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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.



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Academy Award-winning actress turned producer Alicia Vikander is anything but your average household name.
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In a short time, she has transformed into an international superstar with four major films - Testament of Youth, Ex Machina, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and The Danish Girl. Last year, she starred in Jason Bourne, opposite Matt Damon as well as The Light Between Oceans with Michael Fassbender. This year she stole the show in Birds Like Us, Tulip Forever, Wim Wenders’s Submergence, as well as Europhoria, which also happens to be the first title from her production company Vikarious Productions. Up next, Vikander will play Lara Croft in the much-anticipated 2018 release of Tomb Raider. At just 28 years old, there’s no limit to where her talents will take her. Don’t miss the chance to hear from Ms. Vikander speak at our upcoming Zurich Summit as she gives insight into her experiences and lessons learned within the film industry and explores future plans for Vikarious Productions.
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During our Confluence Summit, meet the next generation of game-changers such as the augmented reality innovators of Mira. Backed by Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff,, and Sequoia Capital, Mira is set to launch an augmented-reality headset that’s bound to re-define the industry. Join us at Confluence Summit to get the inside scoop on start-ups like Mira and more! 
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No one will forget the Best Picture award ceremony at the 2017 Academy Awards, but there’s a detail lost in the shock and recriminations: It was the moment that announced A24 as an industry game changer.

It’s an uncertain and exciting time for the independent world and companies like A24 prove that great movies still matter whatever this summer’s box office says. So, what does the new face of distribution mean? Who are they and what value are they offering? Register for the Zurich Summit and hear what’s next with the distribution evolution.
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Robert Darwell
Meet Robert Darwell
Robert Darwell is a senior partner at Sheppard Mullin. The internationally acclaimed Entertainment, Technology and Advertising Practice Group, was recently ranked by Chambers and U.S. Legal 500 in their top tier and by Law 360 as Media and Entertainment Group of the Year. In his role, Mr. Darwell represents major motion picture studios, television networks, independent producers, new media companies, investors, financiers and other institutional and individual entertainment, media and convergence clients in connection with all aspects of the development, production, acquisition and worldwide distribution of motion pictures, television programming, music videos and other content. Darwell had a hand in all three US films that competed in Cannes (representing Focus Features on Sofia Coppola’s Beguiled and Amazon Studios on Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here and Todd Hayne’s Wonderstruck), Darwell has also been working on a wide range of television projects targeted to the global market such as The Young Pope (for StudioCanal), the upcoming HBO series Sharp Objects (for eOne), and The Truth About Harry Quebert (for MGM). When not practicing law, he can be found DJing in places such as Mexico City and Paris, and last year he played multiple sets at our Zurich Summit Dinner After Party. This year, come see what new talents Darwell has in store at our upcoming Zurich Summit!




About Zurich Film Festival

September 28 - October 8, 2017

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, the newly introduced TVision and also a section for our youngest, ZFF for Kids.

Call for Entries! Submit your film now and take a chance to screen your film at the Zurich Film Festival 2017.

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