Zurich Filmfunds supports film business on a high professional level in Zurich. With their annual business volume Zurich Filmfunds mainly finances script development, production and distribution of cinema films - fiction, documentaries, shorts, animations and experimentals. They also support projects in co-production with foreign partners.

To be eligible for funding you have to fulfill several conditions: eligible to apply for funding are directors and producers who are resident in the canton of Zurich for at least two years and who are having an author or director under contract who mainly live in the canton of Zurich also for at least two years. 
With an application higher than CHF 100'000 the company must be registrated in the commercial register.
Only co-production contracts which fulfil the minimum standards concerning rights and duties are accepted. The recoupment must correspond to the financing shares. While producing a movie you have to spend at least 150% of the financial contribution for employing local creatives and filmmakers or for production facilities in the Canton of Zurich (so-called «Zurich effect»).
Subsidies are normaly limited to 50% of the Swiss share of production costs. The whole financing plan must be proved within 12 months after the covenant of the subsidy. 

Contributions for scriptwriters may only be applied for if the author is living in the canton of Zurich. 

Coproduction conditions 
Project must be aimed at the region as well as concerning the contents or the production.
Minority-projects can be submitted, however, the essential financing of the main partner should be already confirmed.
No broadcaster is required for theatrical films. And TV-Productions are not supported.
For documentary films the shooting can be in process when applying.
The «Zurich effect» should be at least 150%, but can be higher for minority-projects.

Applications have to be submitted in time! For more information please consult the Zurich Filmfunds website. Zurich Filmfunds official language is German. All applications and dossiers have to be in German. That's why you wouldn't find any translations of their forms.


The Federal Office of Culture supports film-productions as much as the access to the culture of film and assists in ensuring the multiplicity of provision in Switzerland. The film industry in multilingual Switzerland is way to small to exist by itself compared to the neighboring countries such as France and Germany. The financial support of the Federal Office to the productions and distribution of films enhance and ensure the quality and variety of films offered in all national regions. The Federal Office of Culture also supports this range by endorsing national film festivals. Those guarantee an access to the national and international film culture outside of cinemas.

The selective film funding should support projects that foster the diverse range of Swiss films and co-productions. In practice, these are scripts and productions as well as the development of documentaries and animations.

The applications that are handed in at the Federal Office of Culture will be assessed by an expert commission. The applications have to be handed in in time and before production begins.