• 25. September 2016

    Second Filmmaker Award to Germinal Roaux and Sophie Huber – Uma Thurman Presents the Sponsorship Prize

    U.S. actress Uma Thurman presented the second Filmmaker Award to Lausanne-born Germinal Roaux and Berne-born Sophie Huber on Saturday evening during IWC’s ‚For the Love of Cinema’ Gala Dinner. Germinal Roaux received CHF 75'000 for his feature film project FORTUNA, and Sophie Huber received CHF 25'000 for her documentary film project DAS BLUE NOTE PROJEKT.Said Uma Thurman at the awarding ceremony: “It is such an important task to support film projects ...

  • 24. September 2016

    Three Swiss Wold Premieres and Oliver Stone at the ZFF

    We are delighted today to present not just one, but three world premieres from Switzerland: Ticino-based filmmaker Fulvio Bernasconi’s MISÉRICORDE (18.45, Corso 2) is a veritable visual feast focussing on guilt, repression and forgiveness. Seven years after winning a Golden Eye, Ticino-based director Patrik Soergel returns to the ZFF with THE OTHER HALF OF THE SKY (18.15, Corso 4), which offers viewers the chance to experience what is means to be female and fighting your way from ...

  • 24. September 2016

    5th International Film Music Competition: Golden Eye to Javier Bayon

    The Spanish composer Javier Bayon is the winner of the 5th International Film Music Competition, which took place within the framework of the 12th Zurich Film Festival at the Tonhalle Zürich on Friday evening. Bayon was crowned winner of the Golden Eye for ‚Best International Film Music 2016’, an award endowed with a CHF 10’000 cash prize. A Special Mention went to the Rumanian composer Lucian Zbarcea.

  • 23. September 2016

    Film Music Competition and the Opening of all Film Sections on the Second Festival Day

    Today revolves around the International Film Music Competition, which has grown over the years to become a major permanent feature at the ZFF. This celebratory concert evening at the Tonhalle Zürich sees the world premiere performance of the five finalists’ compositions. The Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich will perform the music to Seth Boyden’s short film AN OBJECT AT REST. The Film Music Concert that follows focuses entirely on the five-time Academy Award-winner John Williams and his film scores.

  • 22. September 2016

    The Zurich Film Festival Opens its Cinema Doors for the 12th Time

    The ZFF opens this evening at the Corso cinema with the European premiere screening of the Australian drama LION. Director Garth Davis and Executive Producer Harvey Weinstein are in Zurich to present the film. Various celebrity guests will also attend the event, including Federal Councillor Alain Berset and the Mayor of Zurich, Corine Mauch. The Green Carpet at Sechseläutenplatz opens for photographers and onlookers at 19:00.

  • 20. September 2016

    Juries of the 12th Zurich Film Festival

    Prominent Juries for the Three Competition Categories. Lone Scherfig, Mike Lerner and Bettina Reitz as Jury Presidents. The Zurich Film Festival screens first, second and third directorial works in the three competition categories International Feature Film, International Documentary Film and Focus: Switzerland Germany Austria. A separate jury of specialists rates the films in each of the three categories. Each jury announces the winner of the Golden Eye for its category during the Award Night at ...

  • 18. September 2016

    Uma Thurman as Guest at ZFF – Special Screening of KILL BILL: VOL. 1

    Actress Uma Thurman will visit the Zurich Film Festival on Saturday 24.09.16 to present at the Arena Cinemas Quentin Tarantino’s cult classic KILL BILL: VOL. 1, a film in which she plays the lead role. She will remain to discuss her work and films following the screening. Thurman will also present the Filmmaker Award during the grand IWC Gala on Saturday evening.

  • 13. September 2016

    Five Swiss Projects nominated for Filmmaker Award

    The ‘Association for the Promotion of Film in Switzerland’ has nominated five Swiss film projects for this year’s Filmmaker Award. The aim of the award is to promote Swiss filmmaking by offering production sponsorship to the value of 100’000 Swiss francs. The second such award will be presented this year on September 24 during the IWC Gala Evening, held within the framework of the Zurich Film Festival.  

  • 07. September 2016

    Gala Premiere of UNSERE ZEIT IST JETZT in the Presence of Rapstar CRO and Director Martin Schreier

    UNSERE ZEIT IST JETZT celebrates a Zurich Film Festival Gala Premiere Screening at the Corso cinema on October 1. Director Martin Schreier, producer Sebastian Fruner, screenwriter Arend Remmers and the leading actors David Schütter, Basel-born Marc Benjamin and German rapper CRO will all be in Zurich to present their romantic comedy.  

  • 05. September 2016

    ZFF 72: Switzerland’s Biggest Filmmaking Contest

      ZFF 72, Switzerland’s biggest filmmaking contest, enters its third year. Entrants are given 72 hours to make a film lasting no longer than 72 seconds. The winners will walk away with prizes worth more than CHF 10’000, which will be presented during the 12th Zurich Film Festival. Register now at to take part.The aim of the ZFF 72 contest is to encourage film enthusiasts around the world to reach new creative ...