Fringe Events


Tonhalle Orchester Film Music Concert and Competition

7th International Film Music Competition

Composers from 44 countries took part in the 7th International Film Music Competition to score Steve Cutts’ short film HAPPINESS. The jury is on hand on the evening to present the Golden Eye for „Best International Film Music 2018“ to the winning composer. The award is endowed with a CHF 10’000.- cash prize.

Film Music Concert: Thriller

What would a good thriller be without its gripping music? Almost as famous as the films themselves are the tracks from Mission Impossible, Kill Bill and „Tatort“ – so it’s only right to finally place this captivating film music centre stage. The programme includes two soundtracks by former Red Hot Chili Peppers percussionist, film composer and this year’s jury president Cliff Martinez. A concert full of suspense and energy performed by the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich.

Special Guest

The film scene „Ende der Illusionen“ from “Tatort Die Geschichte vom bösen Friedrich” (2016) composed by Swiss film composer Christine Aufderhaar will be performed live for the first time.

Thursday, Okt. 4, 2018, 19.00, Tonhalle Maag

A Conversation with ... Johnny Depp

US actor Johnny Depp is one of the most successful character actors worldwide and has appeared on the silver screen in a host of varied and influential roles. Johnny Depp is a guest of this year’s ZFF and is in Zurich to present his most recent film RICHARD SAYS GOODBYE; he will now also attend a chaired discussion at Filmpodium. 

Friday, October 5, 2018, Filmpodium, 15:30

A Conversation with ... Natalie Dormer

A former resident of Kings Landing visits ZFF – Margaery Tyrell from GAME OF THRONES. Natalie Dormer talks about her latest project, the mini-series PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK, before presenting the first episode.

Friday, October 5, 2018, 20.15 - 21.45, Filmpodium. Language: English | TICKETS

ZFF Masters

"ZFF Masters" are chaired discussions with greats from the international film industry. Ex- perience renowned actors, directors and producers up-close and use this opportunity to ask them questions. Tickets for ZFF Masters are available at all ZFF pre-sale ticket points.


He has acted for such director greats as Robert Altman, Federico Fellini, Clint Eastwood and Robert Redford, and put in memorable performances alongside the likes of Dustin Hofmann, Marlon Brando and Jane Fonda. Whether hero or villain, Donald Sutherland’s remarkable acting has left Hollywood with a great legacy. Younger audiences may know him as President Snow in THE HUNGER GAMES franchise. The father of movie star Kiefer Sutherland has appeared in some 14 series, including the screen adaptation of Ken Follett’s bestseller THE PILLARS OF THE EARTH. We look forward to an inspiring ZFF Masters session.

Sunday, 30.09., 15.30 – 16.30, Filmpodium, Language: English


Win an Academy Award straight out of film school? Director and screenwriter Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck can show you how. His 2006 feature film debut DAS LEBEN DER ANDEREN won the award for best foreign language film. His story of an author who is watched over by a Stasi co-worker also won seven German Film Awards. It was next stop Hollywood for his second feature, the all-star-cast thriller THE TOURIST. Von Donnersmarck has returned to Germany for his most recent movie WERK OHNE AUTOR, which screens this year in ZFF’s Gala Premiere section.

Sunday, 30.09., 17.00 – 18.00, Filmpodium, Language: English


Julian Schnabel is not only a worldwide renowned filmmaker, but also a painter and one of the most famous exponents of Neo-expressionism. He gave his debut as a director withBASQUIAT, a film about New York artist Jean-Michel Basquiat,and dedicated his second film BEFORE NIGHT FALLS to author and Cuban exile Reinaldo Arenas. He celebrated his biggest success with the four-time Academy Award-nominated LE SCAPHANDRE ET LE PAPILLON, which also won the award for best director at Cannes. His most recent project ETERNITY’S GATE is a fiction film about Vincent Van Gogh.

Monday, 01.10., 18.00 - 19.00, Filmpodium, Language: English


Wim Wenders is one of Europe’s most influential filmmaking personalities. This versatile director, who has also made a name for himself as a photographer, won the critics’ prize at Venice with his debut film DIE ANGST DES TORMANNS BEIM ELFMETER. This was followed by such classics as DER AMERIKANISCHE FREUND and PARIS, TEXAS (Palme d’Or, Cannes 1984). His documentaries BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB, PINA and THE SALT OF THE EARTH went on to become audience favourites. In his ZFF Masters session, Wenders will offer insight into his sources of inspiration and take part in a public Q&A session.

Saturday, 06.10., 15.00 - 16.00, 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, and gives film experts the chance to catch up on industry innovations.

