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Zurich Film Festival

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


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

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 Golden Eye endowed with a CHF 20,000 cash prize will be awarded in the competition category Focus by a separate jury. The cash endowment is to be shared equally between director and producer of winning films in all three categories. Winning films with Swiss distribution further profit from P&A contribution for a theatrical release in Switzerland.

Competition Entry Requirements

Submissions to the competition must fulfill the following criteria:
    •    Director’s 1st, 2nd or 3rd feature-length film (> 60 min) 
    •    Projects completed after October 1, 2017   
    •    Minimum status requirement: Swiss Premiere at ZFF

Out of Competition

Documentary films, fiction films and series can be submitted to the following sections:
    •    Gala Premieres
    •    Special Screenings  
    •    New World View
    •    Border Lines 
    •    Window to the World
    •    TVision (Series)
    •    ZFF for Kids

Out of Competition Requirements

Submissions to the Out of Competition sections must fulfill the following criteria:
    •    Films must be at least 60 minutes long (except TV Pilots)
    •    Projects completed after October 1, 2017   
    •    Minimum status requirement: Swiss Premiere at ZFF

Submission Fee per Film

    •    Early Bird until March 31: 50 Euro
    •    From April 1 until June 30: 75 Euro
For questions regarding submissions, please contact Stefanie Rusterholz

We look forward to welcoming you at the 14th ZFF!


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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
-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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