Films are protected by copyright and as such, permission must be obtained for any screening.
There is an exception for private screenings (family, friends) – art. 19 al. 1 let.a LDA.
Educational institutions benefit from a legal authorisation (educational purpose) – art. 19 al. 1 let.b LDA.
Apart from these two cases, screenings (film clubs, theme evenings, association screenings, etc.) must be authorised.
Authorisations must be requested from the right holders (producers, distribution companies, etc.)
How to obtain (written!) authorisation to screen a film
- Consult the following websites to identify the film's distributor: Swiss Films, Association suisse des distributeurs de films ASFD, Cineuropa, Cinélibre.
- Write to the distributor indicating: title of the film, place and date of the public screening, type of event, number of seats, price if applicable, contact details of the organiser.
- Contact the SUISA management company for the payment of music rights.
- Wait for the written agreement before advertising the screening.
The fact that admission is free or paying has no bearing on the authorisation to be requested or not.
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