The winners of the 10th Zurich Film Festival

04. October 2014

The main juries of the 10th Zurich Film Festival give their Golden Eyes to Uruguay (International Feature Film), Romania (International Documentary Film) and Switzerland (Focus: Switzerland, Germany, Austria).

The awards go to Germán Tejeira’s UNA NOCHE SIN LUNA (Uruguay), Alexander Nanau’s TOTO AND HIS SISTERS (Romania) and Nick Brandestini’s CHILDREN OF THE ARCTIC (Switzerland). The Golden Eyes in the two international competition categories are each endowed with a CHF 25’000 cash prize; the Golden Eye in the Focus: Switzerland, Germany, Austria section is endowed with a CHF 20’000 cash prize. Each winner also receives CHF 100’000 for the promotion of their film in Swiss cinemas.

The newly introduced Emerging Swiss Talent Award goes to Bruno Deville’s BOUBOULE (Switzerland), and the Critic’s Choice Award to SVENSKJÄVEL by Ronnie Sandahl (Sweden). The Audience Award goes to ZU ENDE LEBEN by Rebecca Panian (Switzerland); the Audience Award in the ‚ZFF for Kids’ section is awarded by our young viewers to Veit Helmer’s QUATSCH UND DIE NASENBÄRBANDE.

International Feature Film Competition


  • Susanne Bier / director / Denmark (Jury President)
  • Marie Masmonteil / producer, actress / France
  • Jasmila Zbanic / director / Bosnia
  • Donald De Line / producer / USA

The 10th Zurich Film Festival’s Golden Eye for Best International Feature Film goes to:

UNA NOCHE SIN LUNA by Germán Tejeira (Uruguay)

Special Mentions go to:

The actresses Hera Hilmarsdottir from VONARSTRAETI / LIFE IN A FISHBOWL and Bianca Kronløf and Mona Kristiansen from SVENSKJÄVEL / UNDERDOG

THE DROP by Michael Roskam

International Documentary Film Competition


  • Steve James / producer / USA (Jury President)
  • Greg Gorman / photographer / USA
  • Nishtha Jain / director / India
  • Nick Broomfield / director / UK

The 10th Zurich Film Festival’s Golden Eye for Best International Documentary Film goes to:

TOTO AND HIS SISTERS by Alexander Nanau (Romania)

Special Mentions go to:

THE LOOK OF SILENCE by Joshua Oppenheimer (Denmark)

RED ARMY by Gabe Polsky (USA)

Focus: Switzerland, Germany, Austria


  • Stefan Arndt / producer / Germany (Jury President)
  • Iris Berben / actress / Germany
  • Jan-Ole Gerster / director, screenwriter / Germany
  • Anna Thommen / director / Switzerland
  • Peter Reichenbach / producer / Switzerland

The 10th Zurich Film Festival’s Golden Eye for Best Film in the ‚Focus: Switzerland, Germany, Austria’ competition section goes to:

CHILDREN OF THE ARCTIC by Nick Brandestini (Switzerland)

A Special Mention goes to:

CAPITAL C by Jørg M. Kundinger and Timon Birkhofer (Germany)

Emerging Swiss Talent Award


  • Marlene von Arx / film critic / USA
  • Birgit Heidsiek / film critic / Germany
  • Carola Fischer / film critic / Switzerland

The Emerging Swiss Talent Award for Best Swiss Film in the Festival Programme goes to:

BOUBOULE by Bruno Deville (Switzerland)

Critic’s Choice Award


  • Sonja Wenger / film critic / Switzerland
  • Christian Jungen / film critic / Switzerland
  • Andy Aguirre Eglin / film critic / Switzerland

The Swiss Association of Film Journalists (SVFJ) award their prize for Best Debut Feature Film in the Competition Section to:

SVENSKJÄVEL by Ronnie Sandahl (Sweden)

Audience Award

Given to the best film from the three competition categories as chosen by viewers using voting cards at the cinemas, the Audience Award goes to:

ZU ENDE LEBEN by Rebecca Panian (Switzerland)

Audience Award for Children’s Film

The Audience Award for best film in the ‚ZFF for Kids’ section as chosen by our young viewers using voting cards at the cinemas goes to:


Treatment Competition Award


  • Urs Fitze (SRF)
  • Philippe van Doornick (Telepool)
  • Daniel Howald (ARF/FDS)

Presented this year for the second time, the winner of the Award for Best Treatment goes to:

Christine Wiederkehr for ÄNNELI.

She receives a CHF 5’000 cash prize and a further CHF 25’000 for the development of her screenplay.