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Film Music Competition & Concert

8th International Film Music Competition

One short  film –  five different emotions! 321 composers from 46 countries took part in the 8th International Film Music Competition to score Robert Rugan’s short film DANNY AND THE WILD BUNCH. The five best compositions will be premiered by the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich. The Jury will present the winner with the Golden Eye for “Best International Film Music 2019”.

Film Music Concert: Beyond the Matrix

A concert of pure excitement with the most exhilarating scenes and stills from the most legendary science fiction movies interpreted live by the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich under the baton of Frank Strobel.

Special Guest:

Film composer Adrian Frutiger Best of WOLKENBRUCH – first live performance of film music from the successful Swiss movie performed by the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich.

The event is open to the public and takes place on Saturday, September 28, at Tonhalle Maag.



The competition concert will take place on September 28, 2019 at Tonhalle Maag.

International Film Music Competition "Danny and the Wild Bunch" by Robert Rugan

Don Davis Suite from "The Matrix"
"Isla Sorna Sailing Situation" from "Jurassic Park 3"
End Credits from "Hyperspace"
Suite from "The Matrix: Reloaded" and "The Matrix: Revolutions"

ZFF Masters

The ZFF Masters are chaired discussions with renowned personalities from the international film industry. Actors, directors and producers offer insight into their work in Q&A sessions.

Donald Sutherland

Donald Sutherland

This American acting legend honours us with a second visit – this time with his latest film THE BURNT ORANGE HERESY, in which he stars alongside Mick Jagger. Sutherland’s Masters session will tie in with that of last year to give us a very personal insight into his work – he did, after all, appear in front of the camera for such director greats as Robert Altman, Federico Fellini, Clint Eastwood and Robert Redford, and perform alongside such legends as Dustin Hofmann, Marlon Brando and Jane Fonda. We look forward with great excitement to his solo performance in Zurich.

Saturday, 28.9. | 15:30 | Filmpodium

Roland Emmerich

Roland Emmerich

Roland Emmerich is a master of the staged catastrophe: German-born Emmerich has made his mark on Hollywood’s sci-fi-world with such films as INDEPENDENCE DAY (1996), GODZILLA (1998) and THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW (2004). He has been a screenwriter and director of blockbuster movies for more than 40 years now – and he’s not finished yet at all. In Emmerich’s Masters session, we discover how he went from the HFF Munich – where he shot his debut DAS ARCHE NOAH PRINZIP (1984) – to Los Angeles, and hear first-hand about the challenges of his career.

Sunday, 29.9. | 15:30 | Filmpodium

Julie Delpy

Julie Delpy

Director Bertrand Tavernier once said she’s like a crystal, carrying within her both purity and strength in equal measure. This Frenchwoman can look back on a truly multifaceted career. After being discovered at the age of 14 by Jean-Luc Godard, she went on to appear in front of the camera for such renowned filmmakers as Agnieszka Holland, Jim Jarmusch and Richard Linklater. She is also known as the director of 2 DAYS IN PARIS (2007). Now the director, author and actress is visiting us with her latest film MY ZOE, the idea for which she had 20 years ago during a conversation with Krzysztof Kieślowski. We’re excited to hear what she has to say about the film’s long development.

Monday, 30.9. | 16:00 | Filmpodium

Javier Bardem

Javier Bardem

Winning an Oscar with one of the weirdest haircuts in movie-making history gets you noticed in Hollywood – this is exactly what Javier Bardem achieved in NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (2008). The 50-year-old is one of the most sought-after character actors in the business. Bardem sends his audience on a rollercoaster of moods and emotions, be it as a seducer in JAMÓN, JAMÓN (1992), a wheelchair bound ex police officer in CARNE TRÉMULA (1997) or a homosexual writer in BEFORE NIGHT FALLS (2000). Bardem will open the treasure chest of experience that is his sensational career, and report on his latest project SANCTUARY and his commitment to the environment.

