Film submissions for ZFF 2021

15. February 2021

Filmmakers can now submit their films to the Zurich Film Festival. The films submitted will be screened by our programme team within the next weeks and months and will go through an internal evaluation process. We look forward to discovering new talents and giving a platform to the diversity of cinematic art.

When is the next festival?
The Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) 2021 will take place from September 23 to October 3, 2021.

Do you accept short films?
No, unfortunately not. All submitted films must be at least 60 minutes long.

Does ZFF have a competition?
Yes. The competition comprises of the following categories:

  • Focus Competition (Feature Films and Documentary Films)
  • Feature Film Competition
  • Documentary Film Competition

Do you accept TV series? 
Yes. We offer the section "Series" in our programme. 

How do I submit?
All film submissions to ZFF must be made via the FilmFreeway. To create a FilmFreeway account and submit your film to ZFF, please visit the FilmFreeway website.

How many films can I submit?
You may submit as many films as you like providing each film meets the submission criteria and requirements. Please ensure that each film is on its own secure link.

Do you accept Works In Progress (WIPs) or ‘rough cuts’?
Yes, ZFF does accept Works in Progress submission. But films must be at least in picture lock stage. Please label clearly what’s in progress (e.g. Colour grading etc.)

When will I be informed about the outcome of my submission?
We will email the main contact of the submission via email no later than the end of August. As we administer a vast number of submissions, we ask that you please be patient with hearing from us.

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