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Urs Schnell
founding partner
<p>Urs Schnell is an award-winning Swiss director/producer of non-fiction films. His feature length documentary BOTTLED LIFE (2012) has won several prizes worldwide and is still regularly screening on TV today. His TV-documentary BOYS ON THE HILL won the Bern TV-awards. Born in 1951, Urs graduated from the University of Bern (lic.phil.hist. MA). In 1981 co-founded the private local Radio Förderband. From 1993 he worked for Swiss TV. Freelance journalist and filmmaker in St. Petersburg, Paris and Barcelona. 2006 co-founder of the Bern-based production company DokLab.</p>

Filmography

2021
Ostrov – Lost Island feature documentary, 92 min. Hot Docs 2021 Best International Feature, Moscou Artfilm Festival (Best International Feature), Guanajuato Filmfestival Mexiko (Best International Feature), El Gouna Film Festival Egypt (Silver Star and Humanity Award), Locarno Film Festival (Panorama Selection), Visions du Réel (International Selection)
co-producer
2017
To the End of Dreams feature documentary CH, HD/2K SUISA Film Music Award 2017, Nomination Prix du Public Solothurn Film Festival 2018, DOK.fest Munich International Competition 2018
Producer
2015
Tibetan Warrior cinema-documentary 84 min, HD/2K, CH
Producer
2012
Bottled Life - Nestlé's Business with Water Documentary, HDCam, 90 min. Herbert Quant Award Bad Homburg Germany, GreenMe Award Berlin (Best Feature Documentary), Chicago International Film Festival TV Awards (Silver Plaque Doc Science&Nature), New York Festivals TV & Films (Silver World Medal Environment & Ecology)
Director, Co-Author, Executive Producer
2008
Hooligans Documentary CH, DigiBeta
Director, Author
2006
Sweat for Blood Documentary HD, CH/Eritrea
Writer, Director
2004
The Boys from the Hill DigiBeta 16:9, CH Best TV Feature Documentary Bern 2005
Writer, Director
2002
L’Homme Empereur Documentary DigiBeta 4:3, France
Director, Co-Author
2001
The Penguinman Documentary Solothurner Filmfestival (Best of Dok SF), Festival du Film d’Environnement Paris
Director, Author
1995
Protsess idiot – young people in St. Petersburg Short Docu
Director, Author
1994
Liederliche Nächte – Impressionen von den Berner Songtagen Documentary Beta SP, 30 Min.
Producer/Director
1993
Spurensuche im Altaj Documented Journey Beta SP, 30 Min.
Producer/Director
1992
Kopfvoran – Aus der Geschichte eines etwas anderen Lokalradios. Buch Verlag Maxmedia, Bern
1983
Inselträume – Literatur aus der Südsee. Buch In: drehpunkt. Die Schweizer Literaturzeitschrift. Lenos Verlag, Basel
1979
Grössere Publikationen für Berner Zeitung, Tages-Anzeiger, Weltwoche, Cash, Facts, Der Bund
Lost African can’t swim TV-Story
Der Einsiedler vom Frutigtal TV-Story
La Diréctrice Nestlé TV-Story
Bertarellis Schiffbruch TV-Story
Der Versicherungsverkäufer TV-Story
Die Arbeits-Helden aus dem Eggiwil TV-Story
Die Rückkehr des Daniel Cohn-Bendit TV-Story
Korsika brennt TV-Story
Gay Pride im Aprikosenland TV-Story