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Zurich Film Festival offers its 79’000 visitors insight into the work of the most exciting and promising filmmakers from around the world. In the International Documentary and Feature Film Competitions emerging directors have the opportunity to present their films in Zurich to the wide attention of the entire German-language market. Participants include both rising and renowned filmmakers as well as buyers, sellers, distributors, media professionals and industry leaders. Twitter I facebook Youtube I Instagram


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Zurich Festival paying tribute to Luca Guadagnino.

The Italian director and screenwriter Luca Guadagnino will be honoured with the renowned A Tribute to... Award at the 18th Zurich Film Festival.   With the global success of CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, which received four Oscar nominations, Luca Guadagnino has become one of the most sought-after directors. After pres...

A tribute to Sony Pictures Classics founders Michael Barker and Tom Bernard

Michael Barker and Tom Bernard, the two founders of Sony Pictures Classics will be honoured with the Game Changer Award at the 18th Zurich Film Festival! The Zurich Film Festival annually recognises outstanding personalities and pays tribute to industry leaders that not only cherish change but also embody the DNA of film and cinema.  Michael Barker and Tom Bernard, the two founders and co-presidents of Sony Pictures Classics, aim to distribute thought-provoking, high-quality feature f...

Golden Icon for Sir Ben Kingsley at Zurich Fest

A special (k)night in Zurich. !!! Thursday, September 29 - mark it in your calendar! Hollywood legend Sir Ben Kingsley will receive the prestigious Golden Icon Award in Person when presenting the European premiere of his latest film DALÍLAND. The Zurich Film Festival honours the celebrated actor for his outstanding career.   "I’m a storyteller, nothi...

Eyes open: The 18th ZFF programme is online!

We are delighted to offer you a programme in 2022 with more world and European premieres than ever before. In over 140 films from 49 countries, we will show the entire spectrum of cinema: from intelligent blockbusters with glamorous stars like Sir Ben Kingsley and Charlotte Gainsbourg to the latest cinematic discoveries from our guest country Spain and innovative avant-garde films. This year's ZFF opens with the drama THE SWIMMERS by Sally El Hosaini. Check the program online! ...

Eddie Redmayne, will be recognised for his career achievements during the 18th Zurich Film Festival with a Golden Eye

  The actor and Academy Award winner, Eddie Redmayne, will be recognised for his career achievements during the 18th Zurich Film Festival. He will accept the Golden Eye Award in person on September 25 prior to the European premiere of his new film - Tobias Lindholm's thriller THE GOOD NURSE.     His portrayal of Stephen Hawking in THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING earned him an Aca...

The 9th International Film Music Competition Is Now Open

  A springboard for talented film music composers from around the globe, this year’s International Film Music Competition requires participants to score the award-winning short film ETIQUETA NEGRA (BLACK LABEL) by David Vergés. The call for entries to the 9th International Film Music Competition is now open.  The Zurich Film Festival and the Tonhalle-Gesellschaft Zürich AG join forces once again this year with Forum Filmmusik to organise the 9th Internation...

The call for entries to the 9th International Film Music Competition is now open.

A springboard for talented film music composers from around the globe, this year’s International Film Music Competition requires participants to score the award-winning short film ETIQUETA NEGRA (BLACK LABEL) by David Vergés.  The Zurich Film Festival and the Tonhalle-Gesellschaft Zürich AG join forces once again this year with Forum Filmmusik to organise the 9th International Film Music Competition. Entrants to the competition are asked to create a new score of their o...

Zurich Film Festival wants your film

Here's looking  at your film, kid. We're looking for and at your films! Sad films, strange films, wild films, funny films, surprising films – we want them, we need them, we see them. Submit your film now and take a chance! ZFF is now open for submissions. Share your film or series with us and submit it via FilmFreeway. In our competition categories first, second and third directorial works compete for the Gold...

VIDEO Zurich Summit Panel: The Future of Film Festivals and Film Markets

    The Zurich Summit 2020 is the first conference since the lockdown where the leaders of the film industry meet again physically to discuss how the industry will continue in the Covid age. Never has the urge to exchange ideas been bigger. The boutique conference gathers a top-class line-up of international film producers, sales executives and creators in film, TV and entertainment as well as technology entrepreneurs and financiers. It offers a smart mix of knowledge transfer and ...

