In 2003 Francine Lusser and Gérard Monier founded Tipi’mages, specializing in line production they oversaw the filming of a dozen films in coproduction between Switzerland and France as well as international hits like Syriana, The Informant, Contagion, David et Madame Hasen or The Wolf of Wall Street (all scenes filmed in Switzerland).
In 2006 they decided to move up and produce their own films starting with the widely acclaimed Nomad’s Land – sur les traces de Nicolas Bouvier, three television documentaries and three short films. Their last film SÂDHU has also been met with immense success in theaters, reaching an audience of 35’000 spectators in Switzerland and continuing into France, Germany and Austria.
In 2012 the duo launched the video on demand platform leKino.ch, a member of the EuroVod network that covers VOD within 14 European countries.
They currently have a documentary making rounds at festivals; a feature length movie and documentary in post-production; another feature length movie and a documentary currently under production along with a television series; and to top it off three more feature length films with a third documentary under development.
Francine Lusser earned her Master in Economic Science from the University of Berne in 1989. Since 1990 she began working as a location manager and oversaw the production of several national and international films before establishing her own production company.
Francine is also, a member of EAVE; takes part in La Commission Dédérale du Film; the Mediadesk committee; the SFP (l’Association des Producteurs de Films Suisses); the Forum Romand des Producteurs; Festival Cinéma Tous Ecrans; co-president of the Forum Romand and a member of the selective commission for cinema in the Canton of Berne.
Gérard Monier received his diploma in film production from l’I.D.H.E.C (Institut des Hautes Études Cinématographiques) in Paris. He has carried out various positions in many productions while simultaneously directing his own short-films. In 1976, he founded the society Europub and after two years came back to his wonderful works of fiction.
Sine then he has been an integral part of even more productions under various companies, accomplishing the completion of over 30 feature films for both French and international audiences. Outside of feature length movie releases his contribution to the world of television amounts to hundreds of productions to France, Switzerland and wider audiences across the globe.
Gérard is now a member of the ADP (Association des Directeur de Production français) and of the Cinéforom in Switzerland.