ZFF Masters


The „ZFF MASTERS“ offers an extraordinary opportunity to gain a direct insight into the work of renowned international filmmakers. Once again, the ZFF MASTERS take place at the legendary Filmpodium and are open both to film fans and interested parties alike.


Harvey Weinstein founded Miramax Films in 1979 with his brother Bob, naming the company after their parents, Miriam and Max. Under Harvey and Bob’s leadership, Miramax Films released some of the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful independent feature films, including GOOD WILL HUNTING, THE ENGLISH PATIENT, IL POSTINO, PULP FICTIONand THE HOURS. Harvey Weinstein launched The Weinstein Company, a multi-media company, with his brother Bob on October 1st, 2005. TWC and Dimension Films have released such films as I’M NOT THERE, VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA, INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, A SINGLE MAN and DJANGO UNCHAINED. During Harvey and Bob’s tenure at Miramax and The Weinstein Company, they have received 321 Oscar nominations and won 78 Academy Awards.

Sunday, September 29, 16.30, Filmpodium. Language: English


Born 1941 in Winterthur, director Markus Imhoof has been responsible for several of the most important productions in Swiss film history, including the Oscar-nominated feature film DAS BOOT IST VOLL. His large collection of accolades includes the Swiss Film Award, the German Film Award and a Berlinale Silver Bear. His documentary film MORE THAN HONEY went on to become the most successful Swiss cinema film of 2012. Markus Imhoof speaks at the ZFF MASTERS about his activities as a director and his passion for writing. How do documentaries differ from feature films with regard to directing? How does he find new ideas and implement them successfully?

Sat, October 5, 15.00-16.00, Filmpodium, Language: German



Marc Forster is one of Hollywood’s most versatile filmmakers. The Swiss-born director and producer’s breakthrough came in 2001 with MONSTER’S BALL. This was followed by several successful films, including the James Bond series A QUANTUM OF SOLACE and the 7-times Oscar-nominated FINDING NEVERLAND. His latest production WORLD WAR Z grossed more than 500 million dollars worldwide. Marc Forster offers an insight into his work at the ZFF MASTERS event: What in his eyes constitutes a good package? How does he create his films’ visual aesthetics? What challenges does he face when dealing with actors?


Sat, October 5, 15.00-16.00, Filmpodium, Language: German


Austrian director and screenwriter Michael Haneke knows how to make the familiar aspects of everyday lurking madness visible. He insists on applying a set of formal and narrative standards that are currently threatened with extinction by the deluge of mass-produced films. A long list almost every revered film trophy possible, from Oscar (AMOUR, 2012) to Golden Palm and European Film Award, pays tribute to his unquestionable prowess. Michael Haneke speaks at the ZFF MASTERS about his work: What constitutes a Haneke film? How does he work with actresses like Isabelle Huppert and Emmanuelle Riva?


Sunday, October 6, 11.00h, Filmpodium


Tim Bevan is one of the most successful film producers of our time. In 1983, this native New Zealander founded the London-based production company „Working Title Films“, which he has run together with his business partner Eric Fellner since 1992. Bevan has produced such films as MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE, the blockbuster BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY, ATONEMENT and ELIZABETH – the latter two each brought him an Oscar nomination. Tim Bevan speaks at the ZFF MASTERS about his work as a producer. What qualities make a good producer? What is the modus operandi of „Working Title Films“?


Wed, October 2, 17.30-18.30, Filmpodium, Language: Englisch