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The Arts Council

«Close Distance»: projects supported

The call for projects under the heading «Close Distance» has now closed after two months and with 591 projects submitted. Pro Helvetia’s aim was to encourage the creation of art formats with an innovative approach to coping with the distance imposed by Covid-19 and its medium and long term impact.   «The overwhelming number of applications shows that …

09.06.2020
Computer and Headphones
The Arts Council

«Close Distance»: first projects

Since the beginning of April, Pro Helvetia has been using the «Close Distance» call for applications to find new art formats that deal innovatively with limited mobility in the age of Covid-19 and use new strategies to overcome distances. The first projects have been selected and come from artistic disciplines that Pro Helvetia supports. «Within …

28.04.2020
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The Arts Council

«Close Distance»: Seeking New Cultural Formats

The Covid-19 pandemic has drastically reduced our mobility within a very short time, in some cases down to zero. Cultural life in public has ground to a halt. This unprecedented situation is posing great problems for the arts and cultural scene and requires innovative solutions. What creative strategies and alternative formats can be applied when …

07.04.2020
Deep Space Gardening
Interactive Media

Interactive Media: Results of the Call for Projects

For the fifth consecutive year, Pro Helvetia launched a Call for Interactive Media Projects. The Swiss Arts Council’s «Culture and Business» focus supports the development, production and distribution of video games, virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) content, interactive comics and other forms of digital content demonstrating a high degree of interactivity. Ten projects were selected …

27.11.2019
Interactive Media

The SwissGames Delegation at Gamescom 2019

For the seventh year in succession, Pro Helvetia is organising a major Swiss presence at Gamescom in Cologne, Europe’s largest video game exhibition. Under the SwissGames – Exporting Fun & Innovation banner, a delegation of 19 studios from German- and French-speaking Switzerland will be providing a richly faceted overview of Swiss interactive media skills. Innovative …

12.08.2019
Interactive Media

Interactive Media: Results of the Call for Projects

For the fourth time, Pro Helvetia has issued a call for projects for interactive media. As part of the focus on «Culture and Business», support will be provided for computer games, Virtual und Augmented Reality (VR/AR), interactive comics and other forms of digital content requiring interaction. On the occasion of this year’s call for proposals, …

26.06.2019
GIFF 2016 © Rebecca Bowring
Design, Interactive Media

Matchmaking

As part of Pro Helvetia’s first interactive media initiatives (GameCulture, Mobile), digital creators have expressed a need for support in finding international business partners. Matchmaking, or the art of organising matches based on several criteria designed to identify affinity, is essential to promoting Swiss talent in an extremely competitive market. Since 2016, Pro Helvetia has …

20.12.2018
Indoor Astronaut «Derailed!» © Indoor Astronaut
Interactive Media

Promoting Interactive Media

Launched at the end of June 2018, the third call for projects was a great success: 69 projects were submitted to Pro Helvetia, demonstrating the strength of Swiss interactive creation. The jury selected 14 projects that combined the best formal qualities, feasibility and commercial potential. These projects will receive well targeted funding according to their …

Stray Fawn Studio «Nimbatus – The Space Drone Constructor» (c) Stray Fawn Studio
Interactive Media

The SWISSGAMES Delegation at Gamescom 2018

Under the banner «SWISSGAMES – Exporting Fun & Innovation», Pro Helvetia is organising a major Swiss presence at Gamescom, Europe’s largest trade fair for video games, which attracts around 350,000 visitors every year. This edition’s SWISSGAMES delegation consists of 23 independent studios from German- and French-speaking Switzerland. Whether mobile or console games, virtual reality, creative …

08.08.2018
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Interactive Media

Results of Our Call for Projects

A second call for interactive media projects took place in spring 2018. Pro Helvetia’s new promotion model for interactive media was developed in the context of the “Culture and Business” programme. The 69 applications received, prove that Swiss interactive creation is reaching a new level of maturity. The candidates demonstrated a large diversity: strong and …

17.05.2018
SWISSGAMES @ GDC San Francisco 2017
Interactive Media

World-Class Get-Together

The Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco is the most important platform for interactive media in the world. Pro Helvetia is enabling 18 aspiring Swiss studios and start-ups to showcase their innovative designs and pioneering technologies and to forge contacts with peers at this year’s event from 19 to 23 March. #SwissGames will be represented …

16.03.2018
Interactive Media

Swiss VR at Sundance Film Festival

The Sundance Festival in Salt Lake City (USA) is the most important independent film and virtual reality festival in the world. The 2018 edition runs from 18 to 28 January. Backed by Pro Helvetia in partnership with Dart17 and Swissnex SF, two outstanding Swiss VR projects have gained a slot in the «New Frontier» programme …

11.01.2018
Interactive Media

Ludicious: Zürich Game Festival

The countdown is on! Game professionals from around the world are set to gather at the Kasernenareal in Zurich for the Zürich Game Festival Ludicious from 18 to 21 January. The event, sponsored by its main partners Pro Helvetia and the City of Zurich, represents Switzerland’s most important exchange and networking platform in the game …

08.01.2018