Founded in Zurich and Berlin by Esther van Messel, to distribute independent fiction and documentary films for television and cinema, First Hand Films is present at all major festivals around the year and represents more than 200 films and their makers from all over the world.
"First Hand Films must make people laugh, cry, fall in love and learn something. About one in twenty films does that to us. When filmmakers take us into a new universe. When they tell us stories we never thought existed. When they take us through hell and back. When they walk rainbows with us. When we learn something about our complex world."