No ticket needed. Language is German unless otherwise stated.


#BIGDATA – The End of Autonomy?

Discussing the film THE CLEANERS
Moderator: Stefan Betschon (NZZ)
Fr, 28.9., 15.30 – 17.30, Festival Centre

We share all manner of information about ourselves on social media platforms. This data is collected and exploited by third parties. Who decides what happens to this data? Are there ways of increasing your autonomy? Canton Zurich’s data protection officer Bruno Baeriswyl, professor of modern history at UZH Monika Dommann and directors Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck discuss.
In collaboration with Datenschutzbeauftragter Kanton Zürich.


Virtual Reality in Research and Film

Sat, 29.9., 18.00 – 19.00, Folium Sihlcity

The possibility to dive into other worlds via virtual reality has opened up new research options in the fields of medicine and surgery. VR also plays an important part in movies. How do movies and science profit from virtual reality? Where are the limits, where are the dangers? Have your say as our experts discuss.
Presented by Eye On Science, Life Science Zürich und Universität Basel


The Limits of Genetic Research

Diskussing the film GENESIS 2.0
Moderator: Monika Schärer
Mon, 1.10., 16.00 – 17.00 Uhr, Festival Centre

The film GENESIS 2.0 sees mammoth hunters, DNA scientists and molecular biologists attempt to breathe life into a mammoth. The resurrection of the mammoth would be the first move during the next technological revolution in genetic research. This talk questions whether it is possible to bring a mammoth to life, explains what exactly resurrection biology is and where the limits of current genetic research are.
Presented by Eye On Science, Life Science Zürich, University of Zurich und ETH Zürich


Film & Politics = Film Politics?

„Film is the most important art form of the 20th century.” - Lenin
Mon, 1.10., 20.00 – 21.00, KOSMOS

Switzerland introduced a federal support system for film in the 1930s. The importance of film has since grown so great that now even politicians want to be seen treading the red carpet at festivals.
Swiss filmmakers are required to make socially relevant films that should also be as successful
as Hollywood productions. Forcing a square shape into a round hole?
Presented by Kosmos.


Johnny Depp alone is not enough: how to make a success of film festivals 

Talk with Moritz de Hadeln, former Director of Venice, Berlinale, Locarno and Nyon, and Karl Spoerri, Founder and Co-Director of Zurich Film Festival

Moderator: Christian Jungen (NZZ am Sonntag), author of the book „Moritz de Hadeln: Mister Filmfestival“
Wed. 03. Oct. 12:30, Festival Centre - Kubus downstairs

Film festivals are popping up everywhere these days. And many disappear or quickly pale into insignificance. What does it take to gain and maintain international importance? What role do moviestars play? How do you get your hands on big premiere titles? Is it better to maintain close contact with politics or keep it at arm's length? Two festival founders offer a behind-the-scenes view of the festival business.

Talk with Moritz de Hadeln, former Director of Venice, Berlinale, Locarno and Nyon, and Karl Spoerri, Founder and Co-Director of Zurich Film Festival.

Moderator: Christian Jungen (NZZ am Sonntag), author of the book „Moritz de Hadeln: Mister Filmfestival“.

When Science Fiction becomes Reality

Moderator: Beat Glogger
Wed, 3.10., 15.00 – 16.00, Festival Centre

Maxim Pozdorovkin highlights cases where people have been killed e.g. by a VW factory robot, by a self-driving Tesla and in Dallas by a police bomb defusing robot. Each case raises questions: Should there be laws for robots? How dangerous is AI? Researchers at the university and ETH in Zurich clarify.
Presented by Eye On Science, Life Science Zürich, University of Zurich und ETH Zürich.


Homeland – A Cross-border Experience:

Discussing the film ANGELO
Moderator: Dr. Béatrice Acklin Zimmermann
Thu, 4.10., 12.00 - 13.00, Festival Centre

Angelo Soliman was abducted from his African homeland in the 18th century and taken to Austria, where he was christened and grew up. He soon became something of an exotic attraction at the Viennese Court. Experts from the fields of culture and politics discuss homeland, identity, belonging and alienation, and explore how it feels to be robbed of one’s homeland.
In collaboration with Paulus Akademie Zürich.


How is Film Music made?

Discussing the film CHRIS THE SWISS
Moderator: Bettina Spoerri
Thu, 4.10., 14.00 – 15.30, Festival Centre

The composer is the creative force behind film music. What the viewer hears in the theatre is the result of an intensive, symbiotic or dichotomous collaboration between composer, director, sound designer
and cutter. Taking CHRIS THE SWISS as an example, Marcel Vaid (composer), Stefan Kälin (cutter)
and Markus Krohn (sound designer) trace the path from the first musical sketches to the finished
In collaboration with SSFV and SMECA.


