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Film Music Competition

The compositions by the 5th International Film Music Competition’s five finalists will be world premiered during the festive concert evening at the Tonhalle Zürich. The Film Music Concert that follows is dedicated to John Williams and his film scores. The evening is rounded off by an appearance by the Basel-born film composer Niki Reiser.

The International Film Music competition is organised by the Zurich Film Festival and the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich in collaboration with the Forum Filmmusik.

Friday 23.09.16, 19h00, Tonhalle Zürich

Film Music Competition

202 composers from 43 countries entered the competition to score Seth Boyden’s six-minute short film AN OBJECT AT REST for symphony orchestra. The five best entries will be world premiered in the presence of the finalists by the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich under the baton of Frank Strobel. The jury will announce the best composition on the same evening and present the winner with the CHF 10’000 cash endowed Golden Eye for  „Best International Film Music 2016“.

Finalists: Javier Bayon (Spain), Nic Danielson (USA), Marcin Sadowski (Poland), Joakim Unander (Sweden), Lucian Zbarcea (Romania)
Jury: Seth Boyden (director), Sophie Hunger (singer/songwriter), Brigitte Hofer (film producer), Frank Strobel (director), Jan Müller-Wieland (composer/director)

Conductor: Frank Strobel, Presenter: Sandra Studer


Grand Film Music Concert – A Tribute to John Williams

With way over 100 film soundtracks under his belt, five-time Academy Award-winner John Williams (*1932) is one of the world’s most influential and internationally successful film composers. He has collaborated with numerous eminent directors and scored almost every Steven Spielberg film. The Film Music Concert sees the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich perform his finest and most popular soundtracks under the baton of Frank Strobel, and takes the audience on a musical journey through time into tremulous dinosaur parks, the depths of oceans and ‘galaxies far, far away’ – all, of course, on flying bikes!   

Special guest of the evening is Basel-based film composer Niki Reiser, who garnered FONDATION SUISA’s film music award this year for his original soundtrack to the Swiss film HEIDI.


ZFF Masters

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

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

Ewan McGregor

Born 1971 in Scotland, Ewan McGregor achieved worldwide critical acclaim in 1996 when he played the emaciated heroin addict Renton in director Danny Boyle’s film TRAINSPOTTING. He landed the largest role of his career and set the international film community of fire when he signed on as Jedi Master Obi-Wan-Kenobi in STAR WARS: EPISODE I – THE PHANTOM MENACE (1999). His impressive acting career has seen him collaborate with such renowned directing greats as Ridley Scott for BLACK HAWK DOWN (2001) and Roman Polanski for THE GHOST WRITER (2010). In addition to his numerous other awards, McGregor has also received Golden Globe nominations for his roles in MOULIN ROUGE! (2001) and SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN (2011). This „ZFF Masters“ session sees Ewan McGregor talk about his acting career and his directorial debut AMERICAN PASTORAL.

Tuesday, 27.09.16, 16.00 – 17.00, Filmpodium, Language: English

Woody Harrelson

Whether in mainstream or independent film, Woody Harrelson’s charismatic acting talent has the power to impress both critics and viewers alike. Born in Texas in 1961, Harrelson first captured the world’s attention in the U.S. American sitcom CHEERS. He garnered his first Academy Award nomination for his role as Hustler founder Larry Flynt in Miloš Forman’s film THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT (1997). Harrelson’s unmistakeable acting style, such as can be seen in his role as the alcoholic mentor in the hit series THE HUNGER GAMES, or as the failing detective in the HBO series TRUE DETECTIVE (2014), remains deeply embedded in the minds of those who see him. Harrelson excels in his role as US President Johnson in the biopic LBJ, which screens as part of the ZFF’s “Gala Premieres” section.

Saturday, 01.10.16, 14.30 – 15.30, Filmpodium, Language: English

Daniel Radcliffe

„Its fun to play a British bad-guy”, said Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe when talking about his performance alongside Michael Caine in the fantasy thriller NOW YOU SEE ME 2. Since completing the Harry Potter film series, Radcliffe has relished his artistic freedom. His successful appearances on Broadway and ambitious film and TV series projects pay homage to his versatile acting talent. This year, Radcliffe excels in not one, but two films at ZFF: in the crazy comedy adventure SWISS ARMY MAN and the undercover thriller IMPERIUM. Whether offering a deeper insight into his work as an actor or recounting animated anecdotes, this sympathetic Brit knows how to entertain an audience. His is going to be one scintillating „ZFF Masters“ session.

