The contenders for the 2014 Swiss Film Award have been revealed. The official announcement was made during “Nominations Night” in Solothurn concert hall. Some 600 invited guests from the Swiss film industry attended the gala evening.
Around 240 members of the Swiss Film Academy viewed and rated the 118 film entries that were deemed eligible for the competition. The results of the anonymous vote serve as a recommendation for the Swiss Film Award jury whose task it is to select the final award nominees. This year, the awards are divided into 11 categories and come with prize money totalling CHF 435,000. The key role of editors in the filmmaking process will be officially recognized, with the introduction of the new “Best Film Editing” Award. In addition, the 2014 Swiss Film Award will be the first time that the “Best Animated Film” Award will be bestowed annually instead of every two years.
The 17th Swiss Film Award ceremony will take place on 21 March 2014 at the Schiffbau, Zurich. This gala event, which officially recognizes the work of the Swiss film industry, is co-produced by the Federal Office of Culture and its official partners, SRG SSR and the Association "Quartz" Genève Zürich, and is organized in collaboration with SWISS FILMS, the Swiss Film Academy and the Solothurn Film Festival.
Best Fiction Film
Der Goalie bin ig, Sabine Boss
Left Foot Right Foot, Germinal Roaux
Les grandes ondes (à l'ouest) (Longwave), Lionel Baier
Mary Queen Of Scots, Thomas Imbach
Traumland, Petra Volpe
Best Animated Film
Hasta Santiago, Mauro Carraro
The Kiosk, Anete Melece
Vigia, Marcel Barelli
Best Documentary Film
Der Imker, Mano Khalil
L'escale, Kaveh Bakhtiari
L'expérience Blocher, Jean-Stéphane Bron
Neuland, Anna Thommen
Vaters Garten - die Liebe meiner Eltern, Peter Liechti
Ursina Lardi in Traumland
Sonja Riese in, Der Goalie bin ig
Bettina Stucky in Traumland
Stefan Kurt in Akte Grüninger
Patrick Lap in Les grandes ondes (à l’ouest)
Marcus Signe in Der Goalie bin ig
Best Performance in a Supporting Role
Leonardo Nigro in Die Schwarzen Brüder
Pascal Ulli in Der Goalie bin ig
Dimitri Stapfer in Left Foot Right Foot
To check nominees in all 11 categories please go here. Seems I'll have to catch-up my Swiss film viewing as all films are "new" for me and there is a couple that seem to be worth-watching.