Requirement to report statistics of film sales outside of cinemas (Art. 24 para. 3bis Film Act)

Since 2002, it has been a requirement in Switzerland to report all cinema ticket sales.

From 1 January 2017, all companies (rights holders and content providers) in Switzerland and abroad that exploit films outside of cinemas in Switzerland must report their annual sales figures to the Federal Statistical Office. This includes all rights holders and providers of films on electronic platforms (including television broadcasters that exploit films by means other than linear channels).

The reporting requirement applies to all films over 60 minutes long that are intended for screening in the cinema and that are sold on physical media (video, DVD, etc.) or can be viewed in digital form.

The reporting requirement is set out in greater detail in the Film Ordinance and will apply to all sales from 1 January 2017.

Companies must indicate their contact and domain of activity to the Federal Office of Culture before they report their first data. The registration form is available here:

Please register via the following email address:

The Federal Statistical Office is in charge of reporting the data.

Important information about the reporting process

For films on physical media (pm)

For providers of electronic services on demand or by subscription (esds)

Last modification 14.06.2017

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