The Association for Promotion of Swiss Film has nominated five Swiss film projects for this year's Filmmaker Award. As part of this support, an endowment of 100,000 CHF is intended to bolster Swiss filmmaking. The prize is being awarded this year for the second time and will be presented on 24 September at the IWC gala evening as part of the Zurich Film Festival.
From the projects submitted, the jury has nominated five finalists: the films which have made it into the final round are “Lasst die alten Sterben” (Let the Old Die) by Juri Steinhart, “Papa Moll” by Manuel Flurin Hendry, “Fortuna” by Germinal Rouax, and the documentaries “The Blue Note Project” by Sophie Huber and “Beyond the Bollex” by Alyssa Bolsey. Eligible to apply were Swiss filmmakers who had conducted feature film or documentary projects of at least 60 minutes duration and which needed extra research funding or post production support. The Filmmaker Award is a prize which is unique in Switzerland. “The Swiss movie scene boasts remarkable creativity and a great wealth of ideas. The realisation of a project is difficult in practice, often due to lack of sufficient funding,” said Georges Kern, CEO of IWC Schaffhausen. The Association for Promotion of Swiss Film, which was founded in 2015 by director Marc Forster, IWC CEO Georges Kern, co-directors of the Zurich Film Festival Nadja Schildknecht and Karl Spoerri, and Ringier CEO Marc Walder, has nominated four Swiss film projects for the Filmmaker Award.