With the newly created Peter Liechti Prize, Bildrausch pays tribute to the Swiss filmmaker and author Peter Liechti (1951–2014). The award intends to honour a courageous film that “goes all out”. The Peter Liechti Prize, worth 2,000 CHF, will be awarded by the jury of the international competition at the awards ceremony, and will for the next three years be donated by the Basel-based company Tweaklab AG and Reck Filmproduktion, Zurich. Peter Liechti’s opus embodies the idea of the radically unique. Risk-taking was his credo, and the generous, witty author and filmmaker not only expected this from himself, but also from his audiences: “... I want people to go out on a limb with the film, far out where things actually get really uncomfortable.” This for him was the only consistent way of making films. Peter Liechti joined the first Bildrausch as a jury member of the international competition in 2011 and stayed connected with the festival for the remainder of his life.


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