Fringe Events


Film Music Competition

The compositions by the 4th International Film Music Competition's five finalists will be premiered under a science fiction theme on the evening of the Film Concert at Arena Cinemas.

Friday, 25.09.15, Arena 5, Arena Cinemas, Sihlcity

1st Event (11.00): Public Dress Rehearsal

2nd Event (18:30): Film Music Competition & Grand Film Concert

Main theme from ROCKY / Performance of finalists' International Film Music Competition entries / „Diva Dance“ aria from THE FIFTH ELEMENT / „Odessa“ from ALI / Sci-Fi-Suite

Award Ceremony Golden Eye Award „Best International Film Music 2015“

Finalists: Nicolas Alvarez (Japan/Colombia), Faris Badarni (Germany/Israel), Wonkyung Lee (South Korea), Nico Maas (Germany), Toby Sherriff (USA/Canada)

Jury: Sabine Boss, Günther Fischer, Xavier Koller, Maggie Rodford, Martin Tillman

Presenter: Sandra Studer

137 participants from 28 countries created a soundtrack to accompany Run Wrake’s short film THE CONTROL MASTER (UK 2008). A jury of specialists selected five finalists whose compositions will be premiered by the Zurich Jazz Orchestra and Zürcher Kammerorchester under the baton of André Bellmont. While the jury chooses its overall winner, the audience will be treated to an exclusive concert comprising science fiction soundtrack classics, and enjoy a guest appearance by Martin Tillman. The evening will finish with the Award Ceremony.

3rd Event (21.15): Film Music Concert

Main theme from ROCKY / „Odessa“ from ALI / soundtracks from RAUMPATROUILLE ORION (short) / „Diva Dance“ aria from THE FIFTH ELEMENT / main theme from MEN IN BLACK/ Sci-Fi-Suite

Science fiction is the theme of this year's Film Music Concert.

A highlight of the evening sees the performance of a shortened version of Peter Thomas’ suite for the TV classic RAUMPATROUILLE ORION. The legendary German composer himself will attend the event as a honorary guest. A further highlight comes in the form of a guest appearance by Zurich-born composer and cellist Martin Tillman, who will play the solo part for cello from his piece „Odessa”, which he wrote for the film ALI.

The suite arranged exclusively for this special event is a grand medley of science fiction music classics from STAR WARS, FLASH GORDON and STAR TREK, plus a vocal performance of Éric Serra’s „Diva Dance“ from the film THE 5th ELEMENT!

Aftershow Party (22:00, Papiersaal Sihlcity)

Live visuals representing the very best of 90s cinema will combine with a venue ‘from outta space’ and tracks brought to you by Scott Vega, Ozzy and Röhrender to create a party that’s truly out for this world!

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ZFF Masters


The ZFF MASTERS series offers a unique opportunity to experience renowned international filmmakers and experts up-close, and gain insight into their work. The ZFF Masters sessions take place at the Filmpodium, and are open to film fans and interested parties alike.

Tickets for the ZFF MASTERS are available from all ZFF ticket points of sale.

Harvey Weinstein

PROGRAMME MODIFICATION, Tuesday, September 29:

ZFF Masters with Harvey Weinstein does not take place.

Tickets purchased over the Internet or via call centre AND paid for by credit card or postcard will automatically be reimbursed to that card. Tickets ordered and paid for by invoice will be reimbursed at any Starticket point of sale. Tickets purchased at ZFF or Starticket points of sale will be reimbursed at the point of sale where the ticket was initially purchased. Reimbursement is for the ticket's gross sale price (incl. fees).

Todd Haynes

Todd Haynes is one of the most interesting personalities of the current independent cinema scene. Born 1961 in Los Angeles, the screenwriter and director is considered to be the pioneer of the 1990s coined “New Queer Cinema”. Haynes continually succeeds in undermining traditional narrative structures with his uncompromising and often sublimely erotic films. His directorial debut, the science fiction drama POISON, garnered the main award at Sundance in 1991. This master of semiotics has since picked up more than 46 international awards, including the Special Jury Prize at Cannes for his glam rock homage VELVET GOLDMINE (1998), the Special Jury Prize at the Mostra in Venice for his Bob Dylan biopic I’M NOT THERE (2007), and an Academy Award nomination for FAR FROM HEAVEN (2002).

Tue, 29.09.15, 17.00–18.00, Filmpodium, Language: English

Jean-Jacques Annaud

Born in 1943, the French director Jean-Jacques Annaud began his career with a bang: his debut feature LA VICTOIRE EN CHANTANT, a parable about colonialism, won an Academy Award in 1977. Originally active in the advertising sector, Annaud’s name reached beyond the circle of purely French cineastes to include a much wider audience when he directed the multi award-winning literary adaptation THE NAME OF THE ROSE (1986). His boundless curiosity and enthusiasm for spectacular themes enables him over and again to bridge the gap between art and commerce with cinema hits such as SEVEN YEARS IN TIBET (1997) and ENEMY AT THE GATES (2001).

