Call for entries for Prix Pathé launched

03. June 2021

After a one-year break, the Prix Pathé for Film Journalism will be awarded again in 2021. It rewards outstanding film criticism and is endowed with 10,000 Swiss francs. The call for entries is open until June 21.

The Prix Pathé will be awarded for the 15th time this year - to a film journalist for outstanding film criticism. It is sponsored by the cinema chain Pathé Switzerland and the distribution company Pathé Films and is endowed with 10,000 Swiss francs. All film journalists with a film review of at least 3,000 characters or an audiovisual contribution of at least 90 seconds, published in a Swiss medium, are eligible to apply. Reviews of feature films published between January 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021 are eligible. Entries can be submitted electronically at [email protected] by June 21.

A jury consisting of director Sabine Boss, Venanzio Di Bacco, CEO of Pathé Switzerland and Christian Jungen, Artistic Director of the Zurich Film Festival will select the best entry from among the submissions. The winner will be announced on Thursday, September 9, at the Zurich Film Festival media conference. The award ceremony will take place on September 28 as part of the Zurich Film Festival - the day Pathé celebrates its 125th anniversary. 

"We are pleased to once again contribute to strengthening film journalism," said Loïc Trocmé, CEO of Pathé Films. "The discussion of motion pictures is enormously important, especially in these times - for the industry, but also for the filmmakers. Our award recognizes the achievement and importance of film criticism." The Zurich Film Festival is happy to be able to award the prize again after a year's break. "With over 500 accredited media professionals, the ZFF is an important place to engage with film," explains Christian Jungen, who himself was a film critic for 25 years and won the Prix Pathé in 2011. "Especially now, when film criticism is under pressure due to cost-cutting measures at the media, we want to send a signal with the Prix Pathé in recognition of this profession."

Previous winners include Antoine Duplan ("Le Temps"), Michael Sennhauser (SRF 2 Kultur), Simone Meier ("Watson") and Pascal Blum ("Tages-Anzeiger").

Further information, as well as the rules and regulations can be found here.