by Ivo Kummer, Head of the Federal Office of Culture, Film Section
The beginning of this year represents the end of an era at FOCAL: Thomas Geiser recently left in his role as Foundation president, after heading the Council and the Committee for almost seventeen years. Moreover, Pierre Agthe — director of the Foundation's activities since its creation almost thirty years ago — will be leaving in March.
FOCAL offers further training opportunities to professionals in the film and audiovisual fields. The seminars, colloquiums and workshops set up in Switzerland and other European countries provide knowledge and skills that can be put into immediate practice. At the same time, these events serve as a platform for questioning conventional work models and methods, and for exchanging ideas away from the pressure of everyday demands.