Zurich Film Festival

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The Zurich Film Festival ( ZFF ) has been held annually in Zurich since 2005 from the end of September . In 2018, it recorded over 100,000 visitors for the first time.

The main focus of content is the presentation and promotion of new directorial talent from all over the world. In each of the three competition categories, first, second and third directorial works are allowed. A special focus is on the discovery of new talents from the German-speaking area, which will be presented in a specially created competition section. Both works from the competition series and from established filmmakers are mostly presented personally by the filmmakers. In addition to the film program, the festival has also made a name for itself through supporting programs such as the Zurich Master Class or the international Zurich Summit and is increasingly perceived as a meeting place for the international film industry. The main prize will be awarded to the three competition winners and the guests of honor, the Golden Eye .

The ZFF is organized by Zurich Film Festival AG and Spoundation Motion Picture AG in cooperation with local institutions and sponsors and works with distributors and producers from Germany and abroad. The idea came from Karl Spoerri , the festival together with Nadja Schildknecht and Antoine Monot, Jr. founded. Spoerri (Artistic and Strategic Director) and Schildknecht (Management) are co-directors of the festival as of 2018. In April 2019 it was announced that Christian Junge would succeed Nadja Schildknecht and Karl Spoerri as artistic directors in 2020 . Christina Hanke was Managing Director of Spoundation Motion Picture AG from January to April 2020, followed by Elke Mayer in May 2020.

Swechseläutenplatz, Zurich - Award Night 2015


In 2004 Karl Spoerri and Tim Geser decided to bring the English digital film festival “onedotzero_adventures in moving images” to Zurich. From October 29th to 31st, 2004, the festival was a guest at the University of Art and Design in Zurich. The Zurich Film Festival and its core team developed from this small event.

In spring 2005, Karl Spoerri , Nadja Schildknecht and Antoine Monot, Jr. founded Spoundation Motion Picture GmbH , which has been running the Zurich Film Festival since then and is now managed by Karl Spoerri and Nadja Schildknecht. Karl Spoerri acts as the artistic director of the ZFF. Antoine Monot, Jr. was Artistic Director from its inception until 2008, before handing this over to Karl Spoerri, starting the German-language series in 2008 and curating it until 2009.

The 1st Zurich Film Festival (October 5 to 9, 2005) was held in the Plaza 1–6 cinemas in Zurich District 4 . The main focus was on “debuts” - around eight first-time products were presented in a series of competitions. Other film series included the series “Debut Classics” and “Züri Bellevue”. The festival was already well received by the public in its first year and recorded 8,000 visitors - the press and the industry were still skeptical about the young festival.

In 2006 the 2nd Zurich Film Festival (October 2nd to 6th, 2006) took place in the corso, Academy and Frosch cinemas - the Golden Eyes were now awarded in three competition categories (Best Newcomer Feature Film, Best Newcomer Documentary and Debut Feature Film). New program series included the “New World View” series. The 2nd ZFF already had more than 18,000 spectators and over 600 accredited industry participants.

The young Zurich Film Festival made a big leap in 2007 when it was held for the first time over a period of 11 days. At the 3rd Zurich Film Festival (September 27 to October 7) the cinemas corso, Capitol, Frosch, Movie and Le Paris were shown on the Zurich “Filmmeile” along the Limmatquai. Over 50 world, European or Swiss premieres were presented at the 3rd Zurich Film Festival on the film mile along the Limmat. The number of viewers rose to 27,000 within three years. The Zurich Film Festival now had a center in the heart of the city: a large tent on Rathausplatz became a meeting point for cinema enthusiasts and filmmakers. In 2007 the festival was expanded to include a co-production forum, the Zurich Coproduction Forum.

From 2008 to 2012, the Zurich Film Festival was able to develop continuously and the number of visitors doubled again. For several years now, the two cinemas “corso” and “Le Paris” have been the main venues for film screenings, and in 2011 the Arena Sihlcity cinema was added.

In 2009 the Zurich Film Festival was overshadowed by a particularly unfortunate incident and at the same time world famous. Guest of honor Roman Polański was arrested on his entry into Switzerland and placed under house arrest in Switzerland for nine months. In 2011 he returned to the Zurich Film Festival to pick up his honorary award two years late. For the first time, the ZFF is offering school presentations for school classes in upper school, grammar school and vocational school.

In 2011, the City of Zurich also gave the Zurich Film Festival the right to host on the Sechseläutenwiese , where a new center could be built for the first time. The Zurich Opera House has also been added as the venue for the glamorous Award Night. In 2011, 51,000 visitors attended the Zurich Film Festival.

