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Filming in Switzerland

Switzerland has launched a new film incentive programme for co-productions that shoot on location in the country. Entitled the Switzerland Film Investment Refund (PICS), the scheme allows co-productions to claim back between 20% and 40% on all eligible local expenditures, with a per-project cap of CHF600,000.

 

Switzerland offers dramatic alpine landscapes and cosmopolitan cities, all of which are easily accessible in central Europe.

The country recently scored two major British productions in the form of The Night Manager and Our Kind of Traitor, both adaptations of John Le Carre novels.
Zurich and Geneva are the central production hubs and producers can utilise excellent infrastructure and a skilled crew base.
Centrally located in Europe within easy reach of all the main transport hubs and offering extensive dramatic mountain scenery, Switzerland has major international appeal.

Filming in Switzerland was a practical decision. The Eiger offers good access to snow and glaciers on a year-round basis. It’s still a mighty challenge, though, filming in a mountainous environment like that.

Nick Ryan, Director

Climate

Switzerland has a temperate climate, with Zurich temperatures ranging from winter lows of -3C to summer highs of 24C. The country’s average annual temperature is around 9C.

The country’s mountainous terrain can result in noticeable temperature differences in the space of just a few minutes. In addition, year-round warm temperatures of more than 24C can be found in Ticino, south of the Alps.

Rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year, with February and December often being the driest months and June being the wettest. Annual relative humidity averages at just under 80%.

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