Submit films

We've heard of a lot of documentary films, but definitely not all of them! We are always happy to discover new work. 

Our website has over 280 documentary films, these films have all been approved by our film jury. We also have a long list of films that have not met our criteria for our website. For instance, we want to promote unbiased, scientifically accurate films.

If you know of an environmental documentary not listed on our website, please let us know! 

No, we do not have funds to support the making of documentary film projects. However, please keep us informed about your environmental documentary so that we may help you with your film and release and so we can promote it on our website. 

We are happy to include all films that show the impact of humanity on the Earth, innovative sustainability projects, or the wonders of the nature in our film database. We are particularly interested in films related to ecology, but we have included a number of documentaries on consumerism, economic systems, spirituality which we hope are able to provide ample support to the main concepts of globalization and human impact on natural systems. We believe the ecological balance is essential to living well on this planet. Generally, we focus on feature-length documentaries rather and supplement the films with TV reports or other clips from youtube for more context. 

We have over 700 films on our watch list! 300 of which are on our trilingual website, 400 are still to be wated, categorized, rated and uploaded. Please be patient with us as most scouting for new films is done by a volunteer team. 

If there is a film you think we absolutely need to include, or if you have made your own documentary, send us the following information and we will see about including it onto our database:

  • Trailer
  • Official film bio
  • Technical specifications (directors, producers, duration, location, etc)
  • Film poster or DVD cover in high-resolution
  • DVD, Link or digital file to watch the film

The following data would also be incredibly useful to create a page on our website:

  • Other video clips related to the documentary
  • Film stills
  • Links to the social media
  • Quotes or reviews in the press
  • School worksheets, presskits or any documents that complement the film
  • The film as Video on Demand either on Vimeo pro, Youtube, Wistia, Distrify, VHX etc

  • Your VOD offer can be embedded directly onto our website. Unfortunately films on Itunes, Netflix, Hulu, and other 'on demand' portals cannot be integrated onto our website pages. 


We look forward to hearing your film suggestions! Please send them to: redaktionsleitung@filmefuerdieerde.org

Thank you! 

Our film jury scouts for potential festival films from December through to May. We look for a film for children, one for young adults, and 4 films for adults. We try to find the best, newest, international productions that support our vision and inspire people. Our selection criteria are very complex. 

We also like host the Swiss premiere of at least one film each year. We would love to read about your new production but we do not operate like conventional film festivals as we only put on 6 films throughout a single day. 

Get in touch with us at redaktionsleitung@filmefuerdieerde.org and let us know about your documentary film! 

Host a Screening

Each film can have many film distributors, according to country and language region. The distributors have the performance rights, DVD distribution rights, TV rights or download rights. 


In short, films in Switzerland can be screened free of charge (that is, without having to pay a fee to the film owner) among close friends, as well as in a classroom setting. This is called "within the framework of fair use". Public screenings are subject to a fee. This is important because it helps to finance the next great film, most documentary directors are not swimming in money and make their films selflessly. 

If you are hosting a film screening, even a free one, you must get in touch with the rights holder and request a license. The billing can be either a lump sum or a percentage based on attendees and is usually negotiable for NGOs, schools and non-profit events. Most companies will need a date, address, number of attendees, cover charge and mode of screening (a DVD or a digital file for the cinema). On many of our film pages you can see the rights holder listed. By booking a film kit from us, we undertake this part of the process for you. 

In addition, the SUISA must pay CHF 19 for the film music. The best way to settle this is to call SUISA and contact Mr Eggenberger. More information here. Many venues will also charge a fee to play background music. This means you can play music before the film. 

Films for the Earth assumes no legal responsibility for your private screening. Please study the law or consult a lawyer. Please note, we too are paying the film licenses without exception. We are firmly of the mind that copyrights must be respected because filmmakers often put themselves at risk, physically or legally, while capturing the footage. We believe that their work should be at the very least financially supported. There is no automatic disclaimer of the film rights because we are a non-profit organization, even internal company screenings are paid for. 