In 2012, the ZFF included two films especially for children aged 6 and over and two films for primary school students in the program for the first time. A new record was set with 58,000 visitors.

Since 2014, the ZFF has been publishing the quarterly film magazine Frame together with the NZZ am Sonntag .

Since August 2016, the NZZ media group has been involved in Zurich Film Festival AG, the organizer of the Zurich Film Festival, and in the marketing organization Spoundation Motion Picture AG.

With around 90,500 visitors in 2016 (previous year: 85,000), the ZFF was again able to increase its audience by around 6.5%. With 172 films (previous year: 161), including 43 first films (previous year: 36) and 17 world premieres (previous year: 14) as well as 607 guests from all over the world (previous year: 503), the ZFF remains on the road to success.

With the onedotzero series , the Zurich Film Festival brought an innovative festival in the field of digital film to Zurich from 2005. Even as a small independent film festival, the London makers showed the first works by Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry or Chris Cunningham before their names became known to a wide audience. onedotzero_ch offered the Swiss edition of the British festival, which was carried out as part of the annual Zurich Film Festival until 2011.


The ZFF is subsidized by the Federal Office of Culture with 50,000 francs and the private sector supports the festival with 80% of the budget, which in 2012 amounted to 5.7 million francs. In 2011 the budget was 4.9 million francs. The budget for 2015 rose to 7.1 million francs.

Program series and sections


Competition categories

Only first, second and third directorial works in three categories (10–14 films each) will be presented in the competition:

  • International documentary film competition
  • International feature film competition
  • Focus on Switzerland, Germany, Austria

The golden eyes and the prize money

  • Golden Eye: In each category a separate, international jury awards a Golden Eye for the best film. The prize is endowed with CHF 25,000 (international feature and documentary film competition) or CHF 20,000 (focus). In addition, the winning films can look forward to promotional measures for distribution in Switzerland.
  • Swiss Promotion Prize (Emerging Swiss Talent Award): All Swiss productions (1st, 2nd or 3rd film by the director) that screen at the festival are nominated. The prize is endowed with CHF 10,000.
  • Audience Award: From among all competition entries, viewers use ballot and online voting to determine their favorite film, which will be awarded the audience award on the award night.
  • Critics 'Prize: Finally, the Swiss Association of Film Journalists (SVFJ) awards the Critics' Choice Award to the best debut feature film from the competition categories International Feature Film Competition and Focus Switzerland, Germany, Austria .

Jury members

The Golden Eyes are awarded by an international competition jury, which views the films together with the audience during the festival in Zurich. The jury is not bound by any particular guidelines in awarding the award, but only one film per category can be awarded a Golden Eye.