Fri, 02.10.15, 12.30–13.30, Filmpodium, Language: English

Mike Leigh

Mike Leigh is one of Britain’s most significant filmmakers. He has garnered countless awards, including a Golden Palm (SECRETS & LIES, 1996), a Golden Lion (VERA DRAKE, 2004), and seven Academy Award nominations. His films aim to reflect human experience in all its contrariety and complexity. And they feel as lifelike as if life simply unfolded before his lens. However, his works are the result of intensive preparation: he develops characters and scenes over months before he starts on the screenplay. The screenwriter and director offers insight into his work at this ZFF Masters session.

Sat, 03.10.15, 15.00–16.00, Filmpodium, Language: English

ZFF Talks

The ZFF Talks series presents the opportunity to speak with personalities from the film industry. International film professionals offer the public fascinating insight into the challenges they face, both behind the camera and in front of it. The ZFF Talks take place in the Festival Centre at Sechseläutenplatz.

Entry to all ZFF Talks is free of charge. No ticket necessary.

William Broyles Jr., Screenwriter

William Broyles Jr. is one of the most successful screenwriters to come out of America. He has penned the stories for APOLLO 13 (1995), CAST AWAY (2000), PLANET OF THE APES (2001) and FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS (2006). Born in 1944, this Texan offers insight into his work and discusses his experiences in the Hollywood dream factory.

Friday, 25.09.15, 15.00-16.00, Festival Centre

Profession: Stuntman

Speaker: Manuel Schweizer, Stuntman

Stunt performers jump in when things get too dangerous for the actor. They dive off roofs, jump from moving cars and scurry up cliff faces. Stuntman Manuel Schweizer’s ZFF Talk casts a light on this fascinating job. The 28-year-old from Toggenburg has appeared in productions such as TATORT and ACHTUNG, FERTIG, WK! How do you prepare for a stunt? What dangers do you face on set? Manuel Schweizer discusses his passion in his talk.

Saturday, 26.09.15, 16.00-17.00, Festival Centre

Nouvelle Vague au féminin

French auteur cinema has experienced an upsurge after a new generation of female directors, most of them born in and around 1980, set new standards. This new “Cinéma au féminin” is less sociological and academic than that of the last generation of filmmakers. It reflects the state of modern woman without being overly feministic. Experts and exponents will discuss this “new wave” at a ZFF panel discussion.

Tuesday, 29.09.15, 13.00-14.00, Festival Centre

Around the Festival

Festival Centre

Opening Times: Daily from 11.00 till 24.00 (on 24.09.15, from 12.00 noon)

Ticket Sales, Information, Bar, Lounge, Shop, Talks and Accreditation

Our Festival Centre can be found, as usual, at Sechseläutenplatz. It is the central meeting point for filmmakers and film fans!

Bar & Lounge at Festival Centre

Opening Times: Daily from Friday, 25.9 to Saturday, 3.10. / from 11.00 till 24.00 (on 24.09.15, from 12.00 noon), Free Entry

Festival Centre, Sechseläutenplatz



Aftershow Party International Film Music Competition

Friday 25.9. / from 22.00, Entry: CHF 20.–

90s Sci-Fi Special presented by ZFF and SELLOUT

Two worlds collide! Well-known film music and hits form the 90s perfectly mixed and brought to you by DJ Scott Vega, Ozzy and Röhrender.

Papiersaal (Sihlcity)

Club Bellevue

Fri 25.9., Sat 26.9. and Fri 02.10. / from 23.00, Entry: CHF 25.–


Taittinger Purple Night

Wed 30.09. / from 23.00, Free entry

The longest nights are purple.

Champagne & sounds with surprise DJ, live e-violinist Valentin Akçağ and Taittinger "Nocturne", the party champagne for late nights.


Special Festival Menus

Thu 01.10. / Special Offers All Day Long - Globus at Bellevue Food Hall

Bellevue Night

Thu 01.10. / from 11.00

The legendary Club Bellevue and ZFF celebrate together.

ZFF 72 Party

Fri 02.10. / 22.00, Entry: CHF 20.–

The afterparty of the ZFF 72 online contest

With video bloggers Bianca "Bibi" Heinicke und Julian "Julienco" Classen.

Folium (Sihlcity)

Club Bellevue - ZFF Closing Party

Sat 03.10. / from 23.00, Extended Opening Hours

Green Carpet

Once again, this year’s ZFF Red Carpet is green and leads from the Festival Centre at Sechseläutenplatz to the entrance of the cinema corso. Enjoy the atmosphere when celebrated personalities from the film business pose for fans and photographs as they make their way to the cinema.

