• 11. May 2018

    ZFF Launches New Award for Best Series

    The Zurich Film Festival’s new "ZFF Series" competition section presents between six and eight of the world’s most innovative series. Series of all genres are eligible for nomination as along as they comprise a minimum of four episodes at 40-60 minutes per episode and celebrate their Swiss premiere at the ZFF. A jury will award the Golden Eye for „Best International TV Series“ endowed with a CHF 10’000 cash prize during the festival.

  • 09. May 2018

    ZFF 72 *Summer Edition* June 29 – July 2

    Switzerland’s biggest film contest launches its new summer edition. Register from June 8 at to take part in the ZFF 72 Summer Edition. The competition requires entrants to create a film on a given theme lasting no longer than 72 seconds in just 72 hours. Prizes worth CHF 3’000 are up for grabs.

  • 05. April 2018

    Asghar Farhadi’s EVERYBODY KNOWS opens Festival de Cannes

    Starring Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz, the Spanish-spoken family drama EVERYBODY KNOWS opens this years competition section at the Festival de Cannes. Iranian filmmaker and former ZFF guest Asghar Farhadi discussed his work as an author, director and producer during a Master Class session at the ZFF in 2012.

  • 29. March 2018

    10 animalistic films that make us (in)human

    Companions, cuddly critters, hunters or the hunted: animals as protagonists conquered the silver screen decades ago, but they continue to appear in films as the attribution of a character or in some abstract form. They can be used to reflect or question what it means to be human. The following ten films centre around animals or 'animalism' in its broader or narrower sense.

  • 22. March 2018

    «Kate Winslet inspires me» - Sophie Nélisse on acting and self-confidence

    Canadian Sophie Nélisse first attracted attention in 2011 with her supporting role in the multi-award-winning drama MONSIEUR LAZHAR. The 17-year-old actress attended the gala premiere of ET AU PIRE, ON SE MARIERA at the last ZFF and talked to us about her acting career, on-screen beauty mania and impatient directors.

  • 08. March 2018

    «You can't handle the truth!» - Aaron Sorkin on legendary dialogues and his directorial debut MOLLY'S GAME

    Renowned for his fast-paced, razor-sharp dialogue, Aaron Sorkin is currently one of the most accomplished and sought-after screenwriters. His screenwriting credits include A FEW GOOD MEN (1992) - the sentence "You can't handle the truth!" is still quoted in various forms to this day -, THE SOCIAL NETWORK (2010), MONEYBALL (2011) and STEVE JOBS (2015). He was honoured with the Career Achievement Award at the last ZFF. MOLLY'S GAME is also Sorkin's first time ...

  • 06. March 2018

    Start of the Film Music Competition: Scoring of Steve Cutts’ Short Film HAPPINESS

    A springboard for talented musical composers from around the globe, this year’s International Film Music Competition asks entrants to score HAPPINESS. This short animation film by the renowned London-based illustrator Steve Cutts has garnered over 1.2 million plays on Vimeo in just three months and has been selected to receive its ‘Best of the Year’ accolade. The International Film Music Competition is now open for entries.  

  • 28. February 2018

    ZFF Films in the Race for 2018 Oscars

    The Oscars will be awarded for the 90th time on March 4. The ZFF competition entry THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI has received nominations in six categories. Click here to find an overview of all the nominated films from our programme.

  • 15. February 2018

    50 Years a Documentary Filmmaker: A Chat with Frederick Wiseman

    How does Frederick Wiseman manage to capture an almost unobserved view of his protagonists? And where does he get the energy from to make a film a year? The director offers several dry-humoured answers during his ZFF Masters session. His most recent film EX LIBRIS – THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY hits cinemas in German-speaking Switzerland.

  • 01. February 2018

    Nominations for the Swiss Film Awards 2018

    After scooping multiple awards following its screening at the 13th ZFF, Lisa Brühlmann's teen drama and feature debut BLUE MY MIND is set to ride on the crest of yet another wave of success after receiving seven nominations for the Swiss Film Awards 2018.