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  • 04. August 2022

    Michael Barker and Tom Bernard To Receive Game Changer Award

    The Zurich Film Festival honours the two American studio bosses this year for their services to film culture. The two founded Sony Pictures Classics exactly 30 years ago, and popularised auteur filmmakers such as Asghar Farhadi, Wim Wenders and Pedro Almodóvar. They have won more than 40 Academy Awards and championed diversity in cinema long before the topic became fashionable.

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  • 14. July 2022

    10th Film Music Competition: These are the finalists

    Over 200 composers from 42 countries entered the 10th International Film Music Competition. The jury, headed by the English Academy Award-winning film score composer Rachel Portman, has chosen three compositions to enter the final on September 29. The finalists' compositions will be world premiered during the Zurich Film Festival at the Tonhalle Zurich by the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich.

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  • 30. June 2022

    Apply now for the Prix Pathé

    The Prix Pathé for Film Journalism will be awarded for the 16th time in 2022. It rewards outstanding film criticism, and is endowed with a 10'000 Swiss franc prize. The call for entries is open until July 24.

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  • 02. June 2022

    Career Achievement Award for Film Composer Rachel Portman

    The Zurich Film Festival honours the English film score composer Rachel Portman with its Career Achievement Award. The award will be presented to Portman on September 29 during the 10th International Film Music Competition at the Tonhalle Zurich, where she presides over this year's competition jury. Rachel Portman has written sores for more than 100 films, TV productions and theatre projects. She was the first female ever to win an Academy Award for an original …

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  • 20. May 2022

    ZFF launches talent development programme

    The Zurich Film Festival enables eight young industry talents to learn from Hollywood's finest. As part of the new ZFF Summit Climber programme organised in partnership with the International Screen Institute, the up-and-comers get to learn from Hollywood heavyweights like Alana Mayo, President of Orion Pictures, Tom Quinn, CEO of NEON, and Roeg Sutherland, Co-CEO of CAA Media Finance how to successfully finance, produce and distribute films in Hollywood. The inaugural edition of the ZFF …

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  • 12. May 2022

    Spain is ZFF guest country

    The 18th Zurich Film Festival (Sept. 22 - Oct. 2, 2022) celebrates cinema from the Iberian Peninsula and dedicates its "New World View" section to young Spanish filmmaking. Befittingly, Spanish shooting star María Cerezuela is the campaign face on this year's festival poster. The Goya-winner was photographed by leading Swiss photographer Gabriel Hill during a photo shoot in Zurich.  

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  • 12. May 2022

    3 questions for: María Cerezuela, actress

    The 18th Zurich Film Festival celebrates cinema from the Iberian Peninsula and dedicates its "New World View" section to young Spanish filmmaking. Befittingly, Spanish shooting star María Cerezuela is the campaign face onthis year's festival poster. The Goya-winner was photographed by leading Swiss photographer Gabriel Hill during a photo shoot in Zurich. We took the opportunity to aks her some questions about what it's like to be the face of our campagne and how she …

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  • 28. April 2022

    ZFF expands work to promote young talent

    In view of the rapidly increasing screen time among children and young people, the ZFF plans to promote media literacy. Zurich Film Festival and Generali Switzerland already teamed up last year to make its "ZFF for Kids" a year-round event at Sihlcity. Due to high interest, the "ZFF Studio by Generali and filmkids.ch" was also recently launched to compliment the bi-monthly workshops and film premieres. The six-month programme (course language: German) sees children aged between …

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  • 24. March 2022

    Swiss Film Award: Interview with Sven Schelker

    Last fall, the gripping Swiss hostage drama UND MORGEN SEID IHR TOT opened the 17th Zurich Film Festival. In it, director Michael Steiner tells the true story of Daniela Widmer and David Och, who were kidnapped by the Taliban in 2011. Sven Schelker, who is now nominated for a Swiss Film Award as Best Actor, shines in the leading role. We talked to the actor about the challenge of embodying a real person.

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  • 17. March 2022

    Swiss Film Award: Interview with Andreas Fontana

    With his debut feature AZOR, director Andreas Fontana impressed audiences at the last Zurich Film Festival. The financial thriller was screened in our Focus Competition and can now hope for no less than four awards at the Swiss Film Award ceremony on March 25. We talked to Andreas Fontana about his dual role as director and screenwriter.

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