Matthew Brown (Director), Dev Patel (Cast), Jeremy Irons (Cast), Devika Bhise (Cast), Stephen Fry (Cast) & Edward R. Pressman (Producer)

Thu, 24.9.15, 19.00, Festival Centre, Sechseläutenplatz


Sabine Gisiger (Director), Verena Dürrenmatt (Cast), Ruth Dürrenmatt (Cast & Music), Peter Dürrenmatt (Cast) & Züri West mit Kuno Lauener (Music)

Fri, 25.9.15, 17.30, Festival Centre, Sechseläutenplatz


Peter Sollett (Director), Ellen Page (Cast) & Michael Shamberg (Producer)

Fri, 25.9.15, 18.00, Festival Centre, Sechseläutenplatz

Special Gala: FREEHELD

Ben Wheatley (Director) & Luke Evans (Cast)

Fri, 25.9.15, 19.30, Festival Centre, Sechseläutenplatz

Gala Premiere: HIGH-RISE

Kiefer Sutherland (Cast)

Fri, 25.9.15, 20.45, Festival Centre, Sechseläutenplatz

Golden Eye Award Kiefer Sutherland

Special Gala: FORSAKEN

Christoph Waltz (Cast)

Sat, 26.9.15, 17.30, Festival Centre, Sechseläutenplatz


Liam Hemsworth (Cast)

Sat, 26.9.15, 17.50, Festival Centre, Sechseläutenplatz

2 Special Galas: THE DRESSMAKER

Florian Gallenberger (Director), Benjamin Herrmann (Producer), Jeanne Werner (Cast)

Sat, 26.9.15, 21.00, Festival Centre, Sechseläutenplatz

Gala Premiere: COLONIA

Stephan Rick (Director), Moritz Bleibtreu (Cast), Nora von Waldstätten (Cast), Amir Hamz (Producer), Jan Krüger (Producer) & Nicolas Steil (Producer)

Sun, 27.9.15, 17.45, Festival Centre, Sechseläutenplatz


Léa Pool (Director)

Sun, 27.9.15, 18.30, Festival Centre, Sechseläutenplatz


Sam Esmail (Creator), Rami Malek (Cast) & Christian Slater (Cast)

Sun, 27.9.15, 18.45, Festival Centre, Sechseläutenplatz

TVision: MR. ROBOT

Scott Cooper (Director & Producer), John Lesher (Producer), Brian Oliver (Producer) & Phil Hunt (Executive Producer)

Sun, 27.9.15, 20.45, Festival Centre, Sechseläutenplatz

Gala Premiere: BLACK MASS

Steve Golin (Producer)

Mon, 28.9.15, 17.40, Festival Centre, Sechseläutenplatz

Career Achievement Award

Gala Premiere: SPOTLIGHT

Armin Mueller-Stahl (Cast)

Mon, 28.9.15, 18.05, Festival Centre, Sechseläutenplatz

Lifetime Achievement Award

Special Screening: NIGHT ON EARTH

Stephen Frears (Director) & Ben Foster (Cast)

Mon, 28.9.15, 20.45, Festival Centre, Sechseläutenplatz

Gala Premiere: THE PROGRAM

Anton Corbijn (Director)

Mon, 28.9.15, 21.20, Festival Centre, Sechseläutenplatz

Gala Premiere: LIFE

Isabelle Stever (Director), Ingmar Trost (Producer), Jörg Schulze (Producer), Maria Furtwängler (Cast), Mehmet Sözer (Cast), Anne von Keller (Cast)

Tue, 29.9.15, 18.30, Festival Centre, Sechseläutenplatz


Cesc Gay (Director)

Wed, 30.9.15, 18.05, Festival Centre, Sechseläutenplatz

Gala Premiere: TRUMAN

Maïwenn (Director)

Wed, 30.9.15, 20.00, Festival Centre, Sechseläutenplatz

Gala Premiere: MON ROI

Arnold Schwarzenegger (Cast)

Wed, 30.9.15, 20.30, Festival Centre, Sechseläutenplatz

Golden Icon Award Arnold Schwarzenegger & MAGGIE

2 Special Galas: MAGGIE

Jean-Jacques Annaud (Director)

Thu, 01.10.15, 18.00, Festival Centre, Sechseläutenplatz

Special Screening: WOLF TOTEM (3D)


Ken Kwapis (Director)

Thu, 01.10.15, 21.00, Festival Centre, Sechseläutenplatz

Gala Premiere: A WALK IN THE WOODS

Joseph Fiennes (Cast)

Fri, 02.10.15, 17.45, Festival Centre, Sechseläutenplatz

Special Screening: STRANGERLAND

Alice Winoncour (Director)

Fri, 02.10.15, 18.15, Festival Centre, Sechseläutenplatz

Gala Premiere: MARYLAND

Owen Harris (Director), John Niven (Screenplay), Moritz Bleibtreu (Cast)

Fri, 02.10.15, 20.45, Festival Centre, Sechseläutenplatz


Award Night

Sat, 03.10.15, 19.00, Opernhaus Zurich

Special Event with all the members of the jury and A Tribute To... Award-winner Mike Leigh