Implementation of the amendment to the Film Act

On May 15, 2022, the Swiss people approved the introduction of an investment obligation in Swiss film production for streaming services. The amendment of the Film Act entails adjustments to the existing Film Ordinance (Filmverordnung FiV) and requires a new ordinance with implementing provisions for the implementation of the European quota and the obligation to invest in Swiss filmmaking (Verordnung über die Quote für europäische Filme und Investitionen in das Schweizer Filmschaffen FQIV). The consultation by the Federal Council will last until February 17, 2023.

Now, all audiovisual services providing film content (private broadcasters, foreign broadcasters with publicity windows to Switzerland, TVOD and SVOD platforms as well as telecom services) must invest in Swiss film production or its promotion. The investment obligation amounts to 4 percent of their annual gross income generated in Switzerland. If they fail to do so, they must pay a subsidiary levy after a period of 4 years. The revised Film Act also newly sets a 30% quota of European films on streaming services and regulates public access to films that have received federal funds.

The new ordinance FQIV contains the implementing provisions for the amendments to the Film Act. The provisions are scheduled to enter into force on January 1, 2024.

The consultation is published on the Federal Council's platform of ongoing consultations:

Any person may express an opinion on a project that has been put out to consultation, even if they have not been expressly invited to give their opinion. Comments should be sent electronically (PDF + Word) by 17 February 2023 to the following address: Mail .

For any questions, please contact: Laurent Steiert (Deputy Head of Film Section, Federal Office of Culture, Tel. 058 463 13 40, Mail ).

The FOC is holding an information event on the new ordinance FQIV.

Information event FQIV

Time: December 7, 2022 14:00 - 15:30
Place: Room Dürrenmatt, Federal Office of Culture, Hallwylstrasse 15, 3003 Bern.
Online participation is possible (Webex)
Language: German / French (no translation)

Program

  • Presentation of the concepts underlying the FQIV
  • Questions from the audience on the topics of registration, quota, investment obligation and procedure

The event is open to all interested parties. Registration is requested via email by December 6. Those registered will receive a Webex link on the morning of December 7.

Note: A non-binding English translation of the FQIV will be published on this page within the next few weeks.

Last modification 06.12.2022

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