year category president jury
2019 International feature film Oliver Stone Laura Bispuri , Ciro Guerra , Sebastian Koch , Tiziana Soudani
International documentary Simon Chinn Christian Frei , Maryam Goormaghtigh, Anja Kofmel, Stephen Nemeth
Focus DE, AT, CH Thomas Kufus Natascha Beller, Benjamin Herrmann , Marie Kreutzer , Aline Schmid
2018 International feature film Gabrielle Tana Ana Lily Amirpour , Ann Hui , Max Irons
International documentary Dick Fontaine Talal Derki , Camilla Nielsson, Maya Zinshtein
Focus DE, AT, CH Barbara Albert Max Karli , Wolfgang Thaler , Markus Welter
2017 International feature film Trine Dyrholm Mabel Cheung, Ed Guiney , Michel Merkt, Paul Negoescu, Lucas Ochoa
International documentary Simon Kilmurry Gabór Hörcher, Hanna Polak, Patrik Soergel
Focus DE, AT, CH Quirin Mountain Anne Fabini , Burhan Qurbani , Anne Walser
2016 International feature film Lone Scherfig Graham Broadbent , David Farr, Sibel Kekilli
International documentary Mike Lerner Betzabé García, Firouzeh Khosrovani, Stéphane Kuthy , Nadav Schirman
Focus DE, AT, CH Bettina Reitz Joel Basman , Nathalie Borgers, Micha Lewinsky , Devid Striesow
2015 International feature film Elizabeth Karlsen Rosa Attab, Yann Demange , Maria Furtwängler , Katja von Garnier
International documentary Catherine Dussart Abbas Fahdel , Alexander Nanau , Havana Marking , Joelle Alexis
Focus DE, AT, CH Nico Hofmann Nick Brandestini, Anika Decker , Alexander Fehling , Birgit Minichmayr
2014 International feature film Susanne beer Donald De Line, Marie Masmonteil, Jasmila Zbanic
International documentary Steve James Nick Broomfield , Greg Gorman, Nishtha Jain
Focus DE, AT, CH Stefan Arndt Iris Berben , Jan-Ole Gerster , Peter Reichenbach , Anna Thommen
2013 International feature film Marc Forster Andrew Dominik , Thomas Imbach , Melissa Leo , Guneet Monga, Stacey Sher
International documentary Elizabeth Radshaw Gabriel Mascaro, Ilian Metev, Eugene Panji
German-language feature film Veronica Ferres Jochen Laube, Rolf Lyssy , Manuela Stehr
Documentary film competition DE, AT, CH Markus Imhoof Tizza Covi , Sabine Gisiger
2012 International feature film Frank Darabont Deborah Aquila, Daniél Espinosa , Carlos Leal , Pietro Scalia , Michael Shamberg
International documentary Jessica Yu Mohamed Al-Daradji, Philippe Diaz, Janus Metz
German-language feature film Herbert Grönemeyer Peter Luisi, Florian Flicker , Julia Jentsch , Marcel Hoehn
German-language documentary film Gabriele Kranzelbinder Martin Hagemann, Stefan Haupt , Mirjam von Arx
2011 International feature film Laurence Fishburne Beki Probst, John Lesher, Paprika Steen, Alice Eve, Stefan Arsenjevic
International documentary - Charles Ferguson, John Battsek, Stephen Nemeth, Eline Flipse, Nino Kirtadze
German-language feature film - Xavier Koller, Florian Keller, Pasquale Aleardi, Janine Jackowski, Florian Causen
German-language documentary film - Jacqueline Zünd, Christian Beetz, Güzin Kar, Vincent Lucassen
2010 International feature film Frank Langella Julia Solomonoff, Carlos Cuaron, Anatole Taubman, Sharon Swart, Barry Gifford
International documentary - Chris Paine, Nenad Puhovski, Mark Lewis, Heidi Specogna, Jennifer Fox
German-language feature film - Johanna Wokalek, Christoph Schaub, Christof Neracher, Jessica Hausner, Frieder Wittich
2009 International feature film Debra Winger Pawel Pawlikowski, Randal Kleiser, Anahi Berneri, Dale Launer
International documentary - Peter Liechti, Erwin Wagenhofer, Elizabeth Wood
German-language feature film - Niki Reiser, Martin Rapold, This Brunner
2008 International feature film Peter Fonda Stephen Nemeth, Dror Shaul , Hervé Schneid , Michael Dougherty, Andrea Staka
International documentary - Walter Hügli, Lorna Tee, Christian Frei
2007 International feature and documentary film jury Albert S. Ruddy Moritz Bleibtreu , Justus von Dohnanyi, Bettina Oberli , Matthew Modine, Dieter Meier
2006 International feature and documentary film jury Ed Pressman Jessica Schwarz, This Brunner, Ueli Steiger, Oliver Hirschbiegel
2005 International feature and documentary film jury Hellmuth Karasek Sabine Timoteo, Michael Steiner , Sigried Narjes, Shane Walter

Award winners

The Zurich Film Festival honors the winners of the competition with the Golden Eye on the last Saturday of the event as part of a festive Award Night in the Zurich Opera House. Further prizes are awarded by the Swiss Association of Film Journalists (SVFJ) and by the public (audience award).

