Touch Down

Ready, set, hut!

The recently founded Winterthur Warriors Ladies launch their mission with a lot of enthusiasm and a proper share of pioneering spirit: To establish their team and American football in Switzerland for women.

An absolute rarity in the picturesque, conservative Alpine country. Thus, again and again, they encounter obstacles and challenges that threaten the further team development...

  • Andi Bänziger
    Director
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  • Aron Marty
    Director
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  • Andi Bänziger
    Writer
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  • Andi Bänziger
    Producer
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  • Aron Marty
    Director of Photography
  • Aron Marty
    Editor
  • Michael Schwarz
    Sound Design
  • Jürgen Kupka
    Color Grading
  • Patrick "Coach" Feller
    Key Cast
  • Océane "Ocean" Bayle
    Key Cast
  • Andrea "The Rock" Erni-Brüngger
    Key Cast
  • Claudia "QB" Lütolf
    Key Cast
  • Pary "Chess in Action" Nuri
    Key Cast
  • Oliver "Baggi" Baggenstoss
    Key Cast
  • Christian Kraut Ochsner
    Executive Producer
  • Felix Bänziger
    Executive Producer
  • René Duchow
    Associate Producer
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Touch Down
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Genres:
    sports, drama, gender
  • Runtime:
    24 minutes 38 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 31, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    22,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Switzerland
  • Country of Filming:
    Switzerland
  • Language:
    Swiss German
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, 4K
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1.85:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • International Sport Film Festival
    Napoli
    Italy
    December 7, 2022
    World Premiere
    Best Documentary
  • Zoom - Zbliżenia International Film Festival
    Jelenia Góra
    Poland
    March 10, 2023
    Polish Premiere
    Official Selection
  • 21st IN THE PALACE International Short Film Festival
    Pernik
    Bulgaria
    June 10, 2023
    Bulgarian Premiere
    Official Selection (Best Documentary)
Director Biography - Andi Bänziger, Aron Marty

- Creative Producer and founding member, docyard GmbH (since 2019)
- Scientific Collaborator PUK Psychiatric University Hospital Zurich (2017 – 2019) and ZHAW School of Applied Sciences Winterthur (2010 – 2016)
- PhD in Media Sciences, University of Basel (2009)
- Scientific Assistant, Institute for Media Sciences, University of Basel (2005 – 2010)
- Master in Sociology, University of Basel (2005)

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Director Statement

We were hyped when we first heard about the Winterthur Warriors Ladies (thanks to the infamous dating app Tinder): Andi is a big American Football fan (and still single) and Aron instantly liked the aesthetics of the sport. Three enthusiastic text messages from Andi were enough to elicit enthusiastic feedback from Aron (“awesome awesome aweseome").
So, we followed the Winterthur Warriors Ladies and their coaches through their roller-coaster development in the early phase of the team's history. The longer we accompanied the team, the clearer it became that the team's struggle is less about dealing with external adversity: The club doesn't really put obstacles in the ladies' way; there's more of an indifferent laissez-faire. And the ladies deal with the stereotyping from outside in a confident and self-assured manner. No, the real challenge lies within, in the conflict of goals between coaches and certain team members in terms of commitment to the project.
This simmering conflict between the (head) coach(es) and the team became our guiding subject in editing the movie and creating the dramatic arc. While in the beginning, everything seems nice and smooth (“paradise”), the central conflict between optimism for a bright future of ladies' football and the reality of everyday practice participation becomes more and more apparent, culminating in the cinematic confrontation of the absolute highlight (first game ever) with the absolute low-point (winter training) in the team's development, ending on a huge question mark with the pandemic hitting the world.