SRG SSR reaffirms its support for the Visions du Réel festival

Media release 25.03.2021

The year 2020 will go down in history, and in the history of audiovisual production in particular. Forced to reinvent itself due to a lack of spectators, in just a few weeks, the Visions du Réel festival is back in a redesigned version from 15 to 25 April for audiences who love reality cinema. SRG SSR has reiterated its commitment to Visions du Réel and is giving its full support to this festival, which is an essential part of the international documentary film landscape.

The festival’s long-standing partners SRG SSR and RTS are once again showing their full support for Visions du Réel for its 2021 incarnation. Redesigned as a mainly digital festival, this edition will focus on online screenings but will also include a few on-site events intended for young audiences. 

SRG SSR will support the festival through different vectors. First, a number of the co-productions listed below will be available for the first time on Play Suisse, the broadcaster’s new streaming platform launched in November 2020. This special collection of films has been selected by the festival’s artistic director Emilie Bujès. The winner of the National Competition Award – given by SRG SSR – will also have the option of making the winning film available on this platform. This commitment is part of SRG SSR’s long tradition of promoting documentary film. In 2020 alone, 58 TV and film documentaries were co-produced by SRG SSR under its Pacte de l'audiovisuel.

SRG SSR will then award two prizes to support documentary creation in the development phase. These are the RTS Perspectives d’un Doc jury prize and the National Competition Award. SRG SSR is also supporting the Pitching du Réel session in the Industry category. This is an international co-production forum for creative documentaries intended for theatrical distribution and TV broadcasting.

The 2021 edition of Visions du Réel will be held mainly online – with some events for young audiences to be held locally in Nyon, from 15 to 25 April. All programming information is available on

SRG SSR co-productions presented during the festival and available in the Visions du Réel selection on Play Suisse from 15 April 2021:

  • Chris the Swiss, Anja Kofmel, 2018
  • Encordés, Frédéric Favre, 2017
  • La Fureur de voir, Manuel von Stürler, 2017
  • Genesis 2.0, Christian Frei and Maxim Arbugaev, 2018
  • Horizontes, Eileen Hofer, 2015
  • Madame, Stéphane Riethauser, 2019
  • Révolution silencieuse, Lila Ribi, 2016
  • Spira mirabilis, Massimo D’Anolfi and Martina Parenti, 2016
  • Tadmor, Monika Borgmann and Lokman Slim, 2016
  • ThuleTuvalu, Matthias von Gunten, 2014
  • Le Vénérable W., Barbet Schroeder, 2017
  • Zum Beispiel Suberg, Simon Baumann, 2013


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