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Switzerland, Land of (Cinematographic) Diversity

Switzerland, Land of (Cinematographic) Diversity



Diversity: that probably is the keyword to appreciate at most the variety of proposals guaranteed by the “omnivorous” attitude of the Festival del film Locarno. But how does that cinematographic diversity affect Switzerland's reality?

That is the question asked by the Swiss Film Festivals Association «Conférence des festivals» to the Federal Statistical Office, obtaining as answer a study identifying the impact of film festivals on Switzerland’s cinematographic diversity. Comparing data from cinemas and festivals in 2011, the analysis identifies film types, countries of origin and genres that are more likely to be seen on festival screens than in cinemas; furthermore, the study also explores festival premieres and tracks their success in commercial cinemas.

These first results are presented by the Federal Statistical Office on Thursday, August 8th, 15:30 at La Magnolia (Spazio RSI). The presentation is followed by a panel discussion with Ivo Kummer (Head of Section Film, Federal Office for Culture), Nadia Dresti (Head of Industry, Festival del film Locarno), Edouard Waintrop (Quinzaine des réalisateurs, Cannes) moderated by Seraina Rohrer (Director Solothurn Film Festival). Further information on www.film-festivals.ch.

Sara Groisman

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