New record: 16,000 visitors

The Films for the Earth Festival on 22 September 2017 was a great success. Around 16,000 visitors came to the Environmental Film Festival, which took place on Friday in 18 Swiss cities and Liechtenstein.

  • Photos from the 18 cities
  • Discover what moves this planet. How much does the ocean rely on healthy coral reefs? Can activists overthrow a corrupt government and put an end to deforestation? What about the labour conditions in a smartphone factory? And how does a leopard hunt in the city?

    Find out at the seventh annual Filme für die Erde Festival! Behold 6 top documentaries and unearth the pioneering solutions to sustainability.
    Free admission, includes exhibitions, Apéro and free movies for sharing.

    The Programme (All Locations)

    The programme will run simultaneously in all locations. The panel discussion will be broadcasted live from the main stage in Winterthur to all the locations.

    Public Screenings

    12:15-13:30 Death by Design | from 12:00 Lunch
    16:00-17:00 Planet Earth 2: Cities
    18:00-19:30 The Borneo Case
    20:00-22:00 Chasing Coral including a 20 minute panel discussion with the environmental advocates Lukas Straumann (CEO Bruno Manser Fonds) and Billo Heinzpeter Studer (President Fair Fish) | Moderated by: Gülsha Adilji

    The programme is completed with exhibitions from local sustainability pioneers and free movies to give-away. The evening screenings are the highlight of the festival.

    ATTENTION: In Chur, the lunch cinema starts at 12 pm, lunch is served from 11:45 am

    School Screenings

    08:30-09:30 und 10:00-11:00 Planet Earth 2: Mountains (for primary students, ages 6 and up)
    14:00-15:00 Sweatshop (for middle schoolers, ages 13 and up)
    16:00-17:00 Planet Earth 2: Cities (admission also granted for middle/high schools)

    School Cinema Biel

    08:30 Le Peuple des Océans (Audio französisch)
    10:00 Planet Erde II: Berge (Audio deutsch)
    14:00 Sweatshop (Audio deutsch, Untertitel französisch)
    16:00 Planet Erde II: Städte (Audio deutsch)

    School Cinema Geneva

    08:30 Le Peuple des Océans (Audio französisch)
    10:00 Le Peuple des Océans (Audio französisch)
    14:00 Sweatshop (Audio deutsch, Untertitel französisch)
    16:00 A Plastic Ocean (Audio englisch, Untertitel französisch)


  • Screenings at 16/18/20 pm: Free admission (donations welcome).
  • Lunchtime Screening: Entry CHF 22.- (includes sustainable lunch & drink). | Tickets available here NO TICKETS AT THE DOOR.
  • School Screenings: Free Admission for classes Registration required.

  • Sponsored by our partners for lunch and apéro

    Thank you to our logistical sponsors

    The Films

    (Programme may be subject to change)


    Coral reefs are disappearing all over the world at unprecedented rates. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on an exciting oceanic adventure to discover the causes of this phenomenon and with ground-breaking camera technology, document the change for the whole world to see. Length: 90 minutes, Audio: English, Subtitles: German. Further information on the film


    Deforestation of the Malaysian rainforest continues. In opposition stand a group of activists who fight to carry on Bruno Manser's legacy. The film accompanies these activists over a period of five years, showing how they gained international recognition for their tenacity and good research, and how they brought a government to its knees. Length: 80 minutes, Audio: multiple, Subtitles: German. Further information on the film


    Leopards strolling through the streets of Mumbai and peregrine falcons perching on New York's rooftops. In breathtaking footage, this episode from BBC's Planet Earth II captures for the first time how animals inhabit our cities. Length: 55 minutes, Audio: German. Further information on the film

    DEATH BY DESIGN (12:15 PM)

    These days, life without smartphones, tablets and laptops is almost unimaginable. However, very little is known about how and under what conditions this products are manufactured. This film shows the enormous impact of the electronics industry on health and the environment like no other film before. Length: 73 minutes, Audio: English, Subtitles: German. Further information on the film

    SWEATSHOP (2:00 PM)

    Who makes our clothes and under what working conditions? Three Norwegian fashion blogger travel to Cambodia in search of answers. They immerse themselves into the lives of the seamstresses, discover what it means to work with a sewing machine all day and survive on 3 dollars a day. Length: 55 minutes, Audio: English, Subtitles: German. Further information on the film

    PLANET EARTH 2: MOUNTAINS (8.30 AM and 10.00 AM)

    Ten years after the release the groundbreaking documentary series «Planet Earth», the BBC is at it again! «Planet Earth II» gets up close and shows its viewers the incredible lives of some of the most outstanding creatures like never before. From the bobcat hunting ducks without getting its paws wet, to grizzly bears with a terrible itch. The «Mountains» episode leaves no one in the cold. Length: 55 minutes, Audio: German. Further information on the film

