Welcome to the
Swiss Film and Video Directory
The Swiss Film and Video Directory is a checklist of the motion picture films and videos shot in Switzerland or by Swiss directors or photographers. All available information will be collected in this database. We include not only films and videos, that are preserved by public archives or private collectors, but also the works considered today as lost, about which we know through secondary sources.
As possible we are trying to analyse on a rewinding or an editing table all the films that still exist. For each copy we make out a record where are indicated: filmographical data, physical and chemical state, synopsis, places persons (see the thesaurus structure). So the checklist will build a basis for future desirable preservation projects.
This resource, which we are running since 1993 – i.e. for 25 years! – at our expense, might be discontinued quite soon for financial reasons. However, the access to the Swiss Film and Video Directory on this website remains strictly free, as long as we can afford it. And you are very welcome to made a voluntary donation to the «Carolyn Hauer International Fund», supporting the worldwide efforts of the Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) for the field. Thank you!
If there is an institution, a group or an individual out there, who wishes to take over the maintenance of the Swiss Film and Video Directory, please let us know. Otherwise this project will probably die in a near future.