Film Submission

 

Submission for the 15th Zurich Film Festival is open from February 15 to June 30, 2019.

Competition International Feature Film


The Golden Eye endowed with a CHF 25'000 cash prize will be awarded in each of the two categories International Feature Film Competition and International Documentary Film Competition by two separate juries. The cash endowment is to be shared equally between director and producer of winning films in all three categories. Winning films with Swiss distribution further profit from P&A contribution for a theatrical release in Switzerland.

Competition Entry Requirements

Submissions to the competition must fulfill the following criteria:
    •    Director’s 1st, 2nd or 3rd feature-length film (> 60 min) 
    •    Projects completed after October 1, 2018  
    •    Minimum status requirement: Swiss Premiere at ZFF

Competition International Documentary Film


The Golden Eye endowed with a CHF 25'000 cash prize will be awarded in each of the two categories International Feature Film Competition and International Documentary Film Competition by two separate juries. The cash endowment is to be shared equally between director and producer of winning films in all three categories. Winning films with Swiss distribution further profit from P&A contribution for a theatrical release in Switzerland.

Competition Entry Requirements

Submissions to the competition must fulfill the following criteria:
    •    Director’s 1st, 2nd or 3rd feature-length film (> 60 min) 
    •    Projects completed after October 1, 2018  
    •    Minimum status requirement: Swiss Premiere at ZFF

Competition Focus Switzerland, Germany, Austria


The Golden Eye endowed with a CHF 20,000 cash prize will be awarded in the competition category "Focus" by a separate jury. The cash endowment is to be shared equally between director and producer of winning films in all three categories. Winning films with Swiss distribution further profit from P&A contribution for a theatrical release in Switzerland.

Competition Entry Requirements

Submissions to the competition must fulfill the following criteria:
    •    Director’s 1st, 2nd or 3rd feature-length film (> 60 min) 
    •    Projects completed after October 1, 2018  
    •    Minimum status requirement: Swiss Premiere at ZFF
    •    Switzerland, Germany or Austria has to be main production country

Competition International Series

 
The International Series Competition is endowed with a 10’000 CHF cash prize. Series of all genres are eligible for the competition as along as they comprise the following criteria:

  • a minimum of four episodes at 40-60 minutes per episode
  • Projects completed after October 1, 2018
  • Minimum status requirement: Swiss Premiere at ZFF

Out of Competition


Documentary and fiction films can be submitted to the following sections:

    •    Gala Premieres
    •    Special Screenings  
    •    Border Lines 
    •    Window to the World
    •    ZFF for Kids


Out of Competition Requirements

Submissions to the Out of Competition sections must fulfill the following criteria:
    •    Films must be at least 60 minutes long
    •    Projects completed after October 1, 2018   
    •    Minimum status requirement: Swiss Premiere at ZFF

FAQs

 
When is the next festival?

Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) 2019 will take place from September 26 to October 6, 2019.

Do you accept short films?

No, unfortunately not. All submitted films must be at least 60 minutes long.

Does ZFF have a competition?

Yes. The competition comprises of the following three categories:

    •    International Feature Film Competition
    •    International Documentary Film Competition
    •    Focus Switzerland, Germany, Austria (Feature Films and Documentary Films)

For TV Series: International Series Competition

Do you accept TV series?

Yes. Go to International Series Competition for more information.

How do I submit?

All film submissions to ZFF must be made via the Withoutabox. To create a Withoutabox account and submit your film to ZFF, please visit the Withoutabox website.

How many films can I submit?

You may submit as many films as you like providing each film meets the submission criteria and requirements. Please ensure that each film is on its own secure link.

Do you accept Works In Progress (WIPs) or ‘rough cuts’?

Yes, ZFF does accept Works in Progress submission. But films must be at least in picture lock stage. Please label clearly what’s in progress (e.g. Colour grading etc.)

When will I be informed about the outcome of my submission?

We will email the main contact of the submission via email no later than the end of August 2019. As we administer a vast number of submissions, we ask that you please be patient with hearing from us.

If you need further assistance after reading through the Submissions FAQ and regulations, please contact Stefanie Rusterholz [email protected].

 
Submission Fee per Film

    •    Early Bird until March 31: 50 Euro
   
    •    From April 1 until June 30: 75 Euro

We look forward to your film submissions!

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