Marcel Derek Ramsay was born in Switzerland in 1969. Before going to film school, he was a professional photographer, and his works were showcased in numerous exhibitions and won various awards. His short films – often experimental and found-footage works – earned him among other things a nomination for the Golden Leopard in the Best Short Film category at the Locarno Film Festival. He was a cameraman on Samir’s documentary film “Babylon 2”, which has since become part of Switzerland’s collective memory, and this was followed by a lengthy period as a cutter for Swiss TV, commercials, and independent productions.


His editing left its mark on numerous animated films and documentaries, including “Beyond Farewell” by Susanna Hübscher, where he was also responsible for much of the camerawork, “Die Seilbahn” (The Cable Car) and “Schlaf” (Sleep) by Claudius Gentinetta, which won awards in Cairo, Tokyo, Baden, Montreal, and Geneva, to name but a few, “L’Île Noire” by Nino Christen, who is currently enjoying remarkable success at film festivals, “Sira – Wenn der Halbmond spricht” (Songs of the Crescent Moon) by Sandra Gysi and Ahmed Abdel Mohsen, as well as Jacqueline Zünd’s “Goodnight Nobody”, which also won numerous awards, including the “Best Newcomer” prize at the Visions du Réel (Visions of Reality) documentary film festival in 2010.


In 2008 Marcel Derek Ramsay founded the Cinéma Copain Ltd. production company, and since then he has been producing film trailers, works of his friends who are filmmakers, as well as his own film projects.