Prix Walo 2013

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“More than Honey” won the most important award in Swiss show business, the Prix Walo for best film production.

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Producer Pierre-Alain Meier (middle), „Alpöhi“ Fred Jaggi (left) and “Bee Inspector“ Elisabeth Schild (second from left) were honoured to receive the award. Markus Imhoof visited via Skype from Warsaw.


In his address Fred Jaggi emphasized: „The best thing this award does is to raise awareness in the audience, the public and among politicians, that the bell tolled five minutes before twelve o’clock for bee breeding. The moment is serious. We are fighting for the conservation of our bee and the pollination of our food crops. Please support us in this cause to save our bees.”

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The award ceremony took place on Sunday, 12. May in the “Mythenforum Schwyz”. Here a picture showing the jodeling group “Echo vom Mythen”.

More about the award ceremony for best film production:  Here (in German)

Swiss Film Award 2013

“More than Honey” won the Swiss Film Award as “Best Documentary” and for “Best Film Music” (Peter Scherer).

A view from above on to the area of the power plant in Geneva, on the 24th of March 2013.

Director Markus Imhoof on the Red Carpet, in the middle between Pacte-Doc director Urs Augstburger (left) and Co-Producer Pierre-Alain Meier (right)…

..and on stage with the other winners.

More here Swiss Film Award


Political Success in France

The French Minister for Agriculture, Stephane Le Foll, took on the patronage of the documentary “More than Honey”. 

 He also developed a 40-page plan to develop a sustainable honeybee industry, starting: “In France there shall be no area where honeybees are not entitled to live” – Hats off and thank you, Mr. Foll! 

Audience Award in Solothurn (CH)

The PRIX DU PUBLIC 2013 is awarded to «More Than Honey» by Markus Imhoof


Markus Imhoof with audience award 

On the January 31. the audience of the “Solothurn Film Days” chose  its favourite Swiss film out of twelve nominations.  The «PRIX DU PUBLIC» includes prize money of CHF 20’000.–. It is sponsored by “Die Schweizerische Post” and Swiss Life, in collaboration with the festival organizers. 


Bavarian Film Price 2013 for Best Documentary

“…In the jury we were mesmerized by „More than Honey“. Best to award it the subtitle “Most Important Film of the Year” as well. Because: Without the bees we are lost – and without this film we would not even know!”

Markus Imhoof received the “Pierrot” and 10 000 Euros for the best documentary in the “Prinzregententheater” Munich on Friday, 18. January 2013. The film price of Bavaria is awarded for the 34. time this year for excellent German cinematography.

More from the jury statement: “A film has reached its goal when the audience leaves the theatre moved and all in thoughts, discussing its content. „More than Honey“ manages this effortlessly – and much more: The film does not only move the audience, it apparently touches a raw nerve in our times.”

“A heartfelt documentary.”

More here (in German): München DE und München Exklusiv

Most Successful Swiss Movie for 2012

100 000 entries for “More than Honey” during the first six weeks since it is shown in movie theatres around Switzerland turns this film into the most successful Swiss Movie for 2012.

Only two documentaries ever reached more than 100 000 entries since 1976. According to the Federal Office of Culture, which recorded the 500 most successful Swiss movies, these were: “Mani Matter. Why are you so sad?” By Friedrich Kappeler in 2002 with 150 000 entries, and “The Wisdom about Healing” by Franz Reichle in 1997 with 105 000. Entries.