The ZFF Industry Spotlights are an exclusive series of events taking place during the second week of the Zurich Film Festival. In a one-hour slot followed by a networking aperitif, we offer industry partners a unique platform to bring important topics of the film industry closer. Here they have the opportunity to present their concerns and ideas and engage in an inspiring exchange with other experts in the industry.

Wednesday, 4. October | 17:00 – 19:00 | Frame Lounge

The film industry is visibly short of skilled workers, especially in the technical and craft areas. Due to the steadily increasing number of film and series productions in this country in recent years, it is becoming increasingly difficult to fill the (technical) crews with Swiss personnel. Thanks to the adoption of the new film law, additional financial resources will flow into Swiss film and series production in the coming years, further increasing the production volume. Against this background, representatives from the industry have launched the Filmstaff project. Filmstaff aims to present the film industry as an attractive and sustainable career field, to raise awareness of the topic among a broader audience and to offer a low-threshold entry opportunity for people outside the industry. In recent months, the information platform for career starters "" has been set up with the Filmstaff database, and an accompanying campaign has been developed to introduce those interested to working in film. To this end, information events on film jobs will be held.

As part of the ZFF Industry Spotlights, the new information platform and the Filmstaff database will be launched and presented to the industry. In the subsequent panel discussion about the shortage of skilled workers, the measures taken so far will be discussed and a look into the future will be taken from different perspectives.

William Oldroyd: A Filmmaker's Journey

Thursday, 5. Oktober | 17:00 – 19:00 | Frame Lounge

In the second Industry Spotlight, William Oldroyd (LADY MACBETH, EILEEN) provides insight into his filmmaking and career.

William Oldroyd is best known for directing the critically acclaimed, TIFF 2016 breakout film LADY MACBETH starring Florence Pugh. After premiering in Toronto, the film went on to garner rave reviews at The London Film Festival, win the FIPRESCI Award at the San Sebastian Film Festival and earn William a DGA nomination. William is a revered UK theater director who held Residence at the Young Vic Theatre in London and has shepherded productions of Sartre in Tokyo, Beckett in Munich and Shakespeare in the UK.

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