In the early 80s Fernand Melgar and his friends founded Le Cabaret Orwell, as well as the internationally famous rock venue La Dolce Vita. After first screening experimental films Melgar turned into a self-taught independent film director and producer. He created experimental films and iconoclastic television segments in 1983. In 1985 he joined the production company Climage where he produced over 20 well-accepted documentaries. His documentary EXIT – THE RIGHT TO DIE received several international awards including the Golden Link UER Award for the best European co-production and the Swiss Cinema Award. His documentary THE FORTRESS won the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival and many other international awards. His film SPECIAL FLIGHT received more than thirty international awards, including the Swiss Film Award and the Prix Europa. His latest film THE SHELTER was filmed in an shelter for homeless people in Lausanne.