year price Movie Director country
2019 International feature film Sound of metal Darius Marten United States
International documentary Collective / Colectiv Alexander Nanau Romania , Luxembourg
Focus DE, AT, CH System sprinkler Nora Fingscheidt Germany
Audience award Volunteer Anna Thommen and Lorenz Nufer Switzerland
Best international series Just for today Nir Bergman and Ram Nehari Israel
Science Film Award Bruno Manser - The Voice of the Rainforest Niklaus Hilber Switzerland, Austria
Children's jury Too far away Sarah Winkenstette Germany
Film award of the Zurich churches Once upon a time revolutionaries Johanna Moder Austria
2018 International feature film Girl Lukas Dhont Belgium , Netherlands
International documentary Heartbound Janus Metz and Sine Plambech Denmark , Sweden , the Netherlands
Focus DE, AT, CH L'Animale Katharina Mückstein Austria
Audience award Cold November Ismet Sijarina Kosovo , Albania , Macedonia
Audience award for a children's film series Raoul Taburin Pierre Godeau France , Belgium
Critic award The Guilty Gustav Möller Denmark
Children's jury Los Bando Christian Lo Norway , Sweden
Treatment competition CODA - Child Of Deaf Adults Maurizius Staerkle Drux and Lenz Baumann Switzerland
Swiss sponsorship award Walden Daniel Zimmermann Switzerland
2017 International feature film Pop Aye Kirsten Tan Singapore
International documentary Machines Rahul Jain India
Focus DE, AT, CH Blue My Mind Lisa Bruehlmann Switzerland
Audience award A River Below Mark Grieco United States / Colombia
Audience award for a children's film series The Bunny School: Hunt for the Golden Egg Ute from Münchow-Pohl Germany
Critic award Blue My Mind Lisa Bruehlmann Switzerland
Children's jury Upp i det blå / Up in the sky Petter Lennstrand Sweden
Treatment competition Secondo Seraina Nyikos Switzerland
Swiss sponsorship award Avant la fin de l'été Maryam Goormaghtigh Switzerland
Film award of the Zurich churches Blue My Mind Lisa Bruehlmann Switzerland
2016 International feature film Hymyilevä mies / The Happiest Day In The Life Of Olli Mäki Juho Kuosmanen Finland
International documentary Madame B, histoire d'une Nord-Coréenne Jero Yun France, South Korea
Focus DE, AT, CH Hidden reserves Valentin Hitz Austria
Audience award When Two Worlds Collide Heidi Brandenburg and Mathew Orzel Peru
Audience award for a children's film series Secret code M. Dennis Bots Netherlands
Critic award Lady Macbeth William Oldroyd Great Britain
Children's jury Ma vie de courgette Claude Barras Switzerland
Treatment competition Cold Turkey for Emergencies Anna swing shoe Switzerland
Swiss sponsorship award Europe, She Loves Jan Gassmann Switzerland
2015 International feature film Hrútar Grímur Hákonarson Iceland
International documentary Los reyes del pueblo que no exist Betzabé García Mexico
Focus DE, AT, CH Thank you for bombing Barbara Eder Austria
Audience award Amateur teens Niklaus Hilber Switzerland
Audience award for a children's film series Supilinna Salaselts Margus Paju Estonia
Critic award Picadero Ben Sharrock Spain, UK
Treatment competition Renata's awakening Stefanie Klemm Switzerland
2014 International feature film Una noche sin luna German Tejeira Uruguay
International documentary Toto and his sisters Alexander Nanau Romania
Focus DE, AT, CH Children of the Arctic Nick Brandestini Switzerland
Audience award End of life Rebecca Panian Switzerland
Audience award for a children's film series Nonsense and the coati gang Veit Helmer Germany
Critic award Svenskjävel Ronnie Sandahl Sweden
Treatment competition Änneli Christine Wiederkehr Switzerland
2013 International feature film La jaula de oro Diego Quemada-Díez Spain
International documentary Lej en familie A / S / Kaspar Astrup Schroeder Denmark
German-language feature film Darkworld Frauke Finsterwalder Germany
Documentary film Germany, Austria, Switzerland New territory Anna Thommen Switzerland
Audience award Journey to Jah Noël Dernesch, Moritz Springer Germany
Audience award for a children's film series Believe David Scheinmann United Kingdom
Critic award Darkworld Frauke Finsterwalder Germany
Treatment competition Project Storm - Until I'm Dead or Free Dave Tucker United Kingdom
2012 International feature film Broken Rufus Norris United Kingdom
International documentary The Imposter Bart Layton United States
German-language feature film In the sky the day Pola Beck Germany
German-language documentary film The process Gerald Igor Hauzenberger Austria
Audience award Appassionata Christian Labhart Switzerland
Critic award El último Elvis Armando Bo Argentina
2011 International feature film Take shelter Jeff Nichols United States
International documentary Buck Cindy Meehl United States
German-language feature film To breathe Karl Markovics Austria
German-language documentary film Darwin Nick Brandestini Switzerland
Audience award Breathe underwater Andri Hinnen, Stefan Muggli Switzerland
Critic award Happy, happy Anne Sewitsky Norway
2010 International feature film The Woman with a Broken Nose Srdjan Koljevic Serbia
International documentary Camp Armadillo Janus Metz Denmark
German-language feature film The song in me Florian Cossen Germany
Audience award Station pirates Mike Schaerer Switzerland
Variety's New Talent Award Adem Hans van Nuffel Belgium
Critic award Pal Adrienn Agnes Kocsis Hungary
2009 International feature film Wolfy Vasily Sigarev Russia
International documentary The sound after the storm Patrik Soergel, Ryan Fenson-Hood, Sven O. Hill United States
German-language feature film 66/67 - fair play was yesterday Carsten Ludwig, Jan-Christoph Glaser Germany
Audience award armistice Lancelot of Naso Germany
Variety's New Talent Award Amreeka Cherien Dabis United States, Kuwait , Canada
Critic award Applause Pieter Zandvliet Denmark
2008 Debut feature film For a moment, Freedom Arash T. Riahi Germany, Turkey
Newcomer feature film Tulpan Sergei Dvorzewoi Germany, Kazakhstan , Poland , Russia , Switzerland
Young documentary film Blind Loves Juraj Lehotský Slovakia
Audience award The World is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner Stephan Komanderev Bulgaria , Germany, Hungary
2007 Debut feature film Chapter 27 - The Assassination of John Lennon Jarrett Schaefer United States
Newcomer feature film Bikur Hatizmoret Eran Kolirin Israel, France
Young documentary film Running With Arnold Dan Cox United States
Audience award Twelve In A Box John McKenzie United Kingdom
2006 Debut feature film Omaret Yacoubian Marwan Hamed Egypt
Newcomer feature film Shortbus John Cameron Mitchell United States
Young documentary film Hammer & Tickle - The Communist Joke Book Ben Lewis United States
Audience award The Hip-Hop Project Matt Ruskin, Scott K. Rosenberg United States
2005 Debut feature film The Italian Andrei Kravchuk Russia