Global Values – Stay Vocal

Disuccing the film WHEN LAMBS BECOME LIONS
Alex Rübel (Direktor Zoo Zürich) and Jon Kasbe (Regisseur) diskuss
Fr, 5.10., 15.00 – 16.00, Festival Centre

WHEN LAMBS BECOME LIONS tells the story of Kenyan poachers and their motives for practicing this illegal activity. invites you to discuss the film with them. Are traditional values of hunting subordinate to the preservation of animal species, even if it threatens to take away the local community’s livelihood? Alex Rübel (director, Zoo Zürich) and Jon Kasbe (director) discuss.

Language: Englisch.
Presented by von


New media, AI and how it affects our lives

With: Prof. Ron Deibert, Daniel Stauffacher, Serge Droz
Sat, 6.10., 11.00 – 12.00, Festival Centre

This talk takes films from the #BigData section as its basis. What are the advantages and the challenges of big data? What influence does big data have on our daily lives? Experts from the ICT4Peace founda- tion examine the current situation and discuss how to handle new technologies.

Language: Englisch.
Presented by ICT4Peace.

Nightlife & Special Offers


Bar & Lounge at Festival Centre

Daily from 11:00 to 24:00

Food Hall @ Globus at Bellevue

Daily from morning to night

Asian-Wrap, special beef tartar, thai curry and different Focaccia creations.

ZFF Beauty Lounge

27. September - 06. October 2018

Blow Dry & Make-Up 

Sunday - Thursday: 12.00 - 20.00
Friday - Saturday: 12.00 - 23.00

Appointments: 077 475 09 07


Friday, 28.09., from 23:00

Silverscreen Night @ Globus at Bellevue

With DJ Jovi
Tickets: CHF 15.- on the door or at
With accreditation: Free Entry

Friday, 28.09., from 23:00

Kultstatus @ Club Bellevue

Entry: CHF 20.-

Saturday, 29.09., from 21:00 - 23:30

Kaufleuten Disco Party meets ZFF @ Festival Centre

Free Entry, min. age: 23 

Saturday, 29.09., from 23:00 

Marcel Fengler @ Club Bellevue

With DJ Marcel Fengler

Entry: CHF 25.-

Wednesday, 03.10, from 21:00

Talent Night @ Kosmos

Free Entry

Wednesday, 03.10, from 18:00 - 24:00

Mascotte and ZFF meet Calle Ocho Afterwork Party @ ZFF Festival Ship (MS Albis)

Schiffsteg Theater at Bellevue
With DJ Papi Electric

Free Entry, min. age: 20

Thursday, 04.10., from 18:00 - 23:00 

Sushi Loves Movies @ Yooji's Dreikönig

Free Entry - Thursdays Afterwork with Live DJ, Sushi appetizers and Welcome Sake!
Special Music Act: DJ Sanco

Infos at:

Friday, 05.10., from 23:00 

ZFF 72 Award Party @ Folium Sihlcity


Entry: CHF 10.-
Tickets at:,,

Friday, 05.10., from 23:00 

Kultstatus Loves Oeconomist @ Club Bellevue

Entry: CHF 20.-


Saturday, 06.10., from 22:00

Saturday Night Fever @ Festival Centre

With DJ Muri

Free Entry

Saturday, 06.10., from 23:00

Uf Dä Kippi @ Club Bellevue

With DJs Markus Kavka & Ronny Grauer

Entry: CHF 25.-


Saturday, 06.10., from 18:00

Exklusive Pre-Award Night Dinner @ Pier 7-Clubrestaurant 

Apéro and Dinner & ZFF Afterparty at the Opera House 
4-course-menu incl. drinks à discrétion
Price per person CHF 147.-
Reservation at: [email protected]
or phone: 044 261 70 55


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.