Friday, 4.10. | 12:30 | Filmpodium

Oliver Stone

Oliver Stone

Oliver Stone last appeared at ZFF three years ago to present his lm SNOWDEN. This eccentric filmmaker now returns with two films. He presents his restored version of THE DOORS, which captures the 60s with a new visual and aural vibrancy and, in his ZFF Masters session, Stone talks about his four-part documentary film series THE PUTIN INTERVIEWS (2017), which sees him get surprisingly close to the Russian President at the Kremlin. His humorous and laid-back narrative style leaves us time and again antagonised: a talk with Oliver Stone is guaranteed to loosen our “moral reserves”.

Saturday, 5.10. | 16:15 | Filmpodium

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. The talks are in German, unless otherwise specified.

No ticket necessary.

The Robots Are Coming

Keynotes on the exhibition FACING ROBOTS
Sat, 28.9., 17.00–18.00, Folium
Guests: Margarita Chli (ETH Zurich), Anton Rey (ZHdK) and Thomas Grunwald (EPI-Klinik Zurich)
Robots are becoming ever more like humans, which leads to the questions: will counters everywhere soon be replaced by screens? Theatre plays performed by robots? And movies made without any real actors? This ZFF Talk delivers revelations from the frontier between humans and robots and accompanies the exhibition FACING ROBOTS at Folium Sihlcity.
Presented by Eye On Science, ETH Zürich, ZHdK

When Systems Crash

Discussing the film SYSTEMSPRENGER
Sun, 29.9., 12.00–13.00, Festival Centre
Moderator: Gabriela Seidel-Hollaender
What happens to children whose behavior crashes the system? What happens to their tutors and parents? Nora Fingscheidt’s SYSTEMSPRENGER shows the degree of powerlessness and despair when familiar structures are shaken. She discusses her film, education and being human in extreme situations with experts.

Glamour Factor at UPC

Sun, 29.9., 14.00–15.00, Festival Centre
Moderator: Sabine Östlund
UPC is known primarily for telecommunications. But UPC also produces Swiss and international TV series. Anne Walser, producer of the box office hit ZWINGLI; Steffi Buchli, Head of Programming at MySports; and Pascal Amrein, Director Content at UPC, offer insight into their new homegrown productions DER TRAUM and THE FEED. Why does a telecommunications provider produce series? What do Swiss viewers like?
Presented by UPC

In the Flow of Humanity

Discussing the film VOLUNTEER
Mon, 30.9., 12.00–13.00, Festival Centre
Moderator: Dr. Béatrice Acklin Zimmermann
Volunteers travel to Greece to help the boat people arriving there. Back in Switzerland, they are torn between their former lives and the urge to become politically engaged. Experts discuss the rights, morals and double morals of sea rescue, and to what extent it is civil society’s function to iron out political misunderstandings.
In collaboration with the Paulus Akademie Zürich

New Freedom, Fake News, Manipulation

Discussing the film COLLECTIVE
Mon, 30.9., 15.30–16.30, Festival Centre
Moderator: Nicole Althaus, NZZ am Sonntag
#SpeakingTheTruth: Social Media has turned communication on its head. Does this new freedom promote a more democratic society? Or is political culture dying from fake news? Bruno Baeriswyl, Data Protection Officer for the canton of Zurich; Katja Rost, Professor of Sociology UZH; and Alexander Nanau, director of the documentary COLLECTIVE discuss.
In collaboration with Datenschutzbeauftragter des Kantons Zürich

Climate Lignification

Discussing the film BRUNO MANSER
Tue, 01.10., 15.00–16.00, Festival Centre
Moderator: Monika Schärer
In 1984, Bruno Manser travelled to the Bornean jungle where he found fulfilment with the Penan people and became one of the most credible environmental activists. Experts from the University of Zurich (Philipp Aerni, Centre for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, CCRS) and the ETH’s Crowther Lab discuss the sense of responsibility, indigenous people and climate change.
Presented by Eye On Science, Life Science Zurich, University of Zurich, ETH Zürich

Human Machine!