Sunday, 02.10.16, 12.00 – 13.00, Filmpodium, Language: English

Olivier Assayas

Born 1955 in Paris, director and screenwriter Olivier Assayas seriously began making films at the age of 30, preferring before this to write about films for the influential French magazine „Cahiers du Cinema“. Assayas’ cinema is radically modern, vigorous, emotional, somewhat impenetrable and underscored by rock music soundtracks. Throughout his career, Assayas has collaborated with such acting stars as Maggie Cheung, Isabelle Huppert and Juliette Binoche. Set in the mountains of Grisons, his award-winning drama SILS MARIA (2014) was a huge hit with critics and audiences alike. His film PERSONAL SHOPPER garnered him the award for best director at Cannes this year. This eloquent contemporary’s „ZFF Masters“ session promises to be truly inspirational.

Sun, 02.10.16, 14.00 – 15.00, Filmpodium, Language: English

ZFF Talks

With film as its focus, the „ZFF Talks“ series offers experts from various sectors the opportunity to explore controversial issues currently affecting the fields of culture, science and politics. These cutting-edge speakers search for innovative answers to the questions of our future. „ZFF Talks“ is a project in collaboration with partners such as UPC, NZZ and Eye on Science & Life Science Zurich.

No ticket needed. NZZ Talks require registration ([email protected]).

What is the Creative Economy?

Friday, 23.09.16, 14.00 – 15.00, Festival Centre

Presenter: Christian Jungen (NZZ am Sonntag)

Eleven percent of Swiss companies are part of the creative economy. Operating at the intersection between culture, commerce and technology, these companies contribute to the country’s growth and innovative strength. Will Zurich become a hub for the creative economy? This question will be discussed by Ruedi Noser (State Councillor FDP Zurich), Thomas D. Meier (Principal ZHdK), Michel Pernet (President  Association Creative Industries Switzerland), Tobias Weber (director), Sylvain Gardel (Director Impulse Programme Pro-Helvetia), Sunnie J. Groeneveld (DigitalZurich2025, Inspire 925).

NZZ Talks require registration ([email protected]).

Profession: Visual Effects Supervisor

Saturday, 24.09.16, 15.00 – 16.00, Festival Centre

Miklos Kozary, CEO Elefant Studios AG

Supernatural phenomena and historic cities – both are to be found rarely, if at all, in reality and must therefore be recreated digitally in film productions using visual effects. In this ZFF Talk, Miklos Kozary, Visual Effects Supervisor and CEO of Elefant Studios AG, discusses his experiences in the creation of visual effects in feature films. When is it necessary to use visual effects? How are they created on the computer? What aspects must be considered? Miklos Kozary uses his work as a basis for answering these questions.

Whistleblower – Who owns the Truth?

Monday, 26.09.16, 18.00 – 19.00, NZZ Foyer

Presenter: Christian Jungen (NZZ am Sonntag)

Affiliated with Oliver Stone’s politically charged film SNOWDEN, whistleblower experts gather from various sectors to discuss these modern-day ‘heroes’. Investigative journalism and such controversial formats as WikiLeaks rely on their information. Do whistleblowers deserve to be prosecuted or offered immunity? Experts and those affected debate their position on whistleblowers with respect to freedom of speech, personal responsibility and the pros and cons of uncontrolled access to information.  

NZZ Talks require registration ([email protected]).

Culture in Times of Terrorism

Wednesday, 28.09.16, 18.00 – 19.00, NZZ Foyer

Presenter: Christian Jungen (NZZ am Sonntag)

Screened as a Gala Premiere, Bertrand Bonnello’s film NOCTURAMA sees a group of youths set about planting a series of bombs in the centre of Paris without any clear motive. Inspired by this enigmatic film portrait of an apathetically activist youth, people from the cultural sector, a terrorist attack survivor and scientists gather to discuss the interaction between culture and terrorism: Should we still allow such films be shown? Or do they just provoke others to do the same? What role does culture play in the fight against terrorism?

