First Hand Films wants to make people laugh and cry. We want to learn about our complex and beautiful world, fall in love and be seduced into new universes.

If a film takes us through hell and back, if it lets us discover unique heroines and heroes and if it hides a political and human message in all these emotions, then we fall in love with a film.

If we are allowed to experience impressive pictures full of honesty and fantasy in the cinema and are released back into a reality and world after the screening, which never look the same again as before, then we want to carry this experience to as many viewers as possible.



Who we are

Esther van Messel

Nicole Biermaier
Head of distribution / Programmation / Promotion

Aline Schlunegger
Assistant / VoD / Promotion




First Hand Films

Neunbrunnenstra├če 50
8050 Z├╝rich
Tel: 41 44 312 20 60