cinefile - The Swiss streaming alternative
cinefile is the streaming service for lovers of international and Swiss arthouse and independent movies. Three years after its launch, the online platform already offers more than 600 films, including over 200 Swiss productions. The streaming selection ranges from upscale entertainment to rigorous art films. The platform is curated by proven film experts around the well-known Swiss film critic and cinefile founder Andreas Furler. "The basic idea of cinefile", says Andreas Furler, "is that we provide what we never found at Netflix & Co: Films that were still showing in art house cinemas, as well as reprises and classics. Even the distinction between arthouse and mainstream does not bother us, as long as we like a movie. We do not compromise on quality. We don't want to offer as many films as possible for streaming on cinefile, but as good as possible ones. Class instead of mass, that's our motto."
Streaming in single rental without subscription obligation
The film selection is still growing continuously, as it is constantly supplemented by the best new feature films as well as selected reprises, classics, documentaries and short films. Almost all films are available for single rental with the Basic registration without any subscription obligation. The movies are all available in HD with selectable subtitles, some of them also in German or French dubbed versions, and streaming is easy: If you have deposited a credit card, each new film is available at the click of a button. With the AirPlay function of Apple TV or a Chromecast plug, you can also stream the films easily on your big TV screen. Streaming on cinefile is only possible in Switzerland and Liechtenstein for licensing reasons.
Stream99: The best films with an attractive streaming subscription
One of the unique features of cinefile is the Stream99 subscription. It bundles 99 of the best and most popular films into a collection that can be watched in a monthly or annual subscription for 9 or 90 francs respectively. Every week 1-2 new films are added to the Stream99 library, while the oldest films are dropped, so that the selection is constantly renewed. However, since the newest movies are not available for streaming flatrate offers, Stream99 subscribers of course also have the possibility to stream movies in single rental and thus access the complete online collection of cinefile. Conversely, as a small thank you to our Stream99 subscribers, individual films are available exclusively in Stream99. At the moment, these include two classics by Abbas Kiarostami and a cycle of documentaries by Agnès Varda. Some other Stream99 highlights: "The Rider" by Oscar winner Chloé Zhao ("Nomadland"), "Memories of Murder" and "Mother" by Oscar winner Bong Joon-ho ("Parasite") as well as "Molly's Game" by Aaron Sorkin. You can find the whole overview here.
Bonus material à discrétion
One of the special features of cinefile is the bonus material that accompanies all streaming films online and helps to classify them: short reviews and in-depth reviews, video essays, live interviews or portraits and background analyses in written and cinematic form. These trouvailles from the worldwide web of cinéphilie are compiled by our editorial team with the same effort and verve as the films themselves.
A wide range of genres and selection criteria
On the streaming platform cinefile, we offer a wide selection of genres: Dramas, comedies, crime and thrillers, documentaries and children's films, westerns or science fiction.... To make your choice easier, we are currently working on a filter system that will allow you not only to select genres, but also to narrow it down according to other criteria such as the country of origin or the languages of a film. This sophisticated "film finder" will go online on cinefile in autumn 2021. However, you can already mark as many films as you like in your personal watchlist, which is structured according to current cinema films and streaming films and also shows all films that you have already watched on cinefile.