Magazine article Screen International

Switzerland to Launch Film Production Incentive

Magazine article Screen International

Switzerland to Launch Film Production Incentive

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LOCARNO: From mid-2016, the Swiss government will be introducing a film production incentive worth 20% on local spend.

The law has been passed initially but further details on exact specifications and will be confirmed in early 2015. It is likely the funding will also cover post production.

It is thought that an initial $6.6m (CHF6m) fund could be made available, although lobbyists from the Swiss film industry are hoping that the level could rise to $11m (CHF10m). "Parliament will decide on the amount...it is part of budget discussions," producer Michael Steiger [pictured], president of C-Films, told Screen at the Locarno Film Festival today.

The group pushing for the incentive includes producers, technicians and other experts "from all branches of the film industry," Steiger noted. He said the model was based on successful programmes in Germany and Austria, and the Swiss industry group had been pushing it forward for the past four years. …

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