NZZ Talks require registration ([email protected]).

Eye on Science: FUTURE BABY

Wednesday, 28.09.16, 15.00 – 16.00, Festival Centre

Children of the future.
The Austrian documentary film FUTURE BABY casts a light on how people strive to achieve a happy family life. What is allowed in reproductive sciences? What impact will new medical innovations have on society? Scientists from the University of Zurich examine how the children of tomorrow will be begotten, what is already possible and legally justifiable, and what psychological and ethical questions the subject raises.      

Broadcast live to the Manifesta 11 Pavillon of Reflections.


Thursday, 29.09.16, 15.00 – 16.00, Festival Centre

In the name of nourishment.
Human’s have been hunters since the beginning of time. The documentary THE ISLANDS AND THE WHALES offers an impressive account of life and whale hunting on the Faroe Islands. Should tradition and food safety override species conservation and animal ethics? What impact does environmental protection have on the food chain? What poisons are harmful to life? Scientists deliver interesting background information to these fascinating questions.    

Broadcast live to the Manifesta 11 Pavillon of Reflections.

Eye on Science: MAGNUS

Friday, 30.09.16, 15.00 – 16.00, Festival Centre

Can genius be taught?
Norwegian-born Magnus Carlsen was a Chess Grandmaster at the age of 13, number one in the world at the age of 20, and won the World Chess Championship a few days before his 23rd birthday. The film MAGNUS celebrates this child prodigy, who is also Fast Chess and Blitz Chess World Champion. Experts discuss the capabilities of the human brain, how it differs from machines, and whether genius can be developed using present day learning techniques.  

Broadcast live to the Manifesta 11 Pavillon of Reflections.

ZFF 72


ZFF 72 is Switzerland’s biggest filmmaking contest organised by the Zurich Film Festival. The competition is open to all film enthusiasts. ZFF 72 gives filmmakers 72 hours to produce a film clip based on a given theme lasting no longer than 72 seconds. Entrants are free to choose the genre of their film: from fiction and documentary to CGI and stop motion - everything is allowed. Up for grabs is a Jury Award chosen by a panel of experts and a Viewers Award chosen by the online voting community. Find more information and register on www.zff72.com

Nightlife & Events

Festival Centre

from 23.9.: Daily from 11h00 till 24h00, on 23.9. from 12.00 noon

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

free entry


Pavillon of Reflections

from 23.9.: Daily from 11h00 till 24h00

Bar, Lounge & Film

free entry


Bar & Lounge at Festival Centre

Daily from Friday 23.9. - Saturday 1.10. / 11h00 - 24h00, free entry

Festival Centre, Sechseläutenplatz

Club Bellevue

Friday 23.9., Saturday 24.9. and Friday 30.9. / from 23h00, entry: CHF 25.–



Party @ Globus am Bellevue

Friday 23.9. / from 22h00, free entry with cinema ticket or accreditation – Entry without cinema ticket: CHF 15.– (incl. drink voucher)

House & Elektro with DJ Fred Licci

Party with the filmmakers and the ZFF team and get yourself geared up for 10 days of Zurich Film Festival fun.

Globus am Bellevue globus.ch

Talent Night

Wednesday 28.9. / from 23h00, free entry

Drinks & beats with DJ Mewa in Zurich’s tradition-steeped Niederdorf.

Party with our ZFF Master Class talents at the Hotel Marktgasse.

Hotel Marktgasse, Restaurant & Bar Baltho marktgassehotel.com

Bellevue Night

Thursday 29.9. / from 22h00, free entry

The legendary club at Bellevue celebrates with the Zurich Film Festival.


ZFF 72 Award Party

Friday 30.9. / from 22h30, entry: CHF 10.–

The after party to Switzerland’s biggest film competition.

In the presence of the winner and ZFF 72 Film Contest top ten.

Folium (Sihlcity) zff72.com / starticket.ch / folium.ch

Club Bellevue - ZFF Closing Party

Saturday 1.10. / from 23h00, entry: CHF 25.-

Extended Opening Hours


Food Lounge @ Globus am Bellevue

Daily from early till late, Price: from CHF 24.80

Menu with starter and main, dessert and a soft drink

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.

