The silver screen in Solothurn 

20. - 27. january 2021

Solothurn Film Festival 

Every January, all eyes are on Solothurn, as the Swiss film industry flocks to the baroque city for the Solothurn Film Festival. For more than 50 years, this festival has powered Swiss film culture and served as a hub of creative exchange. Welcoming more than 65,000 visitors, it has become one of Switzerland’s premier cultural events. 


‘Swiss Panorama’

At the heart of the film festival is the ‘Swiss Panorama’, a showcase of Swiss film-making. Contemporary productions of all lengths and genres are presented with the film-makers right there in the audience. ‘Swiss films’ are defined as those directed by a Swiss national, regardless of the filming location, sources of investment or make-up of the crew. This series reflects the diversity in Switzerland’s domestic film industry. Panel discussions provide an opportunity for deeper analysis and open dialogue. For eight days, Solothurn serves as a hub of creative exchange and debate surrounding film, politics and culture.

Pipo Kofmehl

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In 2020, the ‘Rencontre’ programme will honour award-winning director, screenwriter and producer Heidi Specogna. For more than 25 years, Specogna – a native of Biel – has made her name as one of Europe’s most important documentary film-makers, with productions such as Cahier africain and The Short Life of José Antonio Gutierrez.

Solothurner Filmtage 2019, Heidi Specogna
Solothurner Filmtage 2019, Heidi Specogna – © Solothurner Filmtage, Anne Morgenstern