How to Festival

Find all important information about your festival visit as an industry accredited at a glance - from the opening hours of the industry desk to online ticket purchase.

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Invitation only – 1. Oct.

Awards Special Screening

Together with SWISS FILMS and SRG SSR, we organize the exclusive Awards Special Screening, which takes place during the Zurich Film Festival.

Reception: 14:45 – 15:30 | Screening: 15:30 – 17:00 | Frame

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With ticket – 30. Sept.

Film Music Competition

In the International Film Music Competition, film composers are asked to write their own score for a specific short film.

19:00 – 22:00 | Tonhalle Zürich

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With Industry Badge – 3. Okt.

How to Kinderfilm

Together with the Zürcher Filmstiftung, we put the spotlight on children's and family films with the How to Kinderfilm format. The matchmaking is by invitation only, but the subsequent panel discussion is open to all industry accredited.

Matchmaking: 14:00 – 15:30 | Panel Discussion: 16:00 – 17:00 | Frame

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With Industry Badge – 29. Sept., 9 pm

Industry Reception

The Industry Reception and the subsequent Satellite After Party at the Kunsthaus are the official festival kick-off for our industry guests and launch our diverse supporting program.

Industry Reception: 21:00-22:30 | Satellite After Party: 22:30-02:00 Kunsthausbar

With Industry Badge

Industry Screenings

The Industry Screenings are exclusive screenings from the official festival program for the accredited Industry and Press. They are accessible with the personal Industry or Press badge.

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With Industry Badge – 6-8. Okt.

Industry Spotlights

With the Industry Spotlights, we are putting current industry topics in the spotlight at the 19th Zurich Film Festival together with industry players. 4. October, 17:00 – 19:00 | Frame

William Oldroyd: A Filmmaker's Journey: 5. October, 17:00 – 19:00 | Frame

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Invitation only – 29. Sept.

Leading FeMales

Leading FeMales in Film spotlights inspiring women who talk about their careers and highlight the different challenges they face in the film industry.

11:30 – 14:30 | Zunfthaus zur Zimmerleuten

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Invitation only – 30. Sept & 2. Oct.

Meet the Filmmakers

All attending filmmakers with a film in this year's ZFF program will meet for relaxed networking drinks and get to know each other and our program team better.

With Industry Badge or STZ Badge – 29. & 30. Sept.


SoundTrack_Zurich is the specialist event on film and media music that takes place as part of the Zurich Film Festival.

Location 1: NZZ Lounge | Location 2: Publicis Zurich

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With Industry Badge – 2. Okt.

SRF Writer's Day

With the SRF Writer's Day, Swiss Radio and Television (SRF) and the Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) set an example for authoring and put the focus on screenwriting and early-stage story development on this day.

16:00 – 20:00 | Frame

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On application – 6-8. Okt.

ZFF Academy

Each year, the talent development program brings together emerging filmmakers with international film experts, providing a platform with international appeal and a program tailored to the needs of the participants.

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With ticket

ZFF Masters

The ZFF Masters are moderated talks with well-known personalities from the international film industry. The audience gets an exciting insight into their creative work and their attitude as filmmakers.

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Invitation only – 30. Sept

ZFF Serve & Slice

Our attending film guests and journalists get together for a friendly table tennis tournament. In the style of the legendary Zurich Summit Tennis Tournament, a new memorable tournament is launched with the ZFF Slice & Serve.

Tennis tournament: 18:00 – 21:30 | Amboss Rampe

Industry Party with Zurich for the film and IG: 21:30 – 02:00 | Amboss Rampe

On application – 29. Sept. - 1. Okt

ZFF Summit Climber

The three-day ZFF Summit Climber training program will take place from September 29 to October 1 during the Zurich Summit weekend. The ZFF Summit Climber is designed as a mentored talent development program that acts as a knowledge and networking platform.

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Invitation only – 2. Okt.

Zürcher Filmnacht

At the Zurich Film Festival, local filmmaking is convincing. The upswing in Swiss cinema is due not least to Zurich as a film location. With the Zurich Film Night, together with the Zurich Film Foundation, we want to highlight the economic and social importance of filmmaking.

18:00 – 20:00 | Folium

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Industry Business Badge – 30. Sept.

Zurich Summit

The Zurich Summit is the largest industry event at the Zurich Film Festival. The boutique conference takes place on the first weekend of the festival at The Dolder Grand. A top-class line-up of international and national film producers, sales executives and creators in film, TV and entertainment as well as technology entrepreneurs and financiers meet to debate the latest and most groundbreaking trends in the industry.

Conference: 09:30 – 17:15 | The Dolder Grand

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Invitation only – 1. Okt.

Zurich Summit Dinner

At the prestigious Zurich Summit Dinner, Summit Speakers, film guests, international film executives and other high-profile guests meet at the most exclusive dinner in the entire city. The Game Changer Award is also presented at the Zurich Summit Dinner.

Invitation only – 1. Okt.

Zurich Summit Charity Tennis Tournament

The legendary Zurich Summit Tennis Tournament has been an integral part of the Summit program for years. Play doubles and enjoy a BBQ on the most beautiful tennis court in Zurich. GAME – SET – MATCH.

Submit Film

Film submissions for the 19th Zurich Film Festival are closed! Your films will be accepted again in February 2024.

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Industry Accreditation

In order to participate in Industry events, industry representatives can apply for Industry Accreditation for the 19th ZFF (Sept. 28–Oct. 8, 2023) starting July 10. An additional processing fee will be charged for all applications after September 17.

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