Discussing the film SOUND OF METAL
Thu, 3.10., 12.30–13.30, Festival Centre
A drummer suffers from a sudden loss of hearing. He reluctantly accepts his fate and receives help in the form of an operation and state-of-the-art hearing aid technology. What role do robots play in present-day rehabilitation? And how quickly does the human brain react to sudden impairment? How is music actually perceived? Researchers at the University and ETH Zurich offer a fascinating insight.
Presented by Eye On Science, Life Science Zurich, University of Zurich, ETH Zürich.

Speaking Truth in a Post-Truth World

Fri, 4.10., 15.00–16.00, Festival Centre
Guests: Sanjana Hattotuwa (ICT4Peace Foundation), Daniel Stauffacher (ICT4Peace Foundation)
We are always taught to ask “why?”. But “speaking truth to power” turns out to be difficult, when shared history is almost a thing of the past. Today, in the confinement of “swipes & likes”, corporations create news frames with no instructions on how to read them. This talk aims to offer guidance in a post-truth world.
Presented by ICT4Peace Foundation

A Conversation with... Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart

A Conversation with... Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart is one of America’s most brilliant and talented young actresses. She plays the Nouvelle Vague icon Jean Seberg in her latest movie SEBERG, which screens in our “Gala Premieres” section. A Conversation with… Kristen Stewart is an exclusive chaired discussion that sees the actress offer insight into her career and answer questions from the audience.

Thursday, 03.10.19 | 12:30 | Filmpodium

A Conversation with... Nikolaj Coster-Waldau


A Conversation with... Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

Nikolaj Coster-Waldaus‘ career began in his native Denmark, where he also made his breakthrough in the Danish thriller KNIGHTWATCH (1994). He has appeared in several international productions, including BLACK HAWK DOWN (2001), MAMA (2013) and OBLIVION (2013). He reached an international audience playing Sir Jaime Lannister in the HBO hit series GAME OF THRONES (2011-2019). In his latest film SUICIDE TOURIST, we see Coster-Waldau take a mysterious journey between life and death. This exclusive, chaired discussion sees the Danish actor offer insight into his career and talk about his return to his film producing country of origin.

Sunday, 06.10.19 | 10:30 | Filmpodium

Science Film Award & Exhibition „Facing Robots“

Science Film Award

Premiere at 15th ZFF: first time science receives its own film award. The Eye On Science Association will present the first Science Film Award at this year’s ZFF. Five documentary or feature films from the ZFF programme that bring scientifically relevant topics to the attention of a wider audience in an attractive and entertaining way can enter the race. A top-class jury comprising experts from the fields of science and research, as well as the film industry, will choose the winning film.

Jury: Joël Mesot, President of the ETH Zurich / Michael Schaepman, Vice President Research at the University of Zurich / Mark Levinson, physicist and film director / Lena Vurma, film producer.

Further information: www.eyeonscience.org

Exhibition „Facing Robots“

Eye On Science once again brings the world of science and research to the 15th ZFF. Experience the wonderous with the ETH’s digital platform – meet the hopping robot ASCENTO, dive into a virtual world with the interactive Soft Glove and view surprising content from the Disney Research Lab. The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) also presents a selection of photographs to marvel at. Attend the vernissage and discover how rapidly research in artificial intelligence is progressing, and how robots will influence our lives.

Vernissage 28.9., 17.00 / 30.9. – 4.10., daily 10.00–15.00, Folium and Kalanderplatz Sihlcity


Nightlife & Events

Friday, 27.09.19

Gold meets Kultstatus @ Club Bellevue

from 23:00 with Remy Kersten (Dragon-i) & Gil Glaze

Entry: CHF 20.–

Saturday, 28.09.19

15 years of ZFF – a reason to celebrate!

