Protection Plan


The Zurich Film Festival will go ahead – it will also be the first major cultural event since lockdown. We look forward to seeing you at the ZFF and exploring new film worlds together.

We have created a detailed protection plan that describes what measures must be taken to break the chain of infection and prevent further transmission. This plan is based on Federal Government and Canton of Zurich recommendations, as well as the general protection plans of various trade associations, such as Procinema, GastroSuisse and Expoevent. The following is a summary of the most important measures.

Please note that the measures may have altered by the time of the festival. We are closely monitoring the situation and continually adapting this plan to meet changing requirements.

  • Hygiene: You’ll find hand disinfection dispensers in all of our festival venues/locations.
  • Keep Your Distance: Please remain, as a far as possible, at least 1.5 m from other visitors. On entering the cinema building, we ask you to find your seat in the theatre as quickly as possible in order to avoid larger groups of people gathering in the foyers. There will be one empty seat between each visitor group.
  • Compulsory Face Mask (12 years and older): It is compulsory to wear a face mask from the time you enter the building until you are sitting in your allocated seat. You may remove the mask once you are sitting in your seat, however, we recommend keeping your mask on throughout the entire screening. Children under the age of 12 do not have to wear a mask. All members of the ZFF staff will wear a mask when indoors. For school classes: All teachers and children over the age of 12 must wear a mask throughout the entire screening.
  • Contact Tracing: A verified form of contact is required for every ticket purchased. A valid form of official ID is required for tickets purchased directly at box offices/points of sale. We also recommend downloading and using the SwissCovid app.
  • Online Ticketing: We recommend purchasing all your tickets online. This minimises person to person contact and makes collecting your details much easier. We still have physical points of sale if you’re unable to purchase online. However, all your details are recorded by hand, which may lead to extended waiting times.
  • Cashless Payment: In order to reduce person to person contact, we’ve introduced a cashless payment system with terminals at all our points of sale (box office, shop, bar etc.).
  • No Parties: There will be no parties, including those after the Opening Night and Award Night.
  • Signs of Illness: Please do not visit the ZFF if you show any of the Covid-19 symptoms.

Thank you for following these measures and doing your part to make culture, cinema and the shared experience possible again under these new requirements. This protection plan is continuously adapted to current circumstances.

These are challenging times for all of us, which is why we’re doubly happy that, because of the patience, trust and care of everybody during this year’s edition, we’re still able to celebrate cinema together.

This version as of July 28, 2020