At the Solothurn Film Festival 2022, ECAL Film Department took centre stage
In the "Upcoming" category, the main prize - the 15,000 Swiss franc prize for young filmmakers, donated by SUISSIMAGE/SSA - was awarded to Keerthigan Sivakumar for his film "Doosra", which he made as part of his Bachelor's degree in Cinema at ECAL. In the framework of the "Upcoming Lab", Nora Longatti, a graduate of the Bachelor Cinema programme as well, received a development grant of CHF 5,000 for her project "Ver-sorgen".
In addition, ECAL and its graduates enjoyed unprecedented success in the Swiss Film Prize Nominations 2022. Coline Confort with "Impériale" and Keerthigan Sivakumar with "Doosra" are nominated in the category Best graduation film. "Olga", the first feature film by Elie Grappe, a graduate of the Bachelor Cinema programme, is nominated three times (Best Fiction Film, Best Screenplay, Best Sound), while "Azor", directed by Andreas Fontana, a graduate of the Master Cinema ECAL/HEAD programme, is nominated four times (Best Fiction Film, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Sound). As for Marie-Eve Hildbrand, a graduate of the Bachelor Cinema programme, she is competing in the Best Documentary section. The awards ceremony will take place on Friday 25 March 2022 in Hall 622 in Zurich Oerlikon.
Upcoming Encouragement Award
Emerging Talent Prize CHF 15,000
"Doosra" by Keerthigan Sivakumar (ECAL) - Bachelor Cinema graduate 2021
Upcoming Lab Prize CHF 5'000
"Ver-sorgen" by Nora Longatti - Bachelor Cinema graduate 2020
"ECAL nominations" for the Swiss Film Prize 2022
Best graduation film CHF 5,000 per nomination
"Doosra" by Keerthigan Sivakumar (ECAL) – Bachelor Cinema graduate 2021
"Impériale" by Coline Confort (ECAL) – Bachelor Cinema graduate 2020
Best Fiction Film CHF 25,000 per nomination
"Azor" by Andreas Fontana (Alina film Sàrl, Eugenia Mumenthaler, David Epiney) - Master Cinema ECAL/HEAD graduate 2010
"Olga" by Elie Grappe (Point Prod SA, Jean-Marc Fröhle) - BA Cinema Graduate 2015
Best Documentary CHF 25'000 per nomination
"Les guérisseurs" by Marie-Eve Hildbrand (Bande à part Films Sàrl, Jean-Stéphane Bron, Agnieszka Ramu) - BA Cinema Graduate 2004
"Azor" is also nominated for Best Photography and Best Sound. "Olga" is also nominated for Best Sound.