22:00 - midnight, Festival Centre

Let’s celebrate together! Enjoy delicious delights from tibits and a sweet surprise from LoLa’s Kitchen to the groovy sounds of the legendary DJ Muri. Profit from the 2 for 1 drink offer at the Festival Centre Bar (excl. spirits) and keep those glasses clinking! Come and see us!

free entry 


Saturday, 28.09.19

Basement @ Club Bellevue

from 23:00 with Perplex, Kayyak B2B with Marcism, Gianni

Entry: CHF 25.–

Thursday, 03.10.19

Sushi Loves Movies

18:00 – 23:00, free entry, ZFF meets Yooji’s Thursdays Afterwork with music, sushi-canapés and welcome sake! Yooji's Dreikönig, Beethovenstrasse 32

Info: yoojis.com


Friday, 04.10.19

Private Party meets Kultstatus @ Club Bellevue

from 23:00 with Richi S. & Alex

Entry: CHF 20.–


Saturday, 05.10.19

Transition @ Club Bellevue

from 23:00 with Bobby Shann & Salvi

Entry: CHF 25.–

Saturday, 05.10.19 from 18:00

Dinner & Afterparty Award Night

Reception and dinner at Pier7 Club Restaurant 4-course menu incl. drinks à discretion, followed by VIP entry to ZFF After Party at the Opera House. CHF 147.– pp, limited places available.

Reservation with pre-payment only: 044 261 70 55, [email protected]

Special Offers

Bar & Lounge im Festivalzentrum

Bar & Lounge @ Festival Centre

Daily, 11:00 – midnight, Sechseläutenplatz
Films, fans and festive drinks – experience the festival feeling from the front row of the Festival Centre at Sechseläutenplatz, and enjoy free coffee by Nespresso during the first festival weekend (excl. Golden Eye Cocktail).

Globus Bar am Bellevue

Globus Bar at Bellevue

Daily, Mo-Th -23:00 / Fr, Sa -midnight / Su -22:00

Visit the Globus Bar before or after a screening and enjoy a selection of ZFF cocktails, including the Popcorn Smash. Fr/Sa with live jazz music.

Welcome to Hamilton's World

Daily, 11:00-19:30 / 04.10. -18:30, Sechseläutenplatz

F1 racing simulator by Mercedes-Benz: Whoever makes the fastest lap can test drive the fully electric EQC for a whole week.
Pop-up-Store von Tommy Hilfiger: purchase a "Limited Edition Shirt TOMMY X LEWIS in cooperation with ZFF"
Snacks, coffee & cakes: delicious delights from Restaurant Belvoirpark
Autograph Session: Meet Lewis Hamilton on October 4, 15:00-16:00

Meet F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton

It’s Hammertime! Meet the five times F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton in person! Get an autograph in Hamilton's World. The F1 star will be at Hamilton's World, Sechseläutenplatz, on October 4th, 15:00-16:00.

The Lobby @ Opera Hotel Flammkuchen

The Lobby @ Opera Hotel

Daily, 12:00-01:00, directly behind the Opera House

The ZFF industry meeting point near the Festival Centre, with festival tarte flambée and festival drinks.

Coiffure Valentino – ZFF's Official Styling Partner

Coiffure Valentino, the ZFF’s official Styling Partner, not only pampers our international celebrities, but you too: get ready for the Green Carpet!

BLOW DRY for CHF 50.- in all Valentino stores


Dyson Blow Dry Bus @ Sihlcity

27.09.19 – 05.10.19
Mo – Fr 11:00 – 20:00 / Sa 10:00 – 19:00

Experience the versatility of your favourite Dyson appliance with a blow dry of your choice during the Zurich Film Festival. Book an appointment online via the Dyson Switzerland Facebook page, or ask one of our on-site stylists at Sihlcity.


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.

