Many co-production treaties
Switzerland has signed the European Co-production Convention and has individual co-production treaties with several countries such as France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg and Canada, amongst others.
If you have an international film, you can find excellent, multi-lingual and very experienced crews in Switzerland (we have four national languages: French, German, Italian and Romansh) having worked on big international productions including YOUTH by Paolo Sorrentino; THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO by David Fincher; STAR WARS III: REVENGE OF THE SITH by George Lucas; BAND OF BROTHERS produced by Steven Spielberg; SYRIANA with George Clooney…
All sorts of locations
Switzerland offers a diversity of landscapes in non-competitive short distances with a uniquely dense network of highways and railway (save time!): snowy mountains in the Alps, palm-lined lakeshores in Ticino, rivers, forests, valleys, medieval castles and urban, modern surroundings like in the cities of Zurich and Geneva with many high finance business buildings and luxurious hotels or ancient city panorama as in the UNESCO World Heritage town of Bern. The countryside is beautiful and world-famous, but can easily double for any Northern European, Western European or South European landscapes. The climate is temperate and continental, with four distinct seasons.
Profitable working regulations and infrastructure
Labor costs in Switzerland are similar to those in neighboring countries, but Swiss legislation allows longer working hours, which means tighter production schedules. In addition, Switzerland is blessed with moderate levels of taxation.
International airports in all regions: in Zurich, Geneva, Basel, Bern and Lugano, accessible within max. 30 minutes.
The Film Commission Zurich and the Ticino Film Commission offer contact to public authorities and coordinate and assist production companies in securing filming permits. They also cooperate with foreign partners like British Film Commission, Ile de France Film Commission, Italian Film Commission, Vienna Film Commission, Screen Flanders, Czech Film Commission etc.
Contact CONTRAST FILM, we’ll be glad to help you with your co-production!
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