Maïwenn receives the A Tribute To... Award in Zurich

©Thomas Niedermüller/Getty Images for Zurich Film Festival The French filmmaker Maïwenn accepted the 16. Zurich Film Festival’s A Tribute To... Award this evening. The director, screenwriter and actress received the highest honour bestowed by the Zurich Film Festival on filmmakers for their contribution to film history.     The Zurich Film Festival’s (ZFF) most prestigious accolade for auteur filmmakers was presented to Maïwenn at the ...

Olivia Colman receives Golden Eye Award THE FATHER as Gala Premiere at ZFF

Olivia Colman   The 16th Zurich Film Festival honours the actress Olivia Colman with its Golden Eye. She excels alongside Anthony Hopkins in the drama THE FATHER.    The British Academy Award-winning actress plays the daughter of a dementia-suffering father who refuses to be helped in director Florian Zeller’s THE FATHER. The Zurich Film Festival honours the actress with a Golden Eye for her achievements. Colman, who is currently filming and unable to tr...

Juliette Binoche to receive Golden Icon Award from Zurich Fest

   © Jorge Fuembuena Loscertales / San Sebastian Film Festival The 16th Zurich Film Festival will award its most prestigious accolade to the French actress. The Academy Award-winner stands as much for engaged auteur cinema as she does for high-end Hollywood entertainment. She will present her most recent movie LA BONNE ÉPOUSE at the festival.           For the first time in its history, the Golden Icon Award goes to a ...

Maïwenn to receive A Tribute to... Award in Zurich

The Zurich Film Festival honours the French director, producer and actress for her contribution to the resurgence of auteur cinema, and screens her directorial works in a retrospective. Maïwenn receives the award on 01 October and presents her most recent film ADN (DNA).  Born in Paris, Maïwenn is one of the most exciting voices of contemporary French auteur cinema. Having begun her career as an actress at the beginning of the eighties, she soon appeared in such large-scale pr...

Donald Sutherland returns to the Zurich Film Festival with his new film The Burnt Orange Heresy

DONALD SUTHERLAND – ZURICH FILM FESTIVAL . by Emmanuel Itier Legendary actor Donald Sutherland just graced the premiere of his new film ‘The Burnt Orange Heresy’ at the Zurich film festival. Directed by Giuseppe Capotoni (“The Double Hour”) Mr. Sutherland is playing an enigmatic painter opposite rock Star Mick Jagger who is playing an ambitious art dealer. We caught up with Le Donald in between screenings at The Dolder Grand hotel, a majestic palace and a perfec...

The prestigious Pathé prize for film journalism will be awarded at this year’s 15th Zurich Film Festival

The prestigious prize for film journalism will be awarded at this year’s 15th Zurich Film Festival. It will be presented to a film journalist for an outstanding review of a cinema film. Funded by the cinema chain Pathé Schweiz and the distribution company Pathé Films, the Prix Pathé aims to promote excellence in film journalism, and has been honouring film critiques and film essays for this purpose since 2006. The award is endowed with a 10’000 Swiss fran...

ZFF Co-founders Nadja Schildknecht and Karl Spoerri to step down after the 15th Zurich Film Festival!!

In accordance with the long-term strategy of the Zurich Film Festival (ZFF), Co-founders Nadja Schildknecht and Karl Spoerri are planning for their succession after 15 years of operational leadership. The co-directors will be stepping down from their current posts at the beginning of 2020 but continue to work with the festival on a strategic level. Christian Jungen, chief cultural editor at “NZZ am Sonntag” will serve as the festival’s new Artistic Director. The search for th...

CALL FOR ENTRIES for 15th Zurich Film Festival!!

7Submission for the 15th Zurich Film Festival is open from February 15 to June 30, 2019! The 15th Zurich Film Festival will take place from September 26 to October 6, 2019. Films can be submitted via the platform Withoutabox. COMPETITION INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM The Golden Eye endowed with a CHF 25'000 cash prize will be awarded in each of the two categories International Feature Film Competition and International Documentary Film Competition by two separate juries. The cash...