Peter Farrelly (Director), Viggo Mortensen (Cast)

Thu, 27.09.18, 19:15


Alice Rohrwacher (Director)

Fri, 28.09.18, 17:45


Jörg Winger (Creator), Jonathan Young (Production), Anna Schumacher (Cast), Andi Vasluianu (Cast), Voicu Dumitras (Cast)

Fri, 28.09.18, 19:55


John C. Reilly (Cast), Alison Dickey (Production)

Fri, 28.09.18, 20:15


Felix Van Groeningen (Director)

Fri, 28.09.18, 20:45


Peter Volkart (Director)

Fri, 28.09.18, 21:20


Dev Patel (Cast)

Sat, 29.09.18, 17:45


Jennifer Fox (Director, Screenplay)

Sat, 29.09.18, 18:15


Hannes Baumgartner (Director), Max Hubacher (Cast), Stefan Eichenberger (Production), Ivan Madeo (Production)

Sat, 29.09.18, 18:20


Michael Steiner (Director), Joel Basman (Cast), Inge Maux (Cast), Sunnyi Melles (Cast), Udo Samel (Cast), Lena Kalisch (Cast), Aaron Arens (Cast), Thomas Meyer (Drehbuch), Michael Steiger (Production), Hans Syz (Production), Anita Wasser (Production)

Sat, 29.09.18, 19:45


Christin Freitag (Director), Tobias Siebert (Production)

Sat, 29.09.18, 20:50


Jasmin Mozaffari (Director), Paul Barkin (Production), Karena Evans (Cast), Caitlin Grabham (Production), Michaela Kurimsky (Cast), Kristy Neville (Production)

Sat, 29.09.18, 21:20


Donald Sutherland (Cast)

Sun, 30.09.18, 16:45

Lifetime Achievement Award


Daniel Zimmermann (Director, Screenplay), Gerald Klerkletz (Camera)

Sun, 30.09.18, 18:05 Uhr


Nicola Bellucci (Director), Leonardo Nigro (Cast) 

Sun, 30.09.18, 18:10


Annabel Jankel (Director)

Sun, 30.09.18, 18:35


Nadine Labaki (Director)

Sun, 30.09.18, 20:05


Cihan Inan (Director)

Sun, 30.09.18, 20:25


Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (Director), Sebastian Koch (Cast), Tom Schilling (Cast)

Sun, 30.09.18, 19:15


Rohena Gera (Regie, Drehbuch), Tillotama Shome (Cast)

Mo, 01.10.18, 18:00 Uhr


Pernille Fischer Christensen (Director, Screenplay)

Mon, 01.10.18, 20:45


Annie Gisler (Director, Screenplay), Maggie Tapert (Cast)

Tue, 02.10.18, 17:40


Pawel Pawlikowski (Director, Screenplay)

Tue, 02.10.18, 18:00


Francesco Rizzi (Direktor, Screenplay), Sabine Timoteo (Cast), Vinicio Marchioni (Cast), Simon Guy Fässler (Camera), Villi Hermann (Production)

Tue, 02.10.18, 20:10


Joel Basman (Cast)

Wed, 03.10.18, 17:45


Eva Spreitzhofer (Dreictor, Screenplay), Caroline Peters (Cast), Chantal Zitzenbacher (Cast), Hisham Morscher (Cast)

Wed, 03.10.18, 20:50


Judi Dench (Cast), Sophie Cookson (Cast), David Parfitt (Production)

Wed, 03.10.18, 20:00

Golden Icon Award



Kevin Macdonald (Director, Screenplay)

Thu, 04.10.18, 18:20


Christian Frei (Director)

Thu, 04.10.18, 21:00


Michael Bully Herbig (Director), Friedrich Mücke (Cast)

Thu, 04.10.18, 20:00


Natalie Dormer (Cast)

Fri, 05.10.18, 18:45


Wayne Roberts (Director), Johnny Depp (Cast), Greg Shapiro (Production)

Fri, 05.10.18, 19:15


Wim Wenders

Sat, 06.10.18, 19:30


Sönke Wortmann (Director), Iris Berben (Cast), Christoph Maria Herbst (Cast), Justus von Dohnányi (Cast), Caroline Petersen (Cast), Janina Uhse (Cast)

Sat, 06.10.18, 20:00


Exhibition: „Seeing Science“

Vernissage/talk, Folium: Saturday, 29.09., 18.00 – 20.30
Opening times, Folium: Monday, 01.10. till Friday, 05.10., 10.00 – 15.00

At Folium and Kalanderplatz Sihlcity

Zurich Film Festival’s science partner, the Eye On Science Association, turns research and science into a unique experience. Collaboration with the Swiss National Science Foundation allows us to present a selection of photographs from its Scientific Image Competition; visualisations from Zurich University of the Arts’ students and images from Life Science Zürich (Zurich University and ETH) can be seen at Kalanderplatz; the best short films from the Fast Forward Science web video competition are presented together with our partner Science et Cité; and the University of Basel’s OCTlab invites you to dive into a globally unique virtual reality world and discover the human body from the inside.

The entrance is free.