Side Events


Film Music Competition

Introduced in 2012, the International Film Music Competition has become an integral part of the Zurich Film Festival’s side programme. The event takes place at Tonhalle Zürich. Composers of any age, any nationality and any domicile who have not set more than 3 feature films (longer than 60 minutes) to music are eligible to participate.

The competition requires entrants to compose a brand new score for a short film of about 5 minutes. A jury with renowned international experts will pick three entries to participate in the finals. These compositions will be world-premiered at a film music concert in the frame of the Zurich Film Festival. On the same evening, the winner will be chosen by an international jury and awarded the Golden Eye “Best International Film Music” endowed with CHF 10 000.

Competition details and entry forms are available under

ZFF Masters

The ZFF MASTERS are chaired discussions with celebrated personalities from the international film industry. They offer the public a fascinating insight into the creative process and attitude to film of directors, screenwriters, producers and actors. These renowned experts are available for public question-and-answer sessions.

The ZFF MASTERS are publicly accessible events aimed both at the film industry and festival visitors.

ZFF Talks

With film as its focus, the ZFF TALKS series offers experts from various sectors the opportunity to explore controversial issues currently affecting culture, science and politics. The ZFF TALKS are free of charge and open to the public.