An observation a portrait a pamphlet or an essay, regardless in which form, the art of documentary film is what is fascinating us.
Since the foundation of RECK Filmproduktion in 2000 by Franziska Reck, the company has mainly been developing and producing documentary, documentary-feature and experimental films for cinema and television.
Always searching for new ideas, always transcending limitations, RECK Filmproductions stands for – and features – interest in the wide variety of lifestyles and the diverse forms in which people express themselves, as well as the fascination of images – whether documentary, staged or experimental in nature. In the centre of the search are human encounters, images depicting what happens when different cultures encounter one another.
Exploration – investigation - RECK’S guiding principles, also incorporate production and distribution, so that each film and each essay thus finds the best matching framework conditions for both production and distribution.
Each film is one of a kind – unique, distinctive and unmistakable - and thus receives special, individual attention and treatment.
To date, Franziska RECK has produced over 30 films and pays special attention to the exploitation of her works; in addition to being launched in cinemas, on special tours, at festivals and on television, all films are released on DVD or via VoD platforms.
Franziska RECK has been an active and committed supporter of independent Swiss filmmaking for over 30 years; as a film distributor at Filmcoopi Zurich (1983-90), as a film producer in the development of Swiss distribution funding and MEDIA distribution measures (1990-2000). Since 2000 she has been working as an independent film producer and owner of RECK Filmproduktion GmbH.
Her films have been screened at renowned international film festivals: including DOK Leipzig and CPH:DOX (Haarig), Int. Short Film Festival Clermont-Ferrand (Subotika), Vision du Réel 2015 and Locarno Film Festival 2015 (Wild Women - Gentle Beasts), ZFF - Zürcher Film Festival 2020, 2018 Focus Competition, Int. Documentary Competition (NOT ME - A Journey with Not Vital, SUBITO), Locarno Film Festival 2014 in the Semaine de la Critique and at Singapore IFF 2014 (Mulhapar), Berlin International Film Festival 2011 (Mit dem Bauch durch die Wand), Festival Vision du réel in int. competition 2011, Hot Docs Toronto 2011, Dok Leipzig, CPH:DOX, Jihlava International Film Festival (SIRA - Wenn der Halbmond spricht).
In 2020 Benny Jaberg receives the German Camera Award for NOT ME - A Journey with Not Vital in the category Documentary Film. NOT ME - A Journey with Not Vital by Pascal Hoffmann is nominated for the Swiss Film Award in 2021 in the categories Best Cinematography and Best Film Score. Terra incognita by Peter Volkart wins the 2006 Swiss Film Award for Best Short Film. Peter Liechti's Namibia Crossing was nominated for the Swiss Film Award for Best Documentary in 2005.
The International Film Festival Innsbruck IFFI awards Franziska RECK the Honorary Award 2017.
Franziska Reck has held seats on various juries and film commissions and is currently a member of the Swiss Film Academy, the EDN (European Documentary Network), is on the board of Cinésuisse, as well as the producers' association GARP.