• 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 (Director’s 1st, 2nd or 3rd feature-length film) screened at the festival are nominated for the award. The Jury is composed by 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.