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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. Globate.org 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 GLOBATE.org


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.