Press Releases

  • 02. October 2016

    Closing Figures – Resounding Success with 90'500 Visitors

    The figures of the Zurich Film Festival’s 12th edition show once again that it was a resounding success across the board. The number of viewers rose by around 6.5% to approximately 90’500 (previous year: 85'000). 172 films (previous year: 161), including 43 debut works (previous year: 36), and 17 world premiere screenings (previous year: 14), as well as 607 invited guests from around the globe (previous year: 503), proves that the Zurich Film ...

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  • 01. October 2016

    The Awards of the 12th Zurich Film Festival

    The main juries of the 12th Zurich Film Festival’s three competition categories have awarded their Golden Eyes to HYMYILEVÄ MIES / THE HAPPIEST DAY IN THE LIFE OF OLLI MÄKI (Finland, Germany, Sweden) by Juho Kuosmanen (International Feature Film), MADAME B. HISTOIRE D'UNE NORD-CORÉENNE / MRS. B., A NORTH KOREAN WOMAN (France, South Korea) by Jero Yun (International Documentary Film) and STILLE RESERVEN / HIDDEN RESERVES (Austria, Germany, Switzerland) by Valentin Hitz (Focus: Switzerland, Germany, Austria). The ...

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  • 30. September 2016

    Double Victory for Switzerland in ZFF 72 Contest – Jury Award to HYPERHYDROSE from Marco von Moos and Viewers Award to ISRA’S TRÄNEN from Tim Vogt

    Swiss entries scooped both prizes at the third ZFF 72 contest this year. The Jury Award endowed with a CHF 5'000 cash prize goes to HYPERHYDROSE from Marco von Moos. The Viewers Award endowed with a CHF 4'000 cash prize goes to Tim Vogt’s entry ISRA’S TRÄNEN.


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  • 24. September 2016

    Second Filmmaker Award to Germinal Roaux and Sophie Huber

    U.S. actress Uma Thurman presented the second Filmmaker Award to Lausanne-born Germinal Roaux and Berne-born Sophie Huber on Saturday evening during IWC’s ‚For the Love of Cinema’ Gala Dinner. Germinal Roaux received CHF 75'000 for his feature film project FORTUNA, and Sophie Huber received CHF 25'000 for her documentary film project DAS BLUE NOTE PROJEKT. 

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  • 23. September 2016

    5th International Film Music Competition - Golden Eye to Spanish Composer Javier Bayon

    The Spanish composer Javier Bayon is the winner of the 5th International Film Music Competition, which took place within the framework of the 12th Zurich Film Festival at the Tonhalle Zürich on Friday evening. Bayon was crowned winner of the Golden Eye for ‚Best International Film Music 2016’, an award endowed with a CHF 10’000 cash prize. 

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  • 21. September 2016

    Opening Night of the 12th Zurich Film Festival with Numerous Celebrities

    The Opening Night of the Zurich Film Festival on Thursday, September 22 takes place as usual in the presence of numerous celebrity guests. Please see below for a list of the celebrities attending. We are unable to reveal several names at present, so please view this list as an excerpt only. Honorary guest and the evening’s keynote speaker is Alan Berset. Zurich is represented by its Mayor, Corine Mauch. The festival’s Co-Directors Nadja Schildknecht and ...

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  • 20. September 2016

    Prominent Juries for the Three Competition Categories

    The Zurich Film Festival screens first, second and third directorial works in the three competition categories International Feature Film, International Documentary Film and Focus: Switzerland Germany Austria. A separate jury of specialists rates the films in each of the three categories. Each jury announces the winner of the Golden Eye for its category during the Award Night at Zurich Opera House on Saturday, October 1. The two main categories each carry a 25’000 Swiss francs ...

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  • 18. September 2016

    Uma Thurman as Honorary Guest at ZFF Special Screening of KILL BILL: Vol. 1 – Presentation of Filmmaker Award

    Actress Uma Thurman will visit the Zurich Film Festival on Saturday 24.09.16 to present at the Arena Cinemas Quentin Tarantino’s cult classic KILL BILL: VOL. 1, a film in which she plays the lead role. She will remain to discuss her work and films following the screening. Thurman will also present the CHF 100’000 Filmmaker Award during the grand IWC Gala on Saturday evening. 

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  • 13. September 2016

    Five Swiss Projects Nominated for Filmmaker Award Award Ceremony on September 24 during IWC Gala Evening

    The ‘Association for the Promotion of Film in Switzerland’ has nominated five Swiss film projects for this year’s Filmmaker Award. The aim of the award is to promote Swiss filmmaking by offering production sponsorship to the value of 100’000 Swiss francs. The second such award will be presented this year on September 24 during the IWC Gala Evening, held within the framework of the Zurich Film Festival. The jury chose the following five finalists from ...

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  • 08. September 2016

    Media Conference 12. Zurich Film Festival

    All eyes will once again be on Zurich from September 22 when a total of 172 productions from 36 countries, including 43 debut works and not less than 17 world premieres and a record number of Swiss films, will screen over the 11 days of this years Zurich Film Festival. Festival directors Nadja Schildknecht and Karl Spoerri revealed the organisational structure and programme of the 12th Zurich Film Festival on Thursday. They were delighted that ...

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