Niklaus Hilber (Direction), Sven Schelker (Cast), Elizabeth Ballang (Cast), Nick Kelesau (Cast), Valentin Greutert (Production), Philip Delaquis (Production), Gabriel Yared (Componist)

Thu, 26.09.19, aprox. 18:00


Martin Skalsky (Direction), Maike Maja Nowak (Cast), Cristina Paun (Cast), Mark Rowlands (Cast)

Fri, 27.09.19, aprox. 17:40


Jan-Ole Gerster (Direction), Tom Schilling (Cast)

Fri, 27.09.19, aprox. 18:20


Anthony Jerjen (Direction), Benito Mueller (Production), Wolfgang Mueller (Production)

Sat, 28.09.19, aprox. 17:25


Michael Krummenacher (Direction), Nadja Uhl (Cast), Oliver Masucci (Cast), Barbara Auer (Cast)

Sat, 28.09.19, aprox. 17:50


Donald Sutherland (Cast)

Sat, 28.09.19, aprox. 20:15


Update 26.09.19: Unfortunately Claes Bang had to cancel his trip to Zurich due to illness.  

Ciro Guerra (Direction), Mark Rylance (Cast), Michael Fitzgerald (Production)

Sun, 29.09.19, aprox. 17:30


Anna Thommen (Direction), Lorenz Nufer (Direction), Peter Zwierko (Production)

Sun, 29.09.19, aprox. 19:50


Julie Delpy (Direction, Cast), Daniel Brühl (Cast), Malte Grunert (Production)

Sun, 29.09.19, aprox. 20:00


Roland Emmerich (Direction, Screenplay, Production)

Sun, 29.09.19, aprox. 20:30


Juliana Fanjul (Direction), Philippe Coeytaux (Production), Nicolas Wadimoff (Production)

Tue, 01.10.19, aprox. 18:15


Johanna Faust (Direction), Frank Matter (Production)

Tue, 01.10.19, aprox. 20:20


Rolando Colla (Direction), Elena Pedrazzoli (Production), Cristian Izzo (Cast), Eva Sitta (Cast), Koudous Seihon (Cast), Emanuela Scirea (Cast), LeAnn-Maria Stefanachi (Cast)

Tue, 01.10.19, aprox. 20:30


Christian Schwochow (Direction), Tobias Moretti (Cast), Johanna Wokalek (Cast), Ulf Israel (Production), Heide Schowchow (Screenplay), Jutta Lieck-Klenke

Wed, 02.10.19, aprox. 19:45


Benedict Andrews (Direction), Kristen Stewart (Cast)

Wed, 02.10.19, aprox. 20:00


Nicolas Bedos (Direction), Dora Tillier (Cast)

Wed, 03.10.19, aprox. 17:50


Oliver Nakache (Direction), Eric Toledano (Direction), Reda Kateb (Cast)

Thu, 03.10.19, aprox. 20:25


Alvaro Longoria (Direction), Javier Bardem (Protagonist)

Thu, 03.10.19, aprox. 20:40


Lewis Hamilton

Fri, 04.10.19, aprox. 19:45


Fri, 04.10.19, aprox. 20:00

Jonas Alexander Arnby (Direction), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Cast), Katrin Pors (Production)

Sat, 05.10.19, aprox. 17:45


Cate Blanchett (Cast)

Sat, 05.10.19, aprox. 18:30



Sat, 05.10.19, aprox. 19:30

Green Carpet @ Opernhaus Zürich

Zurich Summit

September 28 – September 29, 2019

The Zurich Summit is a leading platform for the entertainment industry: it brings together filmmakers, tech companies and investors to address the most burning questions of the digital future. Numerous keynote speeches and panel discussions highlight the latest trends and innovative ideas in the global film, media and entertainment business. Exciting side-events, such as the traditional charity tennis tournament and the Summit Dinner, offer the perfect opportunity network and make new contacts.