    LE PEUPLE DES OCÉANS - LE PEUPLE DU BLEU (only school cinema Geneva and Biel)

    A short version of "Océans" for our young audience in the french speaking screenings. Astonishing and beautiful pictures with poetic commentaries as you have not seen it yet. Length: 60 minutes, Audio: French. Further information on the film

    A PLASTIC OCEAN (only 4 PM Geneva)

    What happens with the plastic that end in our oceans? A comprehensive and well researched documentary that reveals whats going on around globe. Length: 100 minutes, Audio: English, Subtitle: French. Further information on the film

    The Venues

    Location Hall Address with Map Note
    Schulhaus Ennetgraben Aula Zwillikerstrasse 16, 8910 Affoltern am Albis [translate:fm_note_only81012and14]
    Scala Basel Saal Freiestrasse 89, 4051 Basel [translate:fm_note_only81012and14]
    ESBB Eventlokal Sternensaal Bümpliz Saal Bümplizstrasse 119, 3018 Bern [translate:fm_note_only81012and14]
    Rennweg 26 Genossenschaft Saal Rennweg 26, 2504 Biel/Bienne [translate:fm_note_only81012and14]
    Fachhochschule Graubünden Aula Pulvermühlestrasse 57, 7000 Chur [translate:fm_note_only81012and14]
    Alte Schule Aula Alte Landstrasse 26, 8810 Horgen [translate:fm_note_only81012and14]
    Zentrum Artos Grosser Saal Alpenstrasse 45, 3800 Interlaken [translate:fm_note_only81012and14]
    Stattkino Saal Löwenplatz 11 , 6004 Luzern [translate:fm_note_only81012and14]
    Luzern Neubad Pool Bireggstrasse 36, 6003 Luzern [translate:fm_note_only81012and14]
    only 8:30, 10 AM and 2 PM (screening for schools)
    TAK Theater Liechtenstein Theatersaal Reberastrasse 10/12, 9494 Schaan [translate:fm_note_only81012and14]
    Kino Capitol Kinosaal Berntorstrasse 18, 4500 Solothurn only 8:30 and 10:00 AM (screening for schools)
    Altes Spital Grosser Saal Oberer Winkel 2, 4500 Solothurn [translate:fm_note_only81012and14]
    GBS St. Gallen Demutstrasse Aula Demutstrasse 115, 9012 St. Gallen [translate:fm_note_only81012and14]
    Lokremise Theatersaal 2 Grünbergstrasse 7, 9000 St.Gallen [translate:fm_note_only81012and14]
    SteffisburgSchool Location
    Schulhaus Schönau 2 Aula Schönauweg 48, 3612 Steffisburg [translate:fm_note_only81012and14]
    Gotthelf Aula Aula Sustenstrasse 2, 3604 Thun [translate:fm_note_only81012and14]
    Theater Alte Oele Theatersaal 2 Freienhofgasse 10a, 3600 Thun [translate:fm_note_only81012and14]
    Kiwikinos Kinosaal 1 bis 10 Neumarkt 11, 8400 Winterthur [translate:fm_note_only81012and14]
    Kollegium St. Michael Zug Kapelle Zugerbergstrasse 3, 6301 Zug [translate:fm_note_only81012and14]
    PH Zug Aula Zugerbergstrasse 3, 6301 Zug [translate:fm_note_only81012and14]
    Arthouse Kino Alba Kinosaal Zähringerstrasse 44, 8001 Zürich only 8:30 and 10:00 AM (screening for schools)
    Jugendkulturhaus Dynamo Grosser oder kleiner Saal Wasserwerkstrasse 21, 8006 Zürich [translate:fm_note_only81012and14]
    Comedyhouse Hauptsaal Albisriederstrasse 16, 8003 Zürich [translate:fm_note_only81012and14]

    * Mit "FESTIVAL-SATELLIT" sind diejenigen Orte gekennzeichnet, welche allein durch engagierte Freiwillige durchgeführt werden. An diesen Orten, an welche wir sonst nie hinfinden würden, finden manchmal nur Schulvorführungen statt und es gibt keine gratis DVDs. Wir können Dir als Besucher nicht das selbe Erlebnis wie an den von uns direkt geführten Orten versprechen, sind den lokalen Freiwilligen dort aber überaus dankbar. Viel Spass!

    ** Mit "SCHULKINO-STANDORT" sind diejenigen Orte gekennzeichnet, welche wir für mehr Platz für Schulen dazu geschaffen haben.

    Exhibitions from local sustainability pioneers

    More than 60 organizations, associations and social entrepreneurs have decided to be part of the festival. They invite us to the sustainability discussion and will present their ideas as to what can be done about it.
    Some of the organizations are listed below.

    List under construction

    Would you like to take part and have a stall? Then click here to register!