Film selections out of competition

Gala premieres

In the “Gala Premieres” section, excitingly anticipated film premieres by established filmmakers are celebrated every evening in the presence of directors and casts, with both feature films and larger documentary productions being shown. The films will be presented as world, European, German-language or Swiss premieres.

New world view

The “New World View” series presents young, contemporary cinema from a particularly interesting film region. Current first, second or third directorial work (feature or documentary films) from the respective host country will be shown. A block of short films created in collaboration with the Winterthurer Kurzfilmtagen also belongs to this series.

year Host country
2019 Colombia
2018 Italy
2017 Hungary
2016 Mexico
2015 Iran
2014 India
2013 Brazil
2012 Sweden
2011 Turkey
2010 Australia
2009 Argentina
2008 Israel
2007 Russia

Border lines

As part of the "Border Lines" series, the Zurich Film Festival, in collaboration with the medical emergency aid organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) , is presenting short and long films that deal with borderline situations: With current world issues and humanitarian projects, with territorial and social conflicts, with conflicts between the individual and the state.

ZFF Series

A section was introduced at the 10th Zurich Film Festival 2014 in which series are shown. Until the 13th edition, this was called ZFF TVision and was renamed ZFF Series in 2018 . With the renaming, a small competition of its own was started, so that TV series that attract attention in the global television world and signal new trends can also be brought to the big screen.

Guests of honor and retrospectives

A tribute to ...

A "Tribute to ..." honors film-making personalities who have had a significant influence on film history. The winners receive the award personally in Zurich and mostly take part as speakers at the ZFF Masters, where they share their experience and knowledge with the participants.

year Surname Award
2019 Roland Emmerich A Tribute to ... Award
2018 Wim Wenders A Tribute to ... Award
2017 Rob Reiner A Tribute to ... Award
2016 Olivier Assayas A Tribute to ... Award
2015 Mike Leigh A Tribute to ... Award
2014 Claire Denis A Tribute to ... Award
2013 Michael Haneke A Tribute to ... Award
2012 Tom Tykwer A Tribute to ... Award
2011 Paul Haggis A Tribute to ... Award
2010 Miloš Forman A Tribute to ... Award
2009 Roman Polanski A Tribute to ... Award
2008 Costa Gavras A Tribute to ... Award
2007 Oliver Stone A Tribute to ... Award
2006 Stephen Frears A Tribute to ... Award
2005 Rainer Werner Fassbinder Retrospective

Golden Icon Award

The “Golden Icon Award” has been presented since 2008, a prize that honors the life's work of an actor or actress. This award goes to a person who has become an icon for a whole generation and whose performance and cinematic work are unforgettable. Previous winners include:

year Surname Award
2020 Juliette Binoche Golden Icon Award
2019 Cate Blanchett Golden Icon Award
2018 Judi Dench Golden Icon Award
2017 Glenn Close Golden Icon Award
2016 Hugh Grant Golden Icon Award
2015 Arnold Schwarzenegger Golden Icon Award
2014 Diane Keaton Golden Icon Award
2013 Hugh Jackman Golden Icon Award
2012 Richard Gere Golden Icon Award
2011 Sean Penn Golden Icon Award
2010 Michael Douglas Golden Icon Award
2009 Morgan Freeman Golden Icon Award
2008 Sylvester Stallone Golden Icon Award