Garth Davis (Direction), Harvey Weinstein (Executive Producer)

Thu, 22.9.16, 19.00, Festival Centre, Sechseläutenplatz

Opening Night: LION

Roberto Sneider (Direction)

Fri, 23.9.16, 17.45, Festival Centre, Sechseläutenplatz


Pablo Larraín (Direction)

Sat, 24.9.16, 18.15, Festival Centre, Sechseläutenplatz

Gala Premiere: NERUDA

Uma Thurman (Cast)

Sat, 24.9.16, 18.45, Festival Centre, Sechseläutenplatz

Special Screening (13.15, Arena 4): KILL BILL

Oliver Stone (Direction), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Cast), Shailene Woodley (Cast)

Sat, 24.9.16, 20.00, Festival Centre, Sechseläutenplatz

Gala Premiere: SNOWDEN

Patrick Wachsberger (Lionsgate, co-chair)

Sun, 25.9.16, 18.10, Festival Centre, Sechseläutenplatz

Gala Premiere: LA LA LAND

Sergei Polunin (Cast), Steve Cantor (Direction)

Sun, 25.9.16, 20.00, Festival Centre, Sechseläutenplatz

Gala Premiere: DANCER

John Michael McDonagh (Direction), Alexander Skarsgård (Cast)

Sun, 25.9.16, 20.40, Festival Centre, Sechseläutenplatz

Gala Premiere: WAR ON EVERYONE

Roberto Andò (Direction)

Mon, 26.9.16, 17.45, Festival Centre, Sechseläutenplatz


Sharon Maguire (Direction)

Mon, 26.9.16, 18.00, Festival Centre, Sechseläutenplatz


Dieter Berner (Direction), Alexander Glehr (Producer), Hilde Berger (Screenplay), Noah Saavedra (Cast), Maresi Riegner (Cast)

Mon, 26.9.16, 18.15, Festival Centre, Sechseläutenplatz


Ewan McGregor (Direction, Cast), Jennifer Connelly (Cast)

Mon, 26.9.16, 20.15, Festival Centre, Sechseläutenplatz


Marcel Hoehn (Producer)

Tue, 27.9.16, 18.30, Festival Centre, Sechseläutenplatz

Lifetime Achievement Award


Hugh Grant (Cast)

Tue, 27.9.16, 19.45, Festival Centre, Sechseläutenplatz

Golden Eye Award


Ulrich Seidl (Direction)

Wed, 28.9.16, 19.50, Festival Centre, Sechseläutenplatz

Gala Premiere: SAFARI

Lorenzo di Bonaventura (Producer)

Wed, 28.9.16, 20.15, Festival Centre, Sechseläutenplatz

Career Achievement Award and Gala Premiere: DEEPWATER HORIZON

Lambert Wilson (Cast), Pierre Niney (Cast), Jérôme Salle (Screenplay)

Thu, 29.9.16, 17.30, Festival Centre, Sechseläutenplatz


Adrian Titieni (Cast)

Thu, 29.9.16, 20.20, Festival Centre, Sechseläutenplatz


Woody Harrelson (Cast)

Fri, 30.9.16, 17.20, Festival Centre, Sechseläutenplatz

Gala Premiere: LBJ

Oliver Rihs (Direction) and cast

Fri, 30.9.16, 19.40, Festival Centre, Sechseläutenplatz

Special Screenings: AFFENKÖNIG

Daniel Ragussis (Direction), Daniel Radcliffe (Cast)

Fri, 30.9.16, 20.00, Festival Centre, Sechseläutenplatz

Gala Premiere: IMPERIUM

Cro (Carlo Waibel) and cast

Sat, 1.10.16, 18.00, Festival Centre, Sechseläutenplatz


Rolando Colla (Direction), Bruno Todeschini (Cast), Alessia Barela (Cast)

Sat, 1.10.16, 19.00, Opernhaus Zurich

Gala Premiere at 21.15: SETTE GIORNI

Martina Gedeck (Cast)

Sat, 1.10.16, 19.00, Opernhaus Zurich


Award Night

Sa, 1.10.16, 19.10, Opernhaus Zürich

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