Swiss Film Prize 2021: The nominees

Swiss Film Prize 2021: The nominees
Swiss Film Prize 2021: The nominees

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The nominees for the Swiss Film Prize 2021 were announced today in Solothurn as part of the Nominations Night, which was held in digital form and could be followed live through streaming.

On this occasion, Federal Councilor Alain Berset paid tribute to director Markus Imhoof, winner of the Honorary Prize last year.

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The 2021 Swiss Film Prize will be awarded on March 26, at the RTS studios in Geneva.

A total of 120 films in 12 categories can compete for the 2021 Swiss Film Prize.

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The approximately 450 members of the Swiss Film Academy have examined and judged each of the works presented.

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The results of this anonymous consultation serve as recommendations for the nomination committee.

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The number of actors eligible for the “Best male performance” category this year being less than 6, the minimum number set by the Federal Office of Culture (OFC) to guarantee a choice to members of the Academy, no appointment is made. has been completed and no prizes will be awarded in this category. Eligible actors are automatically entered for the 2022 Cinema Prize.

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The year 2021 is also marked by the introduction of a new category: “Best sound”.

Nominations for the 2021 Swiss Film Prize:
Best fiction film, CHF 25,000 per nomination
ATLAS de Niccolò Castelli (Imago Film SA, Villi Hermann)
MARE de Andrea Štaka (Okofilm Productions GmbH, Andrea Štaka, Thomas Imbach)
PLATZSPITZBABY de Pierre Monnard (C-FILMS AG, Peter Reichenbach)
SISTERLEIN by Stéphanie Chuat, Véronique Reymond (Vega Film AG, Ruth Waldburger)
WANDA, MY MIRACLE de Bettina Oberli (Zodiac Pictures Ltd, Lukas Hobi, Reto Schaerli)

Best Documentary, CHF 25,000 per nomination
5 NEWS FROM THE BRAIN by Jean-Stéphane Bron (Bande à part Films Sàrl, Lionel Baier)
THE NEW GOSPEL de Milo Rau (feature film – Bernard Lang AG, Olivier Zobrist)
MY BODY by Michele Pennetta (Close Up Films Sàrl, Joëlle Bertossa, Flavia Zanon)
NEMESIS de Thomas Imbach (Okofilm Productions GmbH, Thomas Imbach, Andrea Štaka)
SAUDI RUNAWAY de Susanne Regina Meures (Christian Frei Filmproduktion GmbH, Christian Frei)

Best short film, CHF 10,000 per nomination
THE GAME de Roman Hodel (Ensemble Film GmbH, Franziska Sonder)
Fall Snow (Fall Snow) in DEINE STRASSE
RED ANTS BITE by Elene Naveriani (Alva Film Production Sàrl, Britta Rindelaub)
TROU NOIR by Tristan Aymon (Terrainvague Association, Isabelle Zampiero)
TUFFO by Jean-Guillaume Sonnier (Association Casa Azul Films, Jean-Guillaume Sonnier, Fabrice Aragno)

Best animated film, CHF 10,000 per nomination
DARWIN’S NOTEBOOK by Georges Schwizgebel (Studio GDS, Georges Schwizgebel)
BARK by Samuel Patthey, Silvain Monney (DOK MOBILE SA, Mark Olexa, Francesca Scalisi)
ONLY A CHILD de Simone Giampaolo (Amka Films Productions SA, Gabriella de Gara)

Best screenplay, CHF 5,000 per nomination
MARE – Andrea Štaka
SISTER – Stéphanie Chuat, Véronique Reymond

Best female interpretation, 5,000 CHF per nomination
Rachel Braunschweig (Marina) in SPAGAT / ШПАГАТ
Sarah Spale (Sandrine) in PLATZSPITZBABY

Best Supporting Actor / Best Supporting Actor, CHF 5,000 per nomination
Masha Demiri (Ulyana) dans SPAGAT / TWINE
Marthe Keller (Kathy) to SISTERLESS
Dimitri Stapfer (Mike) in BEYTO

Best Film Music, CHF 5,000 per nomination
5 NEWS FROM THE BRAIN – Christian Garcia-Gaucher

Best photography, 5,000 CHF per nomination
ATLAS – Pietro Zuercher
SISTER – Filip Zumbrunn

Best Editing, CHF 5,000 per nomination
CITIZEN NOBEL – Karine Sudan
PLATZSPITZBABY – Sophie Blöchlinger
SISTER – Myriam Rachmuth

Best sound, 5,000 CHF per nomination
MARE – Benoît Barraud, Peter Bräker
NEMESIS – Peter Bräker
SISTER – Patrick Storck, Gina Keller, Jacques Kieffer

Best diploma film, CHF 5,000 per nomination
ALMA NEL BRANCO by Agnese Làposi (École Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne ECAL, IDIP Films Sàrl)
AMAZONS OF A LARGE CITY de Thaïs Odermatt (Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf, Maximage GmbH)
WE WILL BE THE BEST de Jelena Vujović (Zürcher Hochschule der Künste ZHdK)

Choice of nominees

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The Federal Department of Home Affairs appoints a five-member commission from among the members of the Swiss Cinema Academy, which distinguishes the nominees on the basis of the recommendations of the Academy’s 450 members. Chaired by Ivo Kummer, Head of the OFC Cinema Section, the nomination committee is made up of the following people: Filippo Demarchi, director, Ascona; Aline Schmid, producer, Geneva; Anita Hugi, director of the Days of Solothurn, Biel; Katrin Renz, producer, Zurich; Vincent Adatte, director of “

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The magic lantern”, Neuchâtel.

Nominee Week
During the award-giving week, from March 22 to 28, the nominees’ films will be screened in the cinemas of Grütli in Geneva and Filmpodium in Zurich. Further information will be published on

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The prize-giving

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The Swiss Film Prize award ceremony will be held on Friday March 26, 2021.

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The event, which will take the form of a hybrid event, will take into account the epidemiological evolution and will be organized in strict compliance with sanitary provisions in force. This official recognition given to Swiss cinematographic creation is the result of a collaboration between the Federal Office of Culture, the SRG SSR and the “Quartz” Association Geneva Zurich; the ceremony is organized in collaboration with Swiss Films, the Swiss Film Academy and the Journées de Solothurn.

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