Career & Lifetime Achievement Awards

The “Career Achievement Award” is given to a personality who has particularly distinguished himself in the area of ​​production, directing and interdisciplinarity. The winners will be honored with a golden eye and a retrospective. The “Lifetime Achievement Award” honors the life and work of personalities from various fields who have particularly enriched and shaped filmmaking and film history.

year Surname Award
2020 Rolf Lyssy Career Achievement Award
2019 Kristen Stewart Golden Eye Award
2018 Donald Sutherland Lifetime Achievement Award
2017 Aaron Sorkin Career Achievement Award
Andrew Garfield , Jake Gyllenhaal Golden Eye Award
2016 Marcel Hoehn Lifetime Achievement Award
Lorenzo di Bonaventura Career Achievement Award
2015 Armin Mueller-Stahl Lifetime Achievement Award
Steve Golin , Liam Hemsworth Career Achievement Award, Golden Eye Award: The New A-Lister
2014 Michael Shamberg Career Achievement Award
Hans Zimmer , John Malkovich Lifetime Achievement Award, Golden Eye Award
2013 Tim Bevan & Eric Fellner Career Achievement Award
Harrison Ford Lifetime Achievement Award
2012 Jerry Weintraub Career Achievement Award
John Travolta , Helen Hunt Lifetime Achievement Award, Golden Eye Award
2011 Alejandro González Iñárritu Career Achievement Award
2010 - -
2009 Michael Keaton Lifetime Achievement Award

Industry events

Zurich Summit

The Zurich Summit , introduced in 2014, traditionally takes place on the first weekend of the festival in the Hotel Dolder Grand . instead of. It offers a platform that is unique in German-speaking countries and brings together top-class representatives from the entertainment and film sectors with investors and the financial world. The topics include production and investment strategies, film financing and risk minimization, distribution and European co-productions.

ZFF Masters

The ZFF Masters are moderated discussions with well-known personalities (directors, scriptwriters, producers and actors) from the international film industry. The audience gets an insight into her creative work and into her attitude as filmmakers. The ZFF Masters are open to the public and are aimed at the film industry and the entire festival audience.

Speakers included:

ZFF Master Class

The ZFF Master Class , founded in 2006, serves to promote and network talented directors, screenwriters and / or producers. Interested parties can apply for a place in the ZFF Master Class . Around 30 invitations are issued every year.

Speakers included:

Framework events

International film music competition

The International Film Music Competition, which was held for the first time in 2012, is an integral part of the Zurich Film Festival and is organized with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich in cooperation with the Forum Filmmusik. The competition is aimed at composers worldwide. The task is to set a short film to music. The five best submissions will be premiered at a film music concert at the Zurich Film Festival. An international jury of experts awards the Golden Eye, endowed with CHF 10,000, for the best international film music.

Treatment competition

In 2013, Swiss Radio and Television (SRF) and Telepool launched a treatment competition in collaboration with the Zurich Film Festival. Authors can submit a treatment for a long feature film or television. The work must have a strong connection to Switzerland - be it in terms of content, through the characters or through the production conditions. The prize of the treatment competition is endowed with CHF 5,000. In addition, the winner receives a development contract worth up to CHF 25,000 for the creation of a script for a long feature film for TV or cinema.

ZFF for children

At the 9th Zurich Film Festival, the children's program was expanded to include a separate audience award. The aim of the film series is to introduce children and young people to sophisticated film culture beyond the mainstream and to strengthen their media skills in a world dominated by images. The children's films for the primary level are shown in the original and simultaneously spoken live in German. For the secondary level, either German-language films are shown or foreign-language films with German subtitles are offered.

ZFF 72

ZFF 72 is an online film competition organized by the Zurich Film Festival. Participation is open to all those interested in film. At ZFF 72, filmmakers have 72 hours to produce a clip of up to 72 seconds. The theme for this is provided by the Zurich Film Festival. The choice of genre is free: everything is allowed, from scenic films and documentary formats to CGI and stop motion. There is a jury award determined by an expert jury and the Viewers Award, which is determined by online voting.

Web links

Commons : Zurich Film Festival  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

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