StepIn.ch, initially designed as a one-time conference to address the exit of Switzerland from the Creative Europe MEDIA programme of the European Union in 2014, quickly became a platform for Swiss and European film professionals to discuss specific challenges faced by the Swiss film industry. StepIn.ch is organized in partnership with Geneva International Film Festival Tous Ecrans.
Saturday August 6th, 2016
14:30 - 16:00
Hotel Belvedere, Locarno
Topic: Are our models of financing, producing and broadcasting Swiss films truly adapted to face contemporary challenges?
For its 3rd edition, Stepin.ch invites distributors, producers, television professionals, cinema operators and institutional leaders to debate the current opportunities for Swiss-produced feature films to reach venues and audiences, in Switzerland and abroad. Are our models of financing, producing and broadcasting still relevant and adequate for facing contemporary challenges?
To address this issue, we will first ask Bero Beyer (International Film Festival Rotterdam) and Carolle Brabant (Telefilm Canada) how countries like Holland or Canada face similar concerns. Christian Jungen (NZZ) will then present the results of his study on Swiss cinema for Frame, followed by an open discussion with a selection of Swiss professionals focused on the situation on a national scale.
Emmanuel Cuénod, General and Artistic Director of the Geneva International Film Festival Tous Ecrans
Bero Beyer, General and Artistic Director of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR)
Carolle Brabant, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada
Christian Jungen, Film critic at NZZ am Sonntag
Laurent Steiert, deputy Head of the Cinema section of the Federal Office of Culture | Gérard Ruey, secretary general of Cinéforom, Fondation romande pour le cinéma | Urs Fitze, Head of fiction for the Swiss-german television SRF | Jacob Berger, independent author and filmmaker, vice-president of GARP | Denis Rabaglia, independent author and filmmaker, president of the SSA | Vera Gilardoni, distributor, Pathé Films AG | Yves Blösche, distributor, Filmcoopi | Laurent Dutoit, distributor and cinema operator, co-president of Europa Distribution | Jean-Marc Fröhle, independent producer, vice-president of IG | Selina Willemse, Head of Markets & Festivals, SWISSFILMS
A round table organized by Industry Days of Festival del film Locarno, in partnership with Geneva International Film Festival Tous Ecrans
Working languages: English, French | Translation into English, French and German