Sections

 

The International Competition forms the core of the festival. The competition will present films by new, aspiring filmmakers who will compete for the Golden Eye with their first, second or third directing works. All competition films are world, European or Swiss premieres.

International Feature Film Competition

        

Cinematic discoveries from all over the World: The „International Feature Film“ competition section sees fourteen first, second and third directorial works compete for the Golden Eye Award. > Film submission

International Documentary Film Competition

        

An intriguing look behind the headlines: Twelve films compete in the „International Documentary Film“ section for a Golden Eye. All entries to this section are either first, second or third directorial works. > Film submission

Focus 'Switzerland, Germany, Austria' Competition

      

We and our Neighbours: In the „Focus“ competition section, we present twelve new feature and documentary films from Switzerland, Germany and Austria. All entries to this section are either first, second or third directorial works. > Film submission

Gala Premieres


The „Gala Premieres“ section presents this year’s most highly anticipated films (out of competition).

Special Screenings


We present a selection of unique and brand new feature and documentary films in the „Special Screenings“ section (out of competition).

New World View


The "New World View" programme puts a spotlight on a new generation of filmmakers from a selected production country that has provided some of the most innovative new filmmaking in recent years (out of competition).

The section has been dedicated to the following countries: Hungary (2017), Mexico (2016), Iran (2015), India (2014), Brazil (2013), Sweden (2012), Turkey (2011), Australia (2010), Argentina (2009), Israel (2008), Russia (2007)

Border Lines


The „Border Lines“ section presents films dealing with border situations occurring in present-day world conditions, and humanitarian projects, territorial and social conflicts, and conflicts between individuals and the state (out of competition).

Organized in collaboration with Amnesty International, Human Rights Partner of ZFF.

Window


Our “Window” section comprises windows through which we take a look at various cinematographic traditions (out of competition).

Series


ZFFs "Series" section presents on the big screen (mini)series that signal new trends and/or have garnered attention from the global TV world. 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. Entry to all screenings in this section is free of charge.

ZFF for Kids

 
Laugh, discover, empathise, dive into the action, share the thrills, contemplate, understand and be amazed! Together with the Canton of Zurich’s Department of Education, the ZFF selects outstanding films for children and families. The films are shown in the original language and simultaneously translated into German. The "ZFF for Kids" series is organised in collaboration with the United Nations Children's Fund UNICEF.

Prizes

 

  • A Golden Eye, the main prize of the festival, will be awarded in each category by a separate international jury. The Golden Eye is endowed with a 25 000 CHF cash prize (International Feature / Documentary Film) resp. a 20'000 CHF cash prize (Focus).
  • Emerging Swiss Talent Award: All Swiss productions screened at the festival are nominated for the award, which is endowed with international recognition. The Jury consists of several international journalists.
  • Audience Award: The public chooses its favourite film from all of the competition entries by giving votes to every film. The best voted film will receive the Audience Award from the festival.
  • ZFF for Kids Audience Award: viewers of the 'ZFF for Kids' films get to choose their favourite.
  • Kids Jury Award: kids ranging in age from 10 to 13 can apply to become a member of the kids jury. They complete a workshop before choosing their favourite film from the 'ZFF for Kids' section. The winner receives the 'Mini Golden Eye' award.
  • Critics’ Choice Award: The Swiss Association of Film Journalists will present their Critics’ Choice Award for the best debut feature film from the categories 'International Feature Film Competition' and 'Focus Switzerland, Germany, Austria'.
  • Ecumenical Film Award: 2017 saw the first 'Film Award of the Churches of Zurich', which carries a CHF 5’000 cash prize offered by the reformed and catholic churches of the canton of Zurich. It is awarded by a separate jury to a film in the ‘Focus: Switzerland, Germany, Austria’ section.
  • Best International TV Series: Series of all genres are eligible for nomination (minimum of four episodes at 40-60 minutes per episode and 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.
  • Honorary Awards: The festival honours outstanding filmmakers and actors with a Golden Eye.