?
    On 3 October 2018, the Zurich City Council expressed its support for the continuation of the "Film Commission Zurich" and thus "for the promotion of the entire film industry, which is both desirable and useful from a cultural policy perspective and from the point of view of economic development. In addition, he affirms his endeavor to strengthen the film location of Zurich with efficient approval processes and a pronounced customer focus on the part of the city administration and to handle the increased rotation volume efficiently. »[Nbsp]



    Olga Zachariadis (CEO Film Commission Zurich)

    Anna Schindler (Director of Urban Development Zurich)

    Andreas Venzin (City district Chief 4)

    Regula Begert (Location Manager)


  • City Council decides to supervise filming in Zurich more efficiently

    On October 3, 2018, the Zurich City Council met and talked not only about the fate of the Film Commission Zurich, but also about the necessary improvement of urban support for filming of audiovisual productions in the city of Zurich.

    In the media release, the City of Zurich justifies its decision to continue to support the Film Commission Zurich as follows:
    "A continuation of the" Film Commission Zurich "and thus a promotion of the entire film industry is both from a cultural-political perspective and from the point of view of economic development desirable and useful - (...). [Nbsp]
    In addition to this support from the "Zurich Film Office" association, the City Council is reaffirming its endeavor to further strengthen the film location of Zurich with efficient approval processes and pronounced customer and customer orientation on the part of the city administration and to handle the increased volume of audiovisual productions efficiently. "

    We warmly recommend all of you to read the City Council resolution carefully and use it as a back-up for your future requests to support your filming. This should open us more stones out of the way spaces and open new doors.
    You can find the city council decision as well as the media release of the city of Zurich on our website under Downloads.

    We thank the City Council and all stakeholders for their support not only for the Film Commission Zurich, but for all audiovisual productions.

  • New deals with Zurichs Hotel Placid and 25hours Hotel

    Well, we all know this, right? For every shoot we are looking for low-priced Hotels for our crew and cast, in which we can adapt our breakfast times, get warm food until late in the evening and park all our vehicles. And yes, Zurich indeed poses quite a challenge when it comes to find such a place to stay...

    ... and that's where we come into play. We negotiated new conditions for film productions with the Hotel Placid in Zurich Altstetten and the 25hours Hotel close to the main station at Langstrasse and in Zurich West. If you book the rooms through the Film Commission Zurich you will get special conditions relative to the availability.

    For more information regarding price, parking or further conditions please get in touch welcome@filmzurich.ch


The idealistic lawyer Barbara Hug is committed to the fight against the backward Swiss penal system of the 80s. In Walter Stürm, known as the "breakout king" internationally known criminals, she finds an unexpected ally - and even a little bit more. A moving relationship story in the field of tension between state repression and personal freedom.

Director:Oliver Rihs

DOP: Felix Von Muralt

Production Switzerland:Contrast Film

Co-productions: Port au Prince Berlin, Niama Film, Stuttgart

Cast: Joel Basmann, Marie Leuenberger


Eleven-year-old Mia moves with her mother to a small town in the Zurich Oberland. But the idyllic place is no paradise for the girl. Because Mia's mother is heavily drug-addicted and should never have had custody after the divorce. Mia is beaten, emotionally blackmailed and completely neglected. Her loyal companion through this horror is her imaginary friend Buddy, with whom she entertains in lonely hours and forges fantastic plans for a carefree future. Inspired by the book "PLATZSPITZBABY" by Michelle Halbheer & Franziska K. Müller.


Director: Pierre Monnard

DOP: Darran Bragg

Production: C-Films AG

Cast: Luna Mwezi, Sarah Spale

Die Goldfische
Der Steingänger
Les Dames
Gateways to New York
Immer und Ewig
Sohn meines Vaters
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!


Put Zurich on the map of the film industry

Filmmakers undergo a bureaucratic hurdles in Zurich

The Swiss film industry should be treated as an economic industry sector by the public authorities. (Article in German)