A Zurich tribute to...Award to German Director Wim Wenders

      Internationally renowned German director Wim Wenders will receive the A Tribute to... Award on October 6. The award will include a retrospective of his work screened in his honour at the 14th Zurich Film Festival. Wim Wenders will collect the 14th Zurich Film Festival’s A Tribute to... Award in person during the Award Night ceremony at Zurich Opera House on October 6. A retrospective of twelve of the German director’s most important films will be screen...

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Zurich Film Festival 2018

  Submission for the 14th Zurich Film Festival is open from February 15 to June 30, 2018. The 14th ZFF takes place from September 27 – October 7, 2018. Films can be submitted via the platform Withoutabox. Competition Categories The competition comprises of the following three categories:       •    International Feature Film Competition     •    International Documentary Film Competition  &...

Women on the rise / strong Swiss presence with 160 productions / 41 debut works / 12 world premieres

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  All eyes once again face Zurich from September 28 when the eleven-day Zurich Film Festival shows the most recent films from around the globe. There are emerging filmmakers in the competition categories, the most important and exciting productions of the year in the Gala Premieres section, more films than ever by female directors and a strong presence of Swiss cinema.   Festival Directors Nadja Schildknecht and Karl Spoerri unveiled the 13th Zurich Film Festival programme today and...

Zurich Fest will offer a Tribute to Director Rob Reiner

     The American director, actor and writer Rob Reiner will receive the 13th Zurich Film Festival’s A Tribute to...Award at this year’s ZFF, which takes place from September 28 to October 8, 2017. Reiner will be in Zurich to receive the prestigious award in person on Saturday September 30.   ZFF will host the World Premiere of his latest film SHOCK AND AWE, which screens on the same evening with cast member James Marsden also in attendance. As well as dir...

Partner offer for the Zurich Summit

Academy Award-winning actress turned producer Alicia Vikander is anything but your average household name. Ready to get inspired? www.zurichsummit.com Discount code FEST21 expires on September 28.   In a short time, she has transformed into an international su...

Aaron Sorkin to receive ZFF Career Achievement Award

  MOLLY’S GAME to screen as Gala Premiere Aaron Sorkin: photo credit MasterClass   Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) Directors Nadja Schildknecht and Karl Spoerri announced today that Aaron Sorkin will receive the Festival’s Career Achievement Award at this year’s Festival, which takes place from September 28 to October 8, 2017.   The Academy-Award® winning screenwriter and renowned playwright will receive the Award for his life’s work on October 4 at ...

New World View Section Focuses on New Hungarian Cinema

Hungary has recently astounded the film world with its creative, innovative and superbly crafted cinema. The ZFF presents a comprehensive overview of Hungary’s cinematic output with 18 films by a thriving new generation of Hungarian filmmakers.     Hungarian cinema has a long history of creating great masters. During the 1970s, a period of cultural thaw in the then socialist state, Hungary was regarded as one of the most important film producing countries in the world. M...

BORG/McENROE to open Zurich Film Festival

Director Janus Metz Pedersen and actor Sverrir Gudnason to attend as honorary guests   Based on actual events, Danish director Janus Metz Pedersen’s tennis thriller BORG/McENROE will open the 13th Zurich Film Festival on September 28, 2017. Director Janus Metz Pedersen and Björn Borg-actor Sverrir Gudnason will attend as the Zurich Film Festival’s honorary guests.   Wimbledon, July 5, 1980: tennis pros Björn Borg and John McEnroe square up at the Wimbledon f...

About Zurich Film Festival


September 26 - October 6, 2019

The Zurich Film Festival presents the most promising new filmmakers and films.

The competition comprises of the following three categories:

  • International Feature Film Competition
  • International Documentary Film Competition
  • Focus Switzerland, Germany, Austria (Feature Films and Documentary Films)

Furthermore the Zurich Film Festival includes other fascinating sections:
-Border Lines
-New World View
-Gala Premieres
-Special Screenings
-Series
-ZFF for Kids

Call for Entries! Submit your film now and take a chance to screen your film at the Zurich Film Festival 2019.

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