Other countries have different laws. For example, in Germany, classroom screenings are subject to the Ö license fee. 

All this relating to copyright, are the subject of copyright law in the Swiss Federal Law and the use of intellectual property rights (copyright law URG), Chapter 5, Limitations of copyright law, Article 19 Use for own use. 

In Switzerland, the screening of films in a classroom, (this implies just one average classroom, not the entire school) is free for teachers and schools. More specifically, the Confederation, cantonal educational directorates, municipalities, or private school organizations pay the licenses for schools, school authorities and school media councils per pupil and year. More details can be found here and here

In the EU, you must receive an Ö license from the film distributor. 

All of these materials are usually distributed by the rights-holder of that film, or in one of our film kits.


Yes this is possible. Please send us as much information as you can about what the event is for and what roles your team can take. We can easily share our know-how and possibly moderate the evening. Fundraising is sometimes done by us, or together with you - let's talk. 

Each film can have many film distributors, according to country and language region. The distributors have the performance rights, DVD distribution rights, TV rights or download rights. 

In short, films in Switzerland can be screened free of charge (that is, without having to pay a fee to the film owner) among close friends, as well as in a classroom setting. This is called "within the framework of fair use". Public screenings are subject to a fee. This is important because it helps to finance the next great film, most documentary directors are not swimming in money and make their films selflessly. 

If you are hosting a film screening, even a free one, you must get in touch with the rights holder and request a license. The billing can be either a lump sum or a percentage based on attendees and is usually negotiable for NGOs, schools and non-profit events. Most companies will need a date, address, number of attendees, cover charge and mode of screening (a DVD or a digital file for the cinema). On many of our film pages you can see the rights holder listed. By booking a film kit from us, we undertake this part of the process for you. 

In addition, the SUISA must pay CHF 19 for the film music. The best way to settle this is to call SUISA and contact Mr Eggenberger. More information here. Many venues will also charge a fee to play background music. This means you can play music before the film. 

Films for the Earth assumes no legal responsibility for your private screening. Please study this bill, consult a lawyer or book a film kit. Please note, we too are paying the film licenses without exception. We are firmly of the mind that copyrights must be respected because filmmakers often put themselves at risk, physically or legally, while capturing the footage. We believe that their work should be at the very least financially supported. There is no automatic disclaimer of the film rights because we are a non-profit organization, even internal company screenings are paid for. 

Other countries have different laws. For example, in Germany, classroom screenings are subject to the Ö license fee. 

All this relating to copyright, are the subject of copyright law in the Swiss Federal Law and the use of intellectual property rights (copyright law URG), Chapter 5, Limitations of copyright law, Article 19 Use for own use. 


When you charge admission for a film screening, most film rightsowners will change the billing method. Instead of offering a fixed price, the fee is calculated as a percentage. For example, it may be that the film distributor wants 40% of all revenue and a clear run-in-revenue accounting. 

Instead of charging a cover fee, we suggest putting out a collections tin. Our experience is that if an event is well executed and professional, your attendees will be happy to participate in a small donation. For large events, you may expect around CHF 3-5 donation per visitor, student of course always give less than working adults. At smaller, more personal events, you may make up to CHF 10 a head. 

It helps to mention that you are collecting donations after you have screened the film and how much the event cost per person so your guests can have an idea of what they should leave. 

A few extra viewers is neither here nor there. If there really are a lot more than you expected, you should inform the film distributor who will possibly send us the bill. So please let us know!

A good way to cover the costs of your screening event is to put out a collection tin and ask for donations. 

According to copyright law, "close friends" and "private" means your partner, best friends, pet, etc. and does not mean the whole marching band. 

The venue is irrelevant as is whether you charge admission, or what legal form the venue has. 

The copyright law can be read here .

Yes, you will receive the film from us either as a DVD, BluRay or digital file. The DVD or BluRay disk you will be allowed to keep and share, the digital file must be deleted immediately after the screening. 


The process is somewhat more complicated, if you wish to screen in a cinema. The cinema requires a DCP file of over 150GB with an encoded legal protection. For this reason, we do not include cinema screenings are part of the regular film kit as it has additional fees. 

Yes, but there is an additional cost of CHF 200. 

This additional cost is so a variety of reasons. Cinemas need highest quality film files, called DCPs. These are at least 150GB files with special legal protection and format. Sometimes the film distributor has such a file available, sometimes not. If not, we are able to produce such files with our film technician, and we could make one for you too for your choice of film. In any event, this means additional communication with the technician, the cinema, the distributor etc. We would also get charged a higher rate for the film. 

Film screenings in the classroom are exempt from the license under Swiss copyright law. However, if the screening is being held in a school, but is open to outside (non-pupil) visitors, the screening is considered to be public and the film fee and SUISA fee are due. 

In Germany, in both cases an "Ö" license must be purchased. It is often sold together with an educational version DVD. 

When booking a film kit, we will gladly take care of it all.

Of course, you can. Find out who owns the rights to the film you wish to screen in your country and language. Note the logos on the DVD covers or search for the rights-holders in our database. Enquire about the screening license via e-mail and let them know the details of the event (venue, date, estimated number of visitors, invoice address, etc.)

Please contact the SUISA and ask how to settle the fights for the film music. 

You will have to settle both music and film rights and deliver a report. 

A screening medium can be obtained either from the film distribution company or via our Shop (if available, both are subject to a fee)

To see if the film is suitable we recommend to visit the film page first. There you will often find more clips and information besides the trailer. You can also get inspired by our festival nominations. These are the films that we show at the festival and are of great quality.

However, if you would like to watch the film in advance, there are various providers who offer the films either free of charge or as video on demand, e.g. Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, Swisscom TV. We also have some films that you can watch for free.

MPLC's almost worldwide "umbrella licence" offer covers hundreds of films from large and medium-sized film studios, i.e. with an annual fee adapted to the use, you can screen films from their repertoire as you wish, but without being allowed to advertise the film and without paying admission. In addition, it only includes films for the Earth that come from larger studios, i.e. almost none of our films (as of 2019). In addition, SUISA (CH) and GEMA (DE) fees and related sound rights still have to be paid separately in other countries.

For this reason this offer is of no use to most of our voluntary performers and if so, an annual fee for 1-2 performances could still be too expensive.

The MPLC screen license is best used for the right to display audiovisual content to the audience in public places such as shops, waiting and reception areas, bars, restaurants, coaches, recreation centers, schools, crèches, nursing homes, etc. The MPLC screen license is also used for the right to use the content in public places such as public places.


Links:

mplc.ch

mplc-film.de

Film-Kit

Each film can have many film distributors, according to country and language region. The distributors have the performance rights, DVD distribution rights, TV rights or download rights. 

In short, films in Switzerland can be screened free of charge (that is, without having to pay a fee to the film owner) among close friends, as well as in a classroom setting. This is called "within the framework of fair use". Public screenings are subject to a fee. This is important because it helps to finance the next great film, most documentary directors are not swimming in money and make their films selflessly. 

If you are hosting a film screening, even a free one, you must get in touch with the rights holder and request a license. The billing can be either a lump sum or a percentage based on attendees and is usually negotiable for NGOs, schools and non-profit events. Most companies will need a date, address, number of attendees, cover charge and mode of screening (a DVD or a digital file for the cinema). On many of our film pages you can see the rights holder listed. By booking a film kit from us, we undertake this part of the process for you. 

In addition, the SUISA must pay CHF 19 for the film music. The best way to settle this is to call SUISA and contact Mr Eggenberger. More information here. Many venues will also charge a fee to play background music. This means you can play music before the film. 

Films for the Earth assumes no legal responsibility for your private screening. Please study this bill, consult a lawyer or book a film kit. Please note, we too are paying the film licenses without exception. We are firmly of the mind that copyrights must be respected because filmmakers often put themselves at risk, physically or legally, while capturing the footage. We believe that their work should be at the very least financially supported. There is no automatic disclaimer of the film rights because we are a non-profit organization, even internal company screenings are paid for. 

Other countries have different laws. For example, in Germany, classroom screenings are subject to the Ö license fee. 

All this relating to copyright, are the subject of copyright law in the Swiss Federal Law and the use of intellectual property rights (copyright law URG), Chapter 5, Limitations of copyright law, Article 19 Use for own use. 


If you want to screen a film for less than 30 people, you will be charged the minimum fee by the film distributors. This fee corresponds to a small quantity order. Therefore, 30 is the minimum amount of spectators. 

When you charge admission for a film screening, most film rightsowners will change the billing method. Instead of offering a fixed price, the fee is calculated as a percentage. For example, it may be that the film distributor wants 40% of all revenue and a clear run-in-revenue accounting. 

Instead of charging a cover fee, we suggest putting out a collections tin. Our experience is that if an event is well executed and professional, your attendees will be happy to participate in a small donation. For large events, you may expect around CHF 3-5 donation per visitor, student of course always give less than working adults. At smaller, more personal events, you may make up to CHF 10 a head. 

It helps to mention that you are collecting donations after you have screened the film and how much the event cost per person so your guests can have an idea of what they should leave. 

We pay the film license fees (CHF 3-10 per person), the SUISA fee (CHF 20) plus 2 hours of administrative work (clarifying rights, clarifying SUISA, finding, preparing and sending films). Sometimes our cost is less, sometimes more, and thus is balances out. 

Our film kits simplify the process and help us get more film productions through the network. 

A few extra viewers is neither here nor there. If there really are a lot more than you expected, you should inform the film distributor who will possibly send us the bill. So please let us know!

A good way to cover the costs of your screening event is to put out a collection tin and ask for donations. 

According to copyright law, "close friends" and "private" means your partner, best friends, pet, etc. and does not mean the whole marching band. 

The venue is irrelevant as is whether you charge admission, or what legal form the venue has. 

The copyright law can be read here .

Yes, you will receive the film from us either as a DVD, BluRay or digital file. The DVD or BluRay disk you will be allowed to keep and share, the digital file must be deleted immediately after the screening. 


The process is somewhat more complicated, if you wish to screen in a cinema. The cinema requires a DCP file of over 150GB with an encoded legal protection. For this reason, we do not include cinema screenings are part of the regular film kit as it has additional fees. 

Either as a download link via e-mail or on a USB stick depending on the size of the file. 

In the case of a cinema screening, a DCP (150GB) file needs to be carried on a hard drive. We have to charge extra to provide the hard drive (between CHF 50 and CHF 200)

Yes, but there is an additional cost of CHF 200. 

This additional cost is so a variety of reasons. Cinemas need highest quality film files, called DCPs. These are at least 150GB files with special legal protection and format. Sometimes the film distributor has such a file available, sometimes not. If not, we are able to produce such files with our film technician, and we could make one for you too for your choice of film. In any event, this means additional communication with the technician, the cinema, the distributor etc. We would also get charged a higher rate for the film. 

Film screenings in the classroom are exempt from the license under Swiss copyright law. However, if the screening is being held in a school, but is open to outside (non-pupil) visitors, the screening is considered to be public and the film fee and SUISA fee are due. 

In Germany, in both cases an "Ö" license must be purchased. It is often sold together with an educational version DVD. 

When booking a film kit, we will gladly take care of it all.

Of course, you can. Find out who owns the rights to the film you wish to screen in your country and language. Note the logos on the DVD covers or search for the rights-holders in our database. Enquire about the screening license via e-mail and let them know the details of the event (venue, date, estimated number of visitors, invoice address, etc.)

Please contact the SUISA and ask how to settle the fights for the film music. 

You will have to settle both music and film rights and deliver a report. 

A screening medium can be obtained either from the film distribution company or via our Shop (if available, both are subject to a fee)

Yes, at the time of the booking you may give us your estimate for how many people you expect to screen the film to. We would be happy to know subsequently how many actually attended your event. 

To see if the film is suitable we recommend to visit the film page first. There you will often find more clips and information besides the trailer. You can also get inspired by our festival nominations. These are the films that we show at the festival and are of great quality.

However, if you would like to watch the film in advance, there are various providers who offer the films either free of charge or as video on demand, e.g. Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, Swisscom TV. We also have some films that you can watch for free.

MPLC's almost worldwide "umbrella licence" offer covers hundreds of films from large and medium-sized film studios, i.e. with an annual fee adapted to the use, you can screen films from their repertoire as you wish, but without being allowed to advertise the film and without paying admission. In addition, it only includes films for the Earth that come from larger studios, i.e. almost none of our films (as of 2019). In addition, SUISA (CH) and GEMA (DE) fees and related sound rights still have to be paid separately in other countries.

For this reason this offer is of no use to most of our voluntary performers and if so, an annual fee for 1-2 performances could still be too expensive.

The MPLC screen license is best used for the right to display audiovisual content to the audience in public places such as shops, waiting and reception areas, bars, restaurants, coaches, recreation centers, schools, crèches, nursing homes, etc. The MPLC screen license is also used for the right to use the content in public places such as public places.


Links:

mplc.ch

mplc-film.de

Cooperation

Yes this is possible. Please send us as much information as you can about what the event is for and what roles your team can take. We can easily share our know-how and possibly moderate the evening. Fundraising is sometimes done by us, or together with you - let's talk. 

Sponsoring a film is simple, a lot of fun and very welcome. Click here for more information.

Yes, we have had many collaborations with students, other NGOs and public groups. Since we are always a bit short on workforce, please only submit a complete collaboration proposal. 

The following information would be useful to us: what would you do? What would we do? What is the budget and the time frame of the project? Where does the funding come from? 

Long-term partnerships, for example Media partnerships are also possible, and of course sponsorship. Just call us at the office and we can give you more specific information. 

With pleasure! Every link helps. Click here for our logo and other image files you can use. 

Counter-links can only be found in our blog and only to sites that deal with sustainability and offer our visitors added value. Focus is our motto.


No, we do not have funds to support the making of documentary film projects. However, please keep us informed about your environmental documentary so that we may help you with your film and release and so we can promote it on our website. 

Others

You may order DVDs at anytime through the online shop or by telephone. Generally, we will ship our orders the same day, so please let us know if there is a delay or the package has been lost. We can also give you more information about sponsoring a particular film over the phone. 

In principle, only persons of 16 years of age can access public film screenings. In the case of suitable films, the Jugendamt of Zurich canton can reduce the age restriction at the request of the corresponding cinema. Please note the legal minimum age in the respective categories. See Kitag for more information. 

The majority of the films we promote can be purchased as a DVD in our Online Shop. We are usually able to ship them straightaway at a standard shipping rate (information on incurring customs, VAT and postage delivery can be found in the Shop)  

If we don't sell the DVD you are looking for, we suggest trying to find it on amazon.de, amazon.co.uk or amazon.com (take note of the country code!)

Gladly, but only on a voluntary basis. 

We have a large team of volunteers, some work with us regularly and some only come to work at events like the festival. We also have a film jury made up exclusively of volunteers which meets every 3 weeks to watch and review a film. You can apply to be a film jury member. 

Write a letter of application to us, including your motivation to work for FFDE and what you bring to the table. A CV is always welcome. We are always happy to bring new people into the team, either as a event volunteer, translator, an office assistant, or as a programmer (Javascript, php, MySQL). Read more here

filmkeys

1. click (or type) on the movie key link that you have received

2. If you already have a Films for the Earth log-in...

...you can add the movie key to your account and rent the movie.

...if you don't have a login yet,

...first register with your teacher e-mail (on the right below the log-in form). After the registration you are automatically logged in and can